Coronavirus

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

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

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 […]

Learning resources take students across state without leaving home

Learning resources take students across state without leaving home

Public school teachers will be return to schools March 30 to launch distance learning efforts for their students, but being stuck at home can still get boring for the thousands of school age children in Santa Rosa County. To help parents engage their students, state representative Jayer Williamson has shared a list of links to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 eyes hotels to house people with coronavirus

State eyes hotels to house people with coronavirus

by Jim Saunders The News Service of Florida Tallahassee – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that state officials are looking at the possibility of putting people who test positive for the coronavirus in facilities such as hotels to help prevent them from spreading the virus to family members. The idea, which also could involve using […]

State COVID-19 pending test numbers lag behind reality

State COVID-19 pending test numbers lag behind reality

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner calls for “stay-at-home” order

Florida Agriculture Commissioner calls for “stay-at-home” order

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Restaurants on-premises dining, gyms ordered closed in Florida

Restaurants on-premises dining, gyms ordered closed in Florida

Friday afternoon, Gov. Ron Desantis ordered statewide closure of all on-premises consumption at restaurants and closed all gymnasiums and fitness centers.  The order cites COVID-19 concerns about the potential for these locations encouraging the congregating of more than 10 people. The White House has advised citizens to avoid gatherings to limit the spread of this […]

COVID-19: Status as of March 19

COVID-19: Status as of March 19

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COVID-19: Baptist Healthcare closes hospital visitations

COVID-19: Baptist Healthcare  closes hospital visitations

Following the closure of visitation for nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida, hospitals are now limiting visitations as well amid COVID-19 concerns. Baptist Health Care announced Wednesday family members and friends are not to visit loved ones in the hospitals or outpatient care areas, but to communicate with them by mobile device, phone, […]

County creates online small business resource for COVID-19

County creates online small business resource for COVID-19

As many restaurants and businesses adjust operations due to COVID-19 response and social distancing, the Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office (SRCEDO) has rolled out an online resource to help small business. The SRCEDO unveiled SantaRosaReady.com, a site that will provide businesses of all sizes access to information and resources to help minimize and offset […]

Publix, Walmart launch senior shopping hours due to COVID-19

Publix, Walmart launch senior shopping hours due to COVID-19

Due to health concerns for vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic, Publix and Walmart announced Thursday stores will hold seniors only shopping hours. Publix is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 to 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. This change in hours will begin Tuesday, March 24, and continue […]

Two new COVID-19 testing sites set to open in Pensacola

Two new COVID-19 testing sites set to open in Pensacola

In an effort to screen more potential patients, new COVID-19 drive-through testing locations are opening in Pensacola.  In a press release Wednesday, Escambia County announced Community Health Northwest Florida (CHNF) will be opening a testing site at Brownsville Community Center, 3200 W. De Soto St., opening Monday, March 23.  CHNF is partnering with Ascension Sacred […]

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.   […]

COVID-19 case confirmed on Hurlburt Field

COVID-19 case confirmed on Hurlburt Field

An active duty Hurlburt Field airman tested positive for COVID-19 according to a press release Thursday.  1st Special Operations Wing public affairs issued a press release confirming the case. The member had recently returned from travel to a country that has a Level Three Travel Health Notice, and promptly self-quarantined upon return consistent with Department […]

Putting COVID-19 in perspective

Putting COVID-19 in perspective

Santa Rosa County had its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 announced Thursday. By Friday evening that patient died according to the Florida Department of Health. The 71-year-old man had traveled internationally and had serious underlying medical conditions. In a news conference Friday morning, officials of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola announced they were caring for […]

COVID-19: UWF transitioning to remote instruction until March 30

COVID-19: UWF transitioning to remote instruction until March 30

The Florida State University System has mandated all universities transition to remote instruction, effective immediately. Face-to-face instruction is currently set to resume on March 30, 2020. If this date changes, the University will notify the campus community.  At this time, there have been no identified COVID-19 cases at the University of West Florida.  While students are […]

Update: Santa Rosa’s patient with presumptive COVID-19 has died

Update: Santa Rosa’s patient with presumptive COVID-19 has died

The Florida Department of Health announced late in the evening on March 6 that the COVID-19 patient in Santa Rosa County had died at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. The patient was reported to have underlying medical conditions and had recently returned from an international trip. A new individual in their seventies that tested presumptive positive […]

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

A patient exhibiting flu-like symptoms at a medical center in Fort Walton Beach was tested for COVID-19, better known as coronavirus. Three days later, two unrelated patients tested presumptive positive for the illness in Florida, a diagnosis confirmed Monday by federal health authorities. According to a press release, White-Wilson Medical Center elected to temporarily close […]

Patient tested for coronavirus in Fort Walton

Patient tested for coronavirus in Fort Walton

A patient exhibiting flu-like symptoms at a medical center in Fort Walton Beach today has been tested for COVID-19, better known as coronavirus.  According to a press release, White-Wilson Medical Center elected to temporarily close its Fort Walton Beach Immediate Care department to patients for several hours. An individual entered the department who had traveled […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. CHINA VIRUS TOTALS SPIKE China reports 254 new daily deaths and an increase in new daily virus cases of 15,152 after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized. 2. CANDIDATES SET SIGHTS ON SUPER TUESDAY Nevada votes next, then South Carolina, but Democrats vying for […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE DEEPLY UNSETTLED It may be up to New Hampshire to put some structure around the contest after the chaos in Iowa failed to winnow the race. 2. VIRUS DEATH TOLL ACCELERATES Fatalities in China from a new virus top 100 for the first time and pushes the total past 1,000 dead, […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. NOT GUILTY: SENATE ACQUITS TRUMP Mitt Romney was the only Republican senator to vote against acquittal as just the third impeachment trial in American history ends with a divided Congress, and electorate. 2. GLOBAL TOURISM TAKES MAJOR HIT The viral outbreak in China throws the travel industry into chaos, threatening billions in losses and […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. EXTOLLING A ‘GREAT AMERICAN COMEBACK’ President Trump stands before a Congress and nation sharply divided by impeachment and uses his State of the Union address to make a campaign-style case for another four-year term. 2. ‘A MANIFESTO OF MISTRUTHS’ That’s what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said about Trump’s speech after she tore it up […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. DEMOCRATS LAY A BIG CAUCUS EGG The Iowa Democratic Party says that results from the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus are delayed due to “quality checks” and “inconsistencies” in some reporting. 2. HONG KONG WORKERS STRIKE AT HOSPITALS Hong Kong hospitals are cutting services as medical workers walk out for a second day to demand the […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHETHER TO CALL WITNESSES ROILS TRUMP’S TRIAL The impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes for now to block witnesses — potentially scuttling plans for a quick acquittal. 2. CASES OF NEW VIRUS TOP TOTAL FOR SARS China, with 5,974 cases of new virus, has […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. ‘RIGHT MATTERS’ Led by Rep. Adam Schiff, Democratic House prosecutors make an expansive case at Trump’s impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history. 2. HOW CHINA IS DEALING WITH HEALTH CRISIS It is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed […]