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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 Jan. 11

Mayra Heitman/WUWF

Sunday, Jan. 17

11,000-Plus Cases, 135 Deaths Statewide

The state added 11,093 COVID-19 cases according to Sunday's report from FDOH. An additional 135 deaths were also reported bringing the statewide total to 14,515 (including residents and non-residents). Six of those deaths were reported in Okaloosa County. Escambia, Santa Rosa and Walton reported no additional deaths. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 213 cases and has a 13.13% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 105 cases and has a 20.50% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 59 cases and has a 10.68% positivty rate*
  • Walton added 33 cases and has an 18.18% positivity rate

*FDOH testing sites in Okaloosa are currently paused to put more resources toward contact tracing. Other testing sites can be found here

Saturday, Jan. 16

Over 12,000 Cases Statewide, 12 Local Deaths

The state added 12,119 cases according to Saturday's FDOH report. An additional 211 deaths were also reported statewide, 12 of which were local: eight in Escambia County and four in Santa Rosa. No additional deaths reported in Okaloosa or Walton counties. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 274 cases and has a 11.57% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 155 cases and has a 19.29% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 110 and has a 16.42% positivity rate
  • Walton added 28 and has a 12.56% positivity rate 

Friday, Jan. 15

State adds Nearly 17,000 Cases

The state added 16,875 cases according to Friday's report from FDOH. An additional 188 deaths were also reported, 14 of those deaths were from local areas. Escambia County reported five deaths, Santa Rosa County reported five deaths, and Okaloosa County reported four deaths. No additional deaths were reported in Walton County.

Local numbers: 

  • Escambia added 391 cases and has a 17.54% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 206 cases and has a 23% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 185 cases and has a 20.24% positivity rate
  • Walton added 71 cases and has a 23.16% positivity rate

FDOH-Escambia Temporarily Closes Vaccination Request Form

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is temporarily closing its COVID-19 Vaccination Request Form effective today, January 15. As supply becomes available, FDOH-Escambia staff will be scheduling appointments. 

Additionally, FDOH-Escambia is working to identify and implement a more efficient solution to gauge interest in, and schedule appointments, for vaccine. If you have questions, please call FDOH-Escambia’s COVID-19 phone line at (850) 595-6500 option 6.

Thursday, Jan. 14

Over 200 Deaths Statewide

The state added 13,720 cases according to Thursday's FDOH report. The state also reported 222 deaths, 12 of which were from local areas. Three deaths reported in Escambia, five in Santa Rosa, three in Okaloosa and one in Walton County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 365 cases and has a 13.95% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 192 cases and has a 21.80% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 170 cases and has a 22.19% positivity rate
  • Walton added 62 cases and has a 20.64% positivity rate

Testing Sites In Okaloosa

With the Health Department shutting down testing sites to devote efforts to contact tracing, Okaloosa County has released a site for residents to find the nearest testing site. For more info, click here. You can find information on Escambia County testing sites here

Wednesday, Jan. 13

State Adds Nearly 14,000 Cases

The state added 13,990 cases according to Wednesday's FDOH report. An additional 174 deaths were also reported, bringing the total number to 23,759. Locally, there were 17 deaths reported: six in Escambia County, seven in Santa Rosa, three in Okaloosa and one in Walton. 

Local numbers: 

  • Escambia added 299 cases and has a 18.89% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 119 cases and has a 22.54% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 135 cases and has a 24.12% positivity rate
  • Walton added 55 cases and has a 16.08% positivity rate 

COVID-19 Update From Baptist Health Care CEO Mark Faulkner

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Tuesday, Jan. 12

Twelve Deaths In Escambia County

The state added 14,896 cases according to Tuesday's FDOH report. An additional 161 deaths were also reported. Twelve of those deaths were from Escambia County and two from Santa Rosa. No additional deaths reported in Okaloosa or Walton County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 343 cases and has a 20.85% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 112 cases and has a 23.01% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 194 cases and has a 20.73% positivity rate
  • Walton added 78 cases and has 26.28% positivity rate

Publix Will Take Appointments For COVID Vaccine

Speaking from the Publix grocery store in Niceville Tuesday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis annouced Publix locations in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties will start vaccinations Thursday. Watch the press conference below:

Monday, Jan. 11

State Adds Over 11,000 Cases, 163 Deaths Reported

The state added 11,576 cases according to Monday's FDOH report. An additional 163 deaths were also reported, only one of which was local, in Escambia County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 177 cases and has a 15.75% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 71 cases and has a 17.13% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 80 cases and has a 20.66% positivity rate
  • Walton added 23 cases and has a 12.50% positivity rate

Nearly Half A Million Get Vaccinated In Florida


Credit FDOH

Accoridng to FDOH's vaccination report, 587,956 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more here

To schedule an appointment for vaccintion:

Escambia County:

To schedule an appointment with Ascension Sacred Heart, visit getascensioncare.com/access/florida/pensacola/ and monitor the Sacred Heart Facebook page for announcements.

Santa Rosa County: 

Appointments can be made by calling the Citizens Information Line at 850-983-INFO (4646) or online at www.santarosa.fl.gov/covid19

Okaloosa County:

To fill out consent forms and get information on the next vaccine dates, visit okaloosa.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/infectious-disease-services/covid-19-vaccine.html

Walton County:

Call 850-401-6453 or visit walton.floridahealth.gov for information on vaccine clinics.