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Duval's new COVID cases pass 14,000 a week; hospitalizations haven't followed suit

Virus Outbreak Floridas Hot Zone
John Raoux
An emergency vehicle leaves Wolfson Children's Hospital next to Baptist Heart Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

Duval County recorded at least 14,370 new COVID cases last week — far more than the 8,300 at the height of the Delta wave last summer. But hospitalizations haven’t followed the same trend.

During the first week of August, Baptist Health reported more than 500 people hospitalized for COVID. Last week, a little over a hundred people were being treated in the network’s five hospitals.

Hospital data also show that the number of vaccinated, hospitalized COVID patients has been climbing, unlike earlier in the pandemic when almost all COVID hospitalizations were unvaccinated residents.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, about 10% of all inpatient hospital beds in Duval county have COVID patients. 

Another trend straying from the summer delta spike: Increased case counts aren’t prompting more people to getting vaccinated. 

Vaccination rates have stayed relatively stagnant over the past month, even as COVID cases multiplied 10 times over. Just 62% of Duval residents are vaccinated, compared with 72% statewide.

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.