Special Report

COVID-19: How Cases in the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

The U.S. reported over 61,000 new cases of coronavirus on May 11, bringing the total count to more than 32.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 576,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 14.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 15.7 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

The Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL metro area consists of Volusia County and Flagler County. As of May 11, there were 7,864.9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Deltona residents, 21.6% lower than the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 10,032.8 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metro area, Volusia County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of May 11, there were 8,108.1 cases per 100,000 residents in Volusia County, the most of any county in Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, and far greater than the county with the lowest incidence. In Flagler County, there were 6,676.6 cases per 100,000 residents — the least of any county in Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metro area, unemployment peaked at 15.0% in April 2020. As of March 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 4.9%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Florida where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 11 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 11 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of May 11 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of May 11 per 100,000 residents
33100 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 6,090,660 875,771 14,378.9 12,004 197.1
45220 Tallahassee, FL 382,197 42,738 11,182.2 501 131.1
37860 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 488,246 54,446 11,151.3 977 200.1
37460 Panama City, FL 182,161 20,250 11,116.5 388 213.0
18880 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 272,056 28,405 10,440.9 450 165.4
27260 Jacksonville, FL 1,503,574 151,859 10,099.9 2,153 143.2
29460 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 686,218 69,056 10,063.3 1,332 194.1
36740 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,508,970 248,079 9,887.7 2,921 116.4
34940 Naples-Marco Island, FL 371,453 36,010 9,694.4 533 143.5
15980 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 737,468 71,111 9,642.6 973 131.9
23540 Gainesville, FL 323,799 29,960 9,252.7 374 115.5
35840 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 803,709 71,750 8,927.4 1,498 186.4
36100 Ocala, FL 353,526 31,251 8,839.8 966 273.2
45300 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,097,859 273,750 8,836.7 4,606 148.7
42700 Sebring-Avon Park, FL 103,437 8,594 8,308.4 357 345.1
38940 Port St. Lucie, FL 472,012 38,947 8,251.3 957 202.7
42680 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 153,989 12,567 8,161.0 302 196.1
19660 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 646,288 50,830 7,864.9 915 141.6
26140 Homosassa Springs, FL 145,169 11,154 7,683.5 445 306.5
45540 The Villages, FL 125,044 9,352 7,479.0 278 222.3
39460 Punta Gorda, FL 181,067 12,957 7,155.9 421 232.5
37340 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 585,507 41,704 7,122.7 876 149.6