Coronavirus Live Blog: Week of July 6

Jul 12, 2020

Sunday, July 12

Florida Sets New Record 

Test results for more than 142,900 individuals were reported to DOH as of midnight, on Saturday, July 11. Today, as reported at 11 a.m., there are:

  • 15,300 new positive COVID-19 cases (15,135 Florida residents and 165 non-Florida residents)
  • 45 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19

 

There are a total of 266,119 positive cases in Florida residents and 3,692 positive cases in non-Florida residents. 

There are a total of 269,811 Florida cases with 4,242 deaths related to COVID-19.

Saturday, July 11 

New Positive Cases 

Test results for more than 87,000 individuals were reported to DOH as of midnight, on Friday, July 10. Today, as reported at 11 a.m., there are:

  • 10,360 new positive COVID-19 cases (10,274 Florida residents and 86 non-Florida residents)
  • 95 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19

 

On July 10, 12.64 percent of new cases tested positive.

 

There are a total of 254,511 Florida cases with 4,197 deaths related to COVID-19.

Friday, July 10

New library changes in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa County Library System is implementing the following changes beginning Mon., Jul. 20:

Library Facilities

  • Patrons may enter the library for computer use only.
  • Browsing is not allowed at this time to help slow the spread and ensure patrons receive physical library items in the safest way possible.
  • A limited number of computers will be available to allow for social distancing.
  • Computer sessions are limited to one hour with no extensions. Reservations are available but not required.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged; a limited number of masks are available for patrons to use.
  • Visit the library system’s website for free online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, databases, and more.
  • Meeting Rooms remain closed until further notice.
  • All library materials must be returned via book drops.
  • NO donations are being accepted at this time.

Curbside Service

  • Curbside pickup will continue.
  • Place holds for items online and get notified when they are ready for pick up.
  • Hours for curbside service and computer use are Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Drive-thru testing Monday 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 mobile testing in July.  

Drive-Thru Testing Schedule:

Monday, July 13, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crestview Community Center, 1446 Commerce Drive, Crestview. The date is subject change due to inclement weather or shortage of supplies. Testing is limited to 450 tests. If 450 tests are reached prior to the scheduled end time, operations will close.

No pre-screening or pre-registration required. Community residents with and without symptoms can be tested at no cost. There are no age limitations. Children must be cooperative and able to complete the test without restraint. Vehicles will not be able to line up early. Please do not arrive earlier than 4:30 p.m.

Everyone will be asked to provide their first and last name, address, gender, date of birth, race, ethnicity, address, county of Florida residency and a working phone number. Everyone should remain in the vehicle at all times. Try to limit those in vehicle to no more than five to be tested. 

If you have symptoms of concern for COVID-19, after being tested, you should stay home and continue to monitor and record symptoms until you get your results. Results will be provided via telephone call regardless if positive or negative.

COVID-19 testing is available at DOH-Okaloosa in Ft. Walton Beach and Crestview for persons experiencing symptoms. Please call 850-344-0566 for an appointment. Appointments are available Monday – Friday.

Symptoms of a possible infection with COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell and sore throat. Rarely symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Florida deaths top 4,100

Today, as reported by the state Department of Health at 11 a.m., there are:

  • 11,433 new positive COVID-19 cases (11,343 Florida residents and 90 non-Florida residents)
  • 93 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19

On July 9, 12.75 percent of new cases tested positive. There are a total of 244,151 Florida cases with 4,102 deaths related to COVID-19.

Thursday, July 9

52 deaths in Escambia County

As of 2 p.m., Escambia County has had 3,332 positive COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 52 individuals.

120 deaths in Florida; death toll tops 4,000

Today, as reported at 10 a.m. Central by the state Department of Health, there are:

  • 8,935 new positive COVID-19 cases (8,875 Florida residents and 60 non-Florida residents)
  • 120 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19

On July 8, 18.39 percent of new cases tested positive.

There are a total of 232,718 Florida cases with 4,009 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since July 8, the deaths of one hundred twenty Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Martin, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter and Volusia counties.

18 Escambia County inmates test positive in Walton

The Walton County Jail reports that out of the 38 positive COVID-19 cases in their jail, 18 are Escambia County-housed inmates.

Escambia County Corrections Chief Rich Powell said, "Walton County is a great law enforcement partner of ours, and we will work with them to ensure the inmate populations of both our facilities receive the appropriate care as directed by our medical staff and the Florida Department of Health."

Thursday, Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be setting up a hotline for inmate families to call for information. You may also call the Escambia County Jail at 850-436-9650 if you have questions about inmates.

Wednesday, July 8

COVID-19 cases in Escambia: 3,188; 51 deaths

As of 2 p.m., Escambia County has had 3,188 positive COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Escambia County residents is 51 individuals.

Nearly 10,000 new COVID cases in Florida, 48 deaths

From the state Department of Health:

Today, as of 10 a.m. Central, there are:

  • 9,989 new positive COVID-19 cases (9,898 Florida residents and 91 non-Florida residents)
  • 48 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19
  • On July 7, 14.15 percent of new cases tested positive.
  • There are a total of 223,783 Florida cases with 3,889 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since July 7, the deaths of 48 Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Broward, Dade, Escambia, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, St. Lucie and Volusia counties.

Milton testing site added

Here is a list of COVID-19 test sites in Santa Rosa County:

  • Milton Community Center, Wednesdays | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    5629 Byrom St, in Milton
  • Santa Rosa County Health Department - Midway
    Thursdays | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    5840 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze

There also is a Santa Rosa/Escambia state testing site:

  • University of West Florida parking lot SP2 (near the East Sports Complex)
    Daily | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola (map)

Participants will call the COVID call center upon arrival (850-564-2307) to be connected to an operator who will collect information. Participants will remain in the vehicle for the duration of the testing process. More details here. These sites are available until further notice:

Tuesday, July 7

Escambia reports 3,059 cases; 48 dead

As of 2 p.m., Escambia County has had 3,059 positive COVID-19 cases.  The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 48 individuals.

Testing Available This Week In Downtown Pensacola

New Positive Cases 

Test results for more than 48,500 individuals were reported to DOH as of midnight, on Monday, July 6. Today, as reported at 11 a.m., there are: 7,347 new positive COVID-19 cases (7,218 Florida residents and 129 non-Florida residents) 63 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19.

Escambia’s May picked for COVID-19 committee

Escambia County is proud to announce District 3 Commissioner Lumon May has been selected to serve on the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee by the President and Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.  

"I am extremely proud and honored to serve on the COVID-19 Committee for the Florida Association of Counties," said District 3 Commissioner Lumon May. "Since the arrival of the pandemic in Escambia County, I have worked closely with local hospitals to ensure everyone had access to testing. I am looking forward to working with leaders statewide on COVID-19 related policies that will help return our state and counties back to normal while keeping residents safe and healthy."

Monday, July 6 

Escambia approaches 3,000 cases; 47 dead

As of 2 p.m., Escambia County has had 2,942 positive COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 47 individuals.

New Positive Cases

6,336 new positive COVID-19 cases (6,300 Florida residents and 36 non-Florida residents) 47 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19 On July 5, 14.97% of new cases tested positive. There are a total of 206,447 Florida cases with 3,778 deaths related to COVID-19.

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Hospital Association has partnered with the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association to raise awareness on essential public health and safety measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

Today, we are continuing our joint efforts by releasing an open letter to the American public on the importance of taking simple steps we know will help stop the spread of COVID-19 — wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing and washing hands.

To view the full letter, click here.

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