COVID-19 death toll is closing in on 15,000 Florida resident deaths

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

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported 14,904 resident deaths, up from 14,767 the day before.

The agency has touted a “steady decline in the number of reported Florida resident deaths who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19.”

It also compared the second week of August compared to the second week of September, showing a 74 percent decrease in the average number of reported COVID-19 related deaths.

Still, the actual number of deaths are still rising in Florida, with concerns by some that reopening businesses and schools may not have been the best strategy. The Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit earlier over whether all schools are safe.

Florida ranks 5th in the number of COVID death cases across the 50 states, behind New York, Texas, California and New Jersey. Florida ranks 11th in the death rate, which looks at deaths per 100,000 people, according to a New York Times analysis.

Also Wednesday, the state reported 722,707 COVID-19 infections, up from 720,125 the day before.

Miami-Dade has the highest number of infections, 173,280, following Broward at 78,374 and Palm Beach at 47,384.

 

 

 

 

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.