New second-highest case count

HOLT, Fla., Jan. 8, 2021—Although a new single-day record wasn’t broken, Florida posted more than 19,500 new virus cases again today for the second day in a row.

The 19,530 new cases is now the second-highest single-day addition, surpassing the 17,783 cases posted Jan. 6 by the Florida Department of Health.

In the past three days, Florida has posted more than 57,000 new cases, averaging to more than 19,000 cases a day.

Okaloosa County added 196 to today’s new total and will rocket past the 14,000 mark tomorrow.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now shows that Florida has reported 22 cases of the U.K B.1.1.7 mutated virus strain.

Florida is one of five states where the mutated virus has appeared. California has 26, Colorado has two, and Georgia and New York are reporting one case each.

Florida also surpassed 23,000 virus-related deaths today.

In Okaloosa County, virus-related deaths have increased for the past three days with six today, two yesterday and another six Wednesday.

North county communities all added to their virus totals today as well.

Holt added two, Baker added 13, Laurel Hill added six and Crestview added 26.

Okaloosa County*

  • Fort Walton Beach 3,954
  • Crestview 3,588
  • Niceville 2,252
  • Destin 1,425
  • Mary Esther 670
  • Shalimar 630
  • Baker 419
  • Valparaiso 211
  • Laurel Hill 197
  • Eglin Air Force Base 180
  • Holt 126
  • Hurlburt Field 71
  • Cinco Bayou 41
  • Choctaw Beach 9
  • Milligan 2
  • Duke Field 2
  • Navarre 1
  • Florala 1
  • Defuniak Springs 1

Around the area

  • Milton 6,060
  • Pace 983
  • Bagdad 26
  • Jay 370
  • Paxton 15
  • Defuniak Springs 1,644


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