FL has more new COVID-19 cases and deaths than any state or territory in the USA

By: - August 5, 2021 4:00 pm

Image captured and colorized at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Florida leads the nation in new COVID-19 cases and in new COVID deaths, according to data released Thursday afternoon by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Florida reported 20,133 new cases overnight and 84 new deaths – far and away the highest numbers for COVID illness and death among states and U.S. territories, according to the CDC COVID data tracker.

Dark highlights show areas with highest daily COVID cases. Credit: New York Times COVID-19 tracker, Aug. 5, 2021

Trailing Florida by a long shot are Georgia, reporting 4,860 new cases overnight, and Louisiana, reporting 4,779. Those are followed by states with fewer than 4,000 cases, two dozen states with fewer than 1,000 cases, and one state, Vermont, with as few as 23.

In new deaths, Florida’s 84 new deaths led the nation and the territories, followed by Texas with 60 and Louisiana with 44. All others reported between one and 24 new deaths.

Florida also was far head of all states and territories in the number of deaths in the last seven days: at 507. Texas trailed with 272 deaths in the past week. All others had fewer than 181 deaths, and four of them – Maine, New Mexico, Vermont and the District of Columbia — reported only one.

Looking at the rate of new COVID cases  based on 100,000 people, the CDC reports Florida’s figure as the eighth-highest in the nation, at 12,472 per 100,000 people. The only higher rates were in states with far smaller populations: North Dakota, at 14,702 new cases, then Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Tennessee, Arkansas and Arizona, at 12,855.

Florida’s rate of COVID deaths was near the national average of 184 per 100,000 but it was No. 1 among highly populous states, including Texas and New York, at 180 deaths per 100,000, and California, at 162. The state with the lowest rate of COVID deaths was Hawaii, with only 3 per 100,000.

Here is the CDC’s data on new daily COVID-19 cases:

States & territories # of new COVID cases
Florida 20,133
Georgia 4,860
Louisiana 4,779
Missouri 3,946
Alabama 3,817
Tennessee 3,798
North Carolina 3,413
Texas 3,199
Mississippi 3,164
Arkansas 2,838
Illinois 2,364
Oklahoma 2,342
Arizona 2,286
Ohio 2,167
Washington 2,032
New York City 1,975
Virginia 1,761
Indiana 1,731
New York* 1,526
Pennsylvania 1,493
Kansas 1,357
Wisconsin 1,333
New Jersey 1,230
Oregon 1,183
Puerto Rico 1,159
Utah 1,050
Massachusetts 1,032
Nevada 993
California 990
Minnesota 933
Colorado 783
Maryland 729
Iowa 646
Idaho 637
New Mexico 607
Connecticut 537
Nebraska 412
West Virginia 382
Alaska 327
Hawaii 320
Rhode Island 302
Montana 295
Michigan 273
Wyoming 249
Kentucky 144
Maine 140
Delaware 122
New Hampshire 122
North Dakota 117
Virgin Islands 86
South Dakota 58
District of Columbia 58
Guam 29
Vermont 23
South Carolina 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0
Palau 0
Republic of Marshall Islands 0

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Laura Cassels
Laura Cassels

Laura Cassels is a reporter, former statehouse bureau chief, and former city editor. She is a classical pianist, a Florida State University graduate and proud alum of the Florida Flambeau, an independent college newspaper.