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Tuesday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

24 YEAR OLD DIES FROM COVID-19

A 24-year-old man from Santa Rosa County has died from COVID-19. Director of the District One Medical Examiner’s Office Jeff Martin confirmed the death to Channel 3 Monday. According to Martin, the man died Thursday at the Santa Rosa Medical Center.

TAX COLLECTOR REQUIREMENTS

Escambia County Tax Collector is requiring masks or face coverings for everyone at the office, and they may only be removed for an official photo.  COVID-19 protocols initiated at the office include that services are limited to Escambia County residents only, masks or cloth face coverings are required for everyone entering the building and may only be removed for an official photo, tyransactions and customers will be pre-screened prior to entering the building and customers’ temperatures will be taken with a non-contact thermometer prior to entering the building.

COVID CASES

Escambia County COVID-19 cases were up by 133 on Monday, increasing to 2,942, and Santa Rosa cases were up by 35 to 902. Of the 595 test results returned on Sunday, 17% were positive in Escambia County and 19.3% were positive from 146 tests in Santa Rosa County. Statewide, there were 206,447 cases and 3,778 deaths.

JAY CASES; EREC CLOSES LOBBY

Citing the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the local area, Escambia River Electric Cooperative has closed their lobby in Jay to the public until further notice. The drive-thru in Jay remains opens, the EREC lobby and post office in Walnut Hill are also still open. The number of COVID-19 cases in Jay have increased five-fold in a week – from five one week ago to 25 on Monday.

MILTON TEEN FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE AGAINST COVID-19

A sixteen-year-old Milton girl is battling a severe case of COVID-19. According to the PNJ, Halene O’Connell was admitted to the ICU on June 28th, put in a medically-induced coma and placed on a ventilator. She’s now in stable condition, but remains comatose and requires a ventilator to breathe. O’Connell’s aunt says she has always been healthy and has no underlying health conditions. Her family is begging the community to wear masks and practice social distancing.

WOMAN CHARGED FOR BEATING CHILD

A Pensacola woman was arrested Monday for allegedly beating a child with a belt buckle and a sports trophy for not cleaning her room properly.  30-year old Shaneika Samuel is charged with aggravated child abuse. She’s being held without bond in the Escambia County Jail.

TRICARE COSTS

The Department of Defense wants to make certain types of physical therapy sessions free for TRICARE beneficiaries. TRICARE is the health insurance provider for service members, retirees, and dependents. The notice published in the Federal Register said the pilot program will provide up to three free physical therapy visits for beneficiaries with lower back pain. The Department of Defense says it wants to test whether cutting costs will encourage more beneficiaries to try physical therapy.

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