In Northwest Florida, three counties recorded huge surges in new cases on Friday - Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Bay counties - with Santa Rosa leading the trio.

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Florida continued its rapid rise of coronavirus cases Saturday, announcing 11,458 new cases in one day, near New York’s national single-day high of 11,571 in mid-April.


In Northwest Florida, three counties recorded huge surges in new cases on Friday - Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Bay counties - with Santa Rosa leading the trio.


During the most recent two-week period, test results coming back statewide have dipped below 10 percent positive just once. The state’s May reopening, which health experts say has resulted in Florida’s rapid caseload increase, was based on achieving a positivity rate below 10 percent.


The state, with 190,052 cases, vaulted past New Jersey and along with Texas is behind only California and New York for total cases of the deadly respiratory disease.


However, New York, which has nearly 400,000 cases, underwent its deluge in April and in the past two weeks is averaging about 660 new cases a day. Over that same period, Florida is averaging more than 6,800 new cases and Texas is averaging 5,700.


Florida recorded 18 more deaths on Saturday, rising to 3,803 including nonresidents. Palm Beach County’s death toll rose by five to 555.


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No new deaths were reported in Northwest Florida on Friday.


State records show that hospitalizations rose by 244 overnight and have averaged 200 new hospitalizations a day over the past two weeks.


Below are the totals for each county in our coverage area, plus city-by-city totals for municipalities that show five or more positive cases.


SANTA ROSA COUNTY


Total cases: 815, +72


Deaths: 9, unchanged


Hospitalizations: 41, unchanged


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Milton: 341, +26


Gulf Breeze: 162, +18


Navarre: 133, +9


Pace: 89, +10


Jay: 19, +2


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OKALOOSA COUNTY


Total cases: 880, +60


Deaths: 8, unchanged


Hospitalizations: 65, unchanged


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Fort Walton Beach: 331, +16


Crestview: 155, +18


Destin: 141, +8


Niceville: 72, +2


Mary Esther: 50, +2


Shalimar: 53, +4


Baker: 19, +5


Eglin: 8, unchanged


Valparaiso: 6, +1


Laurel Hill: 6, +1


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WALTON COUNTY


Total cases: 305, +10


Deaths: 9, unchanged


Hospitalizations: 31, +2


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DeFuniak Springs: 123, +2


Santa Rosa Beach: 76, +6


Miramar Beach: 23, unchanged


Freeport: 22, unchanged


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HOLMES COUNTY


Total cases: 195, -1


Deaths: 0


Hospitalizations: 5, unchanged


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WASHINGTON COUNTY


Total cases: 120, +2


Deaths: 13, unchanged


Hospitalizations: 21, unchanged


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BAY COUNTY


Total cases: 684, +59


Deaths: 5, unchanged


Hospitalizations: 39, unchanged


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Panama City: 441, +48


Panama City Beach: 105, +3


Lynn Haven: 57, +5


Youngstown: 12, +1


Southport: 10, +1


Callaway: 7, unchanged


Fountain: 5, unchanged


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GULF COUNTY


Total cases: 34, unchanged


Deaths: 0


Hospitalizations: 3, unchanged


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Port St. Joe: 15, unchanged


Wewahitchka: 13, unchanged


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FRANKLIN COUNTY


Total cases: 11, unchanged


Deaths: 0


Hospitalizations: 0