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Florida tops 600 coronavirus-related deaths; 3rd death reported in St. Johns County

State has 22,519 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Samples are tested for respiratory viruses during a visit by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to the pathology labs at Leeds General Infirmary on March 12. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Samples are tested for respiratory viruses during a visit by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to the pathology labs at Leeds General Infirmary on March 12. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s coronavirus caseload topped 22,000 on Wednesday, and more than 600 deaths have been reported in the state.

An additional death was reported in St. Johns County -- a 79-year-old man. According to the Florida Department of Health, the case was travel-related, and the man had contact with a confirmed case.

As of Wednesday evening, Florida had confirmed 22,519 COVID-19 cases, adding 438 to the total that was reported in the morning. A total of 3,249 patients are hospitalized. The state has now recorded 614 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There are now 1,507 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Northeast Florida.

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 214,210 people for the coronavirus. The vast majority (88.2%) of tests have been negative, 314 were inconclusive and 1,344 are pending.

In Northeast Florida, Duval County (746 cases) leads the way, followed by Alachua (196), St. Johns (178), Clay (170), Flagler (46), Putnam (46), Nassau (37), Bradford (35), Columbia (34), Baker (17) and Union (2) counties.

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Our region has seen 32 deaths, with 14 in Duval and nine in Clay. Three have been reported in St. Johns. There have also been two each in Baker and Flagler counties, and one each in Bradford and Putnam.

Long-term care facilities are another concern with 176 cases in Northeast Florida connected to long-term care facilities: Clay (61), Duval (52), Bradford (24), Alachua (21), Baker (12), Columbia (5), Nassau (3), Putnam (2), Flagler (1), St. Johns (1).


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