COVID-19 infections now rising at about 10,000 new cases a day; death toll is nearly 19,000 for FL residents

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

The Florida Department of Health has been reporting about 10,000 new COVID-19 infections a day since Dec. 1.

That data comes from a two-week period, from Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, showing new cases jumping to 9,880 on Dec. 1; 10,658 cases on Dec. 2, and 9,987 on Dec. 3. Those numbers, based on Florida resident cases, for the most part are higher than the other figures during the two-week period.

Overall, Florida is reporting 1,039,207 COVID-19 infections, and is the third state in the nation to reach the 1 million milestone for those cases.

Meanwhile, Florida’s death toll for residents is at 18,994.

At the county level, Miami-Dade continues to have the highest number of infections, at 238,813, followed by Broward, with 111,629 infections and Palm Beach with 67,736, according to the state health department.

While Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of infections, the infection rate — infections per 100,000 people — is lower than many other states. Florida ranks 25th for infection rates among the 50 states, according to a New York Times analysis.

Florida also ranks 4th in the nation for the number of COVID-19 deaths, but 15th for the COVID death rate.

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.