County virus numbers decreasing

HOLT, Fla., Feb. 1, 2021—New daily virus numbers have shown a decrease for the past two days according to Florida Department of Health data.

While Saturday’s numbers were more than 15,000, Sunday’s figures dropped below 8,000 to 7,788. 

Today’s total number of new cases at 5,730 is the lowest so far this year and the lowest it’s been since Nov. 16.

While new case numbers are down, today’s statewide deaths were more than 200; however, Okaloosa County remained at yesterday’s 286 total.

North county communities, with the exception of Crestview, did not increase their totals from yesterday. Crestview added 18 yesterday and only three today.

Based on modeling and daily data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases will likely decrease during the next four weeks.

Florida’s positivity rate is 8.39 percent; Okaloosa County’s rate is 13.71 percent, 4.43 percent higher than yesterday’s.

To date, 14,037 people have received their first does of the vaccine with 1,785 people who have received both dosages, according to Okaloosa County data.

Virus information specific to Okaloosa County can be found on the county website. Daily updates are posted to the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Facebook page.

Okaloosa County*

  • Fort Walton Beach 4,690
  • Crestview 4,344
  • Niceville 2,748
  • Destin 1,720
  • Mary Esther 815
  • Shalimar 731
  • Baker 510
  • Valparaiso 245
  • Laurel Hill 252
  • Eglin Air Force Base 188
  • Holt 165
  • Hurlburt Field 89
  • Cinco Bayou 42
  • Choctaw Beach 10
  • Milligan 3
  • Duke Field 2
  • Navarre 1
  • Florala 1
  • Defuniak Springs 2

Around the area

  • Milton 7,482
  • Pace 1,238
  • Bagdad 31
  • Jay 485
  • Paxton 15
  • DeFuniak Springs 1,887

*FROM FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 DATABASE

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