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New COVID cases have been declining, but 25 to 34 age group has the highest percent of infections

By: - February 15, 2021 6:16 pm

Drive-through coronavirus screening sites continue to pop up around Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Of about 1.8 million COVID-19 infections in Florida, 17 percent are from younger adults ages 25 to 34, according to data from the Florida Department Health — not small children or the elderly residents who have been getting vaccine shots.

As of Monday, the younger adult crowd shows the highest percentage of age groups analyzed by the state agency, with 313,184 COVID infections from residents 25 to 34.

In contrast, residents ages 65 to 74 comprise 8 percent of the total number of COVID cases in Florida; 75 to 84, at 5 percent, 85 or older, at 2 percent.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been prioritizing elderly people — ages 65 and older — to get the vaccinations.

The age group analysis covers residents of Florida, but the total caseload of infections in the state includes non-residents. That total is 1,830,988. Florida ranks third in the number of COVID infections, according to the New York Times tracker. But Florida ranks 29th across the country in the rate of infections based on 100,000 residents.

The breakout for gender shows that about 52.3 percent of COVID cases are woman, and about 47 percent are men. Gender is unknown for about 1 percent. (U.S. Census data shows that women make up 51.1 percent of residents in Florida.)

Of the total cases across Florida’s 67 counties, Miami-Dade has the largest number of COVID infections, 394,492, followed by Broward, 185,310, Palm Beach, 114,800; Orange, 109,650, and Hillsborough, 106,661.

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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.