By The Numbers: Escambia Reports 781 New COVID-19 Cases

September 25, 2021

There were 781 new COVID-19 cases reported Escambia County over the last week by the Florida Department of Health.

Baptist, Ascension Sacred Heart and West Florida hospitals reported a combined 224 COVID-19 hospitalizations..

Here is the latest data:

Escambia County cases:

Total cases: 52,171  (+781)
Positivity rate last week: 13.8%
Current total hospitalizations: 147
Over age 18 and over hospitalizations: 145
Under age 18 hospitalized: 2
Total deaths last 7 days: 42 (CDC data)

Escambia County Vaccinations

People vaccinated: 148,529 (+1,086)
Total Population of Escambia County Partially Vaccinated: 53.3%
Total Population of Escambia County Fully Vaccinated: 44.8%
*These numbers are the percent of total Escambia County population vaccinated. Not the percentage of hospitalized individuals.

Santa Rosa County cases:

Total cases: 31,444 (+827)
Positivity rate last week: 18.0%
People vaccinated:86,728 (+721)
Partial vaccination rate (age 12+): 54%
Total deaths last 7 days: 28 (CDC data)

Statewide cases:

Florida resident cases: 3,539,272 (+56,325)
Case positivity rate: 8.6%
Deaths: 53,580 (+355)

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 is no longer provided by FDOH.

ECSO Seeks Suspect Fraudulently Using Victim’s ID At Nine Mile Road Store

September 25, 2021

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect accused of fraudulently using a victim’s personal identification information at a retail store on the 100 block of East Nine Mile Road. The suspect was seen driving the pictured 2007-2017 Mitsubishi Lancer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP or the ECSO at (850) 436-9620.

Employee Sentenced For Video Recording Co-Workers In Pensacola VA Clinic Restroom

September 25, 2021

A Department of Veterans Affairs has been sentenced for video recording fellow employees in the bathroom at the Veterans Affairs Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Pensacola.

Robert Sampson, 52, of Gulf Breeze, was sentenced to four months in jail on federal charges of video voyeurism and disorderly conduct. Sampson surreptitiously video recorded eight fellow employees on multiple occasions from August 2019 to June 2020.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs Police and the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General are to be commended for their investigation of this crime. The defendant’s actions were a direct affront to his co-workers’ expectation of privacy,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Coody. “The victims in this case provide incredible service to our retired and disabled military community and they should feel safe and comfortable in their work environment. Deviant acts of voyeurism such as this will be aggressively prosecuted, and the offender will be held accountable.”

Following Sampson’s four-month jail sentence, he will serve a one-year term of supervised release with one of the conditions being a limitation of Sampson’s use of computers and the internet. In addition, Sampson was ordered to pay a total of $1,200 in fines and restitution to his victims.

Sampson admitted to placing a hidden camera, disguised to look like a cell phone charger power adapter, in a restroom at the Pensacola VA Center approximately 17 times. When VA employees discovered the recording device and notified the VA Police, Sampson attempted to wrestle the employees for control of the device. Sampson later admitted that he had placed the device in the restroom to record individuals in the restroom and would later watch the footage.”

Sampson faced a maximum of one year in jail.

Escambia Gators Top The Tate Aggies 35-0

September 25, 2021

The Escambia Gators defeated the Tate Aggies 35-0 Friday night at Emmitt Smith Field

The Gators were coming off back to back loses to Washington and a Georgia team headed into Friday night’s contest. while the Aggie were coming off three losses in a row to Gulf Breeze, West Florida and Navarre.

The Aggies (1-4) will host Pace (1-3) next Friday night back at Carl Madison Field. photos by Jennifer Repine, click to enlarge.

Here Are This Week’s High School Football Scores

September 25, 2021

Here are high school football scores from Thursday and Friday nights across the North Escambia area:


  • Escambia 35, Tate 0
  • West Florida 35, Washington 14
  • Pine Forest 46, Pensacola Catholic 7
  • Gulf Breeze 42, Pace 14
  • Navarre 24, Leon 14
  • Pensacola High (bye week)
  • Baker 43, Northview 42 (OT) (Thursday) [Details...]
  • Holmes County 27, Jay 12 (Thursday)


  • Escambia County 42, Monroe County 0
  • Escambia Academy 21, Tuscaloosa Academy 6
  • UMS Wright 23, T.R. Miller 15
  • New Brockton 30, W.S. Neal 26
  • Flomaton (bye week)

Pictured: Tate at Escambia. photo by Jennifer Repine, click to enlarge.

‘Generic Threat’ Leads To Increased Police Presence At Middle School In Atmore

September 24, 2021

There was an increased police presence Friday at Escambia County Middle School in Atmore after an unspecified threat posted on social media.

“We have been made aware of a generic threat that might impact Escambia County Middle School,” the Escambia County (AL) School District said in a posted statement. “Wee do not believe Escambia County Middle School is the intended target.”

Additional officers from the Atmore Police Department and the Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office were on campus Friday “out of an abundance of caution”, the district said.

In February 2020, a threat of violence at the school led to the arrest of two juveniles. file photo.

Ernest Ward Middle Beats Central Baldwin (With Photo Gallery)

September 24, 2021

The Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles beat the Central Baldwin Middle School Bears 20-0 Thursday night in Walnut Hill.

The Eagles travel to Jay next Tuesday at 6 p.m. before hosting Snook on October 5.

Ernest Ward Middle School has the only middle school football team in Escambia County, Florida.

For a photo gallery, click or tap here. photos, click to enlarge.

Northview Celebrates Senior Night With 3-1 Win Over Jay (With Gallery)

September 24, 2021

The Northview Lady Chiefs celebrated their senior Thursday night before celebrating a big 3-1 win over the Jay Royals.

Northview defeated Jay 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20.

The Chiefs honored eight senior players: Nevaeh Brown, Mia Starns, Kinzey Powell, Cassie Davis, Grayson James, Taylor Levins, Kayla Dixon and Payton Gilchrist.

For a senior night and game action photo gallery, click or tap here. photos, click to enlarge.

Baker Tops Northview By One In Overtime Thriller

September 24, 2021

The Baker Gators topped the Northview chiefs by one in an overtime thriller Thursday night.

Going for a two-point conversion win or lose, the Gators won 43-42.

The Gators jumped out to a 7-0 lead a little over three minutes into the game on a 43-yard touchdown run from Kayleb Wagner, who set a state record last week with 535 rushing yards on just 25 carries and six touchdowns against South Walton.

A couple of minutes later, Jamarkus Jefferson was in the end zone from two yards out for the Chiefs. With a good kick from Brandon Ferguson, the ballgame was in a 7-7 tie in Baker.

Wagner added a 69-yard touchdown in the first, 14-7 Baker headed into the second.  Baker scored again with about nine minutes to go in the half from, you guessed it, Wagner to expand the Gators lead to 21-7 over the Chiefs.

Northview answered with a 15-yard pass from quarterback Kaden Odom to Jefferson with a great catch in the corner of the end zone, narrowing the Baker lead to 21-14 after another good Ferguson kick.

But Wagner was not done with an 11-yard TD run, before the Chiefs scored again. Baker was up by a touchdown 28-21 at the half.

Early in the third, Odom found Jefferson from 16 yards out, and Ferguson nailed the PAT to tie the game at 28-28. Baker scored again with a 62-yard run from Wagner, 35-28 Gators to round out quarter number three.

Northview tied it up 35-all in the fourth when Odom found Wyatt Scruggs, setting up an overtime showdown.

In the first overtime period, QB Odom connected with Jefferson with a 3-yard pass, and once again Ferguson put the pigskin through the uprights, 42-35 with the Chiefs on top.

On Baker’s OT possession, Brandon Moss had a 10-yard TD run and was in for the two point conversion and the Baker win.

Northview has not beat Baker in the regular season since the Chiefs’ 2012 state championship run. file photo, click to enlarge.

Tate Lady Aggies Beat The Washington Wildcats (With Photo Galleries)

September 24, 2021

Coming off a loss Wednesday night at Pace, the Tate Lady Aggies beat the Lady Wildcats of Washington High School in three straight sets Thursday night.

Tate beat Washington 25-23, 25-21, 25-20.

On Wednesday, the Lady Aggies fell to the Patriots in Pace, 3-1. Pace won 25-16, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23.

Up next, the Lady Aggies will be at Pine Forest on Monday and at Pensacola Catholic next Tuesday.

For a photo gallery from Tate at Washington and Tate at Pace, click or tap here. photos by Crystal Tolbert, click to enlarge.

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