CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Okaloosa sees largest jump of positive cases in Panhandle since Friday
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Another 739 people in Florida tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, but the death toll rose by only four people, the Florida Department of Health reported in its daily wrap-up of the pandemic’s spread through the Sunshine State.
Total cases in Florida were now 56,163. Of those, 54,764 were Florida residents. Non-residents totaled 1,399.
The number of people hospitalized due to the virus stood at 10,190 on Saturday. The death was 2,451.
Okaloosa County saw another large increase in the number of positive cases, up by 10 over Friday’s count.
Here are the case totals for each county:
Santa Rosa: 245 cases, five more than Friday
Okaloosa: 223 cases, 16 more than Friday
Walton: 117 cases, three more than Friday
Bay: 98 cases, unchanged since Friday
Holmes: 19 cases, unchanged since Friday
Washington: 57 cases, three more than Friday
Calhoun: 63 cases, 10 more than Friday
Gulf: One case, unchanged since Friday
Franklin: Two cases, unchanged since Friday
These are the death tolls by each county:
Santa Rosa: Nine, unchanged since Friday
Okaloosa: Six, unchanged since Friday
Walton: Nine, unchanged since Friday
Bay: Three, unchanged since Friday
Holmes: Zero, unchanged since Friday
Washington: Four, unchanged since Friday
Calhoun: Four, unchanged since Friday
Gulf: Zero, unchanged since Friday
Franklin: Zero, unchanged since Friday
Residents of Okaloosa County can be tested for the presence of COVID-19 on the following dates and at the following locations:
Tuesday, June 2
8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Northwest Florida State College, 100 E College Blvd., Niceville, FL 32578
Thursday, June 4
8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center. 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Tuesday, June 9
8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Crestview Community Center, 1446 Commerce Dr., Crestview, FL 32539
Thursday, June 11
9 a.m. – noon, Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Dr., Destin, FL 32541
* Dates are subject change due to inclement weather or shortage of supplies.
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.
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 still available at DOH-Okaloosa for anyone wanting testing, symptoms or no 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.
Antibody (serological) testing is not available at these test sites. The tests will identify the presence of the active virus. It does not identify the presence of antibodies which indicates that the person has been exposed to the virus and developed antibodies against it.