Holt, Laurel Hill add to virus totals

Florida’s total virus count is creeping up on the 600,000 mark.

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 19, 2020—Okaloosa County continues to add to its daily virus totals.

Holt added two more positive cases for a total of 26. Laurel Hill added one bringing its total to 36.

Crestview has added cases daily for at least the past month and a half, adding 12 more positives for a total of 764, the second highest in the county.

The other north county community totals remained the same as yesterday.

Florida has reported fewer than 5,000 new cases for the past four days, and the state’s positivity rate has fallen below 10 percent.

However, Florida reached a grim milestone today as it passed more than 10,000 deaths.

Florida joins an exclusive club of just four states with virus-related deaths reaching or surpassing that mark: New York, New Jersey, California and Texas.

Although Okaloosa County only recorded one death with today’s state health department update, there were 13 virus-related deaths recorded yesterday, the county’s highest single-day increase, for a total of 64.

The county’s virus-related deaths have quadrupled since this time last month, which stood at 15 on July 19.

The United States has now recorded more than 5.5 million COVID-19 infections with 172,640 deaths nationwide.

Florida has the second-highest total virus numbers in the nation, behind California. Texas is running a close third.

Okaloosa County*
  • Fort Walton Beach 1,355, up 10 from yesterday
  • Crestview 764, up 12
  • Destin 517, up 2
  • Niceville 437, up 2
  • Mary Esther 203, same
  • Shalimar 190, up 1
  • Baker 77, same
  • Valparaiso 38, same
  • Laurel Hill 36, up1
  • Eglin Air Force Base 29, same
  • Holt 26, up 2
  • Hurlburt Field 3, same
  • Milligan 2, same
Around the area
  • Milton 2,363, up 17
  • Pace 330, up 6
  • Jay 116, up 3
  • Defuniak Springs 476, up 9

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