COVID-19: Friday noon report

Santa Rosa County has another COVID-19 death – bringing total to six. Escambia County is holding at four but hospitalizations have increased to 24.

The state total cases have topped 24K. We’ve 53 more deaths in the past 24 hours.

4/16/20 4/16/20
11 a.m. 11 a.m. Increase
Total Cases 22897 24119 1222 5.34%
Florida Residents 22235 23443 1208 5.43%
Non-Fla. 662 676 14 2.11%
Deaths 633 686 53 8.37%
Escambia 265 282 17 6.42%
Okaloosa 114 119 5 4.39%
Santa Rosa 117 129 12 10.26%
Broward 3459 3660 201 5.81%

TOP 20 Florida Counties

Rank County Population Cases Per 30K
1 Dade     2,715,516 8549           94.45
2 Broward        924,229 3660         118.80
3 Palm Beach     1,446,277 1962           40.70
4 Orange     1,321,194 1135           25.77
5 Hillsborough     1,378,883 917           19.95
6 Duval        924,229 794           25.77
7 Lee        718,679 718           29.97
8 Pinellas        957,875 557           17.44
9 Collier        363,922 432           35.61
10 Osceola        338,619 388           34.37
11 Manatee        373,853 314           25.20
12 Polk        668,671 311           13.95
13 Seminole        455,086 310           20.44
14 Escambia        311,522 282           27.16
15 Sarasota        412,144 269           19.58
16 Volusia        527,634 263           14.95
17 Alachua        263,148 202           23.03
18 Pasco        510,593 193           11.34
19 St. Lucie        305,591 192           18.85
20 Lake        335,362 187           16.73

PPE Shortage in Nursing Homes

The Florida Health Care Association reports long-term care facilities continue to put requests into their local Emergency Management Offices; however, a recent FHCA membership survey of approximately 160 nursing homes found that most orders being received are only being partially filled.

The survey also found that in regard to having two-weeks’ worth of supplies, only 47% of facilities reported having adequate supplies to meet the need. Over 80% of facilities reported having adequate supplies to meet their needs for one week; however, most facilities indicated their supplies would quickly be depleted if a positive case is identified in their building.


The Florida Times Union reports that Duval County beaches will reopen at 5 p.m. today under new rules that will limit access to mornings and evening and people participating in certain activities, like walking, surfing and fishing. Beaches, as well as city parks, will be open between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day. Gatherings of 50 or more people remain prohibited and that people must maintain “social distancing,” although it didn’t specifically define what that meant.

The Tampa Business Journal reports beaches and pools in Pinellas County will remain closed. Earlier this week, several county commissioners floated the idea of reopening county beaches and condominium pools.

How to get out of restrictions

The White House plan released its three phase COVID-19 recovery plan. Here is the criteria President Trump wants governors to follow and what the first phase would should look like:

Criteria to Satisfy Before Proceeding to Phased Comeback


Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period

AND Downward trajectory of covid-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period


Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period

OR Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests)


Treat all patients without crisis care

AND Robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing

Here is Phase One:


ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS should continue to shelter in place. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.

All individuals, WHEN IN PUBLIC (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than 10 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.

Avoid SOCIALIZING in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (e.g., receptions, trade shows)

MINIMIZE NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.


Continue to ENCOURAGE TELEWORK, whenever possible and feasible with business operations.


Close COMMON AREAS where personnel are likely to congregate and interact, or enforce strict social distancing protocols.

Minimize NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

Strongly consider SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS for personnel who are members of a VULNERABLE POPULATION.

Specific Type of Employers

SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZED YOUTH ACTIVITIES (e.g., daycare, camp) that are currently closed should remain closed.

VISITS TO SENIOR LIVING FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS should be prohibited. Those who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene.

LARGE VENUES (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under strict physical distancing protocols.

ELECTIVE SURGERIES can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient basis at facilities that adhere to CMS guidelines.

GYMS can open if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols.

BARS should remain closed.