COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Clay County

By Don Coble don@opcfla.com
Posted 1/6/21

CLAY COUNTY – Even as county health officials start inoculations for the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people testing positive – and dying – continue to rise in Clay County.

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COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Clay County

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CLAY COUNTY – Even as county health officials start inoculations for the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people testing positive – and dying – continue to rise in Clay County.

Testing sites were overwhelmed by residents following the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. And as feared, many family get-togethers resulted in additional cases.

As of Wednesday, there have been 12,062 cases of the deadly coronavirus confirmed in the county. The death toll was 189.

Since Christmas, there have been an average of 133.1 positive cases reported daily, including a spike of 264 cases on New Year’s Eve and 202 on Monday, Jan. 4.

In comparison to numbers reported six months ago, the increases are alarming. On July 1, there were 903 confirmed cases and 42 deaths in the county. Clay’s first death was a 70-year-old man on March 14.

The median age of those infected is 43.

Included in the statistics, there have been 551 cases reported by the Clay County School District, as well as 149 residents and 51 employees of long-term care facilities. The state reported 76 deaths in Clay County at 17 different long-term care facilities.

Statewide, there have been 1,392,123 confirmed cases with 22,188 deaths.

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