Jacksonville shatters one-day record with 16 more COVID-19 deaths

More than 32% of Duval County's coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in last week

A lab technician begins semi-automated testing for COVID-19 at Northwell Health Labs on March 11 in Lake Success, New York. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County far eclipsed its previous single-day high with 16 additional coronavirus-related deaths reported in Saturday’s data released by the Florida Department of Health.

That pushed Jacksonville’s total to 138 deaths related to the virus -- and of those, more than 32% (45 deaths) have been reported in the last seven days. The previous one-day high for deaths in Jacksonville was nine, reported Friday.

According to data from the state, Jacksonville has now reported 19,288 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 561 hospitalizations.

The 11 Northeast Florida counties News4Jax has been tracking throughout the pandemic reported 21 additional deaths Saturday -- a single-day record for the area.

Those counties (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union) have reported 272 deaths among them since the pandemic began. More than 28% of those (78) were reported in the last seven days.

In addition to the 16 deaths in Duval County -- ranging in age from 39 to 96 -- Alachua County reported two more deaths Saturday (ages 53 and 69), and Nassau, St. Johns and Union counties reported one additional death each.

Statewide, Florida reported 126 additional deaths and 12,199 newly confirmed cases -- pushing the state to 414,511 cases and 5,894 deaths of residents and visitors since the pandemic began. (The 126 deaths statewide did not all occur in the last 24 hours. The state’s death data often have significant delays in reporting and some of the deaths may have occurred weeks ago.)

Infectious disease experts expected to see the numbers of deaths rise locally because of the spike in cases Duval County experienced 10 days ago.