Ask an epidemiologist: Florida’s spread of COVID-19

Ask an epidemiologist: Florida’s spread of COVID-19

We are in this for the long haul. COVID-19 is expected to continue to gain ground in Florida, and that means protective measures for weeks to come. In the last week, Florida gained roughly 252% positive cases, adding 1,100 new cases in a single day according to the state health department. Nationally, officials with the […]

Unemployment soaring, state workers redirected to help

Unemployment soaring, state workers redirected to help

Between August 2018 and February 2020, Florida’s unemployment call center took 2.39 million calls, mostly from people out of the job needing assistance. In the last week, they received 2.1 million calls. The Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) re-employment services are swamped as numbers rivaling the Great Recession flood into the system seeking help after […]

Plan to end wastewater discharge in Sound moves forward

Plan to end wastewater discharge in Sound  moves forward

Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted Thursday to accept a plan for disposal of millions of gallons of sewage and stop discharge of treated effluent into Santa Rosa Sound.The vote approved the Memorandum of Agreement for the Northwest Florida Regional Reuse and Water Quality Improvements Strategic Plan (MOA).“It’s a mouthful to say, but it’s an absolute […]

Airport open, traffic down

Airport open, traffic down

Despite an international pandemic, in a lot of ways it is business as usual at Pensacola International Airport. Flights are still arriving and departing, though many have been canceled due to fewer travelers as citizens social distance due to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended suspending all non-essential travel. Across the […]

UPDATE: Governor extends stay at home order to entire state

UPDATE: Governor extends stay at home order to entire state

Updates to this story include clarification of what essential services are, enforcement and actual language of the executive order issued April 1.  In a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will be issuing a safer at home style executive order for the entire state. The order, set to go into effect at midnight […]

Two local EMS in quarantine due to potential exposure

Two local EMS in quarantine due to potential exposure

Two Santa Rosa County EMS are currently in quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19. Lifeguard Ambulance Service Director of Operations Dwayne Tullos confirmed the two employees are in quarantine but have not tested positive for the novel coronavirus at this time. Details about the individuals were not shared. First responders are taking steps to […]

All public schools closed until at least May 1

All public schools closed until at least May 1

School closures due to COVID-19 concerns are extended through May 1 according to school district officials. Students had been set to return to the classroom April 15, but Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick confirmed Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran extended the closure during a conference call Monday afternoon. Wyrosdick said he was disappointed by the news, but he […]

UPDATE: Five things to know: Governor issues new orders

UPDATE: Five things to know: Governor issues new orders

With 903 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, Gov. Ron DeSantis held multiple press conferences Monday to update the public. Here are the highlights. 1. Safer at home order for southeast Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a “safer at home” executive order for the most affected counties in southeast Florida. DeSantis announced the additional measures […]

FL Gov.: Quarantine order expands to Louisiana, road checkpoints coming

FL Gov.: Quarantine order expands to Louisiana, road checkpoints coming

Gov. Ron DeSantis press conference key points: No new vacation rentals for two weeks Travelers from Louisiana must self-isolate for 14 days Road checkpoints will be set up coming into the state SNAP food stamp benefits to be expanded  In a press conference Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced those coming to the state from Louisiana […]

Military travel freeze could chill real estate

Military travel freeze could chill real estate

The Department of Defense has paused all military travel through May 11, including putting on hold many family’s orders to relocate. For a real estate market driven largely by military relocations, Navarre realtors are seeing slowdowns. Jodi Van Wagner specializes in military relocation for Keller Williams. She said the impacts of the freeze at this […]

COVID kitties rescued

COVID kitties rescued

Volunteers at nonprofit animal rescue A HOPE have a sense of humor. Mama kitty COVID was dumped at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter pregnant and injured. A HOPE staff pulled her and named her, and when her four kittens were born, they named them Fatigue, Fever, Cough and Body Aches. They are just two […]

Navarre Beach closed to public as of March 21

Navarre Beach closed to public as of March 21

Amid calls from health care professionals to shut down the shorelines due to COVID-19 fears, Santa Rosa County officials announced Friday morning that all public beach areas will close at midnight. Restaurants that have not already done so are being directed to move entirely to to-go ordering. No on-premises dining will be allowed.The closure includes […]

Infant in Gulf Breeze daycare tested positive for COVID-19

Infant in Gulf Breeze daycare tested positive for COVID-19

An infant attending a Gulf Breeze day care has tested positive for COVID-19.  Seaside Child Development Center posted via Facebook Thursday that one child in the center’s infant room had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, causing the facility to close for at least two weeks. Seaside is located at 4338 Gulf Breeze Parkway.  Owner […]

Nursing homes, assisted living help families adapt

Nursing homes, assisted living help families adapt

Friends and family of those in assisted living and nursing homes are barred from seeing their loved ones until at least April 13 according to federal guidelines. COVID-19 infections are on the rise across the U.S., and the elderly, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of serious complications or death from […]

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

Santa Rosa case details and counts by city

These detailed numbers are as of March 24, 10:30 a.m. (last update by Florida Department of Health).  States with most cases (March 24) New York 20,875 New Jersey 2,844 California 2,240 Washington , 2,101 Florida 1,412 Local Cases (March 24) Santa Rosa: Navarre 3 Milton 1 Escambia: Pensacola 6 Okaloosa: Destin 5 Niceville 4 Crestview […]

Governor: Mandatory quarantine for New York, New Jersey visitors

Governor: Mandatory quarantine for New York, New Jersey visitors

Passengers of incoming flights from New York and New Jersey to Florida will be required to quarantine for 14 days according Gov. Ron DeSantis.  The governor announced the executive order March 23 during a press conference. He said there are more than 190 direct flights planned to Florida from these two states, both of which […]

Three COVID-19 cases in Santa Rosa, 1,171 in Florida

Three COVID-19 cases in Santa Rosa, 1,171 in Florida

School officials have confirmed that a 17-year-old diagnosed with COVID-19 March 20 was attending classes at the Learning Academy of Santa Rosa prior to diagnosis.  The boy is the third individual to test positive for the illness in Santa Rosa County according to the Florida Department of Health. The student had no travel history and […]

Nonprofit helps school district feed families

Nonprofit helps school district feed families

As more families across Santa Rosa County find out they’ve been laid off due to COVID-19, the school district is providing free breakfast and lunches for those younger than 18 through federal programs. But what about their parents who suddenly don’t have income? FoodRaising Friends is stepping up to help. Partnering with Santa Rosa County […]

Baptist opens COVID-19 testing site in Pensacola

Baptist opens COVID-19 testing site in Pensacola

Baptist Health Care announced opening of their COVID-19 testing site today, adding to other private healthcare run sites in Pensacola.  Baptist public relations specialist Kathy Bowers said the new site is conveniently located for patients and will only be open to those that go through pre-screening procedures.  “To be tested, a patient must first be […]

State COVID-19 pending test numbers lag behind reality

State COVID-19 pending test numbers lag behind reality

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Local banks close lobbies to customers

Local banks close lobbies to customers

All Navarre area banks have or are planning to close lobbies to customers in an effort to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  Kelly Kennedy is assistant manager at the Navarre Regions Bank. She said overall the change has been manageable.  “It’s actually been quite well received. People have been very receptive and understanding,” […]

Navarre beach closed to public, restaurants to-go only

Navarre beach closed to public, restaurants to-go only

Amid calls from health care professionals to shut down the shorelines due to COVID-19 fears, Santa Rosa County officials announced Friday morning that all public beach areas will close at midnight.  Restaurants that have not already done so are being directed to move entirely to to-go ordering. No on-premises dining will be allowed.  The closure […]

Sacred Heart offers COVID-19 drive-through testing

Sacred Heart offers COVID-19 drive-through testing

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Florida, hospitals have begun drive-through screening of potential patients who do not require hospitalization. Among healthcare facilities taking this step is Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola which began screenings and drive through testing Monday. Residents experiencing fever, cough and symptoms of respiratory illness can call […]

UDPATE: Schools prepare for potential full online transition

UDPATE: Schools prepare for potential full online transition

Santa Rosa County’s k-12 schools have been ordered shuttered through at least April 15 by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. To prepare for the worst case scenario, school district administrators are developing a plan to transition to full online learning for the entire fourth quarter of the school […]

County tourism grapples with COVID-19

County tourism grapples with COVID-19

This information was current as of March 17. The COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid, ever changing situation. For the latest updates, please visit the NavarrePress.com homepage.  Thursday morning Tourist Development Director Julie White told the Board of County Commissioners the risk to Santa Rosa County tourism from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 would be less than […]

School closures create food uncertainty

School closures create food uncertainty

COVID-19 has closed down massive parts of the community, including area schools through at least March 27. While those closures could mean curbing the illness’s spread, for the county’s most financially vulnerable populations, the announcement could be troubling. For hundreds of students throughout south Santa Rosa County, school means free breakfasts and lunches. And it […]

Okaloosa County public beaches closed

Okaloosa County public beaches closed

Okaloosa County Commissioners closed all public beaches Thursday morning in an emergency meeting.  Several tourism industry professionals spoke against the measure. Beach hotel owner Julian McQueen said he is enforcing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines with his visitors. He also pointed out he has 250 employees depending on the board’s decision.   […]

Turner House ruled structurally sound

Turner House ruled structurally sound

In yet another setback for the county, a derelict and crumbling home, known locally as the “Turner House,” at the western end of Gulf Boulevard has been ruled structurally sound. District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech confirmed that the ruling ends their latest attempt to get the nuisance gulf-front home demolished. Read the full article […]

Dorsey named district’s 2020 Principal of the Year

Dorsey named district’s 2020 Principal of the Year

Making meaningful connections with 1,013 students plus a school’s worth of staff can be difficult in a school year, but that is Shana Dorsey’s goal.  Dorsey has been principal at West Navarre Intermediate School for five years, and her efforts to create a connected community resulted in the school district naming her Principal of the […]

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