Jacksonville surpasses 44,000 coronavirus infections

Duval County had coronavirus positivity test rates above 10% for the second day in a row.

Jacksonville surpassed a couple of dubious markers in its coronavirus count, according to Florida Department of Health data released Tuesday.

Duval County blew past the 40,000 count for cases of COVID-19 with a total of 44,450, up from the previous day’s figure of 43,978. It was also the only county in the five-county First Coast region to record any fatalities on the day. Jacksonville saw 22 new deaths attributed to the virus for a total of 626 since the outbreak began in March.

Duval County also was among four out of five counties in the region to record a positivity test rate above 10%. Jacksonville had a 10.53% positivity rate, the second day in a row above 10% after remaining below that mark since mid-November.

Northeast Florida has now recorded a total of 66,755 COVID-19 infections with 959 fatalities.

St. Johns County had the most additional daily cases outside of Duval with a total of 8,931 infections, up from 8,832. There were no new fatalities in St. Johns holding steady at 96. But the positivity test rate was 11.26%, slightly down from the previous day’s rate of 13.37%.

Clay County had 92 new infections for the day for a total of 8,107 with no change in the fatality count of 148. The positivity test rate in Clay increased from 11.34% to 12.52%.

Nassau County added 25 infections for a total of 3,221 and no new fatalities on top of the 57 already recorded. Nassau is the only First Coast county to see the positivity test rate fall below 10% falling from 14.05% to 8.22%.

Baker County added 16 new infections for a total of 2,046 and no new fatalities, remaining at 32. The daily positivity test rate fell to 12.31%, down from 20.41%.

There are now 1,008,166 coronavirus infections across the state with 18,916 fatalities caused by the pandemic in Florida.

Drew Dixon

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 [email protected]


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