JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida reported another 174 deaths related to the coronavirus in data released Wednesday by the state health department. That brought the state’s total to 23,759 deaths of residents and visitors to the state.
Among the deaths reported Wednesday were 11 in Clay County -- a single-day high according to News4Jax records. Clay County has now reported 209 deaths related to COVID-19, which is 2% of all cases reported in the county.
NOTE: Because of delays in reporting COVID-19 related deaths to the state, it’s likely many of those added in Wednesday’s report died days or even weeks earlier.
Duval County added another three deaths Wednesday, bringing Jacksonville’s total to 786 since the pandemic began. Union County added two more deaths to reach 68 total.
The Department of Health added 13,990 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, pushing the state to 1,517,472 cases since the pandemic first reach Florida last March.
There were 725 new COVID-19 cases in Jacksonville reported Wednesday, 206 in St. Johns County, 156 in Clay County, 225 in Alachua County and 78 in Nassau County.
There were 7,582 people hospitalized in Florida with COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon. Columbia and Putnam counties had no availabilities of intensive care beds on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
Alachua’s ICU availability was reported at 4.5%, Clay County had 14% of its ICU beds open and Duval County’s was at 17.2%.
The rate of positive COVID-19 tests statewide on Tuesday was 10.17% and higher in Jacksonville and the surrounding counties. It has been stuck above 10% -- considered to be indicative of community spread -- since before Thanksgiving.
The state said it vaccinated 38,880 people on Tuesday and has now vaccinated 707,478 people since the first supply made it to Florida hospitals on Dec. 14. That represents about 3% of the population of the state.