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COVID Live Blog: Week Of Aug. 30

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Friday, Sept. 3
Monoclonal Treatment Site Opens in Pensacola
Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida will open a new monoclonal antibody treatment site in Escambia County at Bayview Community Center.

The Escambia County site is located at:

Bayview Community Center
2001 East Lloyd Street
Pensacola, Florida 32503
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For a full list of sites, click here

Thursday, Sept. 2
COVID Testing Resumes At ProHealth
ProHealth reopened the COVID-19 testing location in Pensacola at 3298 Summit Blvd Suite 51. The building officially opened for business on Thursday, September 2, and offers rapid antigen and antibody COVID testing on Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

The testing site is walk-ins only.

Due to the high rise in COVID numbers, ProHealth decided to reopen their COVID testing site in Pensacola. In August 2020, ProHealth opened a testing site in Pensacola. The testing site was closed when COVID numbers dropped, and testing moved to their lab and clinic locations in Pensacola.

For more information, visit prohealthfl.com.

COVID Update From Okaloosa FDOH
In the FDOH-Okaloosa's weekly Disease Surveillance Report, the county has a 30.8% positivity rate. An additional 491 cases were reported from last week. Seven more deaths also occurred. The transmission rate is rated as "high" for the eighth week in a row. Local hospitals are also near capacity with over 61% of hospital beds occupied by COVID patients. Of those COVID patients, 84% are unvaccinated. To receive the weekly report, email okaloosaepi@flhealth.gov with the subject: Add Me to WDSR list.

Tuesday, Aug. 31
Community Health Northwest Florida Vaccination Clinic Schedule
Community Health Northwest Florida, in partnership with Escambia County, will continue to operate its walk-in vaccination clinic inside Brownsville Community Center. The clinic is open to individuals age 18 and older. Participants have the choice of the Moderna (two dose) or Johnson & Johnson (one and done) vaccine.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 1, and Friday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Location: Brownsville Community Center – 3200 W. Desoto St., Pensacola, FL
    Vaccine: Moderna (ages 18+) and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)

Other Locations

  • Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: CHNWF Jackson St. Main Site Education Room – 2315 W. Jackson St.,
    Vaccine: Moderna (ages 18+) and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)
  • Thursday, Sept. 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: American Legion Post #193 - 2708 N. 12th Avenue
    Vaccine: Pfizer (ages 12+) and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)
  • Friday, Sept. 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m
    Location: CHNWF Airport Pediatrics – 5868 Creek Station Dr.
    Vaccine: Pfizer (ages 12+) and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)

Persons wishing to participate in any CHNWF vaccination clinic may call the Community Health Vaccine Call Center at 850-439-3358 to schedule an appointment or simply walk in at their convenience during regular operating hours.
IMPORTANT:

  • All adult participants will be required to show photo ID at time of appointment.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or have had symptoms of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) in the past 14 days should not receive the vaccine.

Saturday, Aug. 28
FDOH Weekly Update

Florida added 151,749 positive cases last week. The state has a 16.8% positivity rate. The week of Aug. 20 to Aug. 26 saw 389 deaths — the state total is 43,979.

As for vaccines, 276,281 more people are fully vaccinated as health care providers urge residents to get the COVID shot.

Friday, Aug. 27
Escambia Hospitalizations Reach Record High
In a press release from Escambia County, local hospitals have reported this week the highest COVID hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. Today's local hospitalization totals were 367 and the record high was reported at 398 on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

In a video, Baptist Health Care CEO Mark Faulkner said hospitalizations at the facility have reached record highs since March 2020. At Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola, there are 150 COVID hospitalizations, including nine pediatric patients at the Studer Family Children's Hospital. About 93% of the patients are unvaccinated.

Thursday, Aug. 26
Okaloosa COVID Update
In her final COVID update email, Dr. Karen Chapman of FDOH-Okaloosa County said the county is beginning to see a "flattening" of the weekly COVID case count. There is a rise in case counts between the last two weeks, but it isn't as steep, she said. In the past week (Aug. 15-Aug.21) there were 1,438 cases reported, an increase of 48 from the previous week.

Vaccines are on the rise with 49.9% of the population vaccinated.

The county is still considered a "high" risk level with a 28.5% positivity rate with the majority of cases in the 25-44 age range. There were 14 deaths reported in the last two weeks.

Additional testing resources are coming to Okaloosa Friday with DOH-Okaloosa in agreement with Curative to provide access to no-cost PCR testing in its parking lot at 221 Hospital Drive NE Fort Walton Beach starting Friday, August 27. Services are available seven days a week and hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours could be adjusted based on demand and available staffing.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

Pensacola Hospitalizations Near 400
The City of Pensacola shared its hospitalizations update Wednesday morning showing 398 hospitalizations across the three Pensacola facilities.

Tuesday, Aug. 24

Argo Nation Vaccination Day for UWF Community

The University of West Florida invites the UWF community to participate in Argo Nation Vaccination: Off Campus tomorrow, August 25 and Thursday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CVS Pharmacy in Target - University Town Center. The UWF Trolley will provide transportation throughout the day.

CVS will be administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. Those who are insured must bring their insurance card and uninsured participants must bring their driver's license or social security card. Vaccinations are available for all UWF students, faculty, staff and their families, ages 18 and older.

Visit uwf.edu/covidvaccine to register for Argo Nation Vaccination: Off Campus. The UWF community is strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to help protect yourself and others.

CVS will also be offering one additional immunization to COVID-19 vaccine participants, including Flu, Tdap, MMR, Hep-B, Shingles and Pneumo. If you choose to receive an additional immunization, insurance and/or copay will be required.

Monday, Aug. 23

Waterfront Rescue Mission Opens
Waterfront Rescue Mission has reopened the Overnight Shelter at both its Pensacola and Mobile locations.

The shelter will maintain protocols to protect our guests, staff, and volunteers, including safe distancing, health screens, regular facility cleaning, and mask-wearing.

For the latest updates, visit facebook.com/waterfrontrescuemission.

Community Health Northwest Florida Walk-In Vaccination Clinic Hours

This week Community Health Northwest Florida, in partnership with Escambia County, will continue to operate its walk-in vaccination clinic inside Brownsville Community Center. The clinic is open to individuals age 18 and older every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants have the choice of the Moderna (two-dose) or Johnson & Johnson (one and done) vaccine.  All adult participants will be required to show photo ID at the time of appointment. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or have had symptoms of illness (fever,
cough, shortness of breath) in the past 14 days should not receive the vaccine and should not enter the clinic facility. Additional information on Community Health Northwest Florida COVID-19 vaccine clinics is available by calling the Community Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 850-439-3358.

  • Monday, Aug. 23, Wednesday, Aug. 25, and Friday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Location: Brownsville Community Center – W. Desoto St.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Location: CHNWF Jackson Street Education Room - 2315 W. Jackson St.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: CHNWF Century Pediatrics – 501 Church St., Century, FL
    Vaccine: Pfizer (ages 12+ for both youth and adults) and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)
  • Thursday, Aug. 26 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: American Legion Post 193 – 2708 N. 12th Ave.
    Vaccine: Pfizer (ages 12+ - for both youth and adults) and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)
  • Friday, Aug. 27 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: CHNWF Highway 90 Pediatrics – 4435 US HWY 90, Pace, FL
    Vaccine: Pfizer (ages 12+ - for both youth and adults) and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)