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Department of Health in Walton County Provides COVID-19 Update, Announces 2nd COVID-19 Death

By Patricia Roberts

May 09, 2020

May 09, 2020


Patti Roberts

DeFuniak Springs, Fla.— A 66-year-old Walton County male who tested positive with COVID-19 has passed away. 

We are expressing our condolences to his family and the Florida Department of Health in Walton County will continue to work with our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases now includes active cases in each facility in order to provide real-time data. It is important to note, case data contained within the other publicly available information is separate from the data contained in the daily report. The information in the daily report is derived directly from Merlin (State Surveillance System), whereas the information in the long-term care facility list is derived from the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Emergency Status System.

The information contained in the report reflects the current available information reported by each facility’s staff to the Department via the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Emergency Status System. The data is not cumulative but reflects the information available for current residents and staff with cases as of the reported date. Data in the Long-Term Care Facility List report is provisional and subject to change.

The addresses of the 55 positive Walton County residents include; 27 in DeFuniak Springs, 11 in
Santa Rosa Beach, 3 in Freeport, 3 in Miramar Beach, 1 in Laurel Hill-Paxton, 10 out of state
residents tested in Walton County.

Age, gender, race, and ethnicity data is available on the dashboard. Zip code level case numbers are also available. The dashboard is updated daily. For more detail on Florida resident cases, please visit the live DOH Dashboard. More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found in the Daily Report. Both are located at We encourage all Floridians to take the COVID-19 Community Action Survey by visiting

COVID-19 symptoms and treatment

The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with
COVID-19 typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or higher), cough,
and/or shortness of breath within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Approximately
80% of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience
a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more
vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying
health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health
conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged.

However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to
drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms as you may need treatment at a hospital.

COVID-19 overview, symptoms, and general prevention

COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus; coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Other coronaviruses include the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 is believed to have emerged from an animal source and is now capable of spreading from person-to-person. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

For more Information on COVID-19

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 COVID-
. 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

About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, please visit