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Duval’s COVID Testing Positivity Falls To Near 10%; Vaccine Rate Plateaus

Matt Slocum

Duval County’s COVID testing positivity rate fell to 10.6% last week, the lowest rate in almost three months. The county-wide positivity rate is inching closer to the 8% threshold set by the Duval County School Board for lifting the district’s student mask mandate. 

The latest weekly COVID data report from Florida’s Department of Health also shows the fewest number of people got vaccinated last week in Duval County since mid-July —  only about 5,000 people. Sixty-one percent of residents 12 and older are now vaccinated county-wide. 

Though the vaccination rate is stagnating, Baptist Health on Monday stopped reporting daily COVID patient counts, as the hospital chain said it is seeing a steady decline in patients. As of Friday, 174 adults were hospitalized with COVID across Baptist’s five hospitals, along with nine kids with COVID at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Miami-Dade County has the highest vaccination rate in the state, 90 percent, along with the lowest new case positivity rate last week, less than 6 percent. 

Contact Claire Heddles at, (904) 250 - 0926, or on Twitter at @claireheddles.

Claire joined WJCT as a reporter in August 2021. She was previously the local host of NPR's Morning Edition at WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee. During her time in East Tennessee, her coverage of the COVID pandemic earned a Public Media Journalists’ Association award for investigative reporting. You can reach Claire at (904) 250-0926 or on Twitter @ClaireHeddles.