More than 7,000 residents have died from COVID-19, spanning every county in FL

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

For the first time, Florida has reached the 7,000 mark for COVID-19 deaths by residents.

The Florida Department of Health reported the 7,022 death cases on Saturday, spanning all 67 counties in Florida.

That wasn’t always the case. In the past days, several North Florida counties still had zero COVID-19 deaths, according to a Florida Phoenix analysis of data from the state heath department.

But the state reported Saturday that every single county has at least one resident death from COVID-19. Lafayette County in north Florida is the only county with just one death. All other counties have more than one death.

Miami-Dade County has the largest number of deaths, 1,647, following by Palm Beach, 633, and Broward, 742. Those three counties have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis.

The average age of death is 76.6, according to the data, with more men dying than women.

In a New York Times analysis of COVID-19 deaths, Florida ranks 8th in the number of deaths among the 50 states, but 18th in the number of deaths per 100,000 people. New Jersey and New York have the highest death rates of the 50 states.

As to infections, the Florida Department Health reported 480,028 COVID-19 cases. That figure will likely reach the 500,000 mark soon.

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.