Volusia hotel managers consider tourism impact of new COVID surge

DAYTONA Seaside SHORES — Like numerous beachside lodges, Perry’s Ocean Edge Vacation resort has been basking in a booming summer months small business that rebounded in a massive way as COVID-19 limits eased and scenario figures declined previously this 12 months.

Now, having said that, the pandemic’s presence is once again casting a even bigger shadow in excess of the hotel’s every day operation, as headlines report history-setting spikes in hospitalizations tied to the emergence of the hugely infectious delta variant.

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“This week, we went back again into comprehensive COVID protocols,” claimed Jeff Vandiver, normal manager of the 214-place lodge that has been an oceanfront fixture for practically 80 years. “We’ve had no cancellations at this time, but I’m having a whole lot of thoughts 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, alterations include things like a return to a coverage of providing home service only by ask for, a job that is concluded with guests out of the space, Vandiver reported. The lodge earlier this summer experienced returned to comprehensive housekeeping support amid much more optimistic pandemic information on July 1, he claimed.

There’s also a alter in the way the hotel is giving its breakfast buffet, exactly where foods items are now becoming ladled out by hotel staff members alternatively than enabling friends to provide on their own, Vandiver reported. Supplemental distinct plastic shields have been put in spot and far more arrows are being additional to floors to help with social distancing, he explained.

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 improvements replicate expanding concerns about a considerable spike in COVID numbers.

Healthcare facility update:No readers for COVID-19 individuals at Halifax Health, AdventHealth and Flagler Medical center

Halifax Wellness, which operates 3 hospitals in Volusia County, experienced 147 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, in accordance to hospital spokesman John Guthrie. Of these, one particular 3rd are in essential treatment and one particular quarter are on ventilators.  

AdventHealth Central Florida, which operates hospitals throughout 7 Florida counties like Volusia and Flagler counties, reported 1,200 COVID-19 clients, said Dr. Joe Smith, chief clinical officer of AdventHealth Daytona Beach front, in the course of the Volusia County Council conference on Tuesday early 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 preceding record for existing hospitalizations, set additional than a year back in advance of vaccines were obtainable, with 10,207 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, according to facts described to the U.S. Section of Wellness & Human Providers.

‘Very concerned’

Whilst guests frequently have not began to pull the plug on planned holidays, tourism officers are involved about the probable impression as the location heads towards the predicted summer season climax of Labor Working day weekend and the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Aug. 28 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.