Death toll reaches 16,000 mark; most COVID deaths in South FL, Pinellas and Hillsborough

Novel coronavirus SARS CoV2, which causes COVID-19. Meanwhile, new COVID mutations called variants are now spreading across the U.S. Microphotography by National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

As Florida reaches the 16,000 mark for COVID-19 deaths of residents, five of the 67 counties report at least 750 deaths since state health officials began counting.

Those five counties, which also coincide with high death numbers in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, are: Miami-Dade (3,547 deaths), Broward (1,515), Palm Beach, (1,497), Pinellas (801) and Hillsborough (751), according to an analysis of health data by the Florida Phoenix.

The Florida Department of Health on Monday reported a total of 16,021 resident deaths, spanning all 67 counties, with an age range of deaths between 6 and 108, the Phoenix found.

The age-6 death was a girl from Hillsborough, and the age-108 death was a female from Miami-Dade.

The highest number of deaths, by age, were age 85 (516 deaths), age 86 (510 deaths) and 83 (508 deaths). The average age of all deaths was 76.6.

Men have died of COVID-19 more often than women: Female deaths were reported as 7,182, or 44.6 percent of deaths, compared to males, at 8,839, or 55.2 percent.

Other Florida counties with higher numbers of deaths are: Polk (589 deaths), Orange (534 deaths), Duval (511 deaths) and Lee (494 deaths).

The Florida Department of Health on Monday also reported COVID-19 infections of 756,727. Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for infections, following California and Texas, which already have more than 800,000 cases, according to a New York Times analysis.

Florida ranks 5th in the country for the number of COVID-19 deaths. However, Florida ranks 10th based on deaths per 100,000 people. That death rate ranking for Florida has been moving up over the last months, according to the Times analysis.