At Least 2,750 People Tested For COVID-19 In Escambia County

March 30, 2020

There have been 2,750 people tested for COVID-19 at hospitals and drive-thru testing sites in Escambia County through Sunday.

Of those, 274 tests were done at hospitals and 2,476 were done at drive-thru and stand-alone testing sites. The report indicates that the information includes data from Community Health of Northwest Florida, West Florida Hospital, Baptist Hospital and Ascension Sacred Heart. Not all of those tested were Escambia County residents.

The countywide data does not include any information about the number of positives or negatives or how many of the nearly 2,500 people are still waiting for results to come back from a lab.

Baptist Hospital is the only local facility providing additional details about their testing. As of Saturday, Baptist had three positive patients in their care in Gulf Breeze and two at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Baptist has collected 316 samples outside of their hospitals. Of these, 119 tests were negative, six were positive and there were 191 results pending.


12 Responses to “At Least 2,750 People Tested For COVID-19 In Escambia County”

  1. MS Jeannie on March 30th, 2020 10:18 pm

    Hmmm…… This article really bothers me. I know for a fact that I have known five people ask to be tested and were denied because they were not out of the country. I heard today that Escambia was considered…..poor people so we most likely won’t catch it….. Wow, really. It doesn’t matter if you weren’t out of the country somebody you stood by could ofbeen before the 14 day quarantine.
    So when does the patient have the right to be tested or refuse medical advice. When did it become the receptionist descision to tell you if a procedure can me done??

  2. Ashley A Lucas on March 30th, 2020 8:40 pm


  3. Ashley A Lucas on March 30th, 2020 8:38 pm


  4. LPS on March 30th, 2020 8:15 pm

    My family member was tested on March 18th and still no results. I have heard from two people in the medical profession that a batch of tests have been lost. I am wondering if the tests were from March 18th, since we have no results yet people who were tested after have gotten theirs.
    We have called, emailed and have only gotten the reply, thank you for your patience.

  5. D on March 30th, 2020 4:18 pm

    Most churches are doing the right thing trying to keep people at home when it’s not essential to be out in large groups. But the last two Sundays there have been more than 60 cars at the Bible Baptist church on Jernigan and JoJo. Since mainly families attending they would be far more than 60 people most likely in this building. Definitely not following the 6 put social distancing rule. This chart should definitely have ability to reach their members through internet or television as I saw Dr. Ruckman do drawings and preach on television for many many years. When I checked two weeks ago with the sheriff’s office they said the decision had been left up to the church leaders to open or not. That’s just doesn’t seem safe for the rest of the public to allow this to continue.

  6. H on March 30th, 2020 3:00 pm

    I was tested on the 20th from the drive thru and got my results back yesterday (negative). They are backed up, but I can’t fault any health care worker since I know they are working very hard.

  7. Nikki henry on March 30th, 2020 1:38 pm

    This is rather disturbing. My partner is 74 had bad cough been sick. Dr told her to be tested but the screening people won’t let her but yet if u know someone u can just go be tested even if u don’t meet the criteria.

  8. Heather Johnson on March 30th, 2020 11:19 am

    What are they doing about it?

  9. Mindy Garris on March 30th, 2020 10:58 am

    My Parents went to the drive up testing near Sacred Heart in Pensacola & they both were swabbed for the COVID-19. My Dad had been out of State recently in Ohio for a Mandatory Court Hearing for an Eviction removal of the Tentant whom was renting from him. He fell really ill after being in Ohio. Running a high fever, cough, running nose, sore throat, headache, diarrhea & even loosing his voice. All the symptoms of COVID-19.

    Anyway, My Parents tests came back the very next day & they were told over the phone that the test results were both Negative for the COVID-19. My Dad is still really sick. I think the results may have been wrong. What if they were mixed up or done to quickly. I mean could that be the case with a lot of people?? Does anyone else feel the same as I do?? I think my Dad should get retested!! I will not go around my Parents for the fact I have “LUPUS” & “ASTHMA.” Plus, my LUPUS has caused other underlying health conditions.

    What they say in the Statement above how they test at one place/Hospital then send them out to different places to get the results…how do we know they don’t get mixed up, lost, or who knows what happens!! I think they should have come out with rapid response tests that you know the results right then & there so there’s NO way to get them mixed up or lost. Plus, kits they could just send to you at home so you can do them from the convenience of your home & your not going anywhere spreading the COVID-19!!


  10. Mary on March 30th, 2020 10:21 am

    Still waiting on results from March 18th.

  11. Anne on March 30th, 2020 9:25 am

    Friend and adult daughter went to Sacred Heart Hosp drive-thru last week for testing. Daughter’s work place had someone whose spouse had become ill and daughter wasn’t feeling well.
    Went in separate vehicles to maintain distancing so got swabbed by different techs.
    Friends results, Negative thankfully, came back that same afternoon.
    Daughter is still waiting to hear of hers.
    When they inquired were told that some tests go to one place for evaluation and others go out to other places.
    Kind of adds a big layer of angst and worry but it is what it is.
    Hang tough and keep that distance from others.

  12. D on March 30th, 2020 9:21 am

    Any word on when results for the outstanding 2500 tests will be in? That’s a lot of unknowns.

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