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Jacksonville, neighboring counties see highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases

Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties all set new records Tuesday

Lines 'significantly shorter' Tuesday at Regency COVID-19 test site
Lines 'significantly shorter' Tuesday at Regency COVID-19 test site

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties all saw a record increases in COVID-19 cases in Tuesday’s report from the Florida Department of Health.

The state added 15,431 new cases of coronavirus and 100 COVID-related deaths on Tuesday. While this was not a record for the state, Florida has averaged above 14,000 new cases each of the last seven days -- the highest week of increases since the pandemic began in March.

There were an additional 1,331 cases in Duval County on Tuesday, 307 in St. Johns County, 204 in Clay County and 123 cases in Nassau County in the latest report from the FDOH -- the highest single-day increases in those counties.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state has recorded 1,392.123 cases and 22,515 deaths related to the virus.

The statewide positivity rate based on Monday’s testing was 12.74%, the health department said Tuesday.

As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, 7,342 people were hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

According to the latest vaccination data from the state, 20,195 first doses were administered Monday, bringing the total in the state to 289,773. Most of the Floridians who have been vaccinated are health care workers and first responders, although an increasing number are seniors 65 years or older, who the governor has made a key demographic for vaccinations.

More than 82% of those who have died from the disease in Florida have been older than 65.

Florida has one of the nation’s oldest populations with 4.4 million of the state’s 21 million population 65 years or older.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.