Florida’s infant-mortality rate is dropping, according to recently released state data. The report also shows Duval County has made some recent strides in reducing the number of babies who do not survive.
But the county’s infant mortality rate continues to increase, year over year.
Duval County’s infant mortality rate has risen from 8.2 to 8.7 deaths per thousand live births. Though it’s rising, it’s still lower than a recent high of 10 deaths per thousand births in 2006.
Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Executive Director Jennifer Gornto says a number of factors combine to affect the rate on the First Coast.