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COVID-19 REPORTED CASES IN BAY COUNTY


Positive Cases 
97
Tests Performed
3,663
Tests Reported Negative
3,563

Joint Information Center 05-18-2020 Update

Updated 05-25-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 27-year-old male and a 52-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 97.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 3%. Of the 3,663 tests processed, there are 3,563 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths (3% of all cases) in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 13 (14% of all cases). 


Update 05-24-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 57-year-old female and a 46-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 95.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 3%. Of the 3,591 tests processed, there are 3,493 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths (3% of all cases) in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 13 (14% of all cases). 


Update 05-23-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 61-year-old female and a 46-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 94.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 3%. Of the 3,509 tests processed, there are 3,412 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths (3% of all cases) in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 12 (13% of all cases). 


Update 05-22-2020

Bay County received confirmation of five additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 41-year-old male, 19-year-old male, 26-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, and a 35-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 92. All five are a contact of a previous case.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 3%. Of the 3,030 tests processed, there are 2,940 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 12.


Update 05-21-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 28-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 87.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 3%. Of the 3,030 tests processed, there are 2,940 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 12.

The addresses of the 85 positive Bay County residents include; 56 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, eight in Lynn Haven, three in Youngstown, three in Callaway, one in Southport, one in Parker, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base.


Update 05-19-20202

 Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 21-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 86.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 3.5%. Of the 2,469 tests processed, there are 2,380 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 12.

The addresses of the 83 positive Bay County residents include; 55 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, eight in Lynn Haven, three in Youngstown, three in Callaway, one in Southport, one in Parker, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base.


Update 05-18-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 49-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 85.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 4%. Of the 2,278 tests processed, there are 2,190 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 12.

The addresses of the 83 positive Bay County residents include; 55 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, seven in Lynn Haven, three in Youngstown, three in Callaway, one in Southport, one in Parker, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base.


Update 05-16-2020

Bay County received confirmation of three additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 4-year-old female, a 77-year-old female, and a 65-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 83.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

Tuesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. drive through COVID-19 viral testing will be offered at Deane Bozeman School located at 13410 Hwy 77, Panama City, FL 32409. Thursday, May 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. we will be at the Youngstown/Fountain Recreational Complex at 12321 E. Hwy 20, Youngstown, FL 32466. At both sites, we will test all adults with or without symptoms. Antibody testing is not available.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 4%. Of the 2,041 tests processed, there are 1,956 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 12.

The addresses of the 82 positive Bay County residents include; 54 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, seven in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and three in Callaway.


Update 05-15-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 49-year-old male and a 54-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 80.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

Today, we are announcing another drive through COVID-19 viral testing site. Thursday, May 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. we will be at the Youngstown/Fountain Recreational Complex at 12321 E. Hwy 20, Youngstown, FL 32466. Tuesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. drive through COVID-19 viral testing will be offered at Deane Bozeman School located at 13410 Hwy 77, Panama City, FL 32409. At both sites, we will test all adults with or without symptoms. Antibody testing is not available.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Bay County overall is 4%. Of the 1,996 tests processed, there are 1,914 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total Florida resident hospitalizations count is at 11.

The addresses of the 79 positive Bay County residents include; 51 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, seven in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and three in Callaway.


Update 05-14-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 50-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 78.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 4%. Of the 1,981 tests processed, there are 1,901 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten.

The addresses of the 77 positive Bay County residents include; 50 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, six in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and three in Callaway.


Update 05-12-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 70-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 77.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 4%. Of the 1,943 tests processed, there are 1,864 negative results. There are three Florida resident deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten.

The addresses of the 76 positive Bay County residents include; 49 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, six in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and three in Callaway.


Update 05-03-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 33-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 76, including 75 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases is at 76, including 75 residents and one non-resident. While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5%. Of the 1,696 tests processed, there are 1,618 negative results. There are three deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.

The addresses of the 75 positive Bay County residents include; 48 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, six in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and three in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.


update 05-02-2020

 Bay County received confirmation of three additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 36-year-old male, a 2-year-old female, and a 32-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 75, including 74 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases is at 75, including 74 residents and one non-resident. While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5%. Of the 1,655 tests processed, there are 1,578 negative results. There are three deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.

The addresses of the 74 positive Bay County residents include; 47 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, six in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and three in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.


Update 04-30-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 55-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 72, including 71 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases is at 72, including 71 residents and one non-resident. While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5%. Of the 1,548 tests processed, there are 1,474 negative results. There are three deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.


Update 04-28-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 70, including 69 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5%. Of the 1,434 tests processed, there are 1,362 negative results. There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.

Update 04-27-2020

Bay County received confirmation of three additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 55-year-old male, 56-year-old female, and a 32-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 68, including 67 residents and one non-resident.

While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is five percent. Of the 1,260 tests processed, there are 1,190 negative results. There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.

The list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases now includes active cases in each facility in order to provide real-time data. It is important to note, case data contained within the other publicly available information is separate from the data contained in the daily report. The information in the daily report is derived directly from Merlin (State Surveillance System), whereas the information in the long-term care facility list is derived from the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Emergency Status System.

The information contained in the report reflects the current available information reported by each facility’s staff to the Department via the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Emergency Status System. The data is not cumulative but reflects the information available for current residents and staff with cases as of the reported date. Data in the Long-Term Care Facility List report is provisional and subject to change.

The addresses of the 67 positive Bay County residents include; 42 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and two in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-26-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 53-year-old female and a male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 65, including 64 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5%. Of the 1,236 tests processed, there are 1169 negative results. There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.

Update 04-24-2020

Bay County received confirmation of three additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 57-year-old female, a 73-year-old female, and a 66-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 63, including 62 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 6%. Of the 1,019 tests processed, there are 955 negative results. There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.

Update 04-22-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 14-year-old male and a 51-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 60, including 59 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 6%. Of the 944 tests processed, there are 883 negative results. There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.

Update 04-21-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 51-year-old female. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 58, including 57 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 6%. Of the 904 tests processed, there are 845 negative results. There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at ten including nine residents and one non-resident.

There are currently two long-term care facilities in Bay County that have or have had positive cases of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health has published the list at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov. The twice-daily COVID-19 report also includes information by county about cases and deaths related to staff or residents in long-term care facilities. There have been two residents or staff in long-term care facilities that have tested positive for COVID-19.

The addresses of the 57 positive Bay County residents include; 33 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and one in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-20-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are an 82-year-old male and a 53-year-old male. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 57, including 56 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

While Bay County’s testing is increasing, the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 7%. Of the 866 tests processed, there are 808 negative results. There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at nine including eight residents and one non-resident.

Update 04-19-2020

Bay County received confirmation of seven additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 54-year-old male, a 64-year-old female, a 39-year-old female, a 52-year-old female, a 30-year-old male, a 31-year-old male, and a 21-year-old female. All are Bay County residents. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 55, including 54 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at eight including seven residents and one non-resident. The total COVID-19 tests processed is at 832 tests with 776 negative results with a seven-percent positive rate. The addresses of the 54 positive Bay County residents include; 30 in Panama City, 12 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, three in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and one in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-18-2020

Bay County received confirmation of three additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 63-year-old female, a 40-year-old male, and a 69-year-old female. All are Bay County residents. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 48, including 47 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at eight including seven residents and one non-resident. The total COVID-19 tests processed is at 778 tests with 729 negative results with a six-percent positive rate. The addresses of the 47 positive Bay County residents include; 26 in Panama City, 11 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, one in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and one in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.

 Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 36-year-old male and is a Bay County resident. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 45, including 44 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at eight including seven residents and one non-resident. The total COVID-19 tests processed is at 750 tests with 704 negative results with a six-percent positive rate.  The addresses of the 44 positive Bay County residents include; 23 in Panama City, 11 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, one in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and one in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-17-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 64-year-old female and is a Bay County resident. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 44, including 43 residents and one non-resident.

There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at eight including seven residents and one non-resident. The total COVID-19 tests processed is at 721 tests with 676 negative results with a six-percent positive rate. The addresses of the 43 positive Bay County residents include; 22 in Panama City, 11 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, one in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and one in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.  

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 51-year-old male and is a Bay County resident. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 43, including 42 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at eight including seven residents and one non-resident. The total COVID-19 tests processed is at 715 tests with 671 negative results with a six-percent positive rate. The addresses of the 42 positive Bay County residents include; 22 in Panama City, 10 in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, one in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and one in Callaway. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-16-2020

 Bay County received confirmation of three additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 75-year-old male, a 32-year-old female, and a 39-year-old male. All are Bay County residents. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 42, including 41 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at eight including seven residents and one non-resident. The total COVID-19 tests processed is at 683 tests with 640 negative results with a six-percent positive rate. The addresses of the 41 positive Bay County residents include; 23 in Panama City, nine in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-15-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 43-year-old male and is a Bay County resident. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 39, including 38 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

There are two deaths in Bay County from COVID-19. The total hospitalizations count is at six including five residents and one non-resident. The total COVID-19 tests processed is at 637 tests with 597 negative results with a six-percent positive rate. The addresses of the 38 positive Bay County residents include; 21 in Panama City, eight in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-14-2020

A 72-year-old Bay County woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 2 passed away. We received confirmation today. This is the second person to die in Bay County diagnosed with COVID-19. 

When people with diabetes do bot manage their blood sugar levels well, they can have more trouble fighting off illnesses like COVID-. Because of this, people with poorly controlled diabetes are more likely to become very ill or die if they get COVID-19.

In Bay County, 14.1% of residents are living with diabetes. 7.5% have been told they have pre-diabetes. This information is according to the latest data from Florida Health Charts.

If you are living with diabetes, make sure you are taking proper care of yourself. Talk with your doctor about how to manage your care. Also, follow social distancing and stay at home order to protect yourself. Share this information with loved ones or friends who are living with diabetes.

Yesterday, Bay county received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Through contact investigation, our staff discovered the 29-year-old male is a Liberty County resident who was tested in Bay County. The information is corrected in the data system and was updated in the 5:30 pm numbers for April 13.

Update 04-13-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 66-year-old male and a 29-year-old male. Both are Bay County residents. Neither case is travel related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 39, including 38 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

A total of 611 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 572 negative results with a six-percent positive rate. There has been a total of five hospitalizations and one death. The residences of the 39 positive Bay County cases include; 21 in Panama City, eight in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-12-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 27-year-old female Bay County resident. This case is not travel-related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 37, including 36 residents, and one non-resident 

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

A total of 538 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 501 negative results. There has been a total of five hospitalizations and one death. The residences of the 36 positive Bay County cases include; 20 in Panama City, seven in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, one in Tyndall Air Force Base, and one in Parker. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-10-2020

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 46-year-old male and a 44-year-old male. Both are Bay County residents. Neither case is travel related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 36, including 35 residents and one non-resident.

A total of 396 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 362 negative results with an eight-percent positive rate. There has been a total of five hospitalizations and one death. The residences of the 35 positive Bay County cases includes; 19 in Panama City, seven in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Parker, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-09-2020

04-09-2020, 5:30 update

Bay County received confirmation of four additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 47-year-old female, 22-year-old female, 56-year-old female, and a 67-year-old male. All are Bay County residents. The 47-year-old female is travel related to Florida and Georgia and did have contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 34, including 33 residents and one non-resident.

Bay County received confirmation of two additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 28-year-old male and a 49-year-old female. All are Bay County residents. Neither case is travel related. The 28-year-old male did have contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 30, including 29 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

A total of 383 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 353 negative results with an eight-percent positive rate. There has been a total of five hospitalizations and one death. The residences of the 29 positive Bay County cases include; 14 in Panama City, seven in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, five in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-08-2020

Bay County received confirmation of three additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 37-year-old female, a 73-year-old-female, and a 48-year-old male.  All are Bay County residents.  All cases are not travel related.  This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 28, including 27 residents and one non-resident.

A total of 353 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 325 negative results with an eight-percent positive rate. There has been a total of five hospitalizations and one death. The residences of the 27 positive Bay County cases include; 13 in Panama City, six in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, four in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case if from Texas.

Update 04-07-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 34-year-old female Bay County resident.  This case did have contact with another COVID-19 case and is not travel related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 25, including 24 residents and one non-resident.

A total of 341 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 316 negative results.  There has been a total of five hospitalizations and one death. The residences of the 24 positive Bay County cases include; 12 in Panama City, five in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, four in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-05-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The person ill with the virus is a 51-year-old female Bay County resident. This case is not travel-related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 24, including 23 residents, and one non-resident

A total of 302 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 276 negative results. There has been a total of five hospitalizations and one death. The residences of the 23 positive Bay County cases include; 12 in Panama City, five in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, three in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas. 

Update 04-04-2020

On April 1, a 93-year-old Bay County man who was tested for COVID-19 passed away. We received confirmation that he was positive for COVID-19 today.  This is the first person to die in Bay County diagnosed with COVID-19.  
 
We are expressing our condolences to his family and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County will continue to work with our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  
 
Bay County also received confirmation of four additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus include a 61-year-old female, a 42-year-old male, a 47-year-old male, and a 47-year-old female. These cases are not travel related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 23, including 22 residents with one death and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

A total of 264 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 241 negative results. There have been a total of four hospitalizations. The residences of the 22 positive Bay County cases include; 12 in Panama City, four in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, three in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.  

Update 04-03-2020

Updated 5:30 PM

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus include a 43-year-old male with travel to Georgia and Florida. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 18, including 17 residents, and one non-resident

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus include a 47-year-old female and a 72-year-old female. The 47-year-old’s infection is not travel-related, but did she have direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case. It is unknown if the 72-year-old’s infection is travel-related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 17, including 16 residents, and one non-resident

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

A total of 218 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 201 negative results. There has been a total of two hospitalizations. The residences of the 16 positive Bay County cases include; eight in Panama City, three in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, two in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-02-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus include a 60-year-old male. This case is travel-related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 15, including 14 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

A total of 185 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 170 negative results. The residences of the 14 positive Bay County cases include; five in Panama City, four in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, two in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 04-01-2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis issues stay at home executive order for the entire state of Florida:  EXECUTIVE ORDER

Update 5:45 PM

Bay County received confirmation of five additional cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus include a 31-year-old female, a 21-year-old male, a 39-year-old male, a 40-year-old male, and a 34-year-old male. Two cases are travel-related. Two cases are not travel-related. One case is unknown if it’s travel-related.  This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to 13, including 12 residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

A total of 151 tests have been processed for Bay County from private and public labs with 138 negative results. The residences of the 12 positive Bay County cases include; four in Panama City, three in Panama City Beach, one in Southport, two in Lynn Haven, one in Youngstown, and one in Tyndall Air Force Base. The non-resident case is from Texas.

Update 03-31-2020

Update 5:30 PM

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, today. The person ill with the virus is a 57-year-old female who is a Bay County resident. This case is not travel related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to eight, including seven residents and one non-resident.

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, today. The person ill with the virus is a 52-year-old male who is a Bay County resident. This case is non-travel related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to seven, including six residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

DOH-Bay has been monitoring COVID-19 since January and been in contact with Bay County Emergency Manager and medical providers to prepare response activities in the event we were to see cases in Bay.

Update 03-30-2020

The CDC is releasing new testing criteria. The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is now following this criterion and sharing it with our healthcare partners.  

Bay County has six total confirmed cases, five residents and one non-resident. We also have one hospitalization. Therefore, our current situation is for Priority 1 and Priority 2 patients.

PRIORITY 1  Ensures optimal care options for all hospitalized patients, lessen the risk of healthcare-associated infections, and maintain the integrity of the U.S. healthcare system.  
   • Hospitalized patients (Hospitals- Ascension Sacred Heart Bay and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center)  
   • Healthcare facility workers with symptoms  

PRIORITY 2  Ensures those at highest risk of complications of infection are rapidly identified and appropriately triaged.  
   • Patients in long-term care facilities with symptoms  
   • Patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms  
   • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms  
   • First responders with symptoms  

If you meet the above criteria, stop the spread. Call ahead to your doctor, the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at (850) 872-4455, or PanCare of Florida at (850) 215-4181 for screening. If testing is necessary, you will be given instructions on where, when, and how samples will be collected for testing. 

The CDC offers a self-assessment tool. You can easily access the tool at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov.  

If you do not meet the criteria in Priority 1 or Priority 2, stay home when you are sick.  

Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.  

If you develop these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.   

Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

If you develop these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.
  ● Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath  
  ● Persistent pain or pressure in the chest  
  ● New confusion or inability to arouse  
  ● Bluish lips or face  

If you are sick, you should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.  

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Avoid sharing personal household items, like dishes, towels, and bedding.  

Avoid all contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people.  

Wear a facemask around other people.    

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Afterward, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  

Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.  

Caregivers
   ● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with the sick person. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.  
  ● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  
  ● Make sure the sick person drinks a lot of fluids to stay hydrated and rests at home.  
  ● Over-the-counter medicines may help with symptoms.  
  ● For most people, symptoms last a few days and get better after a week.  
  ● Every day, clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions. Wash laundry thoroughly. If the laundry is soiled, wear disposable gloves and keep the soiled items away from your body while laundering. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.  

When to end home isolation (staying home)  
    ● Most people with COVID-19 who have stayed home (are home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
    ● They have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)  AND  
   ● other symptoms have improved (for example, when their cough or shortness of breath have improved)  AND  
   ● at least 7 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared  

For more information on what to do if you think you were exposed, visit FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov/exposure

More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here. 

For more detail on Florida resident cases, please visit the live DOH Dashboard here.  

* Florida residents that are diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated out of state are not reflected on the Florida map. 


Update 03-29-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, today. The person ill with the virus is a 28-year-old male who is a Bay County resident. This case is not travel related. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to six, including five residents and one non-resident.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.


Update 03-28-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, today. The person ill with the virus is a 68-year-old male who is a Bay County resident. This case is travel related including Washington, DC, and Florida. This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to five, including four residents and one non-resident. 

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

COVID-19 symptoms and treatment 

The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with COVID-19 typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, and/or shortness of breath within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Approximately 80% of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes. 

Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms as you may need treatment at a hospital

COVID-19 overview, symptoms, and general prevention 

COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus; coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Other coronaviruses include the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 is believed to have emerged from an animal source and is now capable of spreading from person-to-person. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

For more Information on COVID-19

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 website. For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 website. For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website. 

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Update 03-27-2020

Bay County received confirmation of one additional case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, today. The person ill with the virus is a 44-year-old male who is a Bay County resident. This case is not travel related This brings Bay County’s total COVID-19 cases to four.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigations and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

Update 03-26-2020

BAY COUNTY

  • The Bay County Board of County Commissioners, after consultation with Department of Health officials, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the Tourist Development Council, and others extended for another seven days the closure of public beaches in the unincorporated area of Bay County as a safety precaution to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. This emergency order was signed by Bay County Commission Chairman Philip “Griff” Griffitts and will be ratified by the board at its next meeting. Griffitts, under the order, has the authority to continue the closure as long as it is deemed necessary. “We made the right decision to keep our community as safe as we can, and we will hold firm with that decision until we, based on the guidance of health professionals, feel comfortable that we can open the beaches back up,” Griffitts said. The order provides the following: All beaches, beach accesses, and parking for beach accesses in Bay County, Florida are temporarily closed to the public. The M.B. Miller Pier is temporarily closed to everyone except for the use of the pier for fishing. It is unlawful for members of the public to access the beaches in Bay County.
  • The Bay County Code Enforcement Board meeting and the Special Magistrate hearing scheduled for April 2, 2020 has been canceled.
  • The next meetings are currently scheduled for May 7, with the Special Magistrate hearing at 9 a.m. and the Code Board meeting at 3 p.m. in Room 1030 of the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St., Panama City.
  • If you are a member of the public with concerns about Code Enforcement, please call (850) 248-8290.
  • Food Truck Fridays at the Bay County Government Center will be suspended temporarily due to a lack of interest. The event will resume once the COVID-19 situation relents.
  • The business lobbies of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners as well as Bay County public libraries will close to the public, effective Tuesday, March 24, in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
  • Bay County Utilities provides a drop box at the front of the Utilities Department building, located at 3410 Transmitter Road and offers online payments at www.baycountyfl.gov. Customers may also make a payment by calling (855) 973-2020. For more information about utility payments, please call (850) 248-5010.
  • Applications for Bay Area Transportation and payments for the Bay Town Trolley and Bay Area Transportation are available at www.baytowntrolley.org. Please call Transit at (850) 248-8161 for more information.
  • Bay County Human Resources provides online recruitment options. Anyone interested in applying may visit www.baycountyfl.gov and click on External Job Opportunities to view posted vacancies. Human Resources may be reached at (850) 248-8201.
  • All forms for Builders Services are available online at https://www.baycountyfl.gov/154/Builders-Services. Bay County licensed contractors with a Bay County trust account may email building permits to permittingteam@baycountyfl.gov. Bay County Builders Services will provide a dropbox for document delivery. For more information, please call (850) 248-8350.
  • All forms for Planning and Zoning are online at https://www.baycountyfl.gov/328/Forms. Planning and Zoning encourage teleconferencing for meetings regarding development orders when possible. Please call (850) 248-8250 for more information.
  • Concerns and questions regarding Bay County Code Enforcement may be emailed to codeenforcement@baycountyfl.gov or call (850) 248-8290.
  • Bay County Geographic Information Systems offers an online addressing application and can take payment over the phone. Visit https://www.baycountyfl.gov/148/Address-Numbering or call (850) 248-8170 for more information.
  • For any county business that requires an in-person meeting, please contact the respective office directly to make an appointment.
  • Bay County parks remain open to the public.
  • Sandy beaches and beach access closed until further notice.
  • The Bay County Board of County Commissioners has declared a state of emergency for Bay County as part of our response to COVID-19. The County’s declaration allows us to access resources at the State and Federal level to support our community needs as well as more quickly fathering needed emergency supplies from vendors as we deal with this ongoing health crisis.
  • Suspended group programming and events at the Cooperative Extension Office.
  • Providing free transit passes to students and their caregivers to Bay District Schools feeding locations throughout the county.
  • Suspended utility disconnections and late payment fees.
  • Suspended cancellation of commercial accounts at the landfill

Update 03-25-2020

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BAY COUNTY ANNOUNCES TWO ADDITIONAL COVID-19 CASES

Bay County received confirmation of two additional positive cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The persons ill with the virus are a 74-year-old female and a 55-year old male, both Bay County residents. The 74-year-old woman is non-travel related. The 55-year-old man is travel-related including Florida and Puerto Rico.  

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) has completed its contact investigations. Individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period have been identified. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.

The total COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Bay County is now three. Residency of the cases includes; Youngstown, Lynn Haven, and Texas.  Additional information about the cases is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPPAA), Florida Statute 381.0031(6), and Florida Administrative Code Rules 64D-3.036 and 64D-3.041.DOH-Bay’s goal is to always protect patient privacy.

COVID-19 Call Center Available 24/7 (866)779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov 

Update 03-24-2020                                             

The Florida Department of Health in cooperation with Bay County is proud to announce our new website, BayHealthCOVID19.com Here you will be able to find these updates and additional information from around Bay County and from our JIC partners relating to COVID-19. 

As of March 15, 2020, a person who is exhibiting signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness and meets one or more of the following criteria meet CDC Criteria for testing for COVID-19.  

  • Any person who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case with fever or signs/symptoms e.g. cough and shortness of breath. 

  • Persons hospitalized with acute lower respiratory illness of unknown cause. 

  • History of travel to or from affected geographic areas with widespread community transmission with fever and cough or shortness of breath.

  • History of international travel or a cruise with fever and cough or shortness of breath. 

  • 65 years or older with chronic health conditions with fever and cough or shortness of breath. 

  • An immunocompromised person with fever and cough or shortness of breath.

 If you meet the above criteria, stop the spread. Call ahead to your doctor, the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at (850) 872-4455, or PanCare at (850) 215-4181 for screening. If testing is necessary, you will be given instructions on where, when, and how samples will be collected for testing.

 The CDC offers a self-assessment tool. You can easily access the tool at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov

 For more information on what to do if you think you were exposed, visit FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov/exposure.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BAY COUNTY

  • The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is now on Nextdoor. Follow us at https://nextdoor.com/agency/florida-department-of-health for updates on COVID-19. 

  • Text bayhealth to 888-777 to receive alerts on your phone.

  • The investigation into Bay County’s first positive case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus is complete. The person ill with the virus is a 47-year-old male non-Florida resident from Texas. The case has been ruled as domestic travel-related.  Individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period have been identified.

  • DOH-Bay’s Children’s Dentistry Clinic is taking emergency appointments only and will be unable to provide elective procedures for the next three weeks. 

  • DOH-Bay’s WIC service is now able to complete nutrition education through the phone and automatically push benefits unless you need recertification. The WIC clinic in Southport is closed until further notice.  

  • HIV evening testing is canceled until further notice. Testing during regular hours will continue. 

  • WIC’s breastfeeding classes are canceled until further notice.

  • All DOH-Bay events are canceled until further notice including the March to Health 5K originally scheduled for March 28.

Update 03-23-2020                                                         

The business lobbies of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners as well as Bay County public libraries will close to the public, effective Tuesday, March 24, in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Bay County Utilities provides a drop box at the front of the Utilities Department building, located at 3410 Transmitter Road and offers online payments at www.baycountyfl.gov. Customers may also make a payment by calling (855) 973-2020. For more information about utility payments, please call (850) 248-5010.

Applications for Bay Area Transportation and payments for the Bay Town Trolley and Bay Area Transportation are available at www.baytowntrolley.org. Please call Transit at (850) 248-8161 for more information.

Bay County Human Resources provides online recruitment options. Anyone interested in applying may visit www.baycountyfl.gov and click on External Job Opportunities to view posted vacancies. Human Resources may be reached at (850) 248-8201.

All libraries in the Northwest Florida Regional Library System will be closed to the public and offering curbside book pick-up service, with the exception of the Parker Library, which will be closed entirely. For more information about the library’s available services at this time, please call (850) 522-2100 or visit nwrls.com.

All forms for Builders Services are available online at https://www.baycountyfl.gov/154/Builders-Services. Bay County licensed contractors with a Bay County trust account may email building permits to permittingteam@baycountyfl.gov. Bay County Builders Services will provide a dropbox for document delivery. For more information, please call (850) 248-8350.

All forms for Planning and Zoning are online at https://www.baycountyfl.gov/328/Forms. Planning and Zoning encourages teleconferencing for meetings regarding development orders when possible. Please call (850) 248-8250 for more information.

Concerns and questions regarding Bay County Code Enforcement may be emailed to codeenforcement@baycountyfl.gov or call (850) 248-8290.

Bay County Geographic Information Systems offers an online addressing application and can take payment over the phone. Visit https://www.baycountyfl.gov/148/Address-Numbering or call (850) 248-8170 for more information.

For any county business that requires an in-person meeting, please contact the respective office directly to make an appointment.

Bay County parks remain open to the public.

Update 03-22-202o

  • The business offices of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners remain open to the public, though visitors are encouraged to make use of the telephone, online resources and in-person drop boxes when possible.
  • Bay County Utilities provides a drop box at the front of the Utilities Department building, located at 3410 Transmitter Road and offers online payments at www.baycountyfl.gov. Customers may also make a payment by calling (855) 973-2020. For more information about utility payments, please call (850) 248-5010.
  • Applications for Bay Area Transportation and payments for the Bay Town Trolley and Bay Area Transportation are available at www.baytowntrolley.org.
  • Bay County Board of County Commissioners Human Resources provides online recruitment options. Anyone interested in applying may visit www.baycountyfl.gov and click on External Job Opportunities to view posted vacancies.
  • All forms for Builders Services are online at https://www.baycountyfl.gov/154/Builders-Services. Bay County licensed contractors with a Bay County trust account may email building permits to permittingteam@baycountyfl.gov.
  • All forms for Planning and Zoning are online at https://www.baycountyfl.gov/328/Forms. Planning and Zoning encourages teleconferencing for meetings regarding development orders when possible.
  • Concerns and questions regarding Bay County Code Enforcement may be emailed to codeenforcement@baycountyfl.gov.
  • Bay County Geographic Information Systems offers and online addressing application, and can take payment over the phone. Visit https://www.baycountyfl.gov/148/Address-Numbering for more information.
  • Bay County parks remain open to the public.
  • The Bay County Board of County Commissioners has declared a state of emergency for Bay County as part of our response to COVID-19. The County’s declaration allows us to access resources at the State and Federal level to support our community needs as well as more quickly fathering needed emergency supplies from vendors as we deal with this ongoing health crisis.
  • Suspended group programming and events at the Cooperative Extension Office.
  • Providing free transit passes to students and their caregivers to Bay District Schools feeding locations throughout the county.
  • Suspended utility disconnections and late payment fees.
  • Suspended cancellation of commercial accounts at the landfill.

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Bay District Schools Update:

  • Bay District School is urging parents to complete an online survey to indicate whether their students will need paper-based or online lessons. Surveys are due by Monday, March 23.
  • A schedule has been created for parents to pick-up students’ items from the schools.
  • Parents are also being asked to ensure their email address is updated in the Parent Portal on FOCUS so that they can receive the emails from PeachJar.
  • All schools are closed through April 15 per Governor DeSantis. FAQs are available on Bay District’s Facebook page. FSA/EOC testing is suspended for the rest of the year. BDS will be deploying distance learning programs beginning March 30. Please make sure you have an active email address uploaded to your child’s Parent Portal account.
  • Meal service will be available beginning March 23 for school-aged children. Children can access three pre-packaged meals per day, served to go only. Kids ride free on the trolley. Please see Bay District’s Facebook page for details.

Update 3-21

Bay County received confirmation of its first positive case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, today. The person ill with the virus is a 47-year-old male non-Florida resident from Texas. 

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying individuals who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period. Contact investigations are a critical way for staff epidemiologists to track and prevent the spread of disease.  

DOH-Bay has been monitoring COVID-19 since January and been in contact with Bay County Emergency Management and medical providers to prepare response activities in the event we were to see cases in Bay.

Update 3-20

Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously on Friday to close the unincorporated areas of the beach. The vote came hours after Panama City Beach City Council members passed an ordinance to close the sandy beaches within its jurisdiction. The restriction takes effect immediately and lasts for seven days. The Commissioners will revisit the measure in a week.

Update 3-19 

For the safety of our customers and staff at Bay County Utilities, regarding utility payments, we urge you to use the drop box located at the front of the building or use our website at www.baycountyfl.gov.

You may also make a payment by calling 1-855-973-2020. If you normally pay by cash and don’t have exact change for the dropbox, please be assured any overage will be applied to your next bill. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding on this matter. If you have any questions, please call Bay County Utilities 850-248-5010.

Update 3-18

We want to reassure all of you that we are working closely with local, state, and federal agencies on COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health is the lead agency for COVID-19. Information is being released by the FDOH.

 We are following the guidance of the FDOH and the Centers for Disease Control to protect our citizens, visitors, and first responders. Both agencies have provided many helpful resources to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, all County business offices are open. The Bay County Library has suspended group activities but remains open to the public.


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(one word) to 888777 to sign up for local health alerts from the Florida Department of Health in Bay County or visit http://bay.floridahealth.gov/.

The Florida Department of Health #COVID19 Call Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (866) 779-6121 or email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Follow FDOH on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FLDepartmentofHealth.

To access information from the FDOH including FAQs, CDC guidance, and the latest case count, visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.ht


Local Social Media Sources

   •   Bay District Schools Facebook Page

   •   City of Panama City Facebook Page

   •   City of Panama City Beach Facebook Page

   •   City of Lynn Haven Facebook Page

   •   City of Callaway Facebook Page