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Duval County has 207 cases of coronavirus

Nine more cases since this morning.

Duval County saw another uptick in confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday climbing from 198 earlier in the day to breaking the 200 mark, with a total of 207 people infected with the illness.

The Florida Department of Health evening update on COVID-190 showed 200 of those infected live in Duval County. Seven are residents from other areas of Florida.

The age range of the cases in Jacksonville runs from 5 years old to 97. Out of those, 94 are men and 104 are women, according to DOH figures.

Duval County is holding steady in the number of fatalities at four. But 28 people have been hospitalized.

Demands for free tests for coronavirus were so high this week that the city put a limit of 250 per day. Tuesday, that cap was reached in the morning just before noon and the city shut down the free federal testing center at a parking lot outside TIAA Bank Field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Residents were directed to return to the free testing center Wednesday at 8 a.m. A testing center that requires a fee remains operational at the Prime Osborn Convention Center on the west side of downtown. That’s also where a federal field hospital has been established to handle up to 250 overflow coronavirus patients if local hospitals reach capacity.

There have been a total 3,280 tests administered in Jacksonville. Out of those, 2,896 have come back negative.

Across Florida, 6,741 cases of coronavirus have been reported, causing 85 deaths and 855 hospitalizations, according to the DOH. There have been 64,661 tests administered across the state with 56,644 people testing negative.

Nationally, 186,265 people have tested positive for the illness, resulting in 3,810 deaths.

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Drew Dixon is a journalist of 40 years who has reported in print and broadcast throughout Florida, starting in Ohio in the 1980s. He is also an adjunct professor of philosophy and ethics at three colleges, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. You can reach him at drewdixonwriting@gmail.com.

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