JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties saw record increases in COVID-19 cases in the Florida Department of Health report Tuesday.
The state added 15,431 new cases of coronavirus and 100 COVID deaths on Tuesday. While this wasn’t a record for the state, Florida has reported an average of over 14,000 new cases in the past seven days – the highest week of growth since the pandemic began in March.
In the FDOH’s latest report, Tuesday there were an additional 1,331 cases in Duval County, 307 in St. Johns County, 204 in Clay County and 123 cases in Nassau County – the highest one-day increases in those counties.
Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded 1,392,123 cases and 22,515 deaths related to the virus.
The nationwide positivity rate based on Monday’s tests was 12.74%, the health department said Tuesday.
7,342 people with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 were hospitalized in Florida at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the state agency for the administration of health.
According to the state’s latest vaccination data, initial doses of 20,195 were administered on Monday, bringing the total in the state to 289,773. Most of the Floridians who are vaccinated are health care workers and first responders, although an increasing number of seniors are 65 years of age or older, who the governor has made an important population for vaccination.
More than 82% of those who died from the disease in Florida were older than 65 years.
Florida has one of the oldest populations in the country with 4.4 million of the state’s 21 million residents who are 65 years of age or older.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle pain, and loss of taste or smell. Most people develop only mild symptoms. However, some people, usually people with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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