JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Florida rose to 21,628 on Tuesday evening, a 609-case increase in the past 24 hours, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Seventy-two new deaths were reported by the health department Tuesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 571. One of the new deaths was reported in Duval County.
There are now 1,459 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Northeast Florida.
View a breakdown of local county-by-county data below:
So far, 14.1% of Florida’s patients have required hospitalization because of the coronavirus while 2.6% of them have died.
It’s unclear how many people have gotten better since contracting the virus. The state does not provide data on the number of people who have recovered.
The state has tested 206,537 people for the coronavirus. The vast majority (88.9%) of tests have been negative, 1,215 were inconclusive and 1,305 are pending.
Most at risk are people ages 65 and up as they make up 54.3% of hospitalizations and 82.7% of deaths. Long-term care facilities are another concern with 1,179 cases among facilities’ residents and staff.
South Florida remains the hardest-hit region with three counties — Broward, Dade and Palm Beach — accounting for a majority of the state’s infections (58.8%) and virus-related deaths (57.3%).
In Northeast Florida, Duval County (718 cases) leads the way, followed by Alachua (195), St. Johns (177), Clay (168), Flagler (45), Putnam (43), Nassau (35), Bradford (31), Columbia (28), Baker (17) and Union (2) counties.
Our region has seen 31 deaths, with 14 in Duval and nine in Clay. There have also been two each in Baker, Flagler and St. Johns counties, and one each in Bradford and Putnam.
Interestingly, Jacksonville’s infection rate (5.2%) sits well below the state average (10.5%), despite being the state’s largest and most populous city.