First Coast exceeds 100,000 COVID-19 cases

The five-county First Coast region has surged well beyond the 100,000 mark for total cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in March, according to Florida Department of Health data released Thursday.

Every day this week, Northeast Florida counties have added nearly 2,000 new cases each day for a collective total of 103,252 COVID-19 infections. The First Coast now has a total of 1,184 deaths caused by the virus and the average positivity test rate for the region was 15.68%.

The acceleration of the total Northeast Florida regional infection count has been dramatic in just the past two weeks. On Dec. 23, there were 84,961 cases and at that time, a jump in the case count by 1,000 in 24 hours seemed dramatic. That’s an increase of 18,291 infections for the region in a half month, or a 17% hike.

Jacksonville is driving much of the radical increase. There were 67,938 total cases of coronavirus in Jacksonville Thursday. That’s a single-day increase of 1,291 infections and a jump of more than 10,000 cases in the past half month.

Jacksonville has 767 deaths caused by COVID-19 and a positivity test rate of 14.18%. The test rate for Jacksonville has

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