20 deaths and nearly 1,500 COVID-19 infections

Coronoavirus SARS-CoV2, which causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease, is shown in this microscopic cross section. Credit: NAIAD-RML

Florida’s coronavirus death toll reached 20 deaths Tuesday evening, and COVID-19 infections rose to nearly 1,500 cases, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The two deaths were in Pinellas and Lee counties, both males and both age 67. Three-fourths of the 20 deaths were male, according to the department’s data.

The department reported total infections at 1,467 — 1,379 Florida residents and 88 non-residents.

South Florida’s Broward and Miami-Dade counties continue to have the largest number of infections, with Miami-Dade at more than 350 cases, and Broward, more than 300.

Palm Beach now has more than 100 cases, and Hillsborough is very close to hitting the 100 mark.

On March 1, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced two coronavirus cases, but in about three weeks time, the infections rose dramatically.

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, which has expanded across the globe.

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.