With the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus continuing to spread, Florida totaled more than 430,000 cases of COVID-19 during the week that ended Thursday, according to a report released Friday by the state Department of Health.
The 430,297 cases (up from 396,353 in the week prior) brought the total for the past four weeks to a reported 1.252 million cases.
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During the four previous weeks in November and the first half of December, the state totaled 63,477 cases — showing the massive effect the omicron variant has had recently in driving up infections.
Of Northeast Florida counties, Duval added the highest number of cases in the past week -- 19,329. Alachua (6,524 cases), Clay (3,907 cases), St. Johns (3,507 cases) and Flagler (1,469 cases) rounded out the top five.
In all, Florida has had a reported 4.99 million COVID-19 cases and 63,158 resident deaths since the pandemic started in early 2020, according to Department of Health numbers.