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CORONAVIRUS FLORIDA: Crestview, Milton and DeFuniak Springs hit with double-digit increases

Nick Tomecek
ntomecek@nwfdailynews.com

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Over 200 Floridians have died in the past two days with COVID-19-related symptoms as cases continue to mount across the state.

The Florida Department of Health reported on Friday an additional 11,433 cases, the second-highest number so far in a 24-hour period.

Testing has also reached a new high. On Thursday 95,348 people were tested for the virus. The percent of positive results ranged from 13.98% to 20.72% over the past two weeks and was 15.30% yesterday, according to FDOH.

Okaloosa County Department of Health Director Dr. Karen Chapman recently submitted a report for the week of June 28-July 4 that scores the county on its status as it is related to coronavirus.

According to the report, the county is in a critical situation as the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases in Okaloosa went from 11.9 to 44.4 cases per day. The average over that time period steadily increased to over 5%.

The virus is also impacting long-term care facilities in our region.

A total of 11 long-term care facilities in Okaloosa County have reported cases of coronavirus as of the July 9 report from the Florida Department of Health.

The hardest hit by the virus is Destin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. The facility is reporting 14 positive residents and 14 positive staff members. Four of the residents have been transferred out of the facility for hospitalization.

The other facilities reporting cases of coronavirus in Okaloosa County include:

Brookdale Bluewater Bay, Brookdale Fort Walton Beach, Crestview Rehabilitation Center, Destin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Emerald Coast Center, Fort Walton Rehabilitation Center, Hawthorn House, Manor at Bluewater Bay, Shoal Creek Rehabilitation Center, Superior Residences of Niceville and Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

In Walton County, Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has the most cases as of July 9, with 16 positive resident cases. All nine of Walton County’s deaths from the coronavirus were from Chautauqua.

Grand Boulevard Health and Rehabilitation Center has no positive resident cases, but four staff members have tested positive, according to the report.

Somerby Santa Rosa Beach has one positive staff member and Stanley House has one positive resident and one positive staff member.

READ: The FDOH long-term care facility report (July 9) >>

Statewide numbers:

Total cases: 244,151 , +11,433

Total Florida resident deaths: 4,102 +93

Non-resident deaths: 102

Below are the numbers for each county in our coverage area, plus a city-by-city breakdown of their positive cases.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Total cases: 1,085, +52

Deaths: 10,

Hospitalizations: 66, +4

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Milton: 450 +19

Gulf Breeze: 218, +14

Navarre: 173, +8

Pace: 106, unchanged

Jay: 33, +1

Missing: 86, +7

Bagdad, +1

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OKALOOSA COUNTY

Total cases: 1,083, +68

Deaths: 10, unchanged

Hospitalizations: 72, +2

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Fort Walton Beach: 411, +23

Crestview: 201, +24

Destin: 162, +5

Niceville: 97, +11

Mary Esther: 58, +3

Shalimar: 68, +7

Baker: 23, unchanged

Eglin: 8, unchanged

Valparaiso: 6, -1

Laurel Hill: 8, unchanged

Missing: 19, unchanged

Holt: 4

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WALTON COUNTY

Total cases: 484 , +50

Deaths: 9, unchanged

Hospitalizations: 35, +2

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DeFuniak Springs: 178, +31

Santa Rosa Beach: 141, +8

Miramar Beach: 34, +4

Freeport: 41, +4

Missing: 19

Ponce de Leon: 3

Point Washington: 1

Inlet Beach: 12, +4

Paxton, 1, unchanged

Watersound, 1

Westville, 1

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