Daily Average Of New COVID-19 Cases Higher Than Ever In Fla. And Jacksonville

Jan 5, 2021

The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases is currently the highest it has ever been in both the state of Florida and Duval County.

Nearly 1,300 new resident cases were reported in Duval County on Tuesday, capping off a week that saw daily totals match or exceed what the area experienced during the initial peak of cases over the summer, according to the most recent data from the Florida Department of Health (DOH).

The steady rise in cases among residents has pushed Jacksonville's daily average over the last seven days to 841 — a record high. 

Credit Dr. Christopher Perle

Similarly, the state has reached its highest point ever with an average of 13,947 new daily cases being reported over the past week.

Credit Dr. Christopher Perle

While the percentage of positive cases and hospitalizations are not at record highs in the state or the city of Jacksonville right now, they are also rising steadily. 

Deaths appear to be trending upwards as well.

In its daily reports and on its COVID-19 dashboard, Florida does not include weekly averages for figures like new cases. Additionally, the graphs the state produces only include numbers from the past month. To provide more context and better show trends, Christopher R. Perle, PhD, created the figures above, which include weekly averages and stretch back to August. Dr. Perle used data from the Florida DOH and the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.