Greater Jacksonville leads the wave of the spread of the Corona virus in Florida

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Greater Jacksonville leads the wave of the spread of the Corona virus in Florida

Jacksonville, Florida. The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed last week in Florida – 45,449 – is close to the increases seen in last summer’s spike. who – which Infection weekly growth rate It is the highest level the state has seen since June 2020.

Almost One in five of the country’s new COVID-19 infections is from FloridaWhite House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zentes said at a news briefing.

The rate in Jacksonville and three nearby counties is even higher, driving up the state’s rate of new infections per capita and outpacing the increases seen in the first spike in Florida last summer.

Jacksonville had 4,328 reported cases in the week ending Thursday, a 19% increase from the July 2020 peak and the largest weekly increase since mid-January, as the city and country emerged from the winter spell.

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For perspective, Duval County had more cases in the previous seven days than Orange County (Orlando), Hillsboro County (Tampa) and Palm Beach County even though their respective populations increased by half again.

according to Florida Department of Health dataBaker and Nassau counties saw the largest increases per 100,000 residents in the state last week (see interactive map 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 lowest vaccination rates in Florida (29% and 35%, respectively), Nassau County’s 50% and Duval County’s 49% vaccination rates are not significantly lower than the state’s average of 59%.

Number of weekly cases per 100,000 population

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Corona virus in Florida: Vaccination and case rates for each county | Latest updates

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On Saturday, Nassau County Emergency Management posted on Facebook about the “big increase.”

“The case numbers are rapidly approaching the highest numbers seen since before the vaccine became widely available in Florida,” the post states, then identify all the places where The Ministry of Health is offering free vaccines without an appointment this week.

“We’re past the virus, but the virus isn’t over with us,” Seminole County Medical Director Dr. Todd Hesty told sister station. WKMG-TV.

Graphs from the state health department show that while COVID-19 cases have risen in the past four weeks, vaccination numbers are declining.

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The number of people getting a COVID-19 shot in Florida is down about 80% from its peak in April.

COVID-19 cases, positivity rate, and number of vaccines administered in the past 10 weeks (Florida Department of Health)

This is not going in the right direction. “We’ve been noticing it for four weeks, and it keeps going like this,” Hesty said.

While the slowdown in vaccinations and many communities — including most of Northeast Florida — where half or more of the population remains unpopulated, bothers health officials, it comes with a variable delta spread of more infections rapidly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Deltas accounted for 31.1% of infections last week and will soon become the dominant strain.

We asked people in our areaمنطق News4Nassau Facebook Gather if they will return to wearing masks in public. Most of the responses were in the negative.

Someone told us they didn’t stop wearing masks because of the danger.

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This week in Jacksonville, we heard from Dr. Sunil Joshi of the Duval County Medical Association Foundation, about what might lie ahead.

So there is a concern that we might start going backwards. If we don’t see those numbers start dropping again, we have to worry about hospitalizations here in Northeast Florida because they, hospital numbers are going up, and we have to do everything we can to mitigate those numbers,” said Joshi.

Right now in Florida, there are 3,200 people in the hospital with COVID. That’s a 73% increase since June 14.

Earlier in the pandemic, state officials posted a dashboard to track the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions and available hospital beds.

Last month, the state stopped publishing data due to a drop in the number of hospital admissions.

Over the past week, as the number of hospitalizations in Jacksonville increased, News4Jax asked state officials if they would release this information again, but they did not respond.

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For some, seeing the data does not alter their response to the increase in cases.

“I know it’s real. I know it’s there. But I’m personally not worried about it. I’m in good health. People need to be careful, but I think it’s overrated,” said Jenny Watts, a resident of Northeast Florida.

This week — Nassau County officials were spreading the word on Facebook about upcoming vaccination opportunities — noting that the footage is widely available.

In Nassau County – Only 50 percent of the population age 12 or older gets at least one dose of the vaccine.

“So the virus affects younger groups of people who have not been vaccinated, and this type of delta is much more transmissible, and it leads to more serious disease, so please vaccinate because we know that more than 90% or 99% of those who are infected are more than 90% or 99% of the population,” Joshi said Patients who are in hospital now with COVID are not immune.”

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For some, seeing the data does not alter their response to the increase in cases.

“I’m actually going to be taking precautions to keep myself clean, take my vitamins, and exercise, which is basically what I’ve been doing throughout the pandemic,” resident Nicole Broome said.

We also hear from News4Jax viewers – who have loved ones who go to the hospital for other reasons – and have faced long waits.

One woman told us on Facebook that her mother went to the emergency room – and waited more than five hours.

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