Coronavirus Live Blog: Week Of Oct. 12

Oct 16, 2020

Oct. 16

There have been 748,437 positive cases in Florida

From the state department of health:

  • Thursday’s statewide positivity rate for new cases is 4.38 percent.  
  • Thursday was the 64th straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases.  

Santa Rosa open for business

All Santa Rosa County offices are open for business; appointments are encouraged. In some cases walk-in appointments may be available although lobby seating is limited and citizens may be required to wait outside or in their vehicles until called.

Santa Rosa test site

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital and Santa Rosa County have another drive-through testing sites. Preregistration required; call (850) 746-2684.

St. Sylvester Catholic Church - Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze
There will be no testing on Tues., Nov. 3 as the church is a polling location.

Oct. 15

Only 5.2 percent of Wednesday cases were positive

From the state department of health:

  • Wednesday’s statewide positivity rate for new cases is 5.20 percent.
  • Wednesday was the 63rd straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases.

Oct. 14

62 days with a positivity report below 10 percent

From the state department of health: Tuesday’s statewide positivity rate for new cases is 5.42 percent. Tuesday was the 62nd straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

264 dead in Escambia

As of 2 p.m., Escambia County has had 12,737 positive COVID-19 cases. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Escambia County residents is 264 individuals.

61 days below 10 percent positivity

From the state department of health:

Monday’s statewide positivity rate for new cases is 4.99 percent.

Monday was the 61st straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases.

 

CARES Grant Applications due Friday

Santa Rosa County issued the following news release:

Santa Rosa County has allocated a total of $2.6 million of CARES Act funding to provide grants of up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses. In partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center, applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. The application period is currently open and closes on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. Applications received after the application period will not be reviewed. 
 
Grant amount tiers:

  • $10,000 for small businesses with 0-25 employees
  • $20,000 for small businesses with 26-100 employees

To apply, eligible businesses must submit the completed grant application form and all required documents in PDF to santarosacaresgrant@gmail.com with the headline "Small Business Grant." Visit santarosa.fl.gov for eligibility requirements and a list of required documents.

There will also be an open house Q&A session with the Florida SBDC on Wed., Oct. 14 from 9 - 10 a.m. for any business owner with questions related to the Economic Recovery Grant.

Applicants will receive notice of approval or denial as soon as their applications have been processed. Only eligible and completed applications with required supporting documentation will be accepted. Grant funding will be disbursed from the Santa Rosa County Grants Department by check via mail to the business's listed address. 

For more information, contact the SBDC at sbdc@uwf.edu or by phone at (850) 474-2528.

 

CRF Rental/Mortgage/Utility Assistance

Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) provide financial assistance to eligible Santa Rosa County homeowners/renters who are currently unemployed or underemployed as a result of COVID-19 and have fallen past due with mortgage, rent, and/or utility payments and/or are in jeopardy of future payment delinquency due to lost or diminished income.

Assistance will be provided in the form of a grant to be paid directly to the service provider. The amount of assistance provided will be determined by each household’s current need in order to maintain their housing unit through the end of the funding period. For eligibility requirements, visit santarosa.fl.gov.

To apply, eligible residents should submit the application and all required documentation to WebEmail-Housing@santarosa.fl.gov with the subject, "COVID Related Housing Assistance" or send through postal mail to Housing Department, 6150 Old Bagdad Hwy., Ste. 201, Milton, FL 32583. For questions, call (850) 981-7076.

 

United Way 211

Residents struggling due to COVID-19 are encouraged to call 211 - A free, confidential service available to Santa Rosa County residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

211 will connect residents to available resources for food, rent/mortgage assistance housing deposits, utilities, employment, COVID-19 testing and more. 

For more information about 211, visit unitedway.org.

Monday, Oct. 12

Escambia death toll at 262

As of 2 p.m., Escambia County has had 12,674 positive COVID-19 cases.  The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Escambia County residents is 262 individuals.

60 days below 10 percent positivity

From the state department of health

  • Sunday’s statewide positivity rate for new cases is 3.47 percent.
  • Sunday was the 60th straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases.

The statewide death toll is 15,412.

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