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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BAY COUNTY PROVIDES COVID-19 UPDATE, ANNOUNCES TWO COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS AND NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 FOR SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY

October 12, 2020

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) received confirmation of two COVID-19 related deaths; a 64-year-old woman (case confirmed July 31) and a 65-year-old woman (case confirmed August 25). DOH-Bay offers condolences to the families and will continue to work diligently with our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

DOH-Bay also received confirmation of 12 additional cases of COVID-19 in Bay County residents with 325 negative test results and a 3.56% positive rate for October 9, 25 additional cases of COVID-19 in Bay County residents with 184 negative test results and a 11.96% positive rate for October 10 and two additional cases of COVID-19 in Bay County residents with 187 negative test results and a 1.06% positive rate for October 11.

According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 9 a.m. today there are 14 persons in Bay County hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

Bay County’s total case count is at 6,303 including 6,166 residents and 137 non-residents. There have been 120 COVID-19 related deaths of Bay County residents. There have been 33 deaths associated with long-term care facilities. Bay County’s overall COVID-19 positive testing rate is 17 percent. Of the 36,212 tests processed, 29,974 tests are negative.

Cities of Bay County cases based on patient’s ZIP Code: Panama City (3,936), Lynn Haven (933), Panama City Beach (805), Youngstown (137), Missing (122), Southport (94), Fountain (67), Callaway (27), Mexico Beach (14), Tyndall Air Force Base (12), Parker (6), Vernon (3), Inlet Beach (2), Ebro (1), Bayou George (2), Seacrest (1), Alys Beach (1), Rosemary Beach (1), Watersound (1) and Milford (1).

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

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Reducing illness and hospitalization from the flu helps keep everyone safer.

  • Stay home if you’re sick
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  • Wash your hands
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Testing

Bay County

Starting Monday, Oct. 5, Bay County’s COVID-19 testing sites will be consolidated to the Lynn Haven Sports Park location only and the county will now offer customers a rapid antigen test. Anyone testing positive for the rapid test may then also receive a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test for a lab confirmation of a positive antigen result.

A short questionnaire must be completed before booking an appointment time. Insurance information is not necessary and can be skipped by stating “no insurance” on the questionnaire. Photo identification is required upon arrival for an appointment. Clients may wait on site to receive their rapid results or opt to receive a text with results.

Lynn Haven Sports Park, 2201 Recreation Drive

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: Testing is available to adults over 18 and children ages 5 and up who are accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free
Appointments needed. The rapid tests will be available by appointment only. To make an appointment, visit www.bayhealthcovid19.org.

DOH-Bay

DOH-Bay is testing anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 and close contacts to confirmed COVID-19 cases. 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.

If you have been in close contact, defined as someone who is within less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of a COVID-19 positive, you should consider testing. Even if your test is negative, you should stay home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

For additional testing options and information, visit Bay.FloridaHealth.gov.

Test Results

Bay County Testing Sites

To contact the testing lab to inquire about your results, please call (919) 390-3060 or email info@makomedical.com. 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://makoexchangedev.com/baycounty/, log-in, and there is a link to get results.

DOH-Bay

Exposed or tested positive? Look out for an official call from COVID-19 contact tracers. Answer calls from 833-673-0864 (0865,0866, 0867, 0868), 833-443-5364, or 850-583-2419, or county health departments to discuss potential exposure to COVID-19 with a contact tracer. Contact tracers will NEVER ask for your Social Security number or financial information. Save the numbers in your contacts so you never miss the call.  

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 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

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.
  • To date, 5,888 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died. 

In order to make the daily COVID-19 report easier to download and more accessible, the daily report separates case line data in a separate PDF. The case line data report is available here. The state also provides a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county, which is available here. 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.

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.

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.


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