Election Day Nov. 3, 2020 in FL: 816,700 COVID-19 infections and 16,890 deaths of FL residents

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

COVID-19 has been a major factor in the 2020 presidential election, with voters concerned about the virus and the disease that has killed thousands of people.

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden have different views about the handling of COVID-19, and how voters react could potentially impact election results.

The Florida Department of Health reported 816,700 COVID-19 infections and 16,980 deaths of Florida residents as of Nov. 3, Election Day.

As the Phoenix wrote earlier, the 800,000 mark for infections represents roughly 100,000 infections a month over eight months time. Infections were made public starting March 1, when Gov. Ron DeSantis reported two coronavirus cases.

The highest number of infections — where voters in big counties will be going to the polls — are in Miami-Dade County, with 188,636 infections, Broward, with 87,959, and Palm Beach, with 53,511. Those three counties have been at the epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic.

Other counties with high numbers of infections are Hillsborough, with 49,150, Orange with 47,346, and Duval with 35,956.

Those six counties are also the counties being monitored by the U.S. Department of Justice on Election Day, with staffers on the ground monitoring for violations of federal voting-rights laws.

Florida is the third state in the nation to reach the 800,000 mark for COVID-19 infections. Only Texas and California have higher numbers, and each of those states are already past 900,000 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.