Seven additional COVID-19 deaths reported today in our two-county area. The Florida Department of Health says six are in Escambia County for a total of 137 and the other is in Santa Rosa County for a total of 41. Total cases in Escambia County are up 122 to nearly 10,000, with 40 new cases in Santa Rosa County for a total of 4,053. Statewide, there are nearly 551,000 cases with 8,765 deaths, which is up 212 from yesterday.
CENTURY PRISON REPORTS FIRST COVID-19 FATALITY
The Century Correctional Institution has had its first inmate death due to the coronavirus, and the latest numbers show around half of the inmate population has been infected. The Florida Department of Corrections says prison-wide testing was conducted after a few inmates tested positive. At last check, the number of positive cases was up to 753 out of a population of around 1500 inmates.
NO FALL FOOTBALL FOR UWF
The UWF argos will be the defending national champions headed into 2021, although not in the way anyone would have preferred. On Tuesday, the Gulf South Conference announced that the fall sports season has been pushed back to Spring. Head football coach Pete Shinnick says all options are on the table regarding a spring season, which would likely be shortened to just five games in order to retain players eligibility.
PENSACOLA HOPES TO REOPEN COMMUNITY CENTERS TO AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The city of Pensacola hopes to reopen community centers to after school programs later this fall. Mayor Grover Robinson says the target date is September 28th. He says while safety is the primary issue, they understand the need for after-school programs for families who aren’t able to have a parent or guardian at home when kids get out.