First Coast pushes past 97,000 cases of COVID-19

The five-county First Coast region has tallied more than 97,000 cases of COVID-19 and topped more than 1,300 deaths caused by the pandemic, according to Florida Department of Health data released Monday.

There have now been 97,645 COVID-19 infections in Northeast Florida and 1,313 deaths caused by the affliction. The First Coast positivity test rate also exceeded 15% in every county except one and the average positive test rate for all counties was 17.26% Monday. Only St. Johns County did not break the 15% mark and it still had a 12.93% positivity rate for those people getting coronavirus tests.

Jacksonville broke the 64,000 mark for infections Monday with a total of 64,225. Jacksonville has now recorded 753 deaths due to the pandemic.

Jacksonville’s positivity rate Monday was 15.05%. That’s the second highest rate in Jacksonville for the past two weeks with the highest positivity rate at 22.48% recorded on Dec. 28, a day that saw unusually high rates throughout the state and turned out to be a single day anomaly. Jacksonville’s rate has been below 10% only once in the past half month when on Dec. 24 it was 9.06%.

Clay County now has 11,886 infections and 188 deaths caused

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