‘Northern tier’ college blames COVID-19 on warm Southern beaches, Escambia positives double

A group of students from the University of Wisconsin – Madison have tested positive for coronavirus after a spring break trip to Alabama’s beaches.

The university’s Health Services announced a “cluster” of COVID-19 related to a spring break trip to Gulf Shores. According to WKOW, the trip involved fraternity and sorority members who started their break in Nashville around March 13 and moved to Gulf Shores in Alabama around March 16.  Read more.

Please forward to Commissioner Doug Underhill.


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Health released updated numbers Monday evening about the coronavirus in the state. Here are some takeaways:

— 5,704: Total number of cases.

— 231: Increase in cases from a Monday morning count.

— 71: Deaths of Florida residents.

— 8: Increase in deaths from a Monday morning count.

— 715: Number of Florida residents hospitalized.

— 61: Increase in hospitalizations from a Monday morning count.

— 67: Cases in long-term care facilities.

— 54: Counties with confirmed cases.

— 1,701: Cases in Miami-Dade County, the largest amount in the state.

— 300: Cases in Orange County, the largest amount outside of Southeast Florida.

— 4: Counties with one case each (Gadsden, Holmes, Wakulla and Washington).

— 13: Counties without any confirmed cases.

Source: Florida Department of Health

3/29/20 3/30/20
6 p.m. 6 p.m. Increase
Total Cases 4950 5704 754 15.23%
Florida Residents 4768 5489 721 15.12%
Non-Fla. 182 215 33 18.13%
Deaths 60 71 11 18.33%
Escambia 35 76 41 117.14%
Okaloosa 28 32 4 14.29%
Santa Rosa 20 36 16 80.00%
Broward 992 1113 121 12.20%

Escambia County’s positive COVID-19 cases are more than double  what Commissioner Doug Underhill told voters in a mass email sent to over 30,000 people five hours earlier today. Will he send a correction?

The numbers are tracking what Inweekly had projected as more test results were received.