Escambia County adds 89 new COVID-19 cases, one death; Santa Rosa reports 44 more cases

From staff reports Published 11:31 AM EDT Aug 21, 2020The Florida Department of Health on Friday verified one

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The Florida Department of Health on Friday verified one additional coronavirus deaths and 89 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Escambia County.

With the death of a 76-year-old woman reported Friday, Escambia County's cumulative coronavirus deaths is at 181, including 171 state residents and 10 non-Florida residents. 

Escambia County has also reported a total of 10,684 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Santa Rosa County on Friday added 44 new positive cases to its total, which is now at 4,385. No new deaths were reported Friday and the county's cumulative COVID-19 deaths remained at 53 people.

Of all deaths in both counties, 93 are tied to long-term care centers, including 84 in Escambia County and nine in Santa Rosa County.

Due to delays in reporting, figures from the state's daily report do not necessarily reflect when a person died or became infected with the virus, but rather when their case was reported by the state.

The median age of positive coronavirus cases was 39 in Escambia County and 40 in Santa Rosa County as of Friday.

To date, 13% of the 74,756 peopled tested in Escambia County and 14% of the 30,841 people tested in Santa Rosa County have been positive for COVID-19.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

The number of patients with COVID-19 being treated in Escambia County hospitals Thursday was 152, continuing the downward trend in hospitalizations seen over the last week. Friday's numbers have not yet been released.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations increased drastically in July, reaching a peak of 246 on July 20. Over the last week, the numbers have started to decreased since a spike to 207 on Aug. 11.

Daily hospitalizations are reported from Ascension Sacred Heart, Baptist and West Florida hospitals directly to Escambia County and the city of Pensacola.

The state reported Friday that Escambia County's cumulative hospitalizations — how many COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic — was 690, an increase of 11 from the previous day.

The number of currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Santa Rosa County is not being compiled. Data from the Florida Department of Health shows that as of Friday, a cumulative 243 people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized in Santa Rosa County since the pandemic began, up by two from the previous day.

Escambia County on Friday morning had 439 available hospital beds, and Santa Rosa County had 195, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Of the 141 adult ICU beds in Escambia County, three were available, and 10 of Santa Rosa County's 20 adult ICU beds were open.

Florida reports 119 deaths and 4,684 new cases 

The Florida Department of Health verified 119 additional COVID-19 deaths and 4,684 new cases Friday.

The reported death toll for Florida residents since the pandemic began is now at 10,168.

This marks the 16th day this month that at least 100 deaths have been reported. In August, 3,206 Florida residents have been verified as having died of COVID-19 complications, just 132 fewer than the total for the entire month of July (3,338).

The seven-day average for reported COVID-19 deaths in Florida declined to 162 Thursday. 

On Thursday, the cumulative number of cases in Florida increased to 588,602. Cases increased for the third consecutive day, but Thursday still marked the fifth straight day the state reported fewer than 5,000 new cases. That hasn't occurred since June 19-23. 

Florida's seven-day average for new cases dropped to 4,495 Thursday, the lowest since June 25. However, the state's cumulative positivity rate for overall tests increased slightly to 13.56%. 

That's because Florida's recent testing slowdown continued. The state's seven-day average for new test was 69,232 through Wednesday. That's about 30,000 fewer daily tests than the state was reporting on average during the last week of July.

The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 is 35,650 since the pandemic began. The Department of Health notes the total figure is cumulative and does not reflect the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals.

Breaking down cases in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties *

  • Pensacola: 7,807 cases
  • Century: 894 cases
  • Cantonment: 741 cases
  • Molino: 121 cases
  • McDavid: 58 cases
  • Walnut Hill: 15 cases
  • Bellview: 11 cases
  • Gonzalez: 7 cases
  • Perdido Key: 6 cases
  • Pensacola Beach: 16 cases
  • Milton: 2,402 cases
  • Gulf Breeze: 642 cases
  • Navarre: 531 cases
  • Pace: 337 cases
  • Jay: 115 cases
  • Bagdad: 9 cases
  • Pensacola Naval Hospital: 1 case
  • Non-Florida resident: 992 cases
  • Missing: 364 cases

* The Florida Department of Health is releasing the locations where confirmed cases are located to provide a broader look at areas where the virus has spread. The locations are based on ZIP code.
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