Escambia And Santa Rosa Increase A Record 361 COVID-19 Cases, One New Death

June 30, 2020


Escambia County and Santa Rosa County COVID-19 cases set single day record increases on Tuesday, according to the Florida Department of Health. One new death was reported in Escambia County for a total of 45.

Escambia County cases increased by 250 to 1,952. Santa Rosa cases were up by 110 to 593.

Of the test results returned on Monday, 10.5% were positive in Escambia County and 22.4% were positive in Santa Rosa County.

Of the 45 deaths in Escambia County,  34 have been long-term care facility residents or staff. There have been nine deaths in Santa Rosa County, seven of those at the Blackwater River Correctional Facility and none in long-term care facilities.

Statewide, there were 152,434 cases including 149,781 Florida residents. There have been 14,580 hospitalizations* and 3,505 deaths. The Florida Department of Health does not have a clear standard or definition of “recovered” and does not report a number of recovered individuals.

Escambia County cases:

Total cases — 1,952 (+250 since Monday)
Pensacola — 1,420 (+162)
Cantonment — 110 (+15)
Molino— 21 (+4)
Century — 11 (+1)
Bellview — 6
McDavid — 4 (+1)
Walnut Hill — 1
Perdido Key — 1
Hospitalizations: 92*
Deaths — 45
Male — 704
Female — 906
Youngest — 0
Oldest — 105

Santa Rosa County cases:

Total cases — 593 (+110 since Monday)
Milton — 264 (+29)
Navarre — 91 (+9)
Gulf Breeze — 112 (+35)
Pace — 64 (+21)
Jay — 13 (+8)
Residents: 129
Nonresidents — 1
Hospitalizations — 29*
Deaths — 9
Male — 319
Female — 267
Youngest — 2 months
Oldest — 98
Florida cases:

Total cases — 152,434
Florida residents — 149,781
Deaths — 3,505
Hospitalizations — 14,580

*“Hospitalizations” is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness. These people may no longer be hospitalized. This number does not represent the number of COVID-19 positive persons currently hospitalized. The FDOH does not provide a count of patients currently hospitalized.


11 Responses to “Escambia And Santa Rosa Increase A Record 361 COVID-19 Cases, One New Death”

  1. David Huie Green on July 1st, 2020 1:05 am

    Hmmm, I wrote “Yes, the government gave mixed messages and didn’t bother to prepare for precious weeks,”

    Then I remembered we were warned by China December 31, 2019, didn’t do much about it before March 13 or so, so call it months.

    Then I remember the outgoing Obama Administration warned the incoming administration about the danger of pandemics by January 2017 — including an instruction book on what was needed to prepare for one, so call it three years and three months or so wasted.

    But when some brave soul finally convinced the boss that it wasn’t really a HOAX or FAKE NEWS or a DEEP STATE CONSPIRACY, some things were finally done. (Others still believe what they were told back then.)

    David for unspilled milk

  2. David Huie Green on July 1st, 2020 12:48 am

    “Everything we’ve been through so far turns out to have been for nothing, thanks to the complete lack of leadership on the state and national level. The most infuriating thing is that it didn’t have to be this way.”

    Actually, it wasn’t for nothing. Some hospitals were overloaded but the load didn’t keep doubling every couple of days. Some have had a chance to rest and rejoin the battle to save lives.

    Yes, the government gave mixed messages and didn’t bother to prepare for precious weeks, but when they finally did, the lockdown gave them time to gather or have made the equipment we needed. Without that, healthcare workers would be in even worse shape.than they are.

    It bought scientists time to study the disease and the virus that causes it. Time to see what successfully treated it (mostly nothing) and what was just snakeoil, worthless, even dangerous — pushed by ones who went by their gut, rather than trials. It gave them time to discover the ways the virus gets the body to let it in, how it gets the body to reproduce it, what it does to kill us, some known drugs which just might block it.

    Scientists around the country and around the world are using that time to see how they can use those drugs to wipe it out in the infected, stop it from killing, stop it from infecting in the first place. Time to discover some steroids cut mortality rates by about a third — which either saved some 382 lives or could have saved 255 lives yesterday, depending on whether or not it was used (assuming the reported success rate was accurate). Many questions take time to answer so buying time gives more answers.

    A hopeful article in Monday’s Pensacola News-Journal, page 6A tells about the existing drug Silmitasertib blocking a protein in the human cells the SARS CoV-2 HAS to have to reproduce “and eliminates the new coronavirus,” and another which cuts out a mechanism which currently kills over half who die.

    Another article on Silmitasertib and other possibilities can be found at

    It ends with, “It is still too early to say whether any of these will work to treat COVID-19 in patients, but the more chances we have, the better.”

    Get enough people from enough places working together to attack a problem and they will probably succeed — in time.
    (By the way, this same research was already working in hopes of using the drugs to stop a bunch of cancers — some 9.6 million deaths worldwide in 2018.)

    David for using what time we have

  3. JB Cuthburt on June 30th, 2020 8:11 pm

    @i knew it

    Yes, you are right that the Government will catch heat either way–doesn’t matter what the issue is or which party is running the show– but even you yourself state that people need to use common sense by wearing a mask when unable to social distance, wash hands, avoid large gatherings, etc. But here’s the thing: you’ve got approximately half the country hanging on every word the President says and he flat out refuses to wear a mask or admit that this is a serious issue. We don’t need another shut down and we need to keep people working, but we also need a concerted effort from the highest level of Government to persuade certain people to take this seriously. This administration and Ron DeSantis are only making things worse.

    The people who aren’t masking, who aren’t distancing and who are refusing to take this seriously are only going to make things worse in the long run for the rest of us.

    Mic drop.

  4. I knew it on June 30th, 2020 6:26 pm

    Just as I suspected when discussions were being had about opening the country back up – the government would be blamed no matter what happens. If the country opens back up and the cases increase, then it’s the government’s fault. But if the country stays closed, and more and more people lose their jobs, the economy tanks, etc then that is also the government’s fault. It’s a no-win situation for the government. How about we, as citizens, take responsibility for our own actions and do what is being asked – stay home when you can, wear a mask when in public and social distance is not an option, practice social distancing when possible, wash your hands, and USE COMMON SENSE (I know most people don’t have any) – maybe we wouldn’t be in this situation.

  5. Rufus Crazy on June 30th, 2020 3:12 pm

    There will be one new lockdown. This is not what they make it out to be. Stop being such wimps

  6. Concerned Tri-Co. Resident on June 30th, 2020 2:26 pm

    I appreciate the leadership at the state and national level. They have all advised us to wear masks when you can’t social distance and continue to wash hands-but it is still a free country and you can’t make people do the right thing. When I go in all the area stores, I am one of only 10% wearing a mask. I don’t think it will be too serious if i get it, I just don’t want to give it to someone who might die and I am not independently wealthy or living off the government and have to work for a living so I can pay taxes to help those who can’t. Hoping I can stay healthy until a safe vaccine is developed.

  7. Vicky on June 30th, 2020 2:22 pm

    I agree with Rufus about the lock down it’s coming they call it Marshall Law then nobody goes anywhere . It’s not a bad thing to wear a mask what about our loved ones and all the children they need protection leave it to Me President and our Govener we will be there before long so everyone better get ready for lock down

  8. Shirley Hamel on June 30th, 2020 2:19 pm

    If all the selfish, ridiculous people who threw fits at the commission meeting would just wear masks when you go out, the number of people testing positive might just go down. Same with the spineless commission who gave in to the fit throwers.

  9. Mary Bishop on June 30th, 2020 1:26 pm

    As much as I hate to say it, it’s time for another shutdown.

  10. Rufus Lowgun on June 30th, 2020 1:06 pm

    I hope everyone is ready for Lockdown 2.0. Everything we’ve been through so far turns out to have been for nothing, thanks to the complete lack of leadership on the state and national level. The most infuriating thing is that it didn’t have to be this way.

  11. Concerned Citizen on June 30th, 2020 12:16 pm

    Everyone is going to get it, it’s just a matter of time. If you’re weak, elderly, and/or vulnerable, reduce all contact from the outside world. As bad as it sounds, it’s your only way of guaranteed survival.

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