Baptist Health Care to open Santa Rosa County’s first coronavirus testing site

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Jim Little, Pensacola News Journal
Published 4:56 p.m. CT March 26, 2020 | Updated 6:21 p.m. CT March 26, 2020


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Santa Rosa County will soon have its first testing site for the coronavirus.

Baptist Health Care announced it was opening a new COVID-19 screening center on Friday in south Santa Rosa County.

South Santa Rosa County has been at the center of the county’s confirmed cases. Out of the county’s 12 confirmed cased, seven are in Navarre and three are in Gulf Breeze, according to numbers released Thursday evening by the Florida Department of Health. The remaining two cases are in Milton.

Unlike other screening sites, Baptist Health Care will screen anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness.

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“The center’s focus is to provide a more comprehensive treatment program by screening those who may have COVID-19 and treating people with Flu-A, Flu-B, pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses,” according to a press release announcing the new site.

This will be Baptist Health Care’s second screening center, but the first one located in Santa Rosa County.

All individuals with respiratory symptoms — such as cough, fever and shortness of breath — can call 850-434-4080 to determine if they need an appointment with the screening center. An appointment is required to visit this center.

Baptist Health Care also said it was currently treating three presumptive positive COVID-19 patients at its hospitals, two at Gulf Breeze Hospital and one at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.

At least seven Santa Rosa County residents who have tested positive for coronavirus have been hospitalized, according to the Thursday evening numbers from the Florida Department of Health. It’s unknown which hospitals those patients were admitted to or if the latest number of hospitalized patients includes the Santa Rosa County resident who died earlier this month at Baptist Hospital from the virus.

As of Thursday evening, none of the 20 Escambia County residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been hospitalized, according to the health department.

Jim Little can be reached at and 850-208-9827.

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