Escambia Reports 1,627 New COVID-19 Cases In Last Week; Hospitalizations Increase

July 31, 2021

There were 1,627 new COVID-19 cases reported Escambia County over the last week by the Florida Department of Health. That’s compared to 757 new positives reported in the week prior.

Baptist, Ascension Sacred Heart and West Florida hospitals reported a combined 160 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Friday.

Since July 1, Baptist Health Care has treated a total of 129 patients who have been hospitalized for COVID-19. Of those, 109 reported upon admission that they were unvaccinated, which means that they have not received a COVID-19 vaccine or have received only one dose of a two-dose series. Ascension and West Florida have not released similar details.

“The vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing infection or minimizing the severity of illness should a rare breakthrough infection occur. Baptist Health Care encourages everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community,” the hospital said in a news release.

Here is the latest data:

Escambia County cases:

Total cases: 36,240 (+1,627)
Positivity Rate Last Week: 26%

Santa Rosa County cases:

Total cases: 20,209  (+772)
Positivity Rate Last Week: 27.6%

Statewide cases:

Florida resident cases: 2,590,699 (+110,477)
Case positivity rate: 18.1%
Deaths: 39,079 (+108)

FDOH has moved from daily to weekly reports and removed the COVID-19 dashboard. The state is now releasing a weekly report with local data limited only to number of cases and positivity rate; the number of deaths by county or cases by local cities and communities has been removed.


15 Responses to “Escambia Reports 1,627 New COVID-19 Cases In Last Week; Hospitalizations Increase”

  1. Just Saying on August 4th, 2021 3:56 pm


    I’m not vaccinated because my primary doctor, immunologist and rheumatologist ALL say that it would be catastrophic for me to do so. I don’t see how that makes me a stupid fool. On the other hand, I DO see how making asinine statements such as “If you are not vaccinated, you are a stupid fool” could, indeed, make you a stupid fool. Not everyone is a candidate for the vaccine, sir.

  2. Josh Jones on August 4th, 2021 2:04 pm

    “People THINK!! WE have businesses, schools, cities, along with the government making people get the vaccine and wear masks. Slowly we are losing freedom over a flu. ”

    The Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, ruled that “…individual liberty is not absolute…” when concerning vaccinations. It also said “…mandatory vaccinations are neither arbitrary nor oppressive…”.

    A present day example of this: your child may be denied entry to school without proof of vaccination.

  3. Carlos McGugin on August 2nd, 2021 9:10 pm

    How do they count new cases. Does the info come from just the hospitals or combined with other sources.

  4. David Huie Green on August 2nd, 2021 1:57 pm

    “Since July 1st, 16% of Baptist’s COVID hospitalizations have been fully vaccinated patients. What?!? 16% breakthrough cases in the hospital in our area doesn’t seem “rare.””

    15.5%, but close enough

    20 out of 129 hospitalized did not REPORT they had not been fully vaccinated.
    Assume they were, though.
    The CDC reported 6,587 COVID-19 breakthrough cases of the fully vaccinated as of July 26, with 6,239 hospitalizations & 1,263 deaths among the more than 163 million people in the United States who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    This means less than 0.004% of fully vaccinated people had a breakthrough case that led to hospitalization and less than 0.001% of fully vaccinated people died from a breakthrough Covid-19 case.

    Which is to say:
    ONE out of every 129,057 vaccinated people died anyway (because it failed them and those around them insisted on infecting them).
    In contrast, 36,240 infections in this county have resulted in 706 deaths or more than ONE out of every 52 infections have led to deaths in this county.

    An interesting gamble to make.

  5. David Huie Green on August 2nd, 2021 1:12 pm

    “Slowly we are losing freedom over a flu.”

    That lie still persists, first made by one who never understood just as he never understood that he lost and couldn’t lie and cheat his way to victory.


    It is a very different disease, caused by a very different virus (not that it will do any good to say so, many prefer lies and liars even if most don’t).

    Many things limit freedom when it hurts other people, the old saying “My right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins,” applies (just so you don’t intentionally stick your nose in my business).

    Public activities involve other people; that’s probably why folks frown whenever I cough and then spit in a crowd. FREEDOM! or FREE-DUMB?

    David for good neighbors

  6. MikeD on August 1st, 2021 7:13 pm

    I remember seeing between 15 and 18 before the dashboard was taken down. I thought we were on our way.

  7. Citizen on August 1st, 2021 12:32 pm

    If you are not vaccinated, you are a stupid fool.

  8. Josh Jones on July 31st, 2021 5:37 pm

    I refuse to wear sunscreen because I could still get cancer, right? /s

  9. 16%? on July 31st, 2021 4:12 pm

    Since July 1st, 16% of Baptist’s COVID hospitalizations have been fully vaccinated patients. What?!? 16% breakthrough cases in the hospital in our area doesn’t seem “rare.” How many additional breakthrough cases recovered at home? I was hoping for much better odds.

  10. Warren on July 31st, 2021 3:23 pm

    James must be a self taught infectious disease expert. What ignorant statements! It’s this kind of perpetuated ignorance that has us in Escambia county at a 26% positivity rate, and Santa Rosa at 27.6! Get vaccinated people or you will get this virus. That’s now the consensus from the experts. And certainly a good projection here in this state where DeSantis is doing everything to give you the best chance to get it. Guess we should look at the bright side. If the virus takes you will just be one less Repub vote.

  11. David Greene on July 31st, 2021 2:18 pm

    @chuck— Well said!

  12. Chuck on July 31st, 2021 1:07 pm

    America used to be about doing what was right. Now it’s more like, “I know my rights”. This will linger on because of the do nothings that place self over community.

  13. B on July 31st, 2021 12:35 pm

    James, Seek help…stop spreading these falsehoods and simply get vaccinated. Strong words from you, afraid of a needle sir? Follow the science, not your personal beliefs. Please don’t spread these thoughts/words. They could prove more deadly than the virus. Please get yourself and all you family members vaccinated for their personal well-being and safety.

  14. James on July 31st, 2021 11:50 am

    In years past CDC records, such as 2017-2018, 2018-2019 seasons the USA had people get the flu year around. Vaccinations did not protect everybody that got them.
    Strain A being first then mutated strain B, only those people with health issues were in danger, as always. If you take precautions, was hands and keep them away from your face, just watch sanitation. Masks do more harm to the body than the virus and this injection is not FDA approved. People THINK!! WE have businesses, schools, cities, along with the government making people get the vaccine and wear masks. Slowly we are losing freedom over a flu. The government has made more out of this than need be, I believe in staying safe but there is a limit.

  15. Bobby on July 31st, 2021 11:24 am

    Wait.. so we’re averaging 260 cases a day in Escambia county alone? That’s almost as high as previous local peaks… 160 hospitalizations? We were down to under 25 when they shut down the city dashboard…

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