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Duval County suffered nation's eighth-highest COVID death toll during summer surge

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Bob Self
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Florida Times-Union
Pharmacist A.J. Oliver, shown in a file photo, gives Royce Harrison, 8, her pediatric dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Panama Pharmacy in Jacksonville.

In the rise and fall of COVID-19 cases, Duval County had the eighth-highest number of virus-related deaths in the nation during the summer surge that darkened what had been a brightening picture for the pandemic, according to a Florida Times-Union analysis of federal data.

The cases that drove the death toll have fallen sharply since then, creating a situation similar to the lull that preceded the summer spike.

Then as now, the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths were on the downside of the curve.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.