State records another new daily high for COVID-19 cases

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

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For the second day in a row, the state of Florida surpassed its daily record for the number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed. The total across the state rose between 10 a.m., Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday by 1,902 to 70,971.

Total cases across the state rose by 1,698 between Wednesday and Thursday. The number of new cases has now increased by 1,000 or more for nine of the last 10 days, and the one day the new case total did not increase by 1,000 the total was 966.

The number of deaths across the state did drop from 47 reported Thursday to 29 on Friday.

Hospitalizations and deaths in Northwest Florida remain relatively low. Washington County did record another fatality overnight.

The number of positive cases in Okaloosa County rose by 18 in the last 24 hours, with eight new cases discovered in the Fort Walton Beach area.

Between May 3 and June 7, Okaloosa has seen a shift in the age groups impacted by COVID-19, Health Department Director Dr. Karen Chapman said in an email.

From March until early May, 36.7% of the 169 people who tested positive for the coronavirus were 65 or older. That dynamic has changed, Chapman said.

“Individuals under 40 years of age now make up nearly 53% of the cases,” Chapman said. “In addition, Okaloosa has seen an increase in cases to children under 18 years of age — up to 16.7% of all cases.”

Of note, Chapman said, only 11.8% of our cases are now occurring to persons 65 years and older. Between May 3 and June 7 the median age of cases has dropped to 37 years.

By the numbers:

Total COVID-19 cases as of 10 a.m. June 12

Santa Rosa: 275, increase of two since Thursday

Okaloosa : 312, increase of 18 since Thursday

Walton: 145, increase of three since Thursday

Bay: 139, increase of four since Thursday

Washington: 87, no increase since Thursday

Holmes: 31, no increase since Thursday

Gulf: 8, no increase since Thursday

Franklin: 2, no increase since Thursday


Santa Rosa: 9, no change

Okaloosa: 6, no change

Walton: 9, no change

Holmes: 0, no change

Washington: 9, increase of one since Thursday

Bay: 4, no change

Gulf: 0, no change

Franklin: 0, no change

Positive tests by city

Santa Rosa County

Milton: 166, increase of one

Navarre: 43, no increase

Gulf Breeze: 34, increase of one

Pace: 19, increase of one

Jay: 4, no change

Pensacola Beach: 1, no change

Missing Santa Rosa: 4

Okaloosa County

Fort Walton Beach: 129, increase of eight

Destin: 41, no change

Crestview: 42, increase of one

Niceville: 35, increase of two

Shalimar: 19, increase of one

Mary Esther: 18, increase of one

Laurel Hill: 4, no change

Eglin Air Force Base: 4, no change

Baker: 2, no change

Holt: 2, no change

Missing Okaloosa: 8

Walton County

DeFuniak Springs: 84, increase of one

Santa Rosa Beach: 22, increase of one

Freeport: 8, no change

Miramar Beach: 3, no change

Point Washington: 1, no change

Destin (Walton Co.): 1 no change

Paxton: 1, no change

Ponce de Leon: 1 no change

Westville: 1, change of one