Florida’s coronavirus cases climb to 216; 24 patients now in NE Florida

Duval has 10 cases; Alachua has 6 cases; Clay has 4

A clinical support technician extracts viruses from swab samples so that the genetic structure of a virus can be analyzed and identified. (WPA Pool, Jane Barlow, 2020 Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There are now 24 patients in Northeast Florida counties diagnosed with the COVID-19.

UPDATE: Florida’s 314 coronavirus cases include 13 Jacksonville patients

Late Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the number of positive cases in Florida had grown to 216, including 195 Florida residents and 21 visitors to the state and six Florida residents diagnosed elsewhere.

Florida also reported its seventh death Tuesday -- a 77-year-old man in a Broward County nursing home.

The state says 1,042 test results are outstanding. Based on recent average outcomes, about 20% of those tested for COVID-19 are positive.

Tuesday morning, the Florida Department of Health’s database showed a new coronavirus case in Duval County and another in neighboring Clay County on Tuesday. By 6 p.m., the state had identified four additional cases in Duval County.

There were 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in Duval County, six cases in Alachua counties, four in Clay County, three in St. Johns County and one in Nassau County. There also is a Charlton County resident hospitalized in Camden County, just across the Georgia border.

The Camellia at Deerwood assisted living facility in Jacksonville reported Tuesday that four of its residents have tested positive.

The latest death in the state is a 77-year-old Broward County patient whose case is associated with an assisted-living facility, according to the health department. Gov. Ron DeSantis said other patients are being tested and monitored, but he did not disclose the name of the facility.

In Duval County, the cases are comprised of eight men and two women, all of them ages 25 to 91. In Clay, they’re made up of two men and two women, ages 55 to 70. St. Johns County, meanwhile, has a man and woman who are 49 to 64 years of age, while the age of a Nassau County man is unavailable.

The increase in cases comes as DeSantis has introduced new measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, including ordering all bars and night clubs to close for the next 30 days beginning Tuesday evening. He is also asking restaurants to cut down on the number of people they serve in hopes of reducing crowds.