DOH-WALTON UPDATES POSITIVE CASES OF COVID-19 AND TWO ADDITIONAL DEATHS
August 24, 2020
Patti Roberts, PIO
DeFuniak Springs, Fla. –. DOH Walton/Walton Community Health Center is conducting
free COVID 19 testing in DOH-Walton locations in Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak
Springs by appointment only. Call 850-401-6453 for more information and to schedule an
appointment. Antibody tests are not available. The drive through testing, scheduled for
Tuesday, August 25, 3 P. M – 6 P.M. South Walton Sports Park, has been cancelled
due to the weather
• Demographic information on cases due to ongoing epidemiological
investigations, are provisional and subject to change: Walton County total cases
(1580) new cases for August 21, 22 and 23 (28). Municipalities by zip code can be
found on the dashboard (click on the bottom of the page Cases by Zip code).
FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov. Daily community data excludes outbreaks at Walton
County Jail, Long-Term Care Facilities, and out of state residents tested in Walton
County. Median age for this report is 45. Age group: 0-4 (0), 5-14 (2), 15-24 (4), 25-
34 (4), 35-44 (5), 45-54 (3), 55-64 (4), 65-74 (4), 75-84 (2) 85 plus (0)
• A 65-year-old male and an 86-year-old male diagnosed with COVID19 have passed
away. There have been 20 deaths with confirmed COVID-19. Current COVID19
Hospitalizations in Walton County Hospitals (2) This data may include persons
other than Walton County cases.
• Included in total cases is 96 Walton County jail staff and inmates located in
DeFuniak Springs which are listed as DeFuniak Springs cases.
• Included in total cases is (78) residents and/or staff that have tested positive for
COVID-19 in one Long Term Care Facility in DeFuniak Springs, (7) in one Long Term
Care Facility in Miramar Beach, (8) in one Long Term Care Facility in Santa Rosa
Beach, and (2) in one Long Term Care Facility in Destin. The daily COVID-19 report
also includes information from the Agency for Health Care Administration, by county
about cases and deaths related to staff or residents in long-term care facilities his
report is also available at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov.
• Effective July 2, 2020, COVID-19 confirmed through antigen testing are included in
overall case counts. Antigen tests are a new way to check for active COVID-19
infection at the time of your appointment.
One Goal One Florida asks all Floridians to join this important initiative by
following these simple, yet effective steps to mitigate and slow the spread of the
• Protect the vulnerable, including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions
• Practice proper hygiene, including washing your hands
• Practice social distancing, avoiding closed spaces and crowded places
• Wear a mask, if you are in close contact with others
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.
Protect the vulnerable by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and
Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public:
1. Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets
to linger in the air.
2. Crowded Places. Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of
individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
3. Close-Contact Settings. Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from
The state provides a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county, which is available
In order to make the daily COVID-19 report easier to download and more accessible, the daily
report will now separate case line data in a separate PDF. Both reports will continue to be updated
daily. The case line data report is available here.
Florida long-term care facility data:
• The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available here.
• The list of long-term care facilities with deaths is available here, which is updated weekly.
The antibody COVID-19 test results report will be provided once a week and contains county,
race and lab information on antibody COVID-19 tests conducted in Florida. The report for
antibody tests conducted by private health care providers is available here and the report for
antibody tests conducted at state- supported COVID-19 testing sites is available here.
The Agency for Health Care Administration added an additional tab to the Hospital Bed Capacity
Dashboard to reflect hospitalizations with the primary diagnosis of COVID-19.
More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here.
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 upvisit Nextdoor.com.
To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department
of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 website at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov. For any other questions
related to COVID-19 in Florida, call (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per
day or email COVID- firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC
COVID-19 website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
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