Baker’s virus numbers continue to rise

HOLT, Fla., Nov. 14, 2020—New virus case numbers continue to rise in north Okaloosa County.

Baker added five more new cases today, bringing the total to 170. This is the ninth straight day of increases at an average of more than three per day. A women’s out-of-state retreat is likely the cause of some of the recent rise in numbers.

Laurel Hill’s increases have been steady, but not as dramatic as Baker’s, adding two today, one yesterday and five Thursday.

Holt has only added five cases since the beginning of the month.

Since Nov. 1, Crestview has been averaging more than 18 new cases a day, with 35 in a single day on Nov. 5. By comparison, Fort Walton Beach has averaged 15 new cases a day during the same timeframe.

Milligan’s numbers remain steady at two; however, on three different occasions, the total climbed to three before dropping back to two. No explanation was given for the changes.

The county’s virus-related deaths have held steady at 139 for the past six days.

Florida has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in the United States behind California and Texas, both with more than one million each.

Across the state, numbers are climbing toward 900,00 total cases. Just this past week alone, Florida has added more than 38,000 new virus cases.

Currently at 875,096 total cases, at the current rate, Florida will surpass 900,000 cases sometime next week.

Okaloosa County*
  • Fort Walton Beach 2,236
  • Crestview 1,573
  • Niceville 951
  • Destin 856
  • Mary Esther 342
  • Shalimar 318
  • Baker 170
  • Eglin Air Force Base 105
  • Valparaiso 89
  • Laurel Hill 91
  • Holt 49
  • Cinco Bayou 35
  • Hurlburt Field 20
  • Milligan 2
  • Choctaw Beach 2
  • Duke Field 1
  • Navarre 1
Around the area
  • Milton 3,179
  • Pace 556
  • Bagdad 13
  • Jay 163
  • Paxton 14
  • Defuniak Springs 1,094

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