Volusia resort administrators think about tourism affect of new COVID surge

DAYTONA Beach front SHORES — Like several beachside inns, Perry’s Ocean Edge Vacation resort has been basking in a booming summer time small business that rebounded in a big way as COVID-19 limits eased and case quantities declined before this 12 months.

Now, nevertheless, the pandemic’s existence is yet again casting a more substantial shadow about the hotel’s each day operation, as headlines report history-setting spikes in hospitalizations tied to the emergence of the really infectious delta variant.

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“This week, we went back again into entire COVID protocols,” said Jeff Vandiver, typical manager of the 214-place resort that has been an oceanfront fixture for just about 80 several years. “We’ve experienced no cancellations at this time, but I’m getting a lot of queries from guests.”

Front desk clerk Shane Treudt works behind a clear plastic screen at Perry's Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach Shores. On the counter, guests are greeted by a bottle of hand sanitizer and a note outlining the hotel's COVID-19 policies. "This week, we went back into full COVID protocols,” said Jeff Vandiver, general manager.

At Perry’s, adjustments include a return to a policy of presenting space company only by ask for, a activity that is completed with visitors out of the home, Vandiver mentioned. The hotel before this summer time experienced returned to total housekeeping provider amid much more optimistic pandemic information on July 1, he claimed.

There’s also a alter in the way the hotel is featuring its breakfast buffet, exactly where foodstuff items are now getting ladled out by resort staff members rather than permitting visitors to provide by themselves, Vandiver claimed. Additional clear plastic shields have been set in spot and additional arrows are getting included to flooring to support with social distancing, he stated.

Front desk clerk Shane Treudt works behind a clear plastic screen at Perry's Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach Shores on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. After relaxing some of its COVID-related procedures earlier this summer, the hotel has re-instituted stricter guidelines in the wake of a recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The modifications replicate growing worries about a considerable spike in COVID figures.

Clinic update:No people for COVID-19 people at Halifax Health, AdventHealth and Flagler Healthcare facility

Halifax Health, which operates a few hospitals in Volusia County, experienced 147 COVID-19 clients on Tuesday, according to hospital spokesman John Guthrie. Of all those, a person 3rd are in important treatment and 1 quarter are on ventilators.  

AdventHealth Central Florida, which operates hospitals across 7 Florida counties such as Volusia and Flagler counties, claimed 1,200 COVID-19 patients, reported Dr. Joe Smith, chief clinical officer of AdventHealth Daytona Beach front, in the course of the Volusia County Council assembly on Tuesday morning. 

An AdventHealth care team dons protective gear before entering a patient's room in July. The hospital system went to "black" status after an astronomical surge in COVID admissions.

On Sunday, Florida broke a prior history for existing hospitalizations, established much more than a 12 months back right before vaccines ended up available, with 10,207 people today hospitalized with COVID-19, according to details noted to the U.S. Division of Overall health & Human Services.

‘Very concerned’

Whilst friends generally have not commenced to pull the plug on planned holidays, tourism officials are concerned about the possible impression as the location heads toward the anticipated summer season climax of Labor Working day weekend and the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Aug. 28 at Daytona International Speedway.