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Duval County becomes nation's COVID-19 hot spot for hospitalizations

At the downtown Jacksonville Main Library Tuesday, the first patients arrive for the Regeneron antibody treatment to help them fight COVID-19 infections. The site was set up by the state of Florida through the city of Jacksonville.

With one of every 813 residents hospitalized with COVID-19, Duval County is the nation's hot spot at this moment in the pandemic that's seen a summer surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

But Duval, averaging 123 COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 population, isn't alone. Baker (117), Nassau (116), St. Johns (112) and Clay (108) counties are also among the country's top 10 counties with the most hospitalizations per capita, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

As the number of coronavirus cases build in public schools in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties, which only opened in the last week, concerns are growing about the number of children who are or may become hospitalized. 

On Tuesday, Baptist Health reported 534 patients with the virus at its five Jacksonville-area hospitals, including 125 in intensive care, spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton said. The new total was four fewer than Monday's 538.

Fifteen of Baptist's patients were in Wolfson Children's Hospital, with three in intensive care. Of the 52 new COVID-19 patients admitted on Monday, six were children, she said.

At least 90 percent of all five hospitals' patients who have the virus are unvaccinated.

Ascension St. Vincent's three area hospitals reported 386 patients with the virus — the same number as the day prior — with 139 in intensive care, spokesman Justin Blome said.

About 96 percent of the patients hospitalized there with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, he said.

And UF Health Jacksonville reported 223 patients with the virus at its two hospitals Tuesday, compared to 236 on Monday. Sixty-three of them are in intensive care, spokesman Dan Leveton said.

Mayo Clinic, Memorial Hospital Jacksonville and Orange Park Park Medical Center are not releasing daily COVID-19 patient statistics.

Across the state, Florida hospitals reported 16,832 patients with the virus Tuesday, up from 15,962 Monday, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

About 31 percent of all the state's hospital beds were in use by COVID-19 patients. Florida was the only state with at least 25 percent, according to the department.

Of the total hospitalizations, 3,575 patients were in intensive care, with almost 54 percent of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients, according to the department.

As hospitalization numbers fluctuate at Jacksonville-area hospitals from day to day, one number continues to rise: COVID-19's death toll.

After 19 patients died between Friday and Sunday at its two area hospitals, UF Health Jacksonville reported an additional five deaths from the virus on Monday.

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Florida's reported 21,669 new cases, compared to the previous day's total of 17,216, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 152,508 new cases over the last seven days, up from 151,300 a day prior.

Since Jan. 21, 2020, the state has has 2.96 million cases of COVID-19 and 41,130, deaths, according to the CDC.

Regeneron treatment site opens at Downtown library

The Main Library in downtown Jacksonville became a site Tuesday for free Regeneron treatments, which inject monoclonal antibodies into people infected by the COVID-19 virus before serious symptoms arise that can lead to hospitalization and death.

The site will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday with access through the side of the library at 304 N. Main St. At least 300 spots will be available daily for people to get the treatment, according to a tweet by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The treatments do not require appointments but people can register in advance at patientportalfl.com. Patients also can walk up and register on-site. Registration takes about 15 minutes.

The treatment is available for ages 12 and up regardless of vaccination status.

Monoclonal treatment got a turn in the national spotlight last year when doctors used it to treat former President Donald Trump for a COVID-19 infection.

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The treatments have been used for months by doctors, including in Northeast Florida, under an emergency use authorization granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the same time COVID-19 vaccines got emergency use approval last year.

DeSantis announced last week that Jacksonville would get the first state-run Regeneron treatment center. The state initially required physician referrals, but Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkes later issued an order that prescription or physician referrals are not needed if an "eligible health care provider" administers the treatment.

The treatment is for people who have "either been diagnosed or exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are at high risk for progression to severe illness, hospitalization, or death," according to a city news release.

The Florida Department of Health says monoclonal antibody treatments posted a 70 percent reduction in hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials.

Most Duval school COVID-19 cases are elementary students

The number of positive COVID-19 cases impacting Duval Schools tripled between Friday and Monday, records show. 

As of Monday evening, Duval County Public Schools reported 221 COVID-19 cases — up 140 cases since Friday evening — on the district's online COVID-19 dashboard, which logs positive cases that affect people on campus. (If a person not working on campus or working overnight contracts COVID-19, for instance, it won't necessarily be logged on the dashboard).

Of the total cases, a majority (180) are student cases and 133 are in elementary schools, which are noted as among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus since those students are too young to be vaccinated. 

The jump in cases represents a more than 170 percentage point increase from the first week of school. Still, medical professionals are concerned it's an undercount. 

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Mobeen Rathore, chief of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology at UF Health Jacksonville and at Wolfson Children's Hospital, said the numbers are inevitably higher than the school district's records because of a mix of asymptomatic cases not being reported and delayed contact tracing. 

Also, the Duval Schools COVID-19 dashboard doesn't include charter schools within the district, including River City Science Academy, where a popular teacher died over the weekend. In an email to families, the charter school said its number of positive coronavirus cases was 0.2 percent, but those numbers aren't publicly available. 

Parents and teachers across Jacksonville are frustrated about delayed contact tracing, taking to Facebook to let others know if their own child has been infected and saying the Florida Health Department's system is lagging. They're also worried that information is being withheld based on the low percentage of student cases being reported compared to neighboring, smaller school districts.

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St. Johns County Schools reported about 135 students out of its 45,600 student population with COVID-19 cases on Monday, the first day of school for the district. 

Clay County Schools reported 80 students out of its 39,161 student population had COVID-19 following the first week of school. 

The reported numbers are a stark contrast to COVID-19 school reports last year. 

In late August 2020, the Florida Department of Health reported 24 total cases impacting private and public elementary, middle and high schools in all of Jacksonville. By contrast, Duval Public Schools surpassed that number by the second day of classes this year.

And for the entirety of August 2020, Duval Schools reported a total of 10 cases among faculty and students combined, the same number reported on the first day of school this year alone. 

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‘Our capacity is getting towards 100%:’ Duval County hospitals impacted by rise in COVID-19 numbers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — COVID-19 cases are on the rise in our area. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an increase in cases and level of transmission in Duval County.

Action News Jax’s Courtney Cole spoke to our Action News Jax Medical Expert, Dr. Michelle Aquino. She said they are almost at full capacity, because their numbers have jumped up over the past two weeks.

“I will tell you that I was on the COVID ward, two weeks ago. And when, when I started on Monday and my week, we had a total of 70 COVID patients in all four Baptist hospitals, including Wolfson’s,” Dr. Aquino explained.

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Dr. Aquino, an Internist at Baptist Health, says that number was up to 130 as of Monday.

“Our capacity is getting towards a hundred percent, not only in our hospital, all the hospitals, Memorial, St. Vincent’s. UF Health. We’re all seeing the same thing across the board, Okay. Here in Duval County,” Dr. Aquino explained.

However, Dr. Aquino said, as of Tuesday, elective surgeries are continuing at all Baptist facilities.

Ascension St. Vincents, Memorial Hospital, And Mayo Clinic are also continuing elective surgeries.

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We’re still waiting to hear back from Flagler Hospital and UF Health.

The latest CDC COVID-19 data for Duval County, available on Tuesday, July 13, shows: an 52.46% increase in cases and a 5.39% increase in the level of transmission of the virus.

“Delta is here. Protect yourself. Wear your mask. If you haven’t vaccinated, definitely socially distance if you have not been vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, you’re good. You really are. The chance of you getting any significant illness from COVID is, is minor,” said Dr. Aquino.

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UF Health Jacksonville

Hospital in Florida, United States

UF Health Jacksonville is a teaching hospital and medical system of the University of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Part of the larger University of Florida Health system, it includes the 603-bed UF Health Jacksonville hospital, the 92-bed UF Health North hospital, associated clinics, and is the Jacksonville campus of UF's Health Science Center.[1] Together with UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, UF Health Jacksonville (formerly Shands Jacksonville) is one of two academic hospitals in the UF Health system, and serves 19 counties in Florida and several in Georgia.

The downtown campus is home to North Florida's Level I trauma center and, in 2006, became home to one of the nation's few proton therapy treatment facilities. In 2018 UF Health Jacksonville was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center for its excellence in acute stroke care. Through its association with the University of Florida, it offers classes and degrees through the university's College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and College of Pharmacy.


The hospital was created in 1999 when Gainesville-based Shands HealthCare purchased two adjacent medical facilities in Jacksonville—University Medical Center and Methodist Medical Center. The lineage of the hospital can be traced back to 1870 when Jacksonville's first hospital and Florida's first non-military hospital, Duval Hospital and Asylum,.

  • 1870 - Duval County Commission acquired property in Jacksonville's Oakland area at Jessie and Franklin St. to construct Duval County Hospital and Asylum. The campus included a wood hospital ward, a brick tuberculosis asylum, a morgue and wash house, a kitchen building and a chicken house.
  • 1877 - A more spacious, one-story building, called the "new hospital," was erected, bringing the total to three buildings handling patient intake.
  • 1901 - George A. Brewster Hospital and School of Nurse Training, which later became Methodist Hospital, opened to care for victims of the Great Fire of 1901[2]
  • 1920 - Duval County Board of Charities assumed control of medical and surgical management at Duval Hospital. At the time, the facility had five physicians: an internist, a surgeon, an otolaryngologist, a neurologist and a dentist.
  • 1923 - Construction completed of a 50-bed tuberculosis hospital at West 10th and Jefferson Streets, part of UF Health Jacksonville's current campus, replacing the TB center on the county hospital grounds. The old TB facility is converted to a general hospital. Duval County Hospital and Asylum renamed to Duval County Hospital.
  • 1926 - The TB hospital on Jefferson Street was expanded to a $400,000, 200-bed hospital due to the deteriorating condition of the county hospital.
  • 1948 - Duval County Hospital became Duval Medical Center (DMC), called the "nation's oldest publicly supported hospital" [3]
  • 1963 - Florida Legislature created the Duval County Hospital Authority to facilitate the construction of a new hospital and manage DMC.
  • 1964 - Duval County medical and governmental leaders successfully lobbied for the passage of a $20-million bond issue. Planning began for a new hospital to double the existing facility.
  • 1966 - Brewster Hospital and School of Nurse Training closed.
  • 1967 - Brewster Hospital moved to Jefferson and W. 8th St., the current location of UF Health Jacksonville, and reopened as the not-for-profit Methodist Hospital. Duval Medical Center, in an effort to combat only 25 percent of its resident physician roles being filled, hired surgeon Dr. Sam Stephenson of Vanderbilt University as the first of 30 notable physician educators on faculty. The program initiated DMC's relationship with the University of Florida College of Medicine, and made DMC one of the first non-university-based hospitals in the nation to employ full-time faculty physicians.
  • 1971 - DMC moved to a new eight-story, $26 million, 485-bed, state-of-the-art medical facility across the street from Methodist Hospital and changed its name to University Hospital.[4] By this time, the physician training program had 118 intern and resident physicians enrolled from 29 countries. In addition, the hospital offered training programs for radiologic technologists and surgical technologists, continuing medical education, and training for nursing students at UF, Florida Junior College and Florida A&M University.
  • 1982 - University Hospital became a private, not-for-profit facility and contracted with the city of Jacksonville to provide care for the uninsured
  • 1983 - University Hospital opened the first Level I trauma center in Florida
  • 1985 - University Hospital was designated an affiliate of the University of Florida. TraumaOne, their helicopter ambulance service, began operations
  • 1988 - Methodist Hospital was renamed Methodist Medical Center(MMC) - University Hospital was designated the Jacksonville campus for the UF Health Science Center
  • 1989 - University Hospital was renamed University Medical Center (UMC)
  • 1999 - UMC and MMC were purchased by Shands HealthCare and merged to become Shands Jacksonville Medical Center
  • 2006 - The University of Florida opened the UF Proton Therapy Institute on the Shands Jacksonville campus [5]
  • 2011 - Shands Jacksonville received Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • 2013 - Shands Jacksonville Medical Center was renamed UF Health Jacksonville
  • 2015 - UF Health Jacksonville opened an outpatient medical complex in North Jacksonville, UF Health North, which includes an emergency room, midwife-led birth center, surgery, imaging, cath lab, rehabilitation and other outpatient services
  • 2017 - A 92-bed hospital tower was opened at UF Health North [6]
  • 2018 - Certified as a comprehensive stroke center.

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