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No overnight deaths reported in Northeast Florida as statewide COVID-19 cases approach 31,000

Virus blamed for 1,055 deaths in Florida

A Florida National Guard soldier works alongside a local nurse to learn the processes at Jacksonville’s COVID-19 community-based testing site at TIAA Bank Field.
A Florida National Guard soldier works alongside a local nurse to learn the processes at Jacksonville’s COVID-19 community-based testing site at TIAA Bank Field. (Photo by Sgt. Michael Baltz, Florida National Guard Public Affairs Detachment)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As deaths due to the novel coroanvirus in the state of Florida reached a total of 1,055 on Saturday morning, none of the additional nine deaths reported overnight in were in Northeast Florida counties.

Two of the most recent Northeast Florida deaths were reported Friday -- both were Clay County women. One was an 85-year-old woman, who had contact with a confirmed case, and a 93-year-old woman.

Both deaths are connected to long-term care facilities in Clay County, an area that now has a total of nine deaths and 124 COVID-19 cases in its facilities.

Florida’s deaths from the new coronavirus surpassed 1,000 Friday and the number of confirmed cases reached 30,000 as committees advising Gov. Ron DeSantis on how to fully reopen the state’s businesses and public places began wrapping up their recommendations. During a Friday afternoon news conference, DeSantis said he has no specific date yet for the reopening to begin, saying he first wants to review the recommendations.

The death of a 67-year-old Duval County man was also reported Friday morning.

Florida now has 30,839 positive COVID-19 cases with 4,849 patients hospitalized by the sometimes deadly virus.

Northeast Florida’s 11 counties now have 2,042 coronavirus cases with Duval County being the hardest hit (965).

Since early March, more than 334,974 tests have been administered in Florida, according to the health department. The vast majority (90.8%) of those results have come back negative. The state has not reported a number of people who have recovered from the disease.


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