Jacksonville confirms 8 new COVID-19 deaths

Jacksonville added more than 500 cases.

The five-county First Coast region broke 67,000 cases of coronavirus, according to Florida Department of Health data released Wednesday.

There have now been 67,603 people infected with COVID-19 in Northeast Florida since the outbreak began in March. Another 10 fatalities due to the pandemic were added to the First Coast as well for a total of 969.

Jacksonville added more than 500 new cases in a single day for a new total of 44,969, up over the previous day’s figure of 44,450. Duval County also notched more deaths for a new total of 634, eight more than the day before.

The positivity rate for coronavirus tests dipped below 10% for the first time in three days in Jacksonville. Tuesday’s rate was 9.59%.

St. Johns county broke 9,000 cases for a new total of 9,085 infections, up over the previous figure of 8,931. Another death was recorded in St. Johns for a total of 97 and the positivity test rate for the illness increased from 11.26% to 12.66%.

Clay County also recorded a new death for a total of 149. The new total infection number in that county is 8,195, up from 8,107. Clay’s positivity test rate also dipped below 10%, coming in at 8.92%, down from 12.52%.

Nassau County saw 70 new infections tallied for a total of 3,291. There were no new deaths, holding at 57. The positivity rate jumped to 17.65%, up from 8.22%.

Baker County had 37 new infections for a total of 2,063 while holding steady at 32 deaths and a positivity test rate of 11.94%, down from 12.31%.

Across Florida there are now 1,018,160 people who have been infected with COVID-19 and 19,012 people who’ve died from the disease in the state.

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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