A total of 71 COVID-19 death cases are spread across FL; infections rise to 5,704

Image shows SARS-CoV-2 (in yellow), also known as 2019-nCoV, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, an agency of the National Institutes of Health

While the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus pandemic is in South Florida, a total of 71 deaths are spread across the state, from the Panhandle to Tampa Bay to central Florida and the southwest and southeast parts of the peninsula.

Florida Department of Health data show 22 counties with deaths from COVID-19, a third of Florida’s 67 counties.

Broward County continues to post the largest number of deaths — 12 —followed by Palm Beach County’s 10 cases.

But 18 more counties have reported deaths. Here are the counties and the number of deaths:

Lee, 6; Sarasota, 2; Collier, 1; DeSoto, 1 and Manatee, 1.

Pinellas, 5 and Hillsborough, 2.

Clay, 5; Duval, 4; St. Johns, 2

Miami-Dade, 4.

Orange, 4; Osceola, 1; Volusia, 1.

Citrus, 2; Pasco, 2.

Santa Rosa, 2; Okaloosa, 1.

St. Lucie, 2; Highlands, 1.

Also Monday evening, COVID-infections rose to 5,704, with Miami-Dade now at 1,701; Broward, at 1,137, and Palm Beach County, 463.

Those counties, plus Monroe County, with 26 infections, are those that will be under a a “safer at home” order that would require residents to self-isolate, based on a directive from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.