DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BAY COUNTY PROVIDES COVID-19 UPDATE, ANNOUNCES TWO COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS AND 42 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19
August 26, 2020
Panama City, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) confirmed two COVID-19 related deaths; a 51-year-old man (case confirmed August 14) and a 59-year-old man (case confirmed August 21).
DOH-Bay offers condolences to the families and will continue to work diligently with our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please note that although these deaths are being reported today that does not mean these deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, rather, they were confirmed in the past 24 hours.
DOH-Bay received confirmation of 42 additional cases of COVID-19 in Bay County residents with 303 negative test results and a 12.17% positive rate for August 25.
According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 10 a.m. today there are 69 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 25 is 0-4 years (0), 5-14 years (1), 15-24 years (5), 25-34 (3), 35-44 (6), 45-54 (8), 55-64 (9), 65-74 (3), 75-84 (6), 85+ (1), and unknown (0).
Bay County’s total case count is at 5,237 including 5,156 residents and 81 non-residents. There have been 71 COVID-19 related deaths of Bay County residents. There have been 17 deaths associated with long-term care facilities. Bay County’s overall COVID-19 positive testing rate is 17 percent. Of the 29,898 tests processed, 24,685 tests are negative.
Cities of Bay County cases based on patient’s ZIP Code: Panama City (3,352), Lynn Haven (800), Panama City Beach (670), Youngstown (104), Southport (74), Fountain (58), Missing (41), Callaway (19), Tyndall Air Force Base (12), Mexico Beach (11), Parker (5), Vernon (3), Inlet Beach (2), Bayou George (2), Seacrest (1), Rosemary Beach (1), and Watersound (1).
Data is preliminary and subject to change based on public health investigations.
COVID-19 Question of the Day
What other evidence supports wearing masks to fight COVID-19?
The following is exerted from a JAMA article.
In the largest health care system in Massachusetts with more than 75 000 employees, in tandem with routine symptom screening and diagnostic testing of symptomatic HCWs for SARS-CoV-2 infection, leadership mandated a policy of universal masking for all HCWs as well as for all patients. The authors present data that prior to implementation of universal masking in late March 2020, new infections among HCWs with direct or indirect patient contact were increasing exponentially, from 0% to 21.3% (a mean increase of 1.16% per day). However, after the universal masking policy was in place, the proportion of symptomatic HCWs with positive test results steadily declined, from 14.7% to 11.5% (a mean decrease of 0.49% per day). Although not a randomized clinical trial, this study provides critically important data to emphasize that masking helps prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
Click the link for the full article, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768532.
Public Health Advisory
- Residents are advised to wear face coverings if social distancing is not possible.
- Refrain from gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Avoid crowds, closed spaces and close contact.
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Criteria: 18 and older, photo identification required upon arrival for appointment
Appointments recommended. To make an appointment for a test, visit https://makoexchangedev.com/baycounty/. 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 (919) 390-3060 or email email@example.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.
Exposed or tested positive? Look out for an official call from COVID-19 contact tracers. Answer calls from (833) 917-2880, (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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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-19For 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 https://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 email@example.com.
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 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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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