COVID-19 infections in FL are closing in on 2 million cases; resident deaths at nearly 32,000

Novel coronavirus SARS CoV2, which causes COVID-19. Mutations of the virus have been spreading across the country. Microphotography by National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases

As the focus widens on vaccines, instead of testing, the Florida Department of Health still is tracking COVID-19 infections during the pandemic, and that figure is closing in on 2 million cases.

As of Sunday, the state health department reported total infections of 1,944,995 — a combination of 1,909,209 cases from Florida residents, plus 35,786 cases from non-Florida residents.

The death toll is at 31,683 resident deaths. (The data also shows 583 non-Florida resident deaths.) The highest numbers of resident deaths are in the age categories of 85 and older (10,066); ages 75 to 84 (9,667) and ages 65 to 74 (6,700).

Miami-Dade County has the highest COVID-19 infections, 419,479, following, Broward, at 199,643, and Palm Beach, 123,304. Those three counties have continued to be at the center of the pandemic.

The two other counties with more than 100,000 infections are: Orange (116,367) and Hillsborough (113,623).

To put it into perspective, Florida ranks third of the 50 states in the number of COVID-19 infections, but 29th in the rate of infections based on 100,000 people, according to The New York Times tracker.

Though vaccines are paramount, tracking the COVID-19 infections is still important, given that the coronavirus has been mutating and Florida has all three variants in the state: The United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil variants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking those three variants. Florida has more variant cases than any other state or jurisdiction.

“These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on health care resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths,” according to the CDC.

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.