JACKSONVILLE, Fla. On average, one in 16 people in Florida tested positive for coronavirus this year. But these matters are not equally distributed by the state. We know that long-term care facilities and prisons have been hit hard. And although South Florida and urban areas showed the most cases early in the pandemic, the effects in a large part of the state have become somewhat similar.
The Florida Department of Health has begun including a zip code format on the COVID-19 dashboard months ago, but with cases rising above early expectations, the vast majority of the card is the same color: red.
News4Jax has just updated our view on where COVID hit hardest in greater Jacksonville and found most cases in Northeast Jacksonville, Southside, East Arlington, Jacksonville Beach and parts of the Westside – all with infection rates above or above the state average . Most cases were in 32202, with a smaller population than many zip codes, but the prison in Duval County and Lot J of TIAA Bank Field, where the city’s largest COVID-19 test site during the first months of pandemic. (Cases are sometimes listed in the zip code where the person was tested and some were never updated.)
In Clay County, while the zip codes that include Orange Park, Fleming Island, and Middleburg have the most cases, southeastern Clay, including Green Cove Springs, has the most cases per capita.
In the province of St. Johns, Northwest, Ponte Vedra Beach and an area south of St. Johns. Augustine, is most cases, but the infection rates in all 11 of the province’s zip codes are lower than the national average.
The Nassau County area with Fernandina Beach had the most cases of COVID-19 in the country, but the zip code, including Yulee, had a higher infection rate – 1 in 16 – which is in line with the state average.
Due to a relatively low population, Baker County is an example of how a large prison can skew the statistics. One in seven people in 32087 tested positive for the virus, but the ZIP also includes the Baker Correctional Institution, where 568 cases were counted this year – based on the latest release from the Department of Corrections earlier this month. This does not mean that the rest of the province had a low infection rate. In the 32063 area that includes Macclenny – and several long-term care facilities – one in every 13 people is among the 1.2 million Floridians who contracted the virus.
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