Volusia County officials provide coronavirus update

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Leaders in Volusia County are expected to hold a news conference regarding the County’s fight against the coronavirus.

Speakers at Friday’s news conference will include:

  • Lisa Lewis, supervisor of elections, Volusia County
  • Dr. Stephen Bickel, medical director, Florida Department of Health in Volusia County
  • Dr. Joe Smith, chief medical officer, AdventHealth DeLand
  • Mark Spivey, clinical chaplain and licensed professional clinical counselor, Halifax Health

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On Friday, the Florida Department of Health reported that there have been 5,969 positive cases of the coronavirus.

The county has had 96 deaths and currently has 428 people in the hospital recovering from the respiratory virus.

On Thursday, Volusia County Schools announced the district will not start fall sports practices on July 27.

School officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 conditions and will make a decision later to begin fall practice.

The district is working with the Volusia County Department of Health and state officials on a start date.

Parents of Central Florida students can find everything they need to know about their district’s back-to-school plan at ClickOrlando.com/backtoschool.

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