According to DOH dashboard, Florida now has 1,171 positive cases – up 164 from last night. Escambia County has five, up one. Santa Rosa is now showing three, down one from DOH showed yesterday. Okaloosa is holding at 14.
Baptist Opens Testing Site
Baptist Health Care now offers a Screening Center to evaluate people with respiratory illness and COVID-19 symptoms. To better and more safely serve our community members, this Baptist Medical Group location is set up to provide a controlled environment that applies the social distancing guidelines that are encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The center’s focus is to provide a more comprehensive treatment program by screening those who may have COVID-19 and treating people with Flu-A, Flu-B, pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses.
All individuals with respiratory symptoms – such as cough, fever and shortness of breath – can set up an appointment with the Screening Center.
They should contact their Baptist Medical Group – Primary Care provider office.
An appointment is required to visit this Center.
- The Baptist Medical Group office will assess a person’s symptoms to determine if a visit to the clinic isneeded.
- If they meet the criteria, an appointment will be scheduled for them.
- They will be given a phone number to call upon their arrival.
- Patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles, and a BMG team member will greet them and escort them to the clinic.
In what the organization described as a “dramatic escalation,” 76 percent of small businesses have been negatively impacted by the novel coronavirus, according to survey results released Monday by the National Federation of Independent Business.
“The magnitude of disruption now on the small business sector is profound,” the small-business organization said in a news release. About a quarter of small businesses reported being negatively impacted by the coronavirus in a similar survey earlier in March. Businesses in the new survey, conducted by the NFIB Research Center, pointed to problems such as slower sales and supply-chain disruptions. The national group did not release state-level data.
“What we’re hearing from our small business members is a real determination to come through this and, if at all possible, deliver essential goods and services to their customers safely.” Bill Herrle, the group’s state executive director in Florida, said in a prepared statement.