11th death in Jacksonville, 2nd in Baker as Florida coronavirus cases reach 16,826

24 people in Northeast Florida have died from COVID-19

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JACKSONVILLE Fla. – Among 19 additional deaths in Florida overnight from complications of COVID-19 was the 11th death in Duval County and a second in Baker County. The state Department of Health on Thursday morning reported 16,364 Florida residents or visitors have now tested positive for coronavirus, with 354 deaths.

In the evening report, there were an additional 17 deaths in the state, bringing the total number to 371. There were a total of 16,826 cases in the state, adding 462 cases to what was reported in the morning.

Of Northeast Florida’s cases, Duval County continues to have the most cases, with 595. The remaining cases are in St. Johns (163), Alachua (154), Clay (110), Flagler (41), Nassau (32), Putnam (25), Columbia (18), Baker (16), Bradford (20) and Union (2) counties.

There are 24 deaths reported from coronavirus disease in Northeast Florida counties as of Thursday evening. The latest deaths were of an 91-year-old Jacksonville woman who had contact with a COVID-positive person and a 71-year-old woman in Baker County who had not traveled and had no known contact with person with the disease.

“I’m thinking about the families that have lost a loved one and, in fact, those that had to die alone,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Thursday.

Details of coronavirus cases identified in Northeast Florida

Across the state, South Florida remains the epicenter of Florida’s caseload.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who imposed a statewide stay-at-home order last week, noted that hospital bed scarcity has yet to become an issue. He noted that the state has roughly 44% bed availability. He said Miami-Dade and Broward counties are right around that mark.

Miami-Dade has by far the most cases of any county so far with 5,842, although Palm Beach County has the most deaths (75).

(To view specific local data, you can track coronavirus cases by ZIP code.)

The Miami Beach Convention Center is being converted into a field hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will transform the newly renovated facility into a hospital by April 27, news outlets reported Tuesday. Officials have not announced whether the convention center will house coronavirus patients or serve as an overflow hospital.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told The Miami Herald the decision to install 450 preliminary beds in the center was made in order to prepare the city for the worst-case scenario. “It will sit vacant hopefully until it is dismantled,” Gelber said.

In late March, the state built a 250-bed medical tent in a Miami-Dade park to handle possible overflow patients. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that tent would likely remain empty as well.

Officials have not yet determined the total number of beds to place in the convention facility.

As of Thursday evening, the state had administered 156,852 tests. The vast majority (89.3%) of those have come back negative.

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