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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 June 8

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Sunday, June 14

Three-Day Spike Puts Cases At 73,552 
Test results for more than 39,800 individuals were reported to DOH as of midnight, on Friday, June 12. Today, as reported at 11 a.m., there are:

·       2,581 new positive COVID-19 cases (1,885 Florida residents and 17 non-Florida residents)

·       48 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5 percent. On June 11, 6.2 percent of new cases** tested positive. 

There are a total of 73,552 Florida cases  with 2,925 deaths related to COVID-19.

Saturday, June 13

Antibody Tests Report Available 
The Florida Department of Health announced that antibody COVID-19 test results data is now available. The report will be provided once a week and contains county, race and lab information on antibody COVID-19 tests in Florida. The report is available here

Drive-Thru Testing Site Opens In Okaloosa 

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Friday, June 12

More COVID test sites in Okaloosa

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) and Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services (Okaloosa County EMS) are partnering to expand COVID-19 testing offered to community residents and are providing additional testing dates for June.

DOH-Okaloosa and Okaloosa County EMS began providing drive-thru testing for COVID-19 in May and have tested more than 2,100 community members at seven different testing sites.

Drive-Thru Testing Schedule*

Tuesday, June 16

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Northwest Florida State College

100 E College Blvd.

Niceville, FL

Thursday, June 18

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

EMS Station 5

5801 Monroe St.

Baker, FL

Tuesday, June 23

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Northwest Florida State College

1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Ft. Walton Bch, FL

New Testing Site Opens In Downtown Pensacola

29 more deaths in Florida

There are 70,971 Florida cases with 2,877 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since data reported at 10 a.m. Central on Thursday, the deaths of 29 Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Alachua, Calhoun, Dade, Flagler, Hillsborough, Martin, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk and Washington counties.

Thursday, June 11

Escambia death toll at 37; 944 cases

As of 2 p.m., Escambia County has had 944 positive COVID-19 cases.  The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 37 individuals.

47 more deaths in Florida, including Escambia County

The state Department of Health announced today there are 1,698 new positive COVID-19 cases. There are a total of 69,069 Florida cases with 2,848 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since data reported at 10 a.m. Central, the deaths of 47 Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Alachua, Broward, Collier, Dade, Desoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties.

Escambia expands COVID testing

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is expanding specimen collection for COVID-19 offered to Florida residents in June. The primary focus is virus testing from throat swabs to help identify those who are COVID positive and that need contact tracing.

COVID-19 Walk-In Testing Schedule*

 

Where

 

When

 

Who

 

How

 

FDOH-Escambia Downtown Center

1300 West Gregory St.

Pensacola, FL 32502

 

Open 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT on the following dates:

 

Thursday, June 11

Friday, June 12

 

All Florida residents with or without symptoms

 

Walk-in, no appointment needed

 

Bring your Florida driver’s license. Only Florida residents will be tested.

 

*Dates are subject to change due to inclement weather or shortage of supplies.

The samples collected at this site will be processed by private labs, with results received typically in one week.

Sites for COVID-Testing in Escambia County

Persons who become sick should call, do not visit, their health care provider and tell them about their symptoms and travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. Persons who do not have a health care provider or health insurance, may call (do not visit) Community Health Northwest Florida at 850-436-4630 or other community walk-in care locations, and tell them about their symptoms and travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient.

An online assessment screening for COVID-19 is available to determine if further diagnostic testing is needed. The screening can also be accessed by texting “Screen” to 850-318-3080. The screening is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also call the screening center at 850-434-4080 to determine if you need an appointment.

COVID-19 testing is available at several locations in Escambia County, including drive-thru and walk-up testing.

  • IMPORTANT: Pre-screening may be required before arriving at testing centers by calling the local COVID-19 Screening Call Center at 850-746-2684.
  • The screening call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The call center staff will assist in helping find the testing center that best fits the needs of each person needing a COVID-19 test.
  • The hours of operation for the testing centers for COVID-19 are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The call center staff will confirm the hours, as they vary by location and day of week.

Testing sites and eligibility criteria vary and are subject to change; for more detailed information on testing sites, visit Escambia County’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage or call the Citizen Information Center at 850-471-6600.

Wednesday, June 10

36 more deaths in Florida

There are 67,371 Florida cases with 2,801 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since 10 a.m. Central, the deaths of 36 Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Broward, Dade, Desoto, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Palm, Beach, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

Free Food For Kids

West Florida Public Libraries partnered with Feeding the Gulf Coast to provide free curbside pickup breakfast and lunch meals for youth ages 18 and under at all library branch locations, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, June 9

Escambia cases top 900

As of 2 p.m., Escambia County has had 907 positive COVID-19 cases.  The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 36 individuals.

53 more deaths in Florida

There are 66,000 Florida cases with 2,765 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since data reported at 10 a.m. Central, the deaths of 53 Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Broward, Dade, Desoto, Duval, Hendry, Jefferson, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Volusia and Washington counties.

Northwest Florida COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program

A second round of grants from the Florida SBDC at UWF will be available for eligible businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic offered by Gulf Power. The Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program assists for-profit businesses in Northwest Florida with their immediate cash flow needs as a result of a demonstrated economic impact due to COVID-19. The application period for the second round of grants will be open from 8 a.m. Monday, June 8, to 5 p.m. Friday, June 12. For more information, visit sbdc.uwf.edu/northwest-florida-covid-19-recovery-grant-program