Darn it, Doug. Please stop sending emails

Escambia County has another COVID-19 death — the second reported today, which brings the total to 10.  The total positives increased by 25 in the last 24 hours — a day after Commissioner Doug Underhill sent out a mass email trying to convince voters the media has hidden information from them.

It’s obvious the District 2 commissioner waited for a lull in testing results to declare the pandemic over.  Unfortunately the data hasn’t worked in his favor. This is the second time Underhill sent out a mass email, and it backfired on him.

We need County Administrator Janice Gilley to come out of hiding and hold a press briefing with medical professionals and explain the data released by the Florida Department of Health. This is the first time the Emergency Operations Center has been activated in the past 21 years without holding regular press briefings.

The Board of County Commissioners is set to meet in seven days. One commissioner has blasted his fellow commissioners and accused them of misleading the public. Yet the county administrator refuses to face the media to clarify what is happening. Unprecedented – George Touart, Bob McLaughlin, Randy Oliver, Larry Newsom and Jack Brown never hesitated.

We may need to put Ms. Gilley’s photo on milk cartons to find her.

 

4/20/20 4/21/20
6 p.m. 6 p.m. Increase
Total Cases 27058 27869 811 3.00%
Florida Residents 26340 27127 787 2.99%
Non-Fla. 718 742 24 3.34%
Deaths 823 867 44 5.35%
Escambia 315 340 25 7.94%
Okaloosa 131 134 3 2.29%
Santa Rosa 140 139 -1 -0.71%
Broward 4078 4168 90 2.21%

 

Top 20 Florida Counties

Rank County Population Cases Per 30K
1 Dade     2,715,516 10056         111.09
2 Broward        924,229 4168         135.29
3 Palm Beach     1,446,277 2320           48.12
4 Orange     1,321,194 1235           28.04
5 Hillsborough     1,378,883 979           21.30
6 Duval        924,229 909           29.51
7 Lee        718,679 795           33.19
8 Pinellas        957,875 632           19.79
9 Collier        363,922 477           39.32
10 Manatee        373,853 443           35.55
11 Osceola        338,619 417           36.94
12 Volusia        527,634 366           20.81
13 Polk        724,777 356           14.74
14 Escambia        311,522 340           32.74
15 Seminole        455,086 328           21.62
16 Sarasota        412,144 297           21.62
17 Clay        207,291 256           37.05
18 Alachua        263,148 224           25.54
19 Brevard        601,942 224           11.16
20 Lake        335,362 213           19.05

 

Top 10 Counties per capita (min. 250 cases)

Rank County Population Cases Per 30K
1 Broward        924,229 4168         135.29
2 Dade     2,715,516 10056         111.09
3 Palm Beach     1,446,277 2320           48.12
4 Collier        363,922 477           39.32
5 Clay        207,291 256           37.05
6 Osceola        338,619 417           36.94
7 Manatee        373,853 443           35.55
8 Lee        718,679 795           33.19
9 Escambia        311,522 340           32.74
10 Duval        924,229 909           29.51

 

Escambia County New Cases by Day

 

 

 

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  1. The erratic method of testing and receiving results randomly, 3 to 7 days, is never going to give a very good picture. There are too many variables involved, and we see that in the decision to test LTL facilities recently resulting in what appears to be a spike. In truth, those people actually had been infected a week ago or longer. Also, there are more than likely a great number of asymptomatic people walking around with total disregard, just because they have no idea they are carrying the virus. As far as testing goes, the results returned are sometimes in clusters due to labs having different turnover times. Some days there are no test results returned, which appears like there is an improvement, in reality the labs just didn’t finish any reports that day or very few.
    What is needed is expanded testing and more consistent testing times, or the results need to be presented in a way that reflects these variables.

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