7 more COVID-19 deaths in greater Jacksonville, 133 more statewide

Columbia, St. Johns counties see spike in cases in last 24 hours

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The number of new cases of coronvirus in both Florida and Duval County continued to decline in Tuesday’s report from the Department of Health, but there were 133 more deaths from COVID-19 reported statewide -- a new daily record -- there were three additional deaths COVID-19 in Jacksonville, three more in Clay County and one more in Nassau County.

Florida added 9,194 cases Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 291,629. While that was the smallest daily increase since last week, the rate of positive tests went up from 11.46% on Monday to 15.02% on Tuesday.

Duval County added 354 cases Tuesday -- also the smallest increase since last week -- but its test positivity rate was up to 16.5%, the highest since last Wednesday.

St. Johns County added 114 cases -- one below its daily record set last week. Columbia County surged by 149 cases after an increase of 114 the day before. On Tuesday, health officials attributed most of the new cases to infections in Columbia Correctional Institute.

The seven area deaths were to residents between 44- and 87-year-olds.

In Jacksonville, two 77-year-old women and an 80-year-old man died. None reported any travel or had known contact with someone who was positive for COVID-19. That brings Duval County’s number of deaths attributed to the virus to 87.

Clay County lost two women -- 63 and 87 years old -- and an 80-year-old man. Only one of those had known contact with someone with coronavirus. Clay County has now had 39 deaths from COVID-19.

The death of a 44-year-old man in Nassau County brings its total to four. Health officials said that man had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

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