Florida surpasses 100,000 virus mark


COVID-19 cases current as of 10 a.m. June 22. (Florida Department of Health)

HOLT, Fla., June 22, 2020—Florida reached a major milestone today passing 100,000 as coronavirus numbers continue to rise.

At more than 97,000 cases last night, Florida’s numbers jumped to 100,217 with today’s morning update by the Florida Department of Health.

Of that, 2,170 cases are non-Florida residents.

In the Holt area, two COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Okaloosa County.

Holt’s 32564 Zip Code extends into Santa Rosa County, but no cases have yet been confirmed in the Holt area west of the Okaloosa County line.

An additional two cases have been reported in Baker.

In Okaloosa County overall, the Fort Walton Beach area has the highest number of cases at 175, including one resident and one staff member at the Crestview Rehabilitation Center.

Okaloosa County reports a total of 421 COVID-19 cases and six deaths, 71 cases more than Santa Rosa and 231 more than Walton County. Escambia County has more than 1,200 cases.

To date, Florida recorded its single-highest day of new infection cases June 20 at 4,664, according to FDOH data.

Cases appear to be higher in ages 25-34, while hospitalizations and deaths are higher in people over 65, according to FDOH data.

More than 3,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Florida.

Of Okaloosa County’s six deaths, all but one, a 33-year-old female, were over the age of 80.

Four of the county’s six deaths were elderly residents at the Fort Walton Rehabilitation Center, according to the most recent FDOH data on nursing home deaths.

To the north and west in Alabama, Covington County has 270 cases, Escambia County has 104 and Baldwin County has Alabama’s fourth-lowest total at 37 cases.

Okaloosa County cases

  • Fort Walton Beach 174
  • Crestview 64
  • Destin 56
  • Niceville 43
  • Mary Esther 28
  • Shalimar 22
  • Eglin Air Force Base 6
  • Valparaiso 3
  • Laurel Hill 4
  • Holt 2
  • Baker 2

An additional six cases were not identified to a specific city, town or area.


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