Florida cases rise more than 1,200 in 24 hours, total over 11,500 in state

Nearly 200 deaths reported in state due to COVID-19

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida rose by more than 1,200 across the state in a 24 hour period, according to data released Saturday evening by the Florida Department of Health.

As of Saturday evening, there were a total of 11,545 confirmed cases in Florida (up from 10,268 Friday evening) and 195 reported deaths in the state. No additional deaths were reported in counties in Northeast Florida. The most recent death in Northeast Florida was a 54-year-old man in Putnam County, which was reported Friday.

In Duval County, there are 387 cases. There have been nine previously reported deaths. St. Johns County now has 132 cases and two previously reported deaths. Alachua County has 116 cases and no deaths.

Clay County has 74 cases and six previously reported deaths, Flagler has 29 cases and one previously reported death, Nassau County has 21 cases, Putnum County has 18 cases -- and one previously reported death -- Baker County was still at 11, Bradford County has six cases, Columbia County has ten cases and Union County still has a single positive case. (Scroll down for map)

An update from the Florida Department of Health allows people to now track cases across the state by ZIP code.

On Friday, President Trump announced new federal guidelines from the CDC recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public. President Trump stressed the recommendations were not requirements and that a variety of homemade coverings were acceptable. Federal officials said that surgical masks and N95 respirator masks should be left for those on the front lines of fighting the spread of the infection.

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