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By Patricia Roberts

August 27, 2020

  • Contact:
    Patti Roberts, PIO
    Office: 850-401-6353

    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.

    Demographic information on cases due to ongoing epidemiological
    are provisional and subject to change: Walton County new cases
    for August 26 and reported on August 27 (11). Walton County total cases (1612).
    Municipalities by zip code can be found on the dashboard (click on the bottom of
    the page Cases by Zip code). Daily community data
    excludes outbreaks at Walton County Jail, Long-Term Care Facilities, and out of
    state residents tested in Walton County.
    The median age for this report is 42

    covid19 cases 082720
    There have been 20 deaths with confirmed COVID-19. Current COVID19
    Hospitalizations in Walton County Hospitals (4)
    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

    Effective July 2, 2020, COVID-19 confirmed through antigen testing are included inoverall 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 andClose-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

    Additional Data
    The state provides a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county, which is available here.
    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

    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 up visit


    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 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-

    For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website at

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