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Duval COVID Hospitalizations On The Rise To Begin December

A patient care room, computer equipment and multiple monitors in a small room next to a bed with no sheets
Damian Dovarganes
Associated Press
A patient care room.

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Duval County, so too is the number of people being treated in local hospitals.

As of Tuesday evening, 254 COVID patients are in Jacksonville hospital beds  — 20 more than on Monday.

According to the state Agency for Healthcare Administration, Duval County has the fifth highest number of COVID hospitalizations of any county in the state, behind Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Pinellas counties.

Hospitals have seen upticks in the past two weeks since Thanksgiving after the number of hospitalizations stayed between 180 and 210 COVID patients in early November and averaged between 115 and 130 in the month previous.

Duval also added 400 COVID cases on Tuesday, as the total count sits at 47,818 reported cases since the start of the pandemic.

The county has averaged 480 new cases daily since the start of December.

Former WJCT News reporter