FL’s COVID death toll has surpassed 8,000; infections at more than 525,000 cases

Man in hospital bed because of coronavirus infection; health-care worker is giving medicine to the patient. Credit: Getty Images.

The state Department of Health on Saturday reported 8,109 deaths of Florida residents, an increase of more than 1,000 deaths compared to just a week ago.

The data posted Saturday showed 182 additional deaths, pushing the death toll to above the 8,000 mark. (Last Saturday’s figure was 7,022 deaths.)

Of the current total deaths reported, 3,462 were from staffers or residents of long-term care facilities.

Miami-Dade County has the largest number of deaths, 1,835, following by Palm Beach, 929, and Broward, 789, according to state health data analyzed by the Florida Phoenix. Those three counties have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in Florida.

Pinellas, Hillsborough, Lee, Polk and Orange counties have reported at least 200 deaths. All 67 counties have at least one death, the data show.

The average age of death is 76.7 according to the data, with more men dying than women.

In a New York Times analysis of COVID-19 deaths, Florida now ranks 6th in the number of deaths among the 50 states, but 17th in the number of deaths per 100,000 people. New Jersey and New York have the highest death rates of the 50 states.

As to infections, the Florida Department Health on Saturday reported 526,577 COVID-19 cases.

Only Florida and California have climbed to the 500,000 mark in COVID infections, with California at 548,142 cases.

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.