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Data shows Fort Walton Beach High School sent 177 students into quarantine last week

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

Okaloosa County School District numbers show that a lot of students are missing class last week and this week due to exposure to COVID-19.

Fort Walton Beach High School sent home 177 based on "student contact," during the week of Oct. 5-12, according to weekly statistics posted on the district website.

The school reported 11 students had tested positive for the disease and, while less than five staff members had contracted the coronavirus, seven had been in contact with an infected person.

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Contact occurs when someone spends 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, according to School District spokesman Steve Horton. Florida Department of Health protocol requires a 14-day quarantine for students or staff who come into contact with a positive COVID case. 

Crestview High School, which two weeks ago reported 110 students had been exposed to an infected classmate, last week reported 90 more incidences of student contact. Choctawhatchee High School reported 60 student contacts last week and Niceville High School reported 35. 

Destin Elementary saw 77 of its students exposed to the virus, Ruckel Middle School 69 and Edge Elementary 22.  

In a recent report to Okaloosa County officials, Okaloosa Health Department Director Dr. Karen Chapman noted the importance of testing after close contact with someone positive for COVID-19.

"Forty-three percent of the secondary cases had no symptoms. For the contacts who did develop symptoms, symptom onset ranged from 3 to 11 days after last known exposure to the case. This is consistent with the 2 to 14-day incubation period for this virus," she said.

There were 120  new cases of COVID-19 and two COVID-19 deaths reported Tuesday across the eight-county Northwest Florida region that includes Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Bay, Washington, Holmes, Gulf and Franklin counties.

Both fatalities occurred in Okaloosa County, where the overall death toll rose to 124. One of the deaths was associated with a long-term care facility. There have been 61 Okaloosa County COVID-19 deaths associated with long-term care facilties.  

BY THE NUMBERS 

Total COVID-19 cases from the Tuesday, Oct. 13 report from FDOH:

Florida cases: 738,749, +2,725

Florida resident deaths: 15,531, +119

Non-resident deaths: 191, +4

BY COUNTY

Okaloosa: 5,451, +40

Santa Rosa: 5,585, +19

Walton: 2,114, +10

Bay: 6,347, +43 

Washington: 1,121, +2

Holmes: 799, +6

Gulf: 910, -9

Franklin: 674

DEATHS

Okaloosa: 124, +2

Santa Rosa: 82

Walton: 29

Bay: 122 

Washington: 24

Holmes: 10

Gulf: 15

Franklin: 4

CITY-BY-CITY CASES (over 10)

Santa Rosa County

Milton: 2,896

Gulf Breeze: 800

Navarre: 705

Pace: 469

Jay: 157

Pensacola Beach: 15

Bagdad: 12

Missing: 474

Okaloosa County

Fort Walton Beach: 1,713

Crestview: 1,117

Destin: 693

Niceville: 689

Mary Esther: 260

Shalimar: 259

Baker: 112

Eglin Air Force Base: 79

Valparaiso: 62

Laurel Hill: 54

Holt: 41

Cinco Bayou: 34

Hurlburt Field: 11

Missing: 278

Walton County

Santa Rosa Beach: 643

DeFuniak Springs: 620

Freeport: 259

Miramar Beach: 182

Inlet Beach: 54

Destin: 30

Paxton: 12

Missing: 95