Updated at 3:30 p.m. July 28:
Please reference the prior updates and Escambia County COVID-19 Update #11 for a prior comprehensive running list. View an updated list of how to access county services here. This update only includes new information we have received. Weekend updates will be distributed only when there is new information.
- Hospital Information totals
- Hospitalizations 238 (current hospitalizations as of 9:05 a.m. on July 28, 2020)
- Bed Capacity 1385 (as of 9:07 a.m. July 28, 2020 (county SITREP)
- Bed Occupancy 1072 (as of 9:07 a.m. July 28, 2020 (county SITREP)
- Beds Available 302 (as of 9:07 a.m. on July 28, 2020)
- Total Ventilators 221 (as of 9:07 a.m. July 28, 2020)
- Available Ventilators 125 (as of 9:07 a.m. July 28, 2020)
- Testing Site Information
- It has been requested to provide our daily COVID employee data. This spreadsheet shows what is currently happening and is not historical data.
- View Escambia County COVID-19 dashboard.
- Beginning Wednesday, July 29, Escambia County is now offering 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer in addition to face masks as part of the public health campaign, "Mask Up, Escambia!" Read the press release here.
Escambia County Extension asks residents to report suspicious seed packets received in the mail. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a warning yesterday for Floridians about unsolicited packages of seeds received through the mail. The seed packets, which may arrive unexpectedly in packages bearing Chinese characters, may bear the name China Post, and may be labeled as jewelry, have been reported in multiple ares including Virginia, Kansas, Washington, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Escambia County. Read the press release here.
Join District 1 Commissioner Jeff Bergosh at his virtual 50th Coffee with the Commissioner event Wednesday, July 29. The live stream will take place from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Guests will include Mark Faulkner, President and CEO of Baptist Health Care, Escambia County Administrator Janice Gilley and Emergency Manger Eric Gilmore. The discussion will focus on the ongoing county response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information here.
Senator Doug Broxson and Chairman and District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry inside the Big Red OneBlood donation bus today. Over 35 citizens signed up to donate blood today, filling all appointment slots! The Escambia County Commission continues to encourage all citizens who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate blood or plasma in order to help current COVID-19 patients. View a calendar of current and upcoming mobile testing sites here.
Escambia County Corrections
- Cumulatively, 201 Escambia County inmates have been tested:
- 141 positive (118 have been medically cleared due to the amount of time and five have been released from custody, leaving 18 active positive cases with no medical concerns at this time)
- 56 negative
- 4 pending
- At the Walton County jail, 29 Escambia County inmates tested positive out of the 146 inmates housed there.
- Escambia County Corrections will stagger the redeployment of work annex staff and inmate work crews beginning Tuesday, July 28. All six departments, including Roads, Waste Services, Parks, Facilities, Code Enforcement and Animal Services will recover a portion of the normal inmate work crews as staffing allows. The redeployment timeline may be accelerated or delayed based on the rate of return of staff to duty and the availability of inmate crews medically cleared for work. Read the press release here.
Florida Department of Health in Escambia County
- FDOH-Escambia’s walk-in testing site is free to all Florida residents with or without symptoms. Pre-screening is not required. Open July 27-31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT at 1300 West Gregory St., Pensacola, FL 32502. Dates are subject to change due to inclement weather or shortage of supplies. For more information, please visit the dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
- The Florida Department of Health (the Department) issued a Public Health Advisory recommending the following: all individuals in Florida should wear face coverings in any setting where social distancing is not possible and all individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 10 people.
- As of 2 p.m., July 28, Escambia County has had 7,250 positive COVID-19 cases. This number is expected to change daily due to the return of results from ongoing testing. The best source for up-to-date information regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida is the Florida Department of Health website and the associated Data and Surveillance Dashboard and Daily Report. The site is currently updated once daily, at around 3 p.m. ET.
- The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 85 individuals.
- The Department releases a list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases with active cases and number of deaths in each facility in order to provide real-time data. The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available here.
- The Department is providing a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county. Previously, this information was only available for select communities. The surveillance data report is available here.
- To view demographics of cases in Escambia County, visit the COVID-19 dashboard and select Escambia County. The following case data will appear: age, gender, race, and ethnicity.
- Need extra support dealing with stress and coping during this time? Find a list of available resources at Escambiahealth.com.
- Printable resources for restaurants and businesses can be found on the resources page of the FDOH COVID-19 website.
Greater Gulfcoast Arts Festival
- It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. The decision to cancel the Festival is a tough one, but with COVID-19 cases on the rise, the health and safety of arts patrons, volunteers, artists, sponsors, vendors, and festival participants must be our top priority. The 48th annual Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival was scheduled for November 6, 7, and 8. Read the rest of the press release here.