HOLT, Fla., March 26, 2020–The United States is now the world leader of COVID-19 cases surpassing China and Italy.
According to the Johns Hopkins University interactive world map of COVID-19 cases worldwide, the United States has topped the 83,000 positive cases mark.
China is second at close to 82,000 and Italy is creeping up on 81,000.
In the United States, New York has become the epicenter for the virus with nearly 38,000 cases.
Florida has the eighth most positive cases in the country with 2,484 as of 7 p.m. tonight.
In Okaloosa County, four more positive cases have been recorded bringing the count to 22.
The neighboring county of Santa Rosa also increased by four today to a total of 12. Walton County is holding at 13 cases.
Further to the west, Escambia County has 20 cases and Baldwin County in Alabama now has five. The the north, Escambia and Covington counties in Alabama have zero cases recorded.
Okaloosa County’s cases includes 20 residents and two non-residents. One county resident is not in the state of Florida at this time.
Of the positive cases, three have been hospitalized. More than half have tested positive due to travel, while the others are non-travel related.
To date, Okaloosa’s positive cases are located in Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther and Niceville.