Santa Rosa County sees third confirmed COVID-19 case

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The Florida Department of Health confirmed Santa Rosa County has a third case of COVID-19. Unlike the county’s first two cases, this individual does not have a travel history.

The male is a 17 years old and does not have any known contact with confirmed cases according to the health department.

There are two additional pending tests in the county according to the health department, but that only includes the state health department’s data. Private hospital pending tests are not included in that metric. For example, last week Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital’s drive-through testing site collected at least 674 nasal swabs with results expected early next week. 

That means at least 674 pending tests from the Escambia and Santa Rosa county areas not listed.

In Okaloosa County, the number of cases has grown to 12 with additional pending cases. 

Statewide as of noon March 22, COVID-19 infections reached 830 according to the department of health, and 13 people have died due to the illness. 

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