Updated at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13:
For prior updates, visit myescambia.com/news#coronavirus
Ascension Sacred Heart
- Ascension Sacred Hearth has vaccinated approximately 5,000 seniors in Escambia and Santa Rosa County. Scheduled appointments have filled very quickly in clinics due to the strong demand for the new vaccines.
- Ascension Sacred Heart will schedule more clinics as additional vaccine becomes available.
- Ascension Sacred Heart's COVID-19 testing sites in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The drive-thru testing center in Pensacola will also be closed on Saturday, Jan. 16, Sunday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Jan. 18.
Baptist Health Care
In a video released Jan. 8, Baptist Health Care President and CEO Mark Faulkner provides an update on the extremely high number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the local area and encourages the community to remain vigilant in efforts to prevent the spread of infection including wearing a mask, washing hands, social distancing and avoiding gatherings. Faulkner says local hospitals have not yet seen the holiday surge, but every effort is being made to prepare for it. He reminds the community that this is an extremely difficult and stressful time for health care workers. Faulkner also discusses the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The video can be viewed at https://ebaptisthealthcare.org/Covid-19-Information/videos.
Baptist Health Care's COVID testing will be operating as normal on Monday, Jan. 18. Call the screening center at 850-434-4080 to determine if you need an appointment. Online assessment screenings are also available via their website or text “Screen” to 850-318-3080. The online assessment screening is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Community Health Northwest Florida
- Community Health Northwest Florida's Mobile testing will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- Hospital Information totals
- Hospitalizations 263 (current hospitalizations as of 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021)
- Bed Capacity 1,397 (as of 10:48 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 (county SITREP)
- Bed Occupancy 1,122 (as of 10:48 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 (county SITREP)
- Beds Available 321 (as of 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021)
- Total Ventilators 215 (as of 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021)
- Available Ventilators 142 (as of 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021)
- Recovered 22,903* (Approximate: total cases prior to last month minus deaths)
- To view the county's Crude Case-Recovery Risk and a detailed explanation of the formula by which it is calculated, visit the Escambia County COVID-19 dashboard. The current Crude Case-Recovery Risk is 98.18% (as of 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021)
- As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, there have been 11,421 vaccinations distributed throughout the entire county (via the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, hospitals, closed points of disbursements, independent living facilities, long-term care facilities and pilot programs). This number has been added to the Escambia County COVID-19 dashboard.
- Testing sites
- Vaccination Information
- Rapid testing information
- Escambia County dashboard
- Multiple Vaccination Distribution Channels For Adults 65 and Older
- Health Department Appointments: Vaccine distribution scheduled at FDOH-Escambia from online request form (ongoing based on supply).
- Hospitals: Ascension Sacred Heart Vaccine Distribution Clinics (1/6, 1/7, 1/11)
- Underserved Population: i.e. Brownsville Community Center on 1/3.
- Publix: starting 1/14
- Independent Living Facilities: i.e. Westminster Village, Englewood Senior Apartments, Brownsville Manor and Johnson Lakes Apartments
- Long-Term Care Facilities: CVS and Walgreens are working to vaccinate staff and residents under a federal agreement.
- Contact Information:
- Florida Department of Health, Escambia County- If you are a health care provider with direct patient contact or an Escambia County resident 65 years and older and interested in receiving a vaccine, please complete the Vaccination Request Form. Completion of this form confirms interest in vaccination. It does not secure an appointment for vaccination. FDOH-Escambia will schedule appointments base on supply availability. The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at +1(866) 779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ascension Sacred Heart- Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart began vaccinations for adults 65 and older on Jan. 6. To schedule a future appointment, visit getascensioncare.com/access/florida/pensacola/ and and monitor the Sacred Heart Facebook page for announcements. They will continue to hold clinics as supply becomes available.
- Florida- Sign up for text message updates about the vaccine and distribution by texting "FLCOVID19" to 888777. After you submit the text message, it will ask you to supply your zip code for local-level updates. Information about the statewide vaccine distribution plan can be found at floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida/.
- Publix - Publix started taking appointments for the new locations on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at publix.com/covid-vaccine.
Escambia County Corrections
- Cumulatively, 961 Escambia County inmates have been tested:
- 228 positive (228 have been medically cleared, and 22 have been released from custody, leaving 4 active, positive cases at this time)
- 733 negative
- 0 pending
- At the Walton County jail, 29 Escambia County inmates tested positive out of the 146 inmates housed there.
Florida Department of Health in Escambia County
Florida Division of Emergency Management
- FDOH-Escambia announced its COVID-19 Vaccination Program. COVID-19 vaccines are currently being prioritized for health care providers with direct patient contact and persons 65 years of age and older. If you are in one of these groups and interested in receiving a vaccine, please complete the Vaccination Request Form. Completion of this form confirms interest in vaccination. It does not secure an appointment for vaccination. FDOH-Escambia will schedule appointments based on supply availability.
- FDOH-Escambia announced their COVID-19 testing site closure to support contact tracing efforts. COVID-19 testing sites continue to be available at several locations in Escambia County, visit Escambia County’s 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., Jan. 13, Escambia County has had 26,212 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 2 p.m. CT.
- The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Escambia County residents is 432 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 Florida Department of Health has launched Healthy Together, a mobile app that can help a person view their test results, assess their symptoms and learn what to do after they have been tested for COVID-19. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store by searching for “Healthy Together”. Individuals whose results are uploaded into Healthy Together with a phone number will automatically receive a text notifying them that their results are available in the app.
- Florida has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Report that will be updated daily at http://FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov. This report includes a breakdown of who has received the vaccine by age, race, sex and county. As of January 13, 11,421 Escambia County residents have been vaccinated.
- Governor Ron DeSantis has signed Executive Order 20-315 which outlines that providers can only administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff.
- Persons 65 years of age and older.
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
- Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers.
- COVID-19 vaccine administration is underway, and we ask the public to be patient as it rolls out. Read more about what Florida Department of Health Escambia County is doing to vaccinate health care workers and older adults in the community: bit.ly/38hgFcU
- The Florida Department of Health issued an update on the proactive actions and progress on the state's vaccine distribution plan, as well as its weekly COVID-19 update. The State of Florida is in its fourth week of vaccine distribution and doses have been delivered to all of Florida's 67 county health departments and hospitals in every region across the state. Thanks to the administration’s proactive efforts to prepare for vaccine distribution, Florida was the first state in the nation to begin vaccinating staff and residents of long-term care facilities, as well as to the broader senior population.
- COVID-19 vaccine administration continues. FDOH-Escambia highlights recent efforts in providing the COVID-19 vaccine, Jan. 12: https://bit.ly/3oxOrQJ
FDOH-Escambia received an additional Moderna vaccine allotment. We are in the process of contacting individuals who completed the COVID-19 Vaccination Request Form to schedule appointments. Each form submission includes a time stamp, which is taken into consideration when scheduling appointments.
- If you completed the online form and receive a phone call from a State of Florida number, please answer the phone. It could be FDOH-Escambia staff calling to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
- We continue to encourage residents to take advantage of opportunities offered through other partners to get vaccinated.
- Read the full release at bit.ly/3bt60xs
- An additional closed point of dispensing will take place on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brownsville Community Center 3200 W. DeSoto St., Pensacola, FL 32505. All the vouchers have been distributed throughout the county. Only those with an appointment scheduled and a voucher may attend. Attendees also need to present a photo ID and a completed FDOH consent form.
- The Florida Division of Emergency Management piloted a vaccination point of distribution in Escambia County starting with 574 underserved adults 65 and over at the Brownsville Community Center, 3200 W. DeSoto St., on Sunday, Jan. 3. This was announced by the Governor on Jan. 4 with a focus on deploying the vaccine into underserved communities.
- Those receiving the first dose on Jan. 17 will need to return to the Brownsville Community Center at the same appointment time for the second dose of the vaccine on Saturday, Feb. 13. Participants should note that just one dose of the vaccine does not offer full protection. Both doses are required to achieve the desired immune response.
- The Florida Division of Emergency Management selected this pilot site point of distribution. Escambia County Emergency Management partnered with Community Health Northwest Florida and the Florida Department of Health-Escambia County to administer the vaccines.
Governor's Press Office
- Eligible individuals can make appointments beginning today, using the online reservation system at publix.com/covidvaccine, with vaccinations starting Thursday, Jan. 14. Vaccinations are provided to eligible individuals, by appointment only, while supplies last, and at no cost to the individual. Customers with health insurance will need to bring their insurance card to their scheduled appointment. Customers without health insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number.
- Publix Pharmacy will administer the vaccine at the following locations in Escambia County:
- Shops at Perdido Key- 13390 Perdido Key Dr.
- Publix- 5055 N Ninth Ave.
- University Town Center- 9251 University Parkway
- Belleview Plaza- 5998 Mobile Highway
- Publix at Nine Mile- 2180 W Nine Mile Rd.
- Publix at East Hill- 1100 E Cervantes St.
- Read the Publix News Release