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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BAY COUNTY PROVIDES COVID-19 UPDATE, ANNOUNCES ONE NEW DEATH AND 87 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19

July 23, 2020

Panama City, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) confirmed today that a 58-year-old Bay County woman, diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 22 passed away. Fourteen Bay County residents have died from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

DOH-Bay offers condolences to the latest victim’s family and will continue to work diligently with our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

DOH-Bay also received confirmation of 87 additional cases of COVID-19 with 330 negative test results with 20.7 percent positive for July 22. According to the Agency for Health Care Administration as of 10 a.m. today there are 84 persons in Bay County hospitals with COVID-19. 

Bay County’s total case count is at 2,356 including 2,298 residents and 58 non-residents. Fourteen Bay County residents have died from COVID-19. There has been one death associated with a long-term care facility. Bay County’s overall COVID-19 positive testing rate is 12 percent. Of the 19,408 tests processed, 17,024 tests are negative.

The age range for Bay County residents testing positive for COVID-19 for July 22 is 0-4 years (2), 5-14 years (1), 15-24 years (13), 25-34 (15), 35-44 (14), 45-54 (13), 55-64 (19), 65-74 (9), 75-84 (1), and 85+ (0). There is one non-Florida resident case.

Cities of Bay County cases based on patient’s ZIP Code: Panama City (1,588), Panama City Beach (314), Lynn Haven (240), Youngstown (42), Southport (40), Fountain (26), Missing (20), Callaway (10), Tyndall Air Force Base (7), Mexico Beach (3), Inlet Beach (2), Parker (2), Bayou George (1), Seacrest (1), Vernon (1), and Watersound (1).

Data is preliminary and subject to change based on public health investigations.

COVID-19 Question of the Day

I manage a business, what do I need to do in response to COVID-19?

The CDC offers guidance for businesses and employers. You should have a plan that includes; educating employees on the virus, encouraging people to stay home when they are sick, cleaning and disinfecting regularly especially for commonly touched surfaces, knowing how you will handle if you have a positive case in your organization, and knowing the current CDC guidance on self-isolation.

Close contacts are people who have been in less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes consecutively from two days before a person tests positive or has symptoms. Keeping employees on telework as it allows, practicing social distancing within the workplace, and wearing masks when you cannot social distance can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace.

The CDC has recently changed the guidance on ending self-isolation to a symptom-based strategy based on evidence. Most people can return to work after 10 days from symptom onset with at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved. If a person does not have symptoms it should be 10 days since their positive test. People who are close contacts to a case should stay at home for 14 days, monitor for symptoms, and seek testing if they become symptomatic.  

You can find a toolkit for businesses from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/business-workplaces.html.

The Florida Department of Health also offers information for businesses here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/businesses/.

Prevention

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.

Testing

DOH-Bay is 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 CDC.gov/coronavirus. For additional testing options and information, visit Bay.FloridaHealth.gov.

DOH-Bay Test Results

Phone: Call (850) 872-4455 and follow the prompts to COVID test results prompts and request the status with the representative. You will be provided with the option to obtain your results in person (if negative) or electronically (negative or positive).

Office: If you come to our office, do not get out of your car. Please call (850) 872-4455 and follow the COVID test results prompts. Please let us know you are in the parking lot and we will deliver your results to you in your vehicle.

Email: You can make your request by emailing baymedicalrecords@flhealth.gov. After you complete the authorization form, you will need to respond with a picture of your photo ID and we will send your result to you via an encrypted email. The email must be viewed on a desktop or laptop PC as the encryption is not mobile friendly.

 

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.

 

The Agency for Health Care Administration added an additional tab to the Hospital Bed Capacity Dashboard to reflect hospitalizations with the primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

 

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 http://bay.floridahealth.gov/ or BayHealthCOVID19.com. Contact the Citizens Information Center seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (850) 248-6090, or email ask@baycountyfl.gov.  

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 FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov. 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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

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.

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