Coronavirus Live Blog: Week of May 11

May 16, 2020

Sunday, May 17

Latest Data From Florida Department Of Health

Saturday, May 16

Read Gov. DeSantis's Full Phase One Reopening Plan

Friday, May 15

42 more deaths in Florida, including Escambia’s 20th

Since 10 a.m. Central Thursday, 42 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Alachua, Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Dade, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties.

671 cases in Escambia; death toll at 20

As of 11 a.m., Escambia County has had 671 positive COVID-19 cases.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 20 individuals.

Walton County Testing Sites

MAY 16

9 A.M. – NOON

School District Bus Barn, Just North of Freeport High School, 12615 US-331

MAY 19

9 A.M. – NOON

Gene Hurley Park, 965 Gene Hurley Road, DeFuniak Springs

MAY 21

9 A.M. – NOON

Mossy Head School, 13270 US-90, DeFuniak Springs

Santa Rosa accepting appointments for needed services

Beginning Monday, citizens may call to make appointments to see staff for needed services including the offices of development services, veteran services, engineering, and animal services.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Enters Phase 2 Of Reopening

On Sat., May 16, Gulf Islands National Seashore will initiate Phase Two access, opening

Santa Rosa area, including Highway 399

- Opal Beach restrooms at clusters C & D will be open

- Lifeguards will be on duty at Opal Beach

The Naval Live Oaks Area (no restrooms)

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

- Parking lots 33A and 36A along Highway 399 (closed for the season)

- Parking lots 34A and 34E at the Opal Beach Complex

Santa Rosa County Feeding Programs 

Fri., May 15

St. Ann Catholic Church, 100 Daniel Dr., Gulf Breeze - 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m

We Care Ministries, 9025 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre - 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Magnolia Crossings Apartments, 4312 Magnolia Crossing Cir., Pace - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pineview United Methodist Church, 1400 Pineview Church Rd., Jay - 2 to 4 p.m.

Sat., May 16

First Baptist Church of Bagdad, 4529 Forsyth St., Bagdad - 9 to 11 a.m.

Chumuckla Community Church, 8008 Chumuckla Hwy., Pace - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sun., May 17

The King's Harvest, 14047 Alabama St., Jay - 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 14

Eglin Air Force Base Will Salute Healthcare Workers With A Flyover This Afternoon

A 96th Test Wing four-ship formation of fighter aircraft are scheduled to flyover Okaloosa County medical facilities, May 14. The flyover is part of the #AirForceSalutes campaign.

The flightpath will begin in Destin (Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast Miramar Beach), followed by Fort Walton Beach (Fort Walton Beach Medical Center), Niceville (Twin Cities Hospital), and end over Crestview (North Okaloosa Medical Center.) The flyover is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and will last until 1:45 p.m.

671 cases in Escambia

As of 10 a.m. today, Escambia County has had 671 positive COVID-19 cases.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 19 individuals.

48 more deaths in Florida; death toll at 1,875

Since 10 a.m. Central on Wednesday, 48 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Calhoun, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Hendry, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns and Suwannee counties.

There are 43,210 Florida cases with 1,875 deaths related to COVID-19.

Okaloosa mass transit to resume Monday

Effective Monday, Okaloosa County (EC RIDER) and MV Transportation will resume normal mass transit services, while maintaining and enforcing safety measures to protect passengers, general public, and employees.

This includes reinstituting of all routes, fares, fees, services, and reopening of the EC RIDER public lobby for normal business transactions. Passengers are asked to have required bus fare ready and available prior to boarding the bus, to continue reduced contact between patrons and bus operators. Social distancing practice of six feet and reduction in vehicle capacity will be enforced, with 50% passenger load capacity and spacing for each vehicle on fixed route and paratransit services.

Passengers and customers are encouraged to wear masks or personal protective equipment while riding mass transit or while in public lobbies. Buses will continue to be thoroughly cleaned for overall safety.

Schedule inquiries, requests, comments, or questions can be received at (850) 833 -9168.   

Escambia County School District Food Service Providing Meals Through May 22

School meals will continue to be provided via curb-side service, until May 22, 2020. Since schools closed, the district served more than 157,000 meals. Families should make plans now to switch to an alternative summer community feeding location.  

Families are encouraged to locate an alternative summer community feeding location by going to https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com, and entering a home address.  This website provides a map showing feeding sites nearby.  Families without internet access can call 2-1-1 or text FOODFL to 877-877 for assistance as well.

Wednesday, May 13

Okaloosa County Gets First Drive-Thru Testing Site

48 more deaths in Florida

Since 11 a.m. Central Tuesday, 48 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Duval, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Polk counties.

665 cases in Escambia; death toll at 19

As of 10:15 a.m. Escambia County has had 665 positive COVID-19 cases.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 19 individuals.

Baptist video highlights COVID-19 fighters

Baptist Health Care issued the following news release:

During National Hospital Week, Baptist Health Care recognizes the important work and daily efforts of all team members in providing care to the communities we serve. The Baptist mission of helping people throughout life’s journey has never been stronger nor more appropriate as during these days when we all work together to fight COVID-19.

A video recognizing the commitment and dedication of the more than 7,300 Baptist Health Care team members can be viewed by visiting https://www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/Health/videos. 

Tuesday, May 12

659 cases in Escambia; death toll at 19

As of 1 p.m., Escambia County has had 659 positive COVID-19 cases.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 19 individuals.

44 more deaths in Florida

There are a total of 41,923 Florida cases with 1,779 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since 10 a.m. Central Monday, 44 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Desoto, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia counties

Escambia grades will not be mailed

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has announced that end-of-year student grades/report cards will be available electronically this year, as paper copies will not be mailed for the end of 2019-2020 school year.

To assist in establishing and/or accessing their student’s Focus™ Parent Portal account, new instructional videos are now available on the district web page: http://ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/focuspp

Milton City Council to discuss COVID-19 declaration

From the city of Milton:

The City of Milton will hold its regularly scheduled city council meeting on Tues., May 12, to discuss the emergency declaration.

Also, the city of Milton Fire Department will assist all local businesses with meeting the 25% occupancy limit.

UWF hosts testing site until Friday

A drive-through COVID testing site at the University of West Florida is open for residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week until Friday. Details here. Contact the Department of Health (850-564-2307) for questions.

Monday, May 11

Free COVID-19 Testing in Walton County 

Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Posts Reopening Document

In an effort to provide the public in Northwest Florida concise and accurate information related to COVID-19 business resources, a consortium of Escambia and Santa Rosa County business, economic development, and tourism agencies have joined together to create the Reopen Escarosa resource document.   This document contains information related to Phase One of Governor Ron Desantis’ Reopening Florida Plan with an emphasis on safety guidance for businesses and COVID-19 information for the general public.

The Reopening Escarosa resource document contains information related to key economic industries in northwest Florida with recommended guidelines for businesses along with general health and testing information for the public.

14 more deaths in Florida; nearly 41,000 cases

As of 10 a.m. Central there are 386 new positive COVID-19 cases (374 Florida residents and 12 non-Florida residents) and 14 deaths related to COVID-19.

There are a total of 40,982 Florida cases with 1,735 deaths related to COVID-19.

Since 11 a.m. Sunday, 14 people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Collier, Dade, Hendry, Hillsborough, Lee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Volusia counties.

641 cases in Escambia; death toll at 18

As of 10 a.m. today, Escambia County has had 641 positive COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 18 individuals.

Six more deaths in Florida

As of 10 a.m. Sunday, there are 595 new positive COVID-19 cases (588 Florida residents and 7 non-Florida residents) and six deaths related to COVID-19.

There are 40,596 Florida cases with 1,721 deaths related to COVID-19.

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