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Volusia County Council Confirms Plans for Testing Sites; Start Date still Unclear.

Tue, Apr 07, 2020 at 6:30PM

Written by Kristen Schmutz

Belden Communications News.


In a virtual County Council meeting today, Volusia County Council Members reflected on the statement put out by Representative David Santiago yesterday.


Council Member Barbara Girtman of District 1 brought up the topic of Santiago’s claims and asked where the county’s current stance was regarding the claim for testing sites. In response to Councilwoman Girtman’s question, County Manager George Recktenwald took precedence of the response.


Recktenwald explained the importance of the need to gather the required medical personnel, equipment, supplies and most importantly test kits. He also warned of the prevalent misinformation that has been circulating as of late.


Recktenwald did confirm though that he has been in constant contact with both hospital chains in the county, and their continued partnership toward putting the plans for a drive-thru testing site on-line, but also ensuring that we are working with the hospitals and not against them for acquiring test kits.


Mr. Recktenwald did state that they are hoping to be able to have an update regarding testing sites in the county by the end of the week.


Florida's peak for the COVID-19 situation has been moved up by a few weeks in the last 48-hours, forecasting the peak of the outbreak in our state be around April 21, from the last forecasted peak around May 3.


It is the hope that testing sites will be fully functioning and staffed by that time.


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beach for exercise
I think it is great they are allowing residents on the beach for exercise, my question is where do we park to do this as all the parking fields are closed off to us?
Author: / Wed, Apr 08, 2020 at 10:28AM
Response: beach for exercise
Dorothy, Currently, we have reached out to Volusia County Officials to provide correct and factual information regarding parking while utilizing the beach for exercise-related activities. We are awaiting response from the County, and as soon as we have an answer we will get back to you promptly. Thanks for your interest in this matter, and your continued use of our website. Kristen Schmutz - News Editor BC News
Author: / Wed, Apr 08, 2020 at 4:29PM
County's Response to Parking for Exercise-Related Activities on Beach
Dorothy, We have received word from County Officials regarding your question to parking at the beach for exercise-related activities. We have posted an article with their response which can be found here: /No-County-Parking-Sites-Open-for-Residents-Engaging-in-Exercise-Related-Activity-on-Beaches--1-6783.html Thanks again for your comment and continued use of our site. Kristen Schmutz - News Editor, BC News.
Author: / Thu, Apr 09, 2020 at 7:58PM

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