For the first time since April 2020, the Halifax Health Hospital System reported March 24 that it is caring for no patients with COVID-19.
“We are pleased to share with the community that we are caring for ZERO patients who are COVID-19 positive across our hospital system,” Chief Medical Officer Margaret Crossman said in a statement. “While we realize COVID-19 may continue to exist, we are thankful today to hit this long awaited milestone. We thank all our Team Members who have worked tirelessly to provide exceptional patient care throughout this lengthy pandemic. The work our Team Members do is a testament to our mission to care for our community with the highest level of care and in the most trying times.”
The announcement comes as Central Florida, and much of the state, enjoys a reprieve after the previous surge of cases fueled by the omicron variant of the virus earlier this year.
COVID-19 cases reported in Florida have been in decline since January.
Halifax Health operates multiple hospitals across Volusia County.
In Volusia County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 189 new COVID-19 cases for the week including March 23. That’s down from a peak in January of 7,465 new cases in one week.
These numbers are only cases reported to the state Department of Health, not including results from COVID-19 home test kits.
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