Escambia COVID Buzz

At 4:23 p.m. yesterday, Escambia County launched an “enhanced” COVID-19 dashboard – webpage the counties and cities, including the city of Pensacola, have published for months.

The dashboard comes seven days after County Commission chair Steven Barry and his fellow commissioners demanded that County Administrator Janice Gilley provide more accurate, local information on the pandemic.

The webpage has cases per day showing previous days, the positivity rate per week, testing per week, current COVID-19 hospitalizations provided by the local hospitals and available hospital and ICU beds per the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) –much the information Inweekly has posted on this blog regularly.

The sad thing is most of the dashboard information should have been included in the county’s daily SitRep (situation report), which is intended to give all parties involved an emergency or disaster the latest information, such as Vulnerable Populations Analysis, County Health Department Status,Health Care Facilities Status, Epidemiology Syndromic Surveillance Summary and Public Health and Medical Assets Deployed.

Though the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center still puts out a SitRep– but no one is paying attention to it. It’s become a joke.

The SitRep does’t mention the rising infections in the county jail, EMS or other county departments. The EOC quit reporting on infections in long-term care facilities and hid in April the alarming rate of positives in local nursing homes that led to the 37 deaths.

Compare Escambia County’s report to the one for Manatee & Sarasota counties. Based on the two reports, which counties are taking the virus seriously?

Escambia County looks like HeeHaw in comparison to other counties. Unfortunately the jokes aren’t as funny as the TV show.

What did we learn from the Enhanced Dashboard?

Local hospitals have 137 COVID patients  – up 35 since Friday, July 3 and up 120 from mid-June. Of course, the county doesn’t show the increases.

Escambia now as 51 deaths – seven for July, an average of one death a day. The county only had 11 deaths the entire month of June. Again the county hides this info from the public.

Remember hospitalizations and deaths lag weeks behind new positive cases.

What we don’t know is the status of critical public services – Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Dispatch and ECAT.

Pensacola’s dashboard gives the status of Police, Fire and Dispatch daily.

The city’s HR department tracks COVID cases inside city government. The city has tested 76 employees – 16 positives, 21.05%.


18 Escambia County Inmates Housed at Walton County Jail Test Positive for COVID-19

The Walton County Jail distributed a news release tonight stating that out of the 38 positive COVID-19 cases in their jail, 18 are Escambia County housed inmates.

Escambia County Corrections Chief Rich Powell said, “Walton County is a great law enforcement partner of ours, and we will work with them to ensure the inmate populations of both our facilities receive the appropriate care as directed by our medial staff and the Florida Department of Health.”



6 thoughts on “Escambia COVID Buzz

  1. The question is for both Steve & Underhill. Since Underhill assured us the virus couldn’t thrive in our climate.

  2. For the record, Steve isn’t Doug Underhill. He’s an old friend and we’ve always be able to agree to disagree.

  3. Steve/Underhill
    Please check the US census data for July alone & calculate Escambia cases per capita & let us know where Escambia stands compared to other counties.

    Could you also let us know why the heat & sun hasn’t killed the virus, & stopped the spread, as stated.

    Also, could you please explain why our positivity rate is at 16%, yet WHO recommends it to be at 5% or below for “business as usual” activities. Yet the County has basically twiddled their thumbs & shrugged their shoulders.

  4. Steve,
    Actually zip code analysis show the most cases are in Ferry Pass/UWF area (32514) and Beulah (32526). The fastest growing areas since June 30 are in the northern and western areas of the county, although East Hill/Bayou Texar and Scenic Heights aren’t too far behind.

    I think basketball and tennis courts in the city have been open since early May. Face masks were only made mandatory on June 26.

  5. Actually, based on positive case data, approximately 1.2% of the city population has tested positive and 0.8% of the unincorporated county population has tested positive. So it appears even with the city being more aggresive in their response to this, to include shutting down basketball courts, tennis courts and requiring facemasks, its healthier to reside outside the city limits.

  6. It’s become very apparent that if it wasn’t for you pushing for transparency, we wouldn’t have any coming from Janice Gilley & her gang. Pensacola is now listed in the top 10 hotspots in the US, according to the census data. We can thank the County officials for their lack of leadership and incompetence for this.

    Commissioner Douglas Underhill, whom has been on a personal crusade to fight masks, is the same man that got on the news to tell us the heat and sun would kill the virus, that it wouldn’t be able to survive in our climate. That worked out as well as not wearing masks has! The incompetence is frightening.

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