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00000177-b32b-d5f4-a5ff-bbfb6e660000Here is the information you need to know about COVID-19 in Northwest Florida. We will keep this post updated with the latest information from local, and statewide agencies. For inforamtion from Centers for Disease Control and prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirusFor updates on Florida cases of coronavirus, visit the FDOH dashboard.The COVID-19 call center is available at 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121

Coronavirus Live Blog: Week of May 4

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Sunday, May 10

638 cases in Escambia; death toll at 18

As of 10 a.m., Escambia County has had 638 positive COVID-19 cases.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 18 individuals.

6 deaths in state; 595 new positive cases

From the state department of health:

Today, as of 10 a.m. Central, there are 595 new positive COVID-19 cases (588 Florida residents and 7 non-Florida residents) and six deaths related to COVID-19.

There are 40,596 Florida cases with 1,721 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since 10 a.m. Central Saturday, six people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Dade and Pinellas counties.

Saturday, May 9

Baptist video outlines resuming services

In a new video, Baptist President and CEO Mark Faulkner discusses Baptist’s phased and structured approach to resuming services. The May 8 video, as well as archived editions, can be found at ebaptisthealthcare.org/health/videos. 

618 cases in Escambia; death toll at 18

As of 9 a.m., Escambia County has had 618 positive COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 18 individuals.

State death toll is 1,715; cases top 40,000

There are 40,001 Florida cases with 1,715 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since 10 a.m. Central Friday, 46 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Flagler, Lee, Manatee, Palm Beach, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole and Walton counties.

Friday, May 8

69 more deaths in Florida, including Escambia and Santa Rosa

There are 39,199 Florida cases with 1,669 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since 10 a.m. Central on Thursday, 69 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, Suwannee and Volusia counties.

Escambia cases at 618; death toll at 18

From Escambia County:

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Escambia County has had 618 positive COVID-19 cases.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 18 individuals.

Thursday, May 7

Florida death toll hits 1,600

There are a total of 38,828 Florida cases with 1,600 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since 10a.m. Central Wednesday, 61 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Charlotte, Dade, DeSoto, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Manatee, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties.

Mobile app designed to help flatten the curve

Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the launch of a new mobile app, StrongerThanC19. The free app, available for iOS and Android devices, complements the community action survey website of the same name that launched on April 3. These tools are giving residents the power to unite in the fight to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida.

604 cases in Escambia; death toll at 15

As of 10 a.m. today, Escambia County has had 604 positive COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 15 individuals.

Wednesday, May 6

Matrix COC Brings 40,000 Pounds of Food for Distribution to Those in Need from COVID-19

Matrix Community Outreach Center (COC), in partnership with Farm Share and multiple community partners, will be receiving a semi-truck filled with 40,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food items to be distributed by the Matrix COC at Gene Hurley Park.

Gene Hurley Park – Saturday, May 9th beginning at 9 am

965 Gene Hurley Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

First come, First Serve. Pick-up will allow for 2 families per vehicle.

604 cases in Escambia; death toll at 15

As of 10 a.m. today, Escambia County has had 604 positive COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County is 15 individuals.

Tuesday, May 5

72 more deaths, including Escambia, in Florida

There are a total of 37,439 Florida cases with 1,471 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since 11 a.m. Monday, 72 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Escambia, Flagler, Hendry, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Suwannee and Volusia counties.

14 dead in Escambia County; cases approach 600

As of 10 a.m. today, Escambia County has had 598 positive COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Escambia County residents is 14 individuals.

Monday, May 4  

Visitation at Baptist Health Care 

Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital Only

  • One visitor at a time will be allowed to visit a hospital inpatient.
  • No visitors will be allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Visitors will be provided a visitor badge which must be displayed and visible during the entirety of the visit.
  • No children under the age of 18 are permitted to visit.
  • At the discretion of the hospital staff, a visitor may be asked to leave as the situation warrants.

Behavioral Medicine Center (Behavioral Health Inpatient Departments Only)

Per state of Florida guidelines, there is no visitation allowed to adult mental health treatment facilities at this time. Youth visitation is limited to parents/guardians only. No siblings or anyone under the age of 18 are allowed to visit.

Jay Hospital

Because of Jay Hospital’s designation to provide skilled nursing care, more rigid visitation requirements apply. Therefore, a no visitation policy will remain in place.

EXCEPTIONS

  • A visitor whose presence is essential to the care of a patient may be allowed to visit. “Essential” is defined as one or more of the following:
  • Patients who may be impaired and require a support person to care for them
  • Patients with disruptive behavior in which a support person is key to their care
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (in which support person is key to their safe care)
  • Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
  • For patients receiving end of life care, our team will arrange visitation times with loved ones. During such times, your questions and concerns will be addressed.

595 cases in Escambia; death toll at 13

As of 2 p.m. today, Escambia County has had 595 positive COVID-19 cases. The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 13 individuals.

City of Pensacola Park Playgrounds and Courts Reopen to the Public

All City of Pensacola park playgrounds, city basketball courts, Roger Scott Tennis Center and city tennis courts are now open to the public.

Park visitors should adhere to the following guidelines when using shared equipment and courts:

  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people. 
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others who do not live in your household.
  • It is recommended that individuals wipe down any shared surfaces such as playground equipment, fitness equipment or benches before and after each use. The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is not disinfecting these frequently touched surfaces. 

Follow all CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Drinking fountains at city parks remain turned off, and public restrooms at city parks remain closed at this time.

The city’s splash pad at Plaza de Luna remains closed.

To view a list of city parks and green spaces, visit playpensacola.com.

Update from Florida Department of Health

More than 17,400 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Sunday, May 3. Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 819 new positive COVID-19 cases (811 Florida residents and 8 non-Florida residents) and twenty deaths related to COVID-19.

There are a total of 36,897 Florida cases** with 1,399 deaths related to COVID-19.

Mental Health Services Available in Escambia County

Stress, anxiety, fear, and depression are all common during an infectious disease outbreak. There is help available.  The following is a list of local resources:

Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Child Nutrition Team Serves Over 100,000 Meals Since School Closed

Feeding the Gulf Coast’s child nutrition team has served over 100,000 meals in response to schools closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Summer Meals Program.

The program began March 19 to provide kids in need with healthy meals. 

This program will continue throughout the summer. Last year, the food bank served over 13,000 children through the Summer Meals Program. 

Feeding the Gulf Coast received a grant to help support the program from No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. 

No Kid Hungry runs a texting service to help parents and caregivers find free summer meal sites in their neighborhood. Parents and caregivers seeking meals for children, ages 18 and younger, can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877-877 to find emergency food distribution sites near them.

For food assistance visit feedingthegulfcoast.org. Individuals can also call (888) 704-FOOD.