MAY 4: A daily update of the news you need to know about the COVID-19 outbreak in Jacksonville and the rest of Northeast Florida.

The Florida Department of Health recorded two new COVID-19 deaths in Duval County Monday morning in its daily statistical update for the coronavirus pandemic.

Duval County’s positive tests increased by 27 to 1,072, the largest single day-to-day rise in department statistics for two weeks. The county had recorded 36 positive tests on April 20, but four of the last eight days had seen new cases only in the single digits.

The region’s death toll is now 54, including 26 in Duval County.

Elsewhere in Northeast Florida, new numbers generally remained flat from yesterday. Baker, Nassau and St. Johns counties all reported no new positive tests.

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In its Monday morning update, the department reported 36,897 cases in the state, 819 more than reported 24 hours earlier.

Statewide hospitalizations increased to 6,119. The department now lists 1,399 deaths, an increase of 20 from Sunday’s final totals.

Northeast Florida cases totaled 1,770, an increase of 34 since Sunday. Nearly all of those cases were located in Duval County.

The numbers from the state have not always been consistent. Among other discrepancies, cumulative totals for St. Johns County decreased at the start of May without any explanation.

Statewide

Hospitalizations: 6,119

Deaths: 1,399

Cases in Northeast Florida

Duval: 1,072

Clay: 285

St. Johns: 211

Nassau: 59

Baker: 22

Putnam: 121

Check back for a closer look at the numbers.

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