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Florida’s 564 COVID-19 cases include 45 in Northeast Florida

2 new cases confirmed in Duval County, 2 more in St. Johns County and 1 in Putnam 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)
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. – There are now 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northeast Florida, according to state health officials.

The Florida Department of Health released a new round of data on Friday evening that show an additional 44 cases of the disease, increasing the statewide total to 564 cases and 10 deaths.

The state reports 156 of cases are travel-related, 102 involve contact with confirmed cases and another 90 are a combination of the two. The origins of the remaining 215 cases are unknown.

Late Friday night, Putnam County announced it was notified by the Florida Department of Health that a 67-year-old man had tested positive for COVID-19 there.

The new case wasn’t immediately reflected on the state’s COVID-19 map.

“The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County (DOH-Putnam) said it is now conducting its contact investigation and working on identifying and notifying people who will need to self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day period,” the Putnam County Board of County Commissioners said in a release.

Duval and St. Johns counties each added two new positive tests Friday. That brings the total in Northeast Florida to 45 across six counties — Duval (17), Alachua (15), St. Johns (7), Clay (4), Putnam (1) and Nassau (1).

So far, there have been no positive tests for COVID-19 in Baker, Bradford, Columbia and Union counties.

(A Charlton County resident diagnosed with the disease is being treated in Camden County just across the Florida-Georgia border, while nearby Glynn County has two confirmed cases.)

On Thursday, Northeast Florida saw its second death linked to the virus as state officials confirmed an 83-year-old man had died in Jacksonville. A day earlier, a 70-year-old man died of the virus in Clay County.

County-by-county

Of the Duval County cases, 13 are men and four are women. The state has classified at least two of those cases as travel-related, eight as not being linked to travel and seven as having unknown origins. So far, 174 people there have tested negative, while 27 tests results are still pending.

At least 10 of Alachua County’s cases, which are made up of 10 women and five men, are related to travel. Four cases are not considered travel-related, and the source of one case remains unknown. At least 273 people have tested negative and 50 results are outstanding.

St. Johns County’s cases are divided among four men and three women, three of which are travel-related. Data show 132 people have tested negative for the virus and results for 25 people are pending.

None of Clay County’s four cases, which are comprised of two men and two women, is connected to the patients’ travel histories. The county has reported 39 negative tests and 11 test results are up in the air.

The lone patient in Nassau County is a man whose case is classified currently as being travel-related. Fourteen people there have tested negative for COVID-19 and results for two more are pending.

According to the latest data, there have been 26 negative tests in Putnam County. There were 11 pending tests as of 6 p.m. on Friday.


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