FL’s 3,419 deaths from COVID-19: Residents from ages 16 to 108 in 60 counties across the state

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

While the focus recently has been on dramatic spikes in COVID-19 infections, Floridians may not know a lot about the deaths from the coronavirus, including unexpected patterns.

As of Sunday, 60 counties in Florida had at least one COVID-19 resident death, but Florida has 67 counties.

Since March 1, when coronavirus cases became public in Florida, seven counties still have no COVID-19 resident deaths, according to a Phoenix analysis of Florida Department of Health data.

The counties with zero deaths are: Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Lafayette, Okeechobee and Taylor. Except for Okeechobee in southeast Florida, the rest of the counties are in the Panhandle or in north Florida.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach have the the highest number of deaths. Miami-Dade has 953. Broward usually has more COVID-19 infections than Palm Beach. But Palm Beach has more deaths.

The state health data show Palm Beach with 503 deaths, while Broward has 382.

The youngest death is a 16-year-old female from Lee County, in southwest Florida. The oldest death is a 108-year-old female from Miami-Dade County.

In looking at all age categories, people in their 80s had the most COVID-19 deaths in Florida: 1,093.

The next highest group was in the 70s, with 836 deaths.

The other categories are:

Below 20: 2 deaths; 20s; 7 deaths; 30s: 32 deaths; 40s: 91 deaths; 50s, 205 deaths: 60s, 487 deaths; 90s, 623 deaths, and 100s, 43 deaths.

The average age of COVID-19 deaths is 77.7.

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.