Florida COVID-19 deaths have exceeded 200 for the first time; Infections have risen to 12,350

Novel coronavirus SARS CoV2, which causes COVID-19. Microphotography by National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The coronavirus death toll rose to 221 deaths in 33 Florida counties on Sunday, up from 195 Saturday evening.

Sunday was the first time that deaths hit the 200 mark and above. Half of Florida’s counties have at least one death.

Palm Beach has reported the most deaths – 49, followed by Broward, 41 and Miami-Dade, 31, according to Florida Department of Health data.

Lee County has 11 deaths; Duval, 9; Orange and Pinellas have 8, and Sarasota, 7. Other other counties have smaller numbers.

Of the 221 deaths, the age of death was 75.7, as of Sunday evening, according to an analysis by the Phoenix. But the average for men was 74, compared to 78 for women.

Also, more men died from COVID-19 than women. Overall, about 63 percent of deaths were male, compared to about 37 percent for females.

Overall, infections rose to 12,350 by Sunday evening, compared to 11,545 Saturday evening.

You can look at the current figures on the Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.

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.