COVID hospitalizations continue to decline

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Gulf County were down by 20 percent last week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Saturday. 


Ascension Sacred Heart reported there were 58 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus in their their Emerald Coast hospitals in a release sent out Tuesday. 


This marks the fourth consecutive week that hospitalizations have decreased, after Ascension marked 154 hospitalized patients in Bay, Gulf and Walton counties on August 19.  


“On July 4, shortly before the COVID-19 surge began, the three hospitals had a total of six patients hospitalized with COVID-19,” the release read. 


According to the CDC, the seven-day change in tests administered also decreased last week as they have been since the August peak. Of those tested last week, the positivity rate was 21.47 percent. 


COVID cases in the county have decreased by about 47 percent over the past two weeks, according to data compiled by the New York Times, with an average of eight cases reported per day last week


There have been 2,897 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, or about one in five residents. 


The CDC did not publish data on the number of COVID-related deaths in Gulf County last week, since the number was under 10. 


About 51.5 percent of the county’s total population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 43.3 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Statewide, 56 percent of residents have been fully vaccinated. 


More than 75 percent of the county’s residents older than 65 have been fully vaccinated. 


Ascension said that “Of all COVID-19 patients coming to us for care, including visits to the Emergency Department, 54 percent are under age 50.” 

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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