Greater Jacksonville driving Floridas COVID-19 surge – WJXT News4JAX

Almost one-in-five of the countrys brand-new COVID-19 infections is from Florida, White House coronavirus organizer Jeff Zients said at a briefing.The rate in Jacksonville and three nearby counties are even higher, leading the state in brand-new infections per capita and going beyond the increases seen in Floridas very first spike last summer.Jacksonville had actually 4,328 cases reported in the week ending Thursday, 19% more than its July 2020 peak and the largest weekly boost since the middle of January, as the city and the nation were coming off the winter season surge.AdFor perspective, Duval County had more cases in the pervious seven days than Orange County (Orlando), Hillsborough County (Tampa) and Palm Beach County even though they each have a population half-again larger.According to the Florida Department of Health data, Baker and Nassau counties had the biggest boosts per 100,000 population in the state last week (see interactive map listed below). Bradford and Duval counties were the only other counties in the state with infection rates above 400 per 100,000. While Baker and Bradford counties have among the most affordable vaccination rates in Florida (29% and 35% respectively), Nassau Countys 50% and Duval Countys 49% vaccination rates are not far below the states average of 59%.

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