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Duval County adds over 500 COVID-19 cases for 2nd day in a row

17 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northeast Florida

A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation on Feb. 28. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation on Feb. 28. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second straight day, Duval County reported more than 500 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in data released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Health.

Statewide, Florida added 8,376 new coronavirus cases, pushing the state’s total to 961,676 since the pandemic began. Florida is on track to become the third state in the country to hit 1 million cases of COVID-19 -- likely within the next week.

In Duval County, 522 cases were added Wednesday, and 517 more cases were recorded Tuesday for a total of 41,937 since March.

On Wednesday, the state also reported 99 additional coronavirus-related deaths, including 17 in Northeast Florida. Duval reported another nine COVID-19 linked deaths for 579 total; Clay added three (147), St. Johns added two 94), Columbia added two (93) and Baker added one (32),

Since the start of the pandemic, 18,482 residents and non-residents in Florida have died related to the virus.

As of around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, 3,723 people were hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

The statewide positivity rate has dropped below 7% only twice in the last two weeks. It was at 7.10% based on Tuesday’s testing, the health department said Wednesday.

Florida and Jacksonville COVID-19 daily cases since June 1

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, breathing trouble, sore throat, muscle pain, and loss of taste or smell. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.