GRAPHIC COURTESY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AROUND THE STATE — Of Florida’s 67 counties, as of Feb. 24, 42 — including Orange and Lake counties — are considered high transmission for COVID-19. Those counties are indicated here in orange. Twenty-four counties — including Volusia and Seminole counties — according to the CDC, are reporting medium transmission. Medium transmission counties are shown in yellow. Just one county, Indian River County, shown in green, is reporting low, or less than 10 new cases per 100,000 people, transmission rates.

As cases drop nationwide, CDC updates COVID-19 mask guidance

Volusia County reported the lowest COVID-19 numbers in months last week as new case numbers continue to drop statewide.

With cases low nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revised its guidance for wearing face coverings. Per the CDC, face coverings are only strictly recommended in areas of high COVID-19 transmission. 

For the week of Feb. 18-24 Volusia County reported 588 new COVID-19 cases according to data from the Florida Department of Health. That’s down from a January peak of 7,465 cases during the recent surge of the omicron variant of the virus. 

Statewide, deaths due to the virus began to fall, too. From the week of Feb. 18-24, 888 new deaths were reported by the Department of Health, down from 1,330 new deaths the week before.

The CDC classified Volusia County as medium transmission, meaning there are between 10 and 20 COVID-related hospital admissions per 100,000 people. In medium transmission areas, the CDC recommends immunocompromised people and people living with immunocompromised people, continue wearing face coverings.

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