This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow), the virus that causes COVID-19 isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (pink) cultured in the lab. (KPRC)
3 new cases in Duval, 2 in Clay, 1 in St. Johns County identified by DOH on Sunday morning
TALLAHASSEE, FL –– A day after Gov. Ron DeSantis banned most visits to nursing homes statewide and acknowledged the coronavirus has likely spread into the general population, the Florida Department of Health announced 17 more people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19.
In an update posted just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, the Health Department confirmed there are now a total of 136 Florida residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. 13 non-Florida residents have also tested positive in the state. There are also six Florida residents that have been diagnosed and isolated outside of Florida.
The locations of the 17 new cases announced Sunday evening were not immediately clear.
Three deaths in the state have been attributed to the disease. A fourth Floridian died in California after being diagnosed after returning from Asia.
Just before 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, DOH announced 39 new cases which included three more in Duval County, two of which Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted about Saturday evening, two more in Clay County and the second case in St. Johns County.
According to the limited DOH data released, the three additional cases in Jacksonville were men. Their ages were not provided, and the source of their infection is under investigation.
The two Clay County cases include a 70-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman, with the source listed as under investigation.
A 64-year-old woman in St. Johns becomes the second case in that county. Her case is also under investigation.
Alachua County announced about 10:40 a.m. Sunday that a 65-year-old woman from New York had tested positive for COVID-19 in Alachua County — the fourth case in that county. The DOH had not announced that case yet.