Patient in Jacksonville dies from COVID-19 as Florida cases surge to 432

New case of coronavirus reported in Duval County, 4 new cases in Alachua County

Samples are tested for respiratory viruses during a visit by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to the pathology labs at Leeds General Infirmary on March 12. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Statistics released Thursday evening by the Florida Department of Health show the number of reported cases of COVID-19 have risen to 432 in Florida, and there have been nine deaths reported in the state due to the virus.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the person who died in Duval County was an 83-year-old man.

The Florida Department of Health reported four new cases of the new coronavirus in Northeast Florida late Thursday morning, followed by an additional case in the evening, bringing the total number of known cases in the area to 35.

One new case of COVID-19 was reported in Duval County and four new cases reported in Alachua County.

That brings the total to 15 positive cases in Duval County, 11 cases in Alachua County, four each in Clay and St. Johns counties and one in Nassau County. (A Charlton County resident diagnosed with the disease is being treated in Camden County just across the Florida-Georgia border.)

In Duval County, 12 men and three women have tested positive for COVID-19 out of a total of 96 people tested, according to the Health Department. At least four, with a presumptive fifth possible, of the 15 positive tests in Jacksonville have been connected to an assisted living facility on the Southside.

There are still 24 pending tests in Duval County. Clay County (6), Nassau (1), St. Johns (33) and Alachua (34) counties also have tests pending.

The number of people tested in Jacksonville is expected to increase soon as the city continues to increase drive-thru testing.

Beginning on Friday, Jacksonville will expand access to mobile testing for COVID-19, Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday morning.

Speaking at City Hall on Thursday, the mayor said the testing site is set to open at 11 a.m. Friday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, and it will remain open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week while supplies last.

Testing will be offered on an appointment-only basis to people with symptoms who are screened ahead of time by Telescope Health, Curry said. People will be required to bring their driver’s license, a pen and a doctor’s referral.

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