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
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.