DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BAY COUNTY PROVIDES COVID-19 UPDATE, ANNOUNCES 37 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19
August 12, 2020
Panama City, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) received confirmation of 36 additional Bay County resident cases of COVID-19 and one non-resident case with 188 negative test results and a 16.1% percent positive rate for August 11. According to the Agency for Health Care Administration as of 10 a.m. today there are 72 persons in Bay County hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.
The age range for Bay County residents testing positive for COVID-19 for August 6 is 0-4 years (0), 5-14 years (2), 15-24 years (4), 25-34 (9), 35-44 (4), 45-54 (4), 55-64 (6), 65-74 (0), 75-84 (4), 85+ (1), and unknown (2).
Bay County’s total case count is at 4,551 including 4,481 residents and 70 non-residents. Fifty-Two Bay County residents have died from COVID-19. There have been 10 deaths associated with long-term care facilities. Bay County’s overall COVID-19 positive testing rate is 17 percent. Of the 27,347 tests processed, 22,741 tests are negative.
Cities of Bay County cases based on patient’s ZIP Code: Panama City (2,907), Lynn Haven (715), Panama City Beach (585), Youngstown (79), Southport (65), Fountain (46), Missing (32), Callaway (18), Mexico Beach (11), Tyndall Air Force Base (9), Parker (4), Vernon (3), Inlet Beach (2), Bayou George (2), Seacrest (1), Rosemary Beach (1), and Watersound (1).
COVID-19 Question of the Day
How should food be handled after grocery shopping to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Handling packaged food
- When unpacking groceries, refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and other perishables within 2 hours of purchasing.
- Do NOT use disinfectants designed for hard surfaces, such as bleach or ammonia, on food packaged in cardboard or plastic wrap.
- If reusable cloth bags become soiled, follow instructions for washing them, and dry them on the warmest appropriate setting.
- Wash your hands with soap and hot water after handling packaged foods.
Handling and cleaning fresh produce
- Do NOT wash produce with soap, bleach, sanitizer, alcohol, disinfectant or any other chemical.
- Gently rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under cold, running tap water.
- Scrub uncut firm produce (e.g., potatoes, cucumbers, melons) with a clean brush, even if you don’t plan to eat the peel.
- Salt, pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, and lime juice have not been shown to be effective at removing germs on produce.
- Wash your hands with soap and hot water after handling produce.
Click here for more information on food and COVID-19.
One Goal One Florida asks all Floridians to join this important initiative by following these simple, yet effective steps to mitigate and slow the spread of the virus:
- Protect the vulnerable, including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions
- Practice proper hygiene, including washing your hands
- Practice social distancing, avoiding closed spaces and crowded places
- Wear a mask, if you are in close contact with others
Bay County Testing Sites
Lynn Haven Sports Park
2201 Recreation Drive
Frank Brown Park
16200 Panama City Beach Parkway
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Criteria: 18 and older, photo identification required upon arrival for appointment
Appointments recommended. To make an appointment for a test, visit https://walkonclinic.apacovid.com/default.aspx. While appointments are encouraged, walk-in clients are being accepted at both testing locations after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and after 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
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.
Bay County Testing Sites
To contact the testing lab to inquire about your results, please call (844) 625-6522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a text message when your results are ready. You will access your test results through the same website where you registered for testing. Simply visit https://walkonclinic.apacovid.com/default.aspx, log-in, and there is a link to get results.
If you have been tested by DOH-Bay, please answer the call from the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 results line at (833) 917-2880. They will ask for a name and date of birth to provide you with a negative test result. This number is legitimate and is a Department of Health sponsored initiative. Caller ID should identify the call as FL DOH.
If you need physical copies of your COVID-19 test results, please follow the directions below:
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 COVIDemail@example.com.
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 www.FloridaHealth.gov.