Posted On: March 10, 2020
As the concern over coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) grows in central Florida, Volusia County and its partner agencies are taking proactive steps to best prevent the spread of diseases. Efforts are wide-ranging, all with the purpose of stopping the spread of germs and keeping residents and visitors as safe as possible.
Daytona Beach International Airport has installed additional hand sanitizers throughout the terminal. Individual travel-sized hand sanitizers will be distributed to passengers at all gates as they board their flights. Grosvenor, the provider of the airport's housekeeping services, is following the guidelines of the World Health Organization. The airport has asked that staff pay close attention to high touchpoint surfaces such as handrails, tabletops, counter tops, and elevator buttons, and to disinfect regularly. Staff will also make sure all the soap dispensers remain full.
Library Services continues to follow the guidelines recommended by the Health Department to reduce the spreading of Hepatitis A. Hand sanitizer is available at all public service desks. Staff disinfects all public access computer keyboards and the accompanying mouse daily. All toys and sensory discover boards in children's rooms are sanitized at least once a week. All solid surfaces – including tables, counters, door knobs and bathrooms – are cleaned nightly.
The Ocean Center remains open and operational, and event cancellations are at the discretion of the event organizer. Additional hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the venue in high-traffic areas, such as entrances, lobbies and elevator/escalator landings. Additionally, staff is regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as bathrooms, workstations and door handles.
In an effort to protect the voting public, Volusia County Elections has taken proactive steps to reduce the risk of spreading germs at early voting sites. Elections staff is routinely sanitizing materials, including voting machines, secrecy sleeves and pens. Voters may bring their own blue or black pens if they choose. All sites will also have hand sanitizer available for public use. Staff will follow these same precautionary measures on Election Day, March 17.
Volusia County continues to coordinate daily with the Florida Department of Health on the latest information regarding COVID-19.
Anyone with questions should call the FDOH COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Additional, educational resources are available on the FDOH website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html.