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New positive COVID-19 cases found in Duval, St. Johns counties; 5 deaths in Florida

There are now a total of 160 positive coronavirus tests for Florida residents, according to state database.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two more Northeast Florida residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the Florida Health Department announced Monday evening.

The Health Department confirmed one new case in Duval County and another single case in St. Johns County. A new case in Alachua County was also confirmed.

The new positive test in Duval County is the first woman to test positive for the virus in the county following four confirmed cases in men.

The Florida Department of Health on Monday has announced a total of 24 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total for residents and non-residents to 160. The number of deaths linked to the virus in the state is now five and one Florida resident who died in California.

The latest death connected to the illness happened in the Orlando area. The age, gender and circumstances surrounding the death were not immediately released.

The new total includes 136 positive cases of Florida residents in the state, 18 positive cases of non-Florida residents in the state, and six Florida residents diagnosed and isolated outside the state.

The documented cases in the area now include Duval (5), Clay (3), Nassau (1) and St. Johns County (3).

According to a new state database, the four people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Duval County are between the ages of 57 and 91. No specific ages were given for each case.

Most of the cases continue to be concentrated in South Florida: Broward County (39), Dade County (23) and Palm Beach County (8). A total of seven cases are confirmed in Volusia County, according to the Department of Health database.

Of the 160 Florida cases, many are linked to travel while 32 cases are still under investigation.

The state released the new numbers along with the announcement of a new COVID-19 dashboard that was created in an effort to “provide transparency and clarity regarding COVID-19,” the state said. The Health Department said the dashboard would be updated twice a day.

The Health Department also said it recently partnered with private testing labs around the state to increase testing capacity.

"This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner,” the Health Department said in a statement.

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