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DOH-Walton Announces Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 May 03, 2020

By Patricia Roberts

May 03, 2020

May 3, 2020
DOH-Walton Updates
Positive Cases of COVID-19
Patti Roberts, PIO

DeFuniak Springs, Fla.

The Florida Department of Health in Walton County is working closely with all individuals, their
close contacts, and healthcare providers to determine what additional COVID-19 testing may be
required. We are also coordinating with local and state officials to ensure proper precautions are
being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. DOH Walton stresses the importance of
following the local, state, federal and CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing to protect
those that are most at risk.
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the
State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons
over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary
to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

70-year-old female Florida resident
87-year-old male Florida resident
73-year-old female Florida resident
91-year-old female Florida resident
67-year-old female Florida resident
39-year-old male Florida resident

Updated demographic information on cases due to ongoing epidemiological
Data in this report are provisional and subject to change: 49 Walton
County cases include: Laurel Hill-Paxton (1) DeFuniak Springs (23) Freeport (3), Miramar
Beach (3), Santa Rosa Beach (11), Out-of-state tested in Walton County (8)

The Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida is also issuing regular
updates daily. Updated information can also be found at, and or you can call the COVID-19 Call Center (866) 779-
6121 24/7 or email The Florida Department of Health has launched a
COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated daily with specific County information more
information on daily case by case can be found on daily report Expansion to private laboratories has changed the COVID-
19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories are running tests as they receive swab
samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH
laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during epidemiological investigations.
These daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information.

DOH-Walton has also initiated the use of Nextdoor application for Public Agencies, to
share information with Walton County residents. For more information and/or to sign
up visit

Testing and Epidemiological Investigation Process/Contact Tracing

If a person thinks they have COVID-19, they should call their health care provider
before going to their office so the provider can take precautions to prevent
exposing other people.
Review your signs, symptoms and travel history with your
physician. If you are without health insurance or a health care provider, please contact
the Walton County Health Department at
(850) 401-6453 so we can coordinate your
medical evaluation and testing. Once you have been tested for COVID-19, self-isolate for
14 days or until you receive the results from your test and further guidance from your
health care provider.
Most people with confirmed COVID-19 infection reportedly have mild to moderate
respiratory illness and can be managed at home in coordination with your provider and
your local health department. Persons with severe illness may be hospitalized. Contact
tracing as part of the epidemiological investigation process is done for many diseases
including tuberculosis, vaccine preventable diseases like measles and pertussis, sexually
transmitted diseases and now COVID-19. Contacts of a case of COVID-19 are placed in
self-isolation for 14 days from their last date of exposure. These individuals monitor
themselves for symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath. Public Health personnel
stay in touch with the contact throughout the entire isolation process. DOH-Walton
provides the individual with a phone number to call if they think they are getting sick. If a
contact gets sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, that person will be tested. If
that person comes back positive for COVID-19, then contact tracing begins again. If the
contact of a COVID-19 case completes the 14-day isolation period without illness, they
are cleared to return to their daily activities
What you can do to protect you and your family at Home

Continue to practice good hand washing. Cover coughs and sneezes. Stay
home from work if you are sick and keep children home from school when sick.
Remind family members not to touch their faces.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, tables and handrails.
Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increaseventilation.
Treat vulnerable family members, such as those over the age of 65 or with
chronic medical conditions, as though others are a threat to them. Practice
good hygiene when caring for them. If they are sick, provide them with their own
room, and keep the door closed.

What you can do at work

Good hand hygiene is as important at work as it is at home. Encourage
employees to clean hands at the door and send email reminders to clean
hands throughout the day.
Stop shaking hands. Use other, non-contact methods of greeting customers
and coworkers.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation.
Consider videoconferencing for meetings whenever possible. When not
possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilatedspaces.
Assess the risks of business travel.
Handle food carefully and limit food sharing.
Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice stricthygiene.
Allow employees to stay home if they are sick or have a sick family member.


Encourage employees and customers to:
Stop shaking hands. Use non-contact methods ofgreeting.
Clean hands at the door and send employees email reminders to clean hands
throughout the day.

Promote tap and pay to limit handling ofcash.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation.
Avoid crowding by booking appointments to stagger customer flow.

Consider wearing a face covering

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing
measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of
significant community-based transmission,” writes the CDC.
Cloth face coverings can help prevent those who may have COVID-19 and not know it from
spreading the virus to those around them.
“Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure,” writes the CDC. “The
cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical
supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first
responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.”

Public Transportation Businesses

Open windows whenever possible.
Increase ventilation.
Disinfect surfaces regularly.
To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the
Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at and COVID-19 dashboard.
For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website at

For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website at

For other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department's
dedicated COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121. The line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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