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Leon County At 775 COVID-19 Cases As State Hits Single-Day Peak With 9,500 New Infections Overnight

On the counter is a sign that reads, "Complimentary Reusable Masks. Take one to help stop the spread #MaskOnLeon. It's Not Too Much To Mask." Beside the sign is a bin containing reusable fabric masks individually placed in Ziploc bags.
Robbie Gaffney
Leon County officials are taking steps to curb COVID-19 from spreading. The most recent effort is giving away free reusable masks to residents at public libraries.

The Florida Department of Health is reporting that Leon County has 775 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The number of infected residents has been steadily rising this week, with 48 cases on Thursday and 80 cases on Friday.

The county's Black residents have the highest number of infections, with 310 confirmed cases. White residents follow closely behind, with 250 confirmed cases.

Compared to its neighboring counties, Leon has the highest number of infections with Gadsden at 365 cases, Liberty at 221, Wakulla at 47, Jefferson at 45, and Franklin at six.

However, Leon County is not alone rising COVID-19 cases. It's happening in different areas across the state. Gov. Ron DeSantis says part of that is due to an influx of new testing:

"The number of cases if you tell me the positivity rate if I'm going to get 75,000 test results like we did [Friday], you're going to get a certain number of cases."

DeSantis says the most significant change is the median age of people testing positive. He explains that in March, the median age was in the 60s, but now in the last two to three weeks, it's consistently been 33, 34, and 35. In Leon County, the median age is 26.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.