Bay County sees single-day spike after reporting change

Florida Coronavirus News

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is reporting 53 new cases of COVID 19 and are now reporting 118 probably cases through antigen testing.

Health department officials said they have changed the was they are counting cases and today’s number includes results from tests taken from June 4 through June 30. Previously, the antigen tests were not part of the total number.

“Antigen tests are a new way to check for active COVID-19 infection at the time of your appointment,” officials wrote in a news release.

Bay County’s total diagnosed COVID-19 cases now stands at 581. This includes 549 Bay County residents and 32 non-Florida resident cases. Five Bay County residents, or 1 percent of all positive Bay County cases, have died from COVID-19. A total of 37 Bay County residents, or 7 percent of all cases, have been hospitalized with COVID-19.

Our previous story is below:

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — As the state of Florida reported a record-breaking 10,109 new coronavirus cases Bay County also saw a spike of 173 new cases reported Thursday.

Florida currently has 169,106 cases.

Bay County has 581 cases. Walton has 291, Okaloosa has 770, Holmes has 191, Washington has 117, Jackson has 381, Calhoun has 85, Gulf has 32, Liberty has 230 and Franklin has 9.

The United States has 2,688,246 cases and there are 10,729,336 cases worldwide. There have been 5,515,076 recoveries.

Gov. Ron Desantis is scheduled to hold a news conference with Vice President Mike Pence at 2 p.m. Thursday. News 13 will carry that live on our Mypanhandle mobile app.

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