Image captured and colorized at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. 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.
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|
|New York City||1,975|
|District of Columbia||58|
|Northern Mariana Islands||0|
|Republic of Marshall Islands||0|
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