A 29th death and nearly 2,500 COVID-19 infections

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

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 29 deaths, up from 28 earlier Thursday morning.

The new death was a woman, 78, from Highlands County in south central Florida. She had traveled to the Caribbean and Florida.

The number of COVID-19 infections also rose, from 2,355 Thursday morning to 2,484 this evening.

South Florida’s coronavirus epicenter — Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach — continue to show increases. Miami-Dade now has 654 cases, Broward, 505, and Palm Beach, 174.

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

Overall, 47 of 67 counties have at least one COVID-19 infection.

And males make up three-fourths of Florida deaths.

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.