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2 more Northeast Florida deaths as state passes 2,500 coronavirus fatalities

Florida Department of Health reports 57,447 COVID-19 cases across the state

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. – Two more coronavirus patients in Northeast Florida have died, the Florida Department of Health reported Tuesday.

The state health department showed 70 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported across the state in the last 24 hours.

One of the Northeast Florida deaths was in Duval County and one was in Clay County. A death reported Monday for Duval County (87-year-old man) was also moved to Clay County in the state’s data, bringing that county’s total to 30 deaths among 387 cases for a 7% death rate.

Duval County, by comparison, has reported 51 deaths among 1,660 cases for a 3% death rate.

The latest Duval County death was an 80-year-old woman whose case was first counted May 18. She had contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, authorities say.

In addition to the 87-year-old listed previously under Duval County, Clay County had an additional COVID-19 related death reported. The patient was a 70-year-old woman whose case was first counted by the state on April 23. It’s unknown if she had contact with a known coronavirus case.

According to data from the Department of Health, there are now 57,447 residents and visitors to Florida who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the state began collecting data a few months ago and 2,530 people have died.

The 11 Northeast Florida counties News4Jax has been tracking through the coronavirus pandemic have now reported a total of 113 COVID-19 related deaths among 3,375 confirmed coronavirus cases.

View the chart below for a full breakdown of all 11 Northeast Florida counties:

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but it can cause more severe illness including pneumonia in older adults and people with existing health problems. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus within weeks.


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