Jacksonville, Fl — As the United States marks 200,000 coronavirus deaths at the start of the week, the story locally is sounding promising.
“What we’re seeing here in Duval County largely is a flatline of new positive cases”, said UF Health Infectious Disease Director Chad Nielsen.
There has not been an increase in hospitalizations in several weeks in the Duval County area. Nielsen says the area is doing better than expected in the weeks since back to school and restrictions were lifted on bars and restaurants.
“I think we’re still in the window but I think, this far out, particularly from Labor Day and back to school, our numbers have not spiked dramatically”, said Nielsen.
Testing volume has decreased over the past several months, to around 3,000 - 3,500 tests per day. Nielsen says he suspects there will be an uptick in testing for both coronavirus and flu.
“On September 12th we had only a 2.8% positivity locally here in Duval County, which is excellent. We have seen a slight increase over the last couple of weeks. We’re averaging still under 5%, which is a good thing”, said Nielsen.
He says other local counties are maintaining around or less than 5% positivity.