COVID-19 cases in Florida jump more than 17,000 in 48 hours

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the increase of 17,344 COVID-19 cases in two days, Florida is well on its way to surpassing 1 million cases of the virus by early next week – the third state in the nation to reach this dubious milestone.

For the first time since the outbreak began, the state Department of Health has deliberately omitted the reporting of Thanksgiving coronavirus data. Florida only provided updates once a day due to technical difficulties.

Duval County’s 1037 increase in Friday’s cases would be a two-day average of 518.5. Most recently, there were so many cases in Jacksonville in two days, July 19-20.

The number of daily cases in Florida and Duval counties has been increasing since June 1

The Friday report has increased the number of cases in Florida to 979,021 since March 1. With the state on average only shy of 8,000 cases a day, the state is likely to exceed the million mark by Monday.

According to Friday’s report, there were 114 additional COVID-19 deaths in Florida, including another seven in Duval County and one additional death each in Alachua, Bradford, Clay and Nassau counties.

On Friday afternoon, the Florida Health Agency reported 3748 current hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. Across the state, 25% of ICU beds are available, although in Clay and Putnam counties, ICU availability is 20% or less.

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