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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. 15

Mayra Heitman/WUWF

Sunday, Feb. 21

95 Deaths Statewide

The state added 5,065 infections and 95 deaths in Sunday's FDOH report. Of the 95 deaths, three were local. One in Santa Rosa County and two in Okaloosa County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 52 cases and has a 5.21% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 41 cases and has a 7.50% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 58 cases and has a 9.71% positivity rate
  • Walton added 11 cases and has a 4.26% positivity rate 

Saturday, Feb. 20

State Adds 7,280 Cases, 125 Deaths

Florida reported an additional 7,280 infections and 125 more deaths in Saturday's FDOH report. Of the 125 deaths, two occured in local areas: one in Escambia County and one in Walton County. No additional deaths reported in Santa Rosa or Okaloosa counties. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 111 cases and has a 5.20% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 64 cases and has 10.66% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 111 cases and has a 16.44% positivity rate
  • Walton added 20 cases and has a 9.64% positivity rate

Friday, Feb. 19

State Tops 30,000 Deaths

Florida added 6,683 infections and added 224 deaths, with an overall total of 30,214. Of those reported deaths, 15 were from local areas: three deaths reported in Escambia County, three deaths reported in Santa Rosa County, seven reported in Okaloosa County and two reported in Walton County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 40 cases and has a 2.82% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 46 cases and has an 11.51% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 57 cases and has an 11.39% positivity rate
  • Walton added 14 cases and has an 8.70% positivity rate

Santa Rosa County Opens Mass Vaccination Center

Credit Santa Rosa County
John Brier, in the county's building maintenance department, helps prepare the new vaccination center.

Santa Rosa County has leased the former department store at 6209 Hwy. 90 in Milton for a mass vaccination clinic.

According to a press release from the county, the Santa Rosa County Public Safety and the Santa Rosa County Department of Health will manage the facility with vaccine administration support from Ascension Sacred Heart.

The facility will be open Monday through Friday, appointment only. No walk-in appointments will be accepted.

Initially, officials plan to administer 1,500 doses per week with the capability of administering more as vaccine supplies increase. The former department store will be leased from Collett/Waterstone Properties for six months and then on a month-to-month basis if needed. Funding will be reimbursed by FEMA.

"We have crews preparing the site so we can begin administering vaccines on Mar. 1," said Public Safety Director Brad Baker. "This location is conveniently located in the very center of our county with plenty of parking and, at approximately 90,000 sf, ample room for social distancing. It also provides for a much more efficient process, however we do expect to still offer "popup" vaccination clinics in other areas as allocations increase."

Florida residents 65 and older may register for the COVID vaccine by calling ShareCare's toll-free line, 866-201-7110 or online at at: myvaccine.fl.gov.

Thursday, Feb. 18

State Adds 5,117 Cases, 166 Deaths

The state added 5,117 positive COVID-19 cases and 166 deaths according to Thursday's FDOH report. Of those 166 deaths, seven were reported from local areas: six in Escambia County and one in Santa Rosa. No additional deaths reported in Okaloosa or Walton counties. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 49 cases and has a 5.78% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 34 cases and a an 8.72% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 92 cases and has a 15.12% positivity rate
  • Walton added 23 cases and has a 9.86% positivity rate

VA Administers One Million Vaccines, 10,000 In Gulf Coast

On Thursday, the Department of Veterans Affairs' Health Adminsitration vaccinated its one millionth veteran with their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a press release from the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System. 

Since the VA began COVID-19 vaccinations in December, they have vaccinated 330,000 veterans with a second dose of the vaccine. 

The Gulf Coast facility has administered more than 10,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to area veterans and GCVHCS staff. The facility is reaching out to Veterans who are eligible for vaccination. For more information, visit va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine

Wednesday, Feb. 17

State Adds 7,342 Cases, 165 Deaths

The state reported an additional 7,342 COVID cases and 165 deaths in the Wednesday FDOH report. Of those statewide deaths, three were from local areas: two from Santa Rosa and one from Okaloosa. No additional deaths reported in Escambia or Walton counties. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 68 cases and has a 4.43% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 59 cases and has a 10.68% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 39 cases and has a 11.34% positivity rate
  • Walton added 24 cases and has an 8.06% positivity rate

DeSantis Announces Vaccine Shipment Delay 

At a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said shipments of the Pfizer COVID vaccine were delayed due to bad weather. Watch below: 

Tuesday, Feb. 16

State Adds 6,297 Cases, Reports 225 Deaths

Florida added 6,297 positive COVID cases according to Tuesday's FDOH report. An additional 225 deaths were also reported, eight of which occured in local counties: four in Escambia, one in Santa Rosa and three in Walton. Okaloosa reported no additional deaths. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 102 cases and has a 7.10% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 41 cases and has a 7.48% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 41 cases and has a 6.56% positivity rate
  • Walton added 17 cases and has a 5.06% positivity rate 

Monday, Feb. 15

State Adds 3,615 Cases, 159 Deaths

The state added 3,615 positive COVID cases according to Monday's FDOH report — one of the lowest numbers in months. The state also reported an additional 159 deaths, 29,434 total. Only one death was reported from a local area: Escambia County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 45 cases and has an 8.46% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 19 cases and has a 6.76% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 56 cases and has a 16% positivity rate
  • Walton added 4 cases and has a 4.76% positivity rate

Vaccine Report

FDOH reports that a total of 3,490,648 doses have been administered to people. 

Local totals:

  • Escambia: 50,260 doses
  • Santa Rosa: 30,710 doses
  • Okaloosa: 28,757 doses
  • Walton: 12,862 doses