Florida now has more than 900,000 COVID-19 infections; Death toll nearing 18,000 for FL residents

Image shows SARS-CoV-2 (in yellow), also known as 2019-nCoV, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, an agency of the National Institutes of Health

For the first time, Florida reached the 900,000 mark for COVID-19 infections, nearly nine months after two coronavirus cases emerged on March 1.

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported a total of 905,248 infections, up from 897,323 the day before — an increase of 7,925 cases. (An analysis of Florida residents only shows an increase of 7,783.)

Over a two-week period, the average increase in infections is about 5,900 cases.

If that trend continues, Florida could hit the million mark in a few weeks, based on the health department data.

Florida has the third highest number of COVID-19 infections of all 50 states. Only Texas and California have higher numbers than Florida, and both of those states have already reached the million mark for infections, according to a New York Times analysis.

Though Florida has a high number of infections, it’s not seeing the surges in the Midwest and other areas of the country that have lead to new restrictions for residents.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County has exceeded 200,000 COVID infections; Broward is closing in on 100,000 cases and Palm Beach, almost 60,000, according to the state health department data. Those three counties have been at the epicenter of the pandemic.

As of Wednesday, the death toll for Florida residents is 17,731, according to the state health department.

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.