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)
Fort Walton Beach 2
Mary Esther 1
Santa Rosa Beach 4
Four COVID-19 cases in Santa Rosa, more than 1,400 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 no known contact with a confirmed case.
Monday, the health department confirmed a two-year-old boy from Navarre has also tested positive for COVID-19. The child had no travel history and no known contact with confirmed cases.
Previously a 71-year-old Santa Rosa County resident who traveled to Egypt died from the illness. The second known case in the county is a 48-year-old man who traveled to the United Kingdom.
Learning Academy Executive Director Ray Sansom said they immediately alerted staff and family of students after discovering the student tested positive for the disease.
The student attended classes at the academy March 6, 11 and 12, and parents indicated he may have been showing symptoms at that time.
“We were not aware of that possibility until March 20,” Sansom said.
The Florida Department of Health has made phone contact with nearly all families of those that attended or worked at the school, providing information about what to look for and when to seek help. Health officials will be making home visits to families that have not been reached by phone.
Sansom said they have taken additional precautions at the school as well. Per state mandate, classes will not resume in person until at least April 15. In the meantime, Sansom said they have done a thorough cleaning of all school facilities and buses.
Another deep clean is planned for right before classes would resume, if they resume in person at all this semester.
Santa Rosa’s fourth confirmed case, according to the Florida Department of Health is a 2 year-old boy.
As of 10 a.m. March 24, Florida had 1,412 positive cases of COVID-19 and 18 deaths from the illness according to the Florida Department of Health.
Based on data from local health departments, Florida has the fifth most cases of any state in the U.S.