HOLT, Fla., April 7, 2020—The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Okaloosa county a week into a 30-day stay-at-home order.
For the past seven days, Okaloosa County has averaged four new cases each day. On April 1, the number of positive cases in the county was 44. Tuesday, the number was 70.
According to data from Florida’s Department of Health, central western/northwestern to northern Okaloosa County does not yet have a COVID-19 case recorded.
This includes the areas of Holt, Milligan, Baker, Beaver Creek, Blackman, Rock Creek, Oak Grove, Campton, Laurel Hill and Svea.
Conversely, Crestview has six positive cases.
Other Okaloosa County cases include:
- Destin, 22
- Fort Walton Beach, 15
- Niceville, 14
- Shalimar, 6
- Mary Esther 2
- Eglin Air Force Base, 2 — Note: As of March 31, the Secretary of Defense ordered military bases to stop publicly reporting COVID-19 cases.
The sole county death attributed to the virus recorded by Florida DOH was an 87-year-old man who reportedly had contact with a confirmed positive case. His death, number 173 in the state, was recorded as March 27. Records don’t indicate where he lived.
In neighboring counties, Santa Rosa has 66 cases, Walton has 26 and Escambia has 168.
Across Florida, numbers rose from 7,773 April 1 to 14,747 Tuesday, nearly doubling the number of positive COVID-19 cases. The number of deaths has more than doubled.
On average, Florida has added 1,162 positive cases each day for the past week.
To help slow the spread of the virus, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday “strongly suggesting” people to wear face masks when in places where social distancing is hard to maintain.