A common theme during local government meetings this week was how fortunate Gulf County has been thus far during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That the county has been spared the “misery and death” seen in so many hot spots, from Georgia and Louisiana to New York and New Jersey.

While urging residents not to let down their guard, the next week could be critical.

“We’ve been fortunate,” said County Administrator Michael Hammond.

As of press time for this edition, the county had a single case of a person testing positive for coronavirus, a female in her 40s who had traveled overseas.

The test came back positive last week.

According to the Florida Department of Health dashboard, 60 tests for coronavirus had been performed in Gulf County, with the single positive result.

That’s an increase of about 20 new patients tested since the same time last week.

Statewide, there are 14,747 cases in Florida, up from 6,741 over the prior seven days.

The number of positive residents is 14,302, up from 6,490 the prior week, with 1,893 hospitalizations, up from 857 over the past seven days.

Deaths have risen from 85 to 296 in the past week.

The state had performed 139,669 COVID-19 tests.

Only two counties in Florida, Liberty and Lafayette, have yet to report a positive case of coronavirus.

“We are pretty much surrounded right now,” said Port St Joe Mayor Rex Buzzett.

The FDOH dashboard may be found at https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429