JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health added 8,347 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state’s known total of cases since March 1 to 1,008,166.
Nine months to the day after the first coronavirus infections were diagnosed in Florida, the state becomes the third in the nation to surpass 1 million cases.
The state also confirmed 82 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing Florida’s total during the pandemic to 18,916. Of the additional deaths in the report, 22 were in Jacksonville.
Florida and Duval County daily COVID-19 case increases since June 1
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continued to rise, with 4,279 confirmed cases in hospitals on Tuesday afternoon. That number has steadily risen since October after plateauing at around 2,000 hospitalizations daily for weeks following the summer surge of the virus.
Duval County hospitals report 224 COVID-19 patients, 46 in Clay County and 22 in St. Johns County….