The latest victim was an 81-year-woman who the county Health Department would only identify as a resident or staff member of a long-term care facility.

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Okaloosa County has lost a fourth resident to COVID-19.

The latest victim was an 81-year-woman who the county Health Department would only identify as a resident or staff member of a long-term care facility.

She tested positive for COVID-19 on April 10, the Health Department said. Three of the four people who have died from the coronavirus in Okaloosa County acquired the disease at a local long-term care facility.

In Florida, 423 long-term care facility residents or staff members have died of COVID-19.

Two Okaloosa long-term care facilities have residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to state Department of Health records. Those are Fort Walton Rehabilitation Center and The Manor at Bluewater Bay.

The Fort Walton facility has 16 residents and 10 staff members who have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Bluewater Bay facility has one resident who has tested positive state records show.

A spokesperson for Fort Walton Rehabilitation Center declined to speak about specific patients or the number of COVID-19 cases at the facility.

“This pandemic is unprecedented and our deepest condolences go out to everyone who has lost a loved one during this crisis,” Susan Kaar said in an email. “We continue working with our local healthcare officials as well as notifying residents and their responsible parties; keeping them informed of the activity and on-going efforts within the center.”

“Our center leadership and staff continue in their vigilance to keep our residents and staff safe taking significant measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Kaar said. “The safety of our residents and staff is paramount.”

The Manor at Bluewater Bay had appeared before on the state’s list of facilities at which residents or staff had tested positive for the coronavirus. It was removed when evidence was provided that a former resident who had tested positive once after leaving the facility was later discovered not to have the disease.

Facility spokespersons did not immediately respond to a question regarding the Manor at Bluewater Bay’s current status.

While the county’s number of cases rose to 154 overnight, only two Okaloosa County residents remain hospitalized while being treated for COVID-19 and neither of those are presently occupying an ICU bed, according to information put out Thursday by Patrick Maddox, the county’s public safety director.

The county still has 30% available bed capacity without counting surge capacity, Maddox said in his report. There are more than 70 ventilators available at three local hospitals — North Okaloosa, Twin Cities and FW Medical Center.

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