Record number of coronavirus cases: DeSantis blames younger age groups

Coronavirus pandemic: Confirmed cases in US top 2.5 million

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Duval County set a record for positive coronavirus cases across Northeast Florida Sunday.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there were 740 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Duval County – this is the third day Duval County had a spike in cases.

Hundreds of people are lining up every morning for testing.

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Hundreds of cars lined outside TIAA Bankfield this morning as people waited hours to get tested for coronavirus.

Just miles away at the Legends Center walk up testing site, lines formed outside.

Starting on Monday, the site will not test children younger than 6 years old.

In a news conference today, Governor Ron DeSantis pointed to younger age groups as the reason for the spike in Florida cases.

“Most of the transmission we’re seeing is not because people are going to work, but because they are being social,” DeSantis said. “So you have social interactions that are really driving it.”

With medical professionals by his side, DeSantis said people ages 25 to 34 years old are the ones getting infected with the coronavirus in much higher numbers than anyone else.

“Half of the cases are in their 30′s and below,” said Desantis.

The spike in new number of coronavirus cases comes ahead of the 4th of July weekend.

According to the Florida Department of Health, Duval County added 740 new positive tests Sunday, setting a new record after 677 cases were reported Saturday, also a record.

Duval county now has 5,588 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

St. Johns county has 837 coronavirus cases, with 81 new cases reported today.

Clay county added 43, Putnam County added 21, Nassau county added 11 and Baker county added four new coronavirus cases.

Doctors say if you have symptoms stay at home and away from others.

The legends center will reopen Monday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. The site is run by the city and will be open 7 days a week.