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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 April 19

Mayra Heitman/WUWF

Wednesday, April 21

Walk-In Vaccine Clinic in Cantonment Thursday

Community Health Northwest Florida is hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic Thursday, April 22 for the first dose of the Moderna vaccine in Cantonment. The clinic will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 4-H Office, located at 3730 Stefani Rd. All eligible participants are asked to bring a photo I.D. No appointment is required. 

Florida Blue Offering Rides To Vaccine Sites 

Florida Blue is teaming with Lyft and other transportation companies to offer its members access to rides to and from vaccination appointments as part of its services to support vaccination events across the state.

The transportation services are available to members with Medicare Advantage, individual and family health plans, such as Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans, and fully insured employer-provided plans.

Members needing transportation assistance should call the toll-free number on the back of their Florida Blue card or their local Florida Blue Center at 877-352-5830. The centers’ neighborhood nurses and community specialists can answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can get one.

For Florida Blue members receiving a two-dose vaccine, the insurer will assist with access to transportation for both doses. The transportation assistance is the latest effort undertaken by the Florida Blue to reduce barriers to vaccination to Floridians. 

Thursday, April 15

6,762 Cases, 78 Deaths

The state added 6,762 infections according to Thursday's FDOH report. The state also reported 78 deaths, none of which were from local counties. 

Local numbers

  • Escambia added 67 cases and has a 6.19% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 12 cases and has a 4.75% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 31 cases and has a 5.39% positivity rate
  • Walton added 10 cases and has a 4.26% positivity rate

Wednesday, April 14

6,712 Cases, 45 Deaths Reported

The state added 6,712 infections according to Wednesday's FDOH report. An additional 45 deaths were also reported. No new deaths reported from local counties. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 51 cases and has a 6.24% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 30 cases and has a 8.38% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 39 cases and has a 10.17% positivity rate
  • Walton added 22 cases and has a 13.10% positivity rate

Escambia Vaccine Clinic Thursday

Tuesday, April 13

Community Health Northwest Florida COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

CHNWF will hold a vaccine clinic at Pensacola State College Warrington Campus, Building 3600 at 5555 W. Highway 98, on Thursday, April 15 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Appointments are required. Eligible persons who wish to participate in one of these events should call the Community Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 850-439-3358 to schedule an appointment.

Vaccine Brand: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine – 1 st dose

Eligibility: This clinic is open all Florida residents (or Alabama residents who work or attend school in Florida) who qualify to receive the vaccine, including those covered under the Governor’s latest Executive Orders. Currently, the amended order expands the groups eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida to include all individuals age 18 and older.

IMPORTANT: All participants will be required to show photo ID at time of appointment. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or have had symptoms of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) in the past 14 days should not receive the vaccine. Additional information on Community Health Northwest Florida COVID-19 vaccine clinics is available by calling the Community Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 850-439-3358.

State Adds 9,068 Cases, 64 deaths

The number of daily state infections rose to 9,068 in Tuesday's FDOH report. An additional 64 deaths were also reported, six of which were from local counties: three in Escambia and three in Santa Rosa County. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 41 cases and has a 7.85% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 23 cases and has a 8.36% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 38 cases and has a 8.03% positivity rate
  • Walton added 14 cases and has a 7.19% positivity rate

Monday, April 12

Downward Trend Continues With State Infections, Deaths

The state added 1,613 COVID cases according to Monday's FDOH report. The state also added 35 deaths, with the total at 34,720. 

Local numbers:

  • Escambia added 13 cases and has a 5.58% positivity rate
  • Santa Rosa added 5 cases and has a 10.34% positivity rate
  • Okaloosa added 7 cases and has a 14.58% positivity rate
  • Walton added 10 cases and has a 12.50% positivity rate

Vaccine Clinic In Crestview on April 22

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) is partnering with Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services to offer COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only. A vaccination clinic has been added for April 22. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be available for 648 appointments from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Crestview Community Center, located at 1446 Commerce Dr. Registration will open at noon on Tuesday, April 13. Appointments are available over the phone and online through Eventbrite. To make an appointment visit OkaloosaCOVID19Vax.eventbrite.com to register online via Eventbrite or by calling 850-344-0566.