Florida’s COVID-19 deaths rose by 239 in Tuesday’s report from the state’s department of health, with 15 fatalities in the Northeast Florida region.
Although the state has added fewer new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past week, the death toll has not abated, as Duval County neared 1,000 deaths throughout the course of the pandemic.
The statewide rise in deaths among Florida residents, 233, was the highest since the single-day toll of 272 on Jan. 22.
Clay County reported eight COVID-19 deaths in Tuesday’s daily report of the Florida Department of Health, while Nassau County listed five and Duval and Putnam counties added one each.
The six-county region now has reported 1,705 COVID-19 deaths so far, while 28,526 deaths are recorded across Florida to date.
To date, the health department has recorded 1,790,743 positive tests for COVID-19. The state added 7,023 cases in Tuesday’s report, the third consecutive day with fewer than 8,000 new positive tests. In addition, the report represents the fewest new cases on a Tuesday — when Florida has often added some of its highest case and fatality counts — since Nov. 10, 2020, which added 4,353.
Duval County reported 279 more cases, while Clay County had 51, St. Johns County 78, Nassau County 34, Putnam County 13 and Baker County seven.
The Florida Department of Health’s statewide coronavirus positivity rate dropped to 9.18 percent for laboratory results received Monday, ending three consecutive days of increase.
In Duval County, new-case positivity decreased slightly to 6.34 percent for Monday’s results. Positivity readings across Northeast Florida also showed a declining trend: Baker County dropped to 6.29 percent, Nassau County fell to 6.07 percent and Putnam County plunged to a two-week low at 3.80 percent. St. Johns County, at 7.16 percent, was nearly unchanged from Monday, while Clay County increased slightly to 7.80 percent.
Statistics from the Agency for Health Care Administration showed that Florida’s current COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to drop, carrying on the trend of the past month. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, AHCA statistics showed 5,307 patients in state hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, or 74 fewer than Monday.
Duval County reported 314 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, a decrease of five from Monday. Baker County listed 31, up by one; Clay County 45, down by nine; Nassau County eight, down by one; Putnam County 17, up by two; St. Johns County 21, up by three.
Here’s a breakdown of the latest numbers in Florida:
Current hospitalizations: 5,307
Total hospitalizations: 74,884
Resident deaths: 28,526
St. Johns: 19,167
St. Johns: 175