After COVID-19 Cases Increase At Record Level, Escambia County Urges Residents To Take Action

June 26, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Escambia County increased Thursday by 92, a record for a single day, the county released a statement encouraging residents to take preventative action against the virus.

“We want to remind the public that it is extremely important to continue to social distance, avoid close contact with people and it is recommended to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible as there has been a rise in cases in Escambia County as well as younger people testing positive,” said Escambia County Emergency Manager Eric Gilmore.

“Through conversations with the Florida Department of Health, we have learned that COVID-19 is likely to spread from an infected individual when in close contact with someone, like riding in vehicles together. While our hospital systems are in good shape right now in terms of available beds and ventilators, we need to ensure we are all social distancing to keep it this way.”

“Please continue to wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, social distance, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as well as it is recommended to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible,” Gilmore said.

The total number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Escambia County as of Thursday was 1,404, an increase of 315 in just one week.


37 Responses to “After COVID-19 Cases Increase At Record Level, Escambia County Urges Residents To Take Action”

  1. Joyce on June 27th, 2020 12:54 pm

    I have been shut in for five months straight, I have heart problems, And it’s my choice to stay shut in, the only two choices we Really had was open Back up and try and save businesses and our economy, or stay shut down and save as many lives as we could, but it’s a no win situation either way I think, what is the world going to do with a even more deadly and contagious virus that comes along, and it will come along. We should be focusing on preparing for the future to help better fight theses deseases and try and figure out a plan ahead of time.

  2. David Huie Green on June 27th, 2020 12:37 pm

    “Why should we wear a mask if the president of the United States is not wearing a mask?”

    Because YOU should not be clueless.

  3. Chiquita Johnson on June 27th, 2020 10:54 am

    Why should we wear a mask if the president of the United States is not wearing a mask?

  4. David Huie Green on June 27th, 2020 4:06 am

    “The virus is just that a virus. You cant stop it.”

    Please consider the truth of the first sentence.
    SARS CoV-2 is a virus, a physical object with physical dimensions. Saying, “Wearing a mask is like wearing underwear to stop a f**t it’s not gonna stop you from getting it,” ignores or doesn’t realize viruses are bigger than hydrogen sulfide gas. There are plenty of things which block viruses but let air and other gases through. What’s more, there are fabrics which block the water droplets viruses are in. This should not be new information.

    It has no legs, no feet, no fins, no way to move itself. It can’t go anywhere on its own. It can’t even reproduce on its own. It isn’t Kryptonian, able to fly through brick walls and molten lava.

    Like all physical objects, it CAN be stopped. All it takes is for one person to not pass it on to the next person. We can debate details but not facts.

    You CAN stop a virus.

    David for the obvious

  5. Here’s the truth on June 26th, 2020 11:54 pm

    The virus is just that a virus. You cant stop it. We all will get it at some point and most of us will not even know we had it. But keep testing everyone that’s what the lemmings need to be told to do. Wearing a mask is like wearing underwear to stop a fart it’s not gonna stop you from getting it. Oh almost forgot I guess that giant dust cloud will probably bring in the Ebola virus from Africa. So I guess we need to wear a mask for that to. No wait I guess we need to shelter in place. And for those who are gonna fire back at me just remember if you have left your house since the virus became present then your part of your problem. So deal with it that’s what the human species does we don’t run and hide or put or head in the sand.

  6. DK on June 26th, 2020 6:23 pm

    Spreading nothing but the truth depends on where you get your info so not arguing just facts there is not 0 reliable data period that’s some Dr with an agenda to scare people the Dr’s I tend to listen to state virus hasn’t been around long enough for 100% accurate stats.

  7. David Huie Green on June 26th, 2020 5:32 pm

    “This, in spite of the fact the deaths have, or soon will, equal and then exceed the deaths from the Spanish flu.”

    Bad as COVID-18 is, Spanish flu was worse. It infected 500 million people–about a third of the world’s population. A 2005 estimate put the death toll at 50 million.

    So about 10% of those infected died, one in 30 around the world.
    9,522,757 reported infected worldwide / 485,810 reported dead worldwide = 19.6 infected per one dead.

    One in 10 versus one in 20. Spanish flu was worse. And we have a way to go to reach 50 million. Admittedly, if all the world gets it, 7.8 billion people, even 1% would be 78 million dead, 5% would be some 390 million dead.

    It is definitely bad and worth curing. I wish those well who are working to do it.

  8. David Huie Green on June 26th, 2020 4:58 pm

    “You cannot get rid of a virus by avoiding people”

    Actually, you can. That would wipe it out. The infected would recover or die but afterward, the virus would be gone.

    We just aren’t set up to avoid people.

  9. John Doe on June 26th, 2020 4:53 pm

    DK, wrong…

    DK, please stop spreading misinformation. Just because you type it, doesn’t make it true.

  10. David Huie Green on June 26th, 2020 4:51 pm

    “…this has to have herd immunity…Do you actually think it will just disappear if you stay in????”

    Herd immunity comes by infecting everybody and accepting the 2,500,000 estimated to die. Actually, it would be worse than that because you wouldn’t have enough people and equipment to treat 330,000,000 sick people at once — or even to bury the dead. People who would have lived would die.

    Sufficient testing to identify ALL exposed people and quarantining them until virus-free would eliminate the virus. It hasn’t always existed. It won’t always exist. We didn’t do that, though, because we didn’t and don’t have enough tests. Our leader didn’t consider that important and has said he hopes we do less testing because testing finds infection.

    Failing that, if infection at any given time can be reduced, there might be enough living, non-exhausted healthcare workers with proper equipment to save many of them.

    But even without wiping out the virus by quarantine, there IS an alternative to herd immunity. It is called vaccination. If people can be kept alive long enough to develop and distribute vaccinations, that two and a half million people don’t have to die. Those who would be bedridden for months won’t.

    What is more, even before then, actual treatments which reduce mortality might be developed. Not snakeoil like Hydroxychloroquine which doesn’t work for COVID-19, but REAL treatments which actually, clearly work.

    David for understanding

  11. DK on June 26th, 2020 4:06 pm

    There is 0 no proof wearing a mask prevents the spread of virus period.

  12. DK on June 26th, 2020 3:23 pm

    A lot of in my opinion positive comments no need to shut things down for people that live in Fear.If your scared stay at home let the rest of us normal people that will not be told or dictated to carry on like any other day.This is my opinion not yours .No reliable data proving mask stop the spread of virus.Thats not being selfish or stupid as some will say it my freedom of Choice thank you!

  13. Edie on June 26th, 2020 3:16 pm

    I have a Primary Immunity Disease -CVID, in short I don’t produce antibodies. It is rare but I am positive that there are many immuno-suppressed people just sitting quietly. Please be reminded of that.
    Common sense is allowed. Read up, don’t get your sources from one place!
    Gatherings of any sort is mindless!

    Lets pray feverless (no pun intended) for a vaccine and cooperate with authorities. Adults need to protect mindless kids.

    A vaccine won’t help me, plasma infusions keep me healthy.
    DONATE PLASMA! It helps SO many us.

    Hunker down America.

  14. Susan on June 26th, 2020 3:14 pm

    I just say let stupid die. Have worn masks on and off for 37 years. No health risk there.
    The nay sayers will catch it, and that will be it. Survival of the fittest (and smartest).
    And there is no scientific proof that you can’t catch it a second time.

  15. Elizabeth on June 26th, 2020 2:05 pm

    You people need to get a grip this has to have herd immunity everyone that wants to stay on lockdown and close businesses has no clue.Do you actually think it will just dissapear if you stay in????

  16. Elizabeth on June 26th, 2020 2:03 pm

    You people need to get a grip this has to have hard immunity everyone that wants to stay on lockdown and close businesses has no clue.Do you actually think it will just dissapear if you stay in????

  17. Texan transplant on June 26th, 2020 1:34 pm

    Herd immunity by the the less vulnerable will benefit the old and those with compromising conditions. Everything should remain open and allow personal choice.

  18. Larry on June 26th, 2020 1:08 pm

    You cannot get rid of a virus by avoiding people, staying magically 6 feet apart, or covering your face. Those things may only slow the inevitable spread, but it won’t stop it. The only reason the shutdown took place was to not overwhelm hospitals (remember the curve that had to be flattened?). It was shown that hospitals handled it quite well.
    If a person feels that they may be negatively impacted by this virus (most won’t), then they should have the freedom to take all precautions they deem necessary. But since this virus isn’t dangerous to most healthy people, they should also have the freedom to make their own choices. And lastly, we should all have the freedom of our opinion and not be lambasted for expressing it.

  19. TammiLynn on June 26th, 2020 11:57 am

    No simple public announcement will fix this.People are not taking this seriously. I continue to make a trip to Walmart once a week for supplies n about 15 out of 100 people wear masks n try to respect personal space.We need die hard rules or it will get so much worse. Someone please help us.

  20. Maxine on June 26th, 2020 11:23 am

    The best and safest way to help the slow down of spreading this virus is to stay home if possible and to only go out when needed. Social distancing only helps when one actually distance themselves. I say shut the states back down!! It’s the only way we can get past this and continue to live. What’s so hard about shutting down the states long enough for this to get under control .Too many lives have been lost and the lives that are still breathing are taking this virus for granted. If we do our part we can overcome this. Stay safe and God Bless is all!!

  21. jerry on June 26th, 2020 11:18 am

    It will go away when the weather gets warm. Brazil is in the tropics, yet the virus there is really bad, as is Miami, Florida. Where is this warm weather that is going to kill this virus, dummy.

  22. Librarian on June 26th, 2020 11:13 am

    James B, I believe Dwn was being a bit satirical. Although there are many who feel the virus is a hoax, a government attempt to end church services and control us. Really. Others believe it’s like chicken pox or measles. Go ahead and contract it, get it over with. This, in spite of the fact the deaths have, or soon will, equal and then exceed the deaths from the Spanish flu.

    They (Dwn) were merely stating what many actually believe, in a snarky way.

    Oh, these pronouns! They is singular these days. My old English teacher would have fainted dead away!

  23. just sayin on June 26th, 2020 10:53 am

    Chill out James B. If you are up to date on your world news you would know that he is repeating what our president said a few months ago.

  24. James B. on June 26th, 2020 10:03 am

    @ DWN … you seriously need to educate yourself on this virus. It’s NEVER simply going away. EVER! Next warmer weather may curtail the spread slightly But it will certainly not go away. South Florida is having very high spikes right now and they have been in mid-90s for the last month. So I encourage you to do a little more reading on the virus. Tons of information out there. Be safe!

  25. Jaden Starkey on June 26th, 2020 9:22 am

    People that think the warm weather will make this go away are so wrong it’s hilarious this virus hit Greece and Italy DURING THEIR SUMMER and if the Mediterranean summer that 95+ couldn’t stop it why do you think ours at lower temps will?

  26. John Doe on June 26th, 2020 9:15 am

    good one, Dwn

  27. Bobbie on June 26th, 2020 9:13 am

    DWN….its almost JULY? Pretty sure it’s warm???

  28. dman on June 26th, 2020 9:12 am


  29. DM on June 26th, 2020 8:54 am

    I think we reopened the condo rentals and beaches too soon. People from all over the country are coming in because they have the time to vacation right now. They don’t care if they bring it with them.

  30. Jay on June 26th, 2020 8:43 am

    How much hotter does it have to get!?!

  31. kevin on June 26th, 2020 8:33 am

    strange no encouragement to stay home, just ware a mask and come spend your money, don’t want to mess up our revenue coming in so tourists and visitors come on down just make sure you visit our wonderful restaurants and beautiful beach, and please by all means make sure you join a protest or rally of your choice,

  32. Lol on June 26th, 2020 8:14 am


  33. Perry on June 26th, 2020 8:12 am

    And the recent large groups of people protesting together over several days had nothing to do with the increase…

  34. James Muncy on June 26th, 2020 7:55 am

    We just can’t or won’t do all that consistently for more months on end. Which will be disastrous, I predict, but it can’t be helped: We all aren’t heroic and infinitely patient with large reserves of cash to survive on. We’re fallible human beings with bills to pay. So the herd will continue to be culled or god’s will be done, however you want to describe it.

  35. just sayin on June 26th, 2020 7:48 am

    Escambia County leaders take action! You have the power to shut things down. If its open people are going to use it.

  36. jordan on June 26th, 2020 7:39 am

    As long as people refuse to social distance and not wear masks the numbers will just continue to go up. Testing only shows who have the virus but masks and distance helps prevent the virus. It is simple and easy to do and shows that you are being responsible for your own health and the health of others.

  37. Dwn on June 26th, 2020 7:29 am

    It will go away when the weather gets warm.

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