More than 15,000 infections and 309 deaths, including a 101-year-old; Only two counties left with 0 infections

Two FL counties left with zero COVID-19 infections: Lafayette and Liberty in North Florida. Credit: Screenshot, Florida Department of Health data.

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 15,456 COVID-19 infections in 65 of 67 counties, with two small rural counties left that have zero confirmed cases.

Those counties are Liberty and Lafayette, in north Florida.

The Florida Phoenix has been analyzing the health department’s data on coronavirus-free counties and other measures, and reported three zero-infection counties as of Tuesday morning.

But by Tuesday evening, Gilchrist County fell off the coronavirus-free list, with one case.

Lafayette County is northwest of Gilchrist, surrounded by the counties of Dixie, Suwannee, Gilchrist, Madison and Taylor.

Liberty County is to the west of Tallahassee, bordered by Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Gadsden, Calhoun, Gulf and Jackson.

Neither of those counties are on water, meaning the Gulf or Mexico or the Atlantic side of the peninsula.

(While 65 counties have at least one infection, the department also includes an “unknown” category, not a county, that currently has two cases.)

Also, the Phoenix wrote April 6 about the span of COVID-19 deaths, showing that a 100-year-old man was the oldest resident to die from the coronavirus.

But Tuesday, a day later, the state health department data reported the death of a 101-year-old woman from Miami-Dade County.

The woman had contact with a person with a confirmed coronavirus case, according to the data. The department posts the date that a coronavirus death is counted and in the case of the 101-year-old woman, the date was March 28, 2020. The information was made public April 7.

As of Wednesday morning, there are 309 deaths, up from 296 the day before. The thirteen new death cases were in Broward, Dade, Highlands, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.

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.