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July 03, 2020

Panama City, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) received confirmation of 44 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 625 including 593 residents and 32 non-residents. Five Bay County residents, or 1 percent of all positive Bay County cases, have died from COVID-19. A total of 37 Bay County residents, or 6 percent of all cases, have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Bay County’s overall COVID-19 positive testing rate is 7 percent. Of the 8,565 tests processed, 7,929 tests are negative.

Demographics for today’s confirmed cases: Female (29), Female (4), Female (17), Female (55), Female (20), Female (36), Female (37), Female (55), Male (56), Female (20), Male (31), Female (38), Male (39), Female (31), Female (21), Female (18), Male (27), Male (60), Male (23), Female (40), Male (16), Male (47), Female (26), Male (65), Female (30), Female (23), Female (26), Female (65), Female (53), Male (40), Male (60), Female (33), Female (50), Male (20), Female (40), Female (22), Male (49), Male (63), Female (19), Female (42), Female (48), Male (63), Female (34), and Male (83).

Cities of Bay County cases based on patient’s ZIP Code: Panama City (393), Panama City Beach (102), Lynn Haven (52), Youngstown (11), Southport (9), Missing (8), Callaway (7), Fountain (5), Tyndall Air Force Base (3), Bayou George (1), Parker (1), and Inlet Beach (1).

During the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Surgeon General are reminding all Floridians to protect the vulnerable by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public:

  1. Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets to linger in the air.
  2. Crowded Places. Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
  3. Close-Contact Settings. Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from others.


DOH-Bay will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 viral testing to any person over 18 with or without symptoms on Tuesday, July 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the former Springfield City Hall site, 3529 E 3rd ST, Panama City.

DOH-Bay is now testing anyone with symptoms of COVID-19. For screening, please call DOH-Bay at (850) 872-4455 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and follow the prompts. Testing is by appointment only. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat. The CDC has a symptom checker available at For additional testing options and information, visit
COVID-19 Question of the Day
What is an antigen test?
An antigen test is a newer COVID-19 viral test that looks for active infection by detecting certain proteins that are part of the virus. Using a nasal or throat swab to get a fluid sample, antigen tests can produce results in minutes. A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate, but there's an increased chance of false negative results — meaning it's possible to be infected with the virus but have negative antigen test results. Depending on the situation, the doctor may recommend a molecular test to confirm a negative antigen test result. In Bay County, antigen tests are being offered through PanCare. Appointments are booked online at

Additional Data

The state provides a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county, which is available here.

In order to make the daily COVID-19 report easier to download and more accessible, the daily report will now separate case line data in a separate PDF. Both reports will continue to be updated daily. The case line data report is available here.

Florida long-term care facility data:

  • The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available here
  • The list of long-term care facilities with deaths is available here, which is updated weekly. 
The antibody COVID-19 test results report will be provided once a week and contains county, race and lab information on antibody COVID-19 tests conducted in Florida. The report for antibody tests conducted by private health care providers is available here and the report for antibody tests conducted at state-supported COVID-19 testing sites is available here.
More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here.

For more information on COVID-19

For text alert updates from the Florida Department of Health in Bay County, text “bayhealth” to 888-777. For additional information specific to Bay County, visit or Contact the Citizens Information Center seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (850) 248-6090, or email  

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 website at For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, call (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day or email

The free StrongerThanC19 app is available to both iOS and Android users and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores. The StrongerThanC19 app and website are designed to gather information to help the Department of Health track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; they are not intended to be used as a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice.


About the Florida Department of Health 

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, please visit .