As of Thursday evening, the Florida Department of Health department reported nearly 17,000 COVID-19 infections in 66 of the 67 counties.
Only one county has zero infections: Liberty, in North Florida.
It’s west of Tallahassee, bordered by Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Gadsden, Calhoun, Gulf and Jackson.
The Florida Phoenix has been analyzing the health department’s data on coronavirus-free counties and other measures, and wrote on March 27 about 20 counties that still had zero infections.
All of those counties had to abide by state directives, such as a statewide lockdown order, even though they had no confirmed or reported infections.
Most were in a swath of northern Florida and a few were in the south-central part of the state. The 20 counties were pristine, medically speaking, when it came to the coronavirus.
But since March 27, those small counties began falling off the coronavirus-free list, according to the state data, and Liberty is now the only county left with no infections.
The state Department of Health does twice-daily data reports on infections and deaths, and Liberty could be the 67th state to have at least one COVID-19 infection. The next report will be on Friday morning.
As of Thursday evening, there are 16,826 infections across Florida. Those numbers are expected to rise. The state also reported 371 deaths.
As to the big counties, Miami-Dade has nearly, 6,000 infections; Broward about 2,500 and Palm Beach, about 1,300.
Those three counties have been the center of the coronavirus pandemic in Florida.