JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The spread of coronavirus in Florida continued on Saturday, with 120 confirmed cases in Duval County, according to the evening numbers released by the Florida Department of Health.
The total confirmed number of cases of coronavirus in Florida surpassed 4,000 Saturday evening, a sharp increase from the 3,198 confirmed cases that were reported on Friday evening. A total of 3,877 confirmed cases were reported in Florida residents.
There are now 56 confirmed deaths in the state, up from the 46 deaths reported Friday evening. None of the most recent deaths were in Northeast Florida counties. A St. Johns County man is the latest Northeast Florida casualty connected to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new numbers include a total of 120 cases in Duval County (up from the 115 reported Friday morning), 68 cases in Alachua County (up from 67), 50 cases in St. Johns County (up from 48), 26 cases in Clay County (up from 24), and seven total cases in Nassau County (up from 6).
A total of 12 cases were reported in Putnam County (no change), seven cases in Baker County (no change) and 13 cases in Flagler County (up from 12), three cases in Columbia County (no change) and one case in Bradford County (no change). No cases have been reported in Union County.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is ordering that anyone arriving in the state from Louisiana must self-quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic.
DeSantis said Friday he was expanded his quarantine order to include Louisiana after officials in the lightly hit Panhandle worried that people will flee New Orleans as the number of positive tests there climb. The order will require anyone who arrives from Louisiana to isolate themselves for two weeks under the threat of a misdemeanor conviction and a 60-day jail sentence.
He already issued identical restrictions on travelers arriving from the New York area. DeSantis said the Florida Highway Patrol will set up checkpoints to screen cars arriving from Louisiana.
Additionally, the governor said during a news conference Friday he will issue an order barring companies like Airbnb from renting homes and rooms to vacationers for the next two week.
On Saturday, the federal testing location in Jacksonville at Lot J outside TIAA Bank Field dropped its temperature requirement of 99.6 degrees or higher. Anyone may receive testing as long as they have respiratory symptoms like a dry cough or shortness of breath.