First Coast jumps past 82K COVID-19 cases with 6K new cases in 1 week

The five-county First Coast region now has 82,918 coronavirus infections, up about 6,000 cases in just one week, according to Florida Department of Health data released Monday.

On Dec. 15 that figure was 76,986 cases of COVID-19 in Northeast Florida. That’s a 7.7% increase in cases in the past week for the region. Much of that was attributed to a case surge last week when a couple days saw single-day increases of more than 1,000 new infections each day.

The pace slowed on Friday through the weekend when new cases fell below 1,000 new infections each day.

The First Coast region had a slower pace in the number of deaths attributed to coronavirus in the past week. On Dec.15 there were a total of 1,059 deaths caused by the affliction in the region. There are now 1,081 deaths. There were days earlier this month when there were more than 20 new deaths caused by the virus in one day.

The positivity rate for coronavirus tests continues to fluctuate wildly along the First Coast throughout the past several weeks. Monday’s positivity rate jumped above 10% in all five counties.

Jacksonville recorded a 10.26% positivity rate Monday.

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