FL is closing in on 2,000 COVID-19 infections, and the death toll is 23

This is a new image of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the disease that flared in Wuhan, China, in late December and has killed nearly 2,000 people. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Lab

A Citrus County man, age 80, has died from COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health reported Wednesday evening —  the 23rd coronavirus death in the state.

About three-fourths of the coronavirus deaths in Florida are men.

The number of infections rose to 1,977, up from nearly 300 cases Wednesday morning.

Miami-Dade County now has 491 infections, nearing the 500 mark for COVID-19 cases. Broward, has 412 cases, and Palm Beach, 141. All together, the South Florida epicenter has more than 1,000 cases.

On Florida’s Gulf Coast, Hillsborough County has 123 cases. All other counties are below 100 infections.

More than two-thirds of Florida’s 67 counties have at least one COVID-19 case.

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.