COVID TUESDAY NUMBERS
The number of COVID 19 more than doubled on Monday in Escambia County as more test results start to come in. The total number of confirmed cases in Escambia County jumped to 81 and there are now 36 cases in Santa Rosa County. Of the Escambia County cases, 54 were from Pensacola, 14 were from Cantonment, five were from Bellview, one was from Perdido Key and five are non-residents. They range in age from 2 to 94. There were two confirmed patients in the hospital. In Santa Rosa County, 13 cases were from Navarre, nine from Milton, eight from Gulf Breeze, two from Pace and data was not available on the remainder. Cases range in age from two months to 81 years. Seven were hospitalized and two have died. There are currently 5,704 cases in Florida, with 715 people hospitalized and 71 deaths.
All public school students in Florida will remain out of school through at least May 1st. The Escambia County School district is aiming for tomorrow to be the first day of virtual instruction for all students. Teachers and school staff began calling students and parents on Monday, and will continue those calls today with complete details on how they will handle online instruction. If parents do not received a call by tomorrow, they should contact their child’s school to make sure they have a correct phone number for the student.
NEW TESTING SITE
A new testing site is coming to Cantonment. Starting today, the new drive-through testing site will be located at the Community Health Pediatrics building on Highway 29 near International Paper. It’s setup by a partnership between Community Health Northwest and Ascension Sacred Heart. Escambia County Commissioner Steven Barry represents the area and tells Channel 3 with the number of positive tests in the area rising, the site was needed. Like all the other testing sites, across our area you must call and be pre-screened. The number is 850-746-2684. The site is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 1 pm.
SANTA ROSA SCHOOL MEALS
Kids in the Santa Rosa School District are getting daily meals during the COVID-19 closure. School buses are delivering the meals to their normal pick up locations. The meals are for any child 18 and under. Last Friday, 36-hundred-16 children got meals. Each child receives a breakfast and lunch, except on Friday when they will be given enough for both meals through the weekend.
MARCILLE WITHDRAWS FROM STATE ATTORNEY RACE
Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille is leaving the race to take over for his boss. In a statement, Marcille cited health concerns that developed after he pre-qualified to run for the State Attorney for the first judicial circuit. He says all contributions that have been received will be returned. Current state attorney Bill Eddins announced that he would not be seeking a fifth term this year.
The State Attorney’s Office has cleared an Escambia County deputy that shot a suspect that opened fire on deputies last December on Limerick Lane off Chemstrand Road. 42-year old Daniel Jeremy Hux, is charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement office and remains in the Escambia County Jail without bond as he awaits trial.
There is a chance of severe storms today. The primary threat is damaging winds, but quater-size hail and an isolated tornado are possible into mid-afternoon.