From ages 6 to 108, more than 11,000 FL residents have died from COVID-19; but reported deaths are declining

By: - August 30, 2020 8:05 pm

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

The COVID-19 death toll for Floridians has surpassed 11,000, with residents between the ages of 6 to 108 dying in every county across the state, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.

The department on Sunday reported a precise figure of 11,119 deaths, noting that there’s been a continued decline in the number of Florida resident deaths reported.

Even so, the span of deaths touch loved ones from 67 counties, from a 6-year-old girl in Hillsborough County, to a 108-year-old woman in Miami-Dade, according to an analysis of data by the Florida Phoenix.

Overall, Miami-Dade reports the highest number of deaths, at 2,403, followed by Broward, 1,183, and Palm Beach, 1,117. All three of the counties have been at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

Other counties with at least 200 deaths are: Pinellas, 650; Hillsborough, 547, Polk, 442, Lee, 418, Orange, 376, Manatee, 258, Duval, 254, St. Lucie, 235, Brevard, 210, and Sarasota, 202.

In contrast, 17 other counties, mostly in North Florida, have 10 or fewer deaths.

The average age of death is 76.57, according to the data analyzed Sunday, with more men than women dying. More than 80 percent of deaths were those aged 65 and over.

Based on a New York Times analysis, Florida ranks 5th of the 50 states for the number of deaths, with New York reporting the highest number of deaths.

But Florida ranks 15th among the states when it comes to the number of deaths per 100,000 people.

As to COVID-19 infections, the state health department reported 621,586 cases, the third highest number in the United States. Only California, which has surpassed 700,000, and Texas, have higher numbers than Florida, according to the New York Times analysis.

The department noted on Sunday that of more than 60,000 people taking tests for COVID, only about 5 percent tested positive. That trend — positive results below 10 percent — has continued.

The highest number of COVID-19 infections in Florida are in Miami-Dade, with 156,559 cases, followed by Broward, 70,950, and Palm Beach, 41,865. Those counties have been at the epicenter of the coronavirus in Florida.

Three other counties, Hillsborough, Orange and Duval, have at least 25,000 infections. Seven other counties have at least 10,000 infections: Pinellas, Lee, Polk, Collier, Escambia, Osceola and Manatee.

Elsewhere, 15 other counties, mostly in North Florida and rural counties, have fewer than 1,000 infections.

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Diane Rado
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.

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