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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 Feb. 1

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Sunday, Feb. 7

Weekend Update

The state added 6,624 cases according to Sunday's FDOH report. The state also reported an additional 103 deaths.

Over the weekend, Escambia added 222 cases and reported an additional 16 deaths, total is 563.

Santa Rosa added 133 cases and reported no additional deaths, total is 222. 

Okaloosa added 122 cases and reported two additional deaths, total is 298.

Walton added 61 cases and reported two additional deaths, total is 73. 

Friday, Feb. 5

State Adds 11,543 Cases, 20 Deaths Locally 

The state added 11,543 COVID cases according to Friday's FDOH report. An additional 215 deaths were also reported, 20 of them were from local areas: nine from Escambia County, five from Santa Rosa County, four from Okaloosa County and two from Walton County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 215 cases and has a 7.27% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 133 cases and has an 11.71% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 174 cases and has a 13.11% positivity rate
  • Walton added 63 casds and has a 7.63% positivity rate

Thursday, Feb. 4

Florida Adds 7,711 Cases, 226 Deaths

The state has added 7,711 COVID cases and 226 deaths according to Thursday's FDOH report. Seven of the deaths were reported in local areas — three in Escambia County and four in Okaloosa.

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 169 cases and has a 12.90% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 84 cases and has a 13.95% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 140 cases and has a 26.02% positivity rate
  • Walton added 47 cases and has a 21.56% positivity rate

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Almost 7,000 Cases Added Statewide, Over 200 Deaths

The state added 6,979 COVID cases according to Wednesday's FDOH report and an additional 203 deaths were reported. Seven of the deaths occurred locally, two in Escambia, two in Santa Rosa, two in Okaloosa and one in Walton County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 215 cases and has a 12.15% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 108 cases and has a 14.64% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 164 cases and has a 21.63% positivity rate
  • Walton added 137 cases and has a 15.25% positivity rate

Tuesday, Feb. 2

FDOH Escambia Participates In Statewide Pre-Registration System

Beginning February 5, FDOH-Escambia will sync the information from the online interest form with the system managed by Florida Department of Emergency Management.

Residents who have completed FDOH-Escambia’s online interest form do not need to call or email to confirm their registration. Escambia County residents who have not already completed the online interest form should use the statewide preregistration system to sign up. Residents can call the toll-free line at, 866-201-1025 or register online at myvaccine.fl.gov.

The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1461. The State has established a help line at 833-959-0217 for those who need to make changes to their original pre-registration.

Duplicate registrations will be removed and ShareCare will keep the most recent county registration for the person with multiple entries.  

On the website, residents can select Escambia County and submit their contact information. Once appointments are available, individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment. 

Over 10,000 Cases Statewide, 17% Positivity rate In Okaloosa

The state added 10,533 COVID cases according to Tuesday's FDOH report. An additional 140 deaths were also reported, eight of which were reported from Escambia County. No additional deaths were reported in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa or Walton counties. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 166 cases and has an 11.88% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 79 cases and has an 11.32% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 156 cases and has a 17.46% positivity rate
  • Walton added 46 cases and has a 12.80% positivity rate

Monday, Feb. 1

Slower Increase Of Cases Statewide And Locally

On Monday, FDOH reported 5,730 additional COVID cases, one of the lowest increases in months. This could be attributed to local health departments suspending COVID testing. In Okaloosa, testing has been halted to provide more resourses to vaccines and in Escambia, testing has been suspended for contract tracing efforts. The state also reported 214 additional cases — 27,129 total. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 87 cases and has a 13.71% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 27 cases and has a 12.03% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 23 cases and has a 13.71% positivity rate
  • Walton added 5 cases and has a 7.58% positivity rate

Update from Community Health Northwest Florida

To request a Covid-19 rapid test appointment at a Community Health Northwest Florida testing site, individuals no longer have to call the Ascension Sacred Heart Call Center. Instead, individuals may now call the CHNWF designated Testing phone line: 850-390- 4276 and speak directly to a CHNWF team member, who will be able pre-screen and schedule patients for Covid-19 rapid tests as well as provide general testing information.

New CDC Guidelines On Traveling, Residential Evictions

On Jan. 29, the CDC issued a notice requiring face masks on conveyances and at transportation hubs. The Order must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances) and operators of transportation hubs ( e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) or any other area that provides transportation in the United States. For more information, click here

Also new from the CDC is the extension of the eviction moratorium to carry through March 31, 2021. For more information, click here