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COVID-19 pandemic in Florida
COVID-19 rolling 14day Prevalence in Florida by county.svg
Map of the outbreak in Florida by confirmed new infections per 100,000 people (14 days preceding November 29)
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COVID-19 Prevalence in Florida by county.svg
Map of the outbreak in Florida by confirmed total infections per 100,000 people (as of November 29)
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11-12-2020 Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Florida.svg
Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida by county as of the November 12, 2020 Florida Department of Health report.
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationFlorida, U.S.
Index caseHillsborough County, Manatee County[1]
Arrival dateMarch 1, 2020[1]
Confirmed cases
  • 924,614 (residents)
  • 13,800 (non-residents)
  • 938,414 (total)[2][3]
Hospitalized cases53,403[2][i]
Deaths
  • 17,991 (residents)
  • 223 (non-residents)
  • 18,214 (total)[2][3]
Fatality rate
  • 1.95% (residents)
  • 1.62% (non-residents)
  • 1.94% (total)[2][3]
Government website
floridahealthcovid19.gov

On March 1, 2020, the U.S. state of Florida officially reported its first two COVID-19 cases, in Manatee and Hillsborough counties. In response, Governor Ron DeSantis then declared a public health emergency. There is evidence, however, that community spread of COVID-19 began in Florida much earlier, perhaps as early as the first week of January,[4] with as many as 171 people in Florida who had shown symptoms now identified with COVID-19, prior to receiving confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By March 11, the CDC saw evidence to conclude that community spread of the virus had occurred within the state.[5] On April 1, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order to restrict activities within the state to those deemed as essential services.[6]

On September 25, an executive order made by Governor DeSantis began the final phase of reopening the state. The order prohibits local governments from imposing fines or shutting down businesses from mask mandates.[7][8][9][10]

On November 22, the Florida Department of Health reported test results of 97,881 Floridians, which yielded 6,435 new positive cases.[ii] Between November 9 and 22, 92,345 cases have been reported. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 924,614 cases,[iii] 53,403 hospitalizations, and 17,991 deaths have been reported among residents of the state. 13,800 non-residents have also tested positive for the virus, and 223 of those individuals have died. Combined, there have been 938,414 cases and 18,214 deaths.[3]

As of November 15, 2020, Florida has the third-highest count of confirmed cases and the fourth-highest count of deaths in the United States. Per capita, it has the fifteenth-highest number of confirmed cases and the thirteenth-highest number of deaths.[11][12][13][14]

Timeline[edit]

Initial cases (January–May 2020)[edit]

February 29, 2020: Florida state health laboratories in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami are able to process COVID-19 tests locally rather than sending them to federal labs, cutting processing time from 3–5 days to 1–2 days.[15]

March 1: Florida becomes the tenth state to confirm its first COVID-19 cases: one in Manatee County, and one in Hillsborough County with a woman who had recently returned from Italy.[16]

March 3: The Florida Department of Health sets up a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline.[17] A third presumptive positive case in Hillsborough County is reported.[18][19]

March 5: A new case is announced involving an elderly man with severe underlying health conditions in Santa Rosa County who had recently traveled outside the United States.[20] The Department of Health announces three new cases late on March 6, two in Broward County and one in Lee County. Officials also announce two deaths.[21]

March 8: Publix starts to limit the amount of certain items per customer because some shoppers began to hoard items like toilet paper and other essential items.[22]

March 9: Florida House members announce that five members attended a conference with infected COVID-19 participants.[23] Governor DeSantis declares a State of Emergency.[24] Princess Cruises terminates a planned stop of the cruise ship Caribbean Princess in Grand Cayman after it was discovered that two of its crew members had recently transferred from Grand Princess in California.[25] The cruise ship is ordered to anchor off the coast of Fort Lauderdale while its passengers and crew could be tested for coronavirus. Furthermore, a fourth Princess Cruises cruise ship, Regal Princess, is placed on a "no sail order" off the Florida coast after it was discovered that two of its crew members had recently transferred from Grand Princess in California.[26][27]

March 11: UF Health Shands Hospital confirm they are treating their first patient with a case of coronavirus, but decline to say whether it was the same person who tested positive for the virus earlier in the week.[28] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) award Florida $27 million to help quell the pandemic.[29]

March 13: It is confirmed that Mayor of Miami Francis X. Suarez had contracted the virus.[30][31] The Department of Health confirms that an Orange County resident died in California after contracting COVID-19 while traveling.[32]

March 14: Orlando International Airport confirms that one of its Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of TSA agents across the United States to have the virus to five after four other TSA agents at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California tested positive.[33]

March 17: Governor DeSantis orders bars and nightclubs to close for 30 days,[34] gyms announce that they would be closing,[35] and the first medical group offers drive through COVID-19 testing in Central Florida.[36]

March 18: Nineteen senior living facilities are suspected to be infected by the coronavirus.[37] The state purchases 2,500 testing kits.[37] In addition, congressman Mario Diaz-Balart from Miami tests positive for the coronavirus. After his diagnosis, he self-quarantines in his Washington, D.C. apartment.[38]

March 20: A Pasco and a Broward County resident dies.[39][40] A man who returned to California after visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando approximately two weeks prior dies from the virus.[41][42] DeSantis orders that restaurants use take-out and delivery only to prevent guests from eating at restaurants.[43]

March 30: Although Florida law does not allow retired state personnel to return to work until six months after their retirement, DeSantis makes an exception and allows the retired healthcare and front line workers to come back to work[44] In addition, he signs an Executive Order for Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County residents to stay at home.[45] The Department of Education announces that schools will not be able to resume in person classes until at least May 1.[46] After learning that some patients were leaving isolation and going out in public, the Seminole County requires those who were diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay at home until medically cleared.[47]

April 1: DeSantis issues a statewide stay-at-home order following growing pressure to do so.[48][6][49]

April 12: The Tampa Bay Times reported a discrepancy between the counts of coronavirus deaths in the state: the Florida Department of Health had reported 419, while Florida's medical examiners reported 461. The health department counts only Florida residents and organizes the data by the person's place of residence (to avoid double-counting); in contrast, the medical examiners count anyone who dies in the state, which includes visitors. The health department's analysis causes several days of reporting delay, which is a further reason it is difficult to compare the numbers.[50] In response to the Tampa Bay Times article, Florida officials stopped the release of the medical examiners' list, saying that it should be reviewed and possibly redacted, but did not publicly specify what exactly they wanted to redact.[51][52]

April 17: DeSantis allows some Florida beaches to reopen if done safely[53]

April 18 It is announced that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the semester.[54]

April 20: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunities releases a dashboard showing that 1.5 million unemployment claims were made during the last month.[55] The Florida National Guard assists with COVID-19 sample collections at a State Nursing home for Veterans in Pembroke Pines.[56] In addition, they have helped across Florida in more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests and numerous screenings at airports.[56]

April 21: Flagler County announces its beaches would reopen for exercising and fishing but not socializing,[57] and the sunbathing restriction was lifted on Brevard County.[58]

May 4: The state of Florida removed 171 presumed COVID-19 cases with onset in January and February from its official COVID-19 database. The individuals were subsequently all still counted after they tested positive with CDC confirmation.[4]

May 5: Rebekah Jones, a geographic data scientist involved in tracking cases for the state, is terminated from her position by the Florida Department of Health. Jones claimed that the Department of Health wanted data on Florida's coronavirus dashboard changed to support Governor Ron DeSantis' plans to resume economic activity. She further contended that she was fired for refusing to alter the information. A statement from DeSantis' office denied this, instead claiming that insubordination and unilateral decision-making by Jones regarding what to add to the dashboard was the cause of the firing. DeSantis added that Jones contradicted state epidemiologists.[59]

May 18: Broward County and Miami-Dade County enter Phase One of reopening.[60]

May 22: The Miami Beach City Commission votes that Miami-Dade hotels and beaches reopen by June 1, but that did not happen.[61]

May 27: Ocean Drive on Miami Beach is closed off to allow restaurants to expand their seating.[62] People are to along the sidewalks and in the closed off streets to maximize the restaurant capacities.[62]

Rise, peak, and decline of cases (June–September 2020)[edit]

June 1: The Florida Keys reopened and lifted the roadblock.[63] Earlier in May, in a virtual round table, Miami-Dade Emergency Manager Frank Rollason said the county plans to test everyone coming into a shelter for COVID-19 and separate people who are ill or have symptoms from healthy people in different parts of the shelter.[64] June 1, he contradicted himself in an email and said the county plans to screen evacuees for symptoms, not test them.[65] The state hopes to have rapid testing by August or September and to be able to test people entering and exiting shelters by then.[66]

June 3: DeSantis announces that Florida could move into Phase 2 except south Florida, specifically Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, which need to submit plans for reopening. Phase 2 in Florida begins, with bars allowed to open at 50% capacity with social distancing and sanitation.[67]

June 10: Miami Beach reopens with social distancing guidelines.[68]

June 14: An alternate website for tracking COVID-19 cases in Florida, created by Rebekah Jones, debuted.[69] In an interview with NPR, she claims that in the current Florida Health dashboard, positive tests are only counted once per person but a person who tests negative multiple times is counted towards the data every time. She states that reporting positivity as a percentage of total tests instead of as a percentage of the total population tested lowers the reported COVID-19 positivity rate.[70]

June 16: Hawkers St. Pete restaurant in St. Petersburg temporary shuts down until further notice due to a spike of cases in the city and Pinellas County.[71]

June 21: The dashboard created by Rebekah Jones says that "the DOH "Cases" include residents and non-residents, but exclude those who received positive anti-body test results".[72]

June 23: A 17-year old from Lee County who attended a 100-person church function dies from COVID-19. The teenager had been treated at home with azithromycin, hydroxychloroquine, and oxygen before being transferred to the Golisano Children's Hospital then to the Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami.[73]

June 24: The daily positive test rate reaches 20%.[74] New York, New Jersey and Connecticut impose 14-day quarantines on visitors from states with infection rates above a certain threshold, including Florida.[75] A study by Scripps Research Institute reports that COVID-19 may be mutating in Florida, making the virus more likely to infect cells.[76]

During the month of June the seven day moving average of new COVID-19 cases in Florida increased nearly ten-fold, from 726 new cases per day on June 1 to 7,140 new cases on July 1, 2020.[3]

July 2: Florida's Department of Health stated that test results starting July 2 would include antigen test results received from the state public health laboratory and commercial and hospital laboratories.[77]

July 3: An 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County dies from COVID-19 complications, making him the youngest person in Florida to die from COVID-19.[78]

July 7: More than 40 Florida hospitals maxed out or were nearing capacity of their intensive care unit beds.[79]

July 12: 15,299 new COVID-19 cases are reported by the state, the highest daily amount during the pandemic.[3]

July 14: Miami is declared the epicenter of the pandemic by Dr Lilian Abbo, chief of infection prevention at Jackson Health System.[80]

July 24: A longtime staffer of Rep. Vern Buchanan died of the disease after being hospitalized 9 days previously.[81]

July 30: 253 deaths are reported, the highest daily count during the pandemic.[82][83]

Between July 30 and August 5, many state-run test sites were closed due to Hurricane Isaías.[84] Test sites in some western counties not in the hurricane's path remained open but state-run sites in Miami-Dade, Orange and other higher population eastern counties were closed until Monday, August 3, with some sites reopening before the scheduled full reopening on Wednesday, August 5. The interruption of full daily testing would lead to a dip in confirmed cases for several days.[85]

August 24: 52 nursing home residents at Fair Havens Center in Miami Springs died during a COVID-19 outbreak at the center. Acting on five complaints against the center, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) conducted in inspection that found numerous issues and the Agency shut down new admissions to the center. A certified nursing assistant was infected at the center in April, her husband and son became infected, and her 33-year-old son died in May.[86]

September 1: The Florida Department of Health and Division of Emergency Management announced a severing of ties with Quest Diagnostics, after the private laboratory failed to report nearly 75,000 tests to the state before that day, including some tests from as far back as April.[87] Of the 7,643 positive cases reported on September 1, 3,870 were collected by Quest between April 22 and August 27.[88]

September 24: Governor DeSantis suggested a “bill of rights” to protect college students from being expelled for attending parties that violate their school's COVID-19 rules.[89]

September 25: Governor Ron DeSantis fully opened the state of Florida by executive order on Friday. The order also prohibits local governments from imposing fines or shutting down businesses, or enforcing mask mandates[7][8][90][10]

September 25: Tallahassee police broke up a dozen large gatherings over the weekend. This included a party of more than 1000 people near Florida State University. Over 1,400 positive cases had been identified at Florida State between August 2 and September 26.[91]

September 25: In reaction to brutal break up a party near FSU, Gov. Ron DeSantis proposes college ‘bill of rights’ to party.[92][93]

September 28: Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the decision to reopen bars and restaurants at 100% capacity, and to prohibit localities from limiting business capacity to less than 50% was “very concerning” and “really asking for trouble.”[94]

September 29: Governor DeSantis announced that the state will receive over six million rapid antigen tests for COVID-19, which typically provide results within fifteen minutes. The tests will initially be made available to long-term and senior care facilities, with the intention to later expand to schools. The state expected the first shipment of tests arrive by October 2.[95] A sharp rise in cases, with 3,259 reported, occurred that day, which followed 813 cases reported the day before, the lowest daily count in months. Test positivity for the day was 4.98%; the day before was at 4.21%.[3]

Rising cases, concerns about gatherings (October 2020 - )[edit]

October 10: A daily report of test results was not provided. The Florida Department of Health explained that results provided by Helix Laboratory on Friday evening included nearly 400,000 previously-submitted results. The Department of Health stated that the results would be provided by the next day, after the data was reconciled.[96]

October 12: Florida reported a 13 percent increase over the past week in new cases. The total of 730,000 cases was about 1 case for every 29 Floridians.[97]

October 14: The Florida-LSU game was postponed until December. A total of 19 players for the Gators tested positive, as did coach Dan Mullen, who had urged that fans be allowed to pack the stadium.[98][99]

October 17: Florida reported its highest coronavirus numbers in two months. The seven-day average was more than 3,300 cases. Reporting anomalies made it more difficult to gather statistical trends. Positivity rate was 5.2%, with over 2,000 hospitalizations.[100]

October 19: With tourist season approaching, rising cases were reported in the Florida Keys, with 201 cases in the past 14 days, and a 7% positive test rate.[101]

October 22: WUFT reported that Florida universities "have received scores of formal complaints from students about their own classmates’ behavior during the pandemic,” such as packing bars off campus and holding parties without masks or social distancing.[102] Governor DeSantis defended the practice of holding Thanksgiving gatherings for the elderly in long-term care facilities, despite the potential health risks.[103]

October 23: Florida reported 16,500 deaths, and moved past New Jersey to become 4th in the nation in the number of deaths.[104]

October 24: A Florida Department of Health official in Orange County urged parents not to host birthday parties of any size, after half of the 30 attendees at an Orlando area birthday party contracted the virus.[105]

Response[edit]

Timeline for State Government Response
Date Action Taken
March 1, 2020 Public health emergency declared.
March 17, 2020 All bars and nightclubs ordered to close for 30 days.
March 17, 2020 School closures extended to April 15, and state-mandated school testing cancelled.
March 28, 2020 Emergency alert sent to cell phones throughout Florida from the state's Surgeon General regarding public safety.
March 30, 2020 Stay-at-home order issued for several South Florida counties.
April 1, 2020 Stay-at-home order issued for entire state.
June 1, 2020 Statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures extended by 30 days.
June 3, 2020 "Phase 2" of reopening begins, except for the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.
June 26, 2020 Banned alcohol sales at all bars across the state.
September 25, 2020 "Phase 3" of reopening begins.

State government[edit]

Variable-message sign displaying COVID-19 info on a freeway on July 17
Florida National Guard soldiers collaborate with hospital staff to don personal protective equipment

On March 1, Governor DeSantis declared a public health emergency after two cases were confirmed in Manatee County and Hillsborough County.[106] On March 17, he ordered all bars and nightclubs to be closed for 30 days, extended school closures to April 15, and cancelled state-mandated school testing.[107]

By the third week of the pandemic's presence in Florida, DeSantis began attracting criticism for the state's slow response to the pandemic, particularly for deferring beach closings to local governments during spring break while vacationers continued to congregate. The Miami Herald's editorial board wrote an editorial condemning DeSantis inaction in requesting help from the federal government, while noting his vocal support of U.S. President Donald Trump.[108][109] Speculation mounted that DeSantis' decision not to lock down the state was influenced by business interests, instead of health experts. Business lobbyists including the Florida Chamber of Commerce urged the Governor not to "take drastic measures that might shut down the state's economy".[110] On March 27, more than 900 health care workers signed a letter asking DeSantis to order citizens to shelter-in-place, and take other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. A similar letter written by Doctors for America was signed by 500 health care professionals a few days earlier.[111]

On March 27, DeSantis expanded a previous order requiring airline travelers from New York City to self-quarantine for fourteen days to include people who enter from Louisiana via Interstate 10.[112]

On March 28, an emergency alert was sent to cell phones throughout Florida from the state's Surgeon General, Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, regarding public safety among those 65 and older and those with medical conditions, as well as the full population.[113]

On March 30, DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order for the South Florida counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Monroe, where over 58% of the state's coronavirus cases were concentrated. He stated that the order would remain in effect at least until the middle of May.[114]

On April 1, DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state, effective for 30 days, after a call with President Trump. This followed criticism from experts that more strict measures were necessary to contain the virus.[48][115][116]

On April 9, while discussing the possibility of sending children back to school, DeSantis said, "I don't think nationwide there's been a single fatality under 25." (This was not true; by this point, several Americans under 25 had died of COVID-19.) DeSantis suggested that the flu was more dangerous to this age group.[117]

On June 1, Desantis extended the statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures another 30 days, lasting through July 1.[118] Residents of Florida who receive unemployment payments were confused in mid-June when the state of Florida switched their payments from weekly to bi-weekly, with no apparent notice.[119]

On June 16, DeSantis said 260 Orlando International Airport workers tested positive for COVID-19. He also said that the increase of cases was due to an increase of testing and that even though cases are increasing "they are not rolling back".[120] Orlando airport said this was false, and that only 2 out of 500 employees tested positive.[121]

The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, is pondering the idea of quarantining people who travel from Florida to New York due to concern of rising COVID-19 cases in Florida. They are monitoring for an influx of cases of people traveling from Florida.[122] On June 20, DeSantis said that he is cracking down on restaurants not practicing strict social distancing guideline. He also noted that the new cases are trending in the younger generation, with much of the cases being people between the ages of 20 and 35 years old.[123]

On June 23, DeSantis said that Florida bars and restaurants now run the risk of losing their liquor licenses in violation of the state's social distancing guidelines.[124] 13 employees and at least 28 patrons of The Knight's Pub tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in The Knight's Pub losing their liquor license.[125] Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, some hospitals, like Palm Beach Gardens and JFK medical centers, reported having no open ICU beds. However, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkes, told hospital to not report COVID patients in ICUs.[126]

The same day, Florida banned liquor sales at bars.[127] However, strip clubs remain open.[128] As of June 26, 660 inmates and 24 staff at the Homestead Correctional Institution tested positive for COVID-19 and 23 deaths have been accounted for at the Institution due to the virus.[129]

County responses[edit]

Schools[edit]

On June 10, it was announced that Broward County and Palm Beach County are considering twice-a-week school for the fall.[130] On June 16, Broward County announced that schools will reopen on August 16 with a hybrid of in-person and online education.[131]

Masks[edit]

On June 23, mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez said police will be enforcing rules concerning wearing masks in public places and social distancing.[132] On June 25, Palm Beach County started enforcing a mask mandate.[133] On June 26, Key West implemented a mandatory mask law, making it punishable either by citation or a $500 fine and they canceled 4 July fireworks.[134] At the end of June, the commissioners for St. Johns County voted 4–1 against requiring masks indoors.[135] Less than two weeks later, one of the St. Johns commissioners who had voted against masks was hospitalized in critical condition with a COVID-19 diagnosis.[136]

In August 2020, Marion County, Florida's sheriff's office announced that deputies and visitors to the police stations would be forbidden from wearing masks.[137][138]

Beginning September 25, as part of an executive order from the governor which coincided with "Phase 3" of reopening the state, local governments are not able to collect fines from individuals who violate local face covering mandates.[7][8][139][10]

Curfews[edit]

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed order to close beaches starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7, with a limit of gatherings to 50 people.[140] Broward County and Palm Beach County soon after followed Miami-Dade's example and decided to close their beaches for 4 July too.[141]

On July 2, Mayor Gimenez ordered a 10 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew. He also ordered all on-site dining to close from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily at restaurants with seating for more than eight people. Both orders were to last until further notice.[142]

Contact tracing[edit]

On July 7, DeSantis announced that Florida had received federal grants under the CARES Act to hire contact tracers. According to the state's daily report for July 6 out of 213,794 confirmed cases, over 40% had still not been contacted.Contact tracing has met with challenges as contact tracers have been unable to track the spread at crowded parties because young people have not wanted to share the information with contact tracers.[143][144]

Statistics[edit]

During the months of June, July and August 2020 the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida increased over eleven-fold, from 56,830 on June 1 to 631,040 on September 1. COVID-19 deaths lag by several weeks behind case counts, but by the end of July, Florida set new death records on four consecutive days, culminating in 257 deaths on July 31. Since June 1 the seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in Florida has increased 388%, from 726 new cases per day on June 1 to 2,757 new cases per day as of September 23. During the months of June, July and August 2020 the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths increased nearly four-fold, from an average of 29.7 newly reported deaths per day on June 1 to 113 deaths per day on September 1.[3]

COVID-19 cases in Florida, United States  ()
     Deaths        Active cases

Mar Mar Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Last 15 days Last 15 days

Date
# of cases
Deaths
2020-03-01 2
2020-03-02 2(+0%) 0
2020-03-03 3(+50%) 0
2020-03-04 8(+167%) 0
2020-03-07 17(+113%) 2
2020-03-08 18(+6%) 2(0.0%)
2020-03-09 19(+6%) 2(0.0%)
2020-03-10
28(+47%) 2(0.0%)
2020-03-11
31(+11%) 2(0.0%)
2020-03-12
49(+58%) 2(0.0%)
2020-03-13
77(+57%) 3(+50.0%)
2020-03-14
115(+49%) 4(+33.0%)
2020-03-15
149(+30%) 4(+0.0%)
2020-03-16
160(+7%) 5(+25.0%)
2020-03-17
216(+35%) 7(+40.0%)
2020-03-18
328(+52%) 8(+14.0%)
2020-03-19
432(+32%) 9(+13.0%)
2020-03-20
563(+30%) 11(+22.0%)
2020-03-21
763(+36%) 12(+9.0%)
2020-03-22
1,007(+32%) 13(+8.3%)
2020-03-23
1,227(+22%) 18(+38.0%)
2020-03-24
1,467(+20%) 20(+11.1%)
2020-03-25
1,977(+35%) 23(+15.0%)
2020-03-26
2,484(+26%) 29(+26.0%)
2020-03-27
3,198(+29%) 46(+59.0%)
2020-03-28
4,038(+26%) 56(+21.7%)
2020-03-29
4,950(+23%) 60(+7.1%)
2020-03-30
5,704(+15%) 71(+18.3%)
2020-03-31
6,741(+18%) 85(+19.7%)
2020-04-01
7,773(+15%) 101(+18.8%)
2020-04-02
9,008(+16%) 144(+42.6%)
2020-04-03
10,268(+14%) 170(+18.0%)
2020-04-04
11,545(+12%) 195(+14.7%)
2020-04-05
12,350(+7.0%) 221(+13.3%)
2020-04-06
13,629(+10%) 254(+14.9%)
2020-04-07
14,747(+8.2%) 296(+16.5%)
2020-04-08
15,698(+6.4%) 323(+9.1%)
2020-04-09
16,826(+7.2%) 371(+14.9%)
2020-04-10
17,968(+6.8%) 419(13.0%)
2020-04-11
18,986(+5.7%) 446(+6.4%)
2020-04-12
19,895(+4.8%) 461(+5.6%)
2020-04-13
21,019(+5.6%) 499(+7.2%)
2020-04-14
21,628(+2.9%) 571(+14.4%)
2020-04-15
22,519(+4.1%) 591(+3.5%)
2020-04-16
23,340(+3.6%) 668(+13.0%)
2020-04-17
24,753(+6.1%) 726(+8.7%)
2020-04-18
25,492(+3.0%) 748(+3.0%)
2020-04-19
26,314(+3.2%) 774(+3.5%)
2020-04-20
27,058(+2.8%) 823(+6.3%)
2020-04-21
27,869(+3.0%) 867(+5.3%)
2020-04-22
28,576(+2.5%) 927(+7.0%)
2020-04-23
29,648(+3.8%) 987(+6.5%)
2020-04-24
30,533(+3.0%) 1,046(+6.0%)
2020-04-25
30,839(+1.0%) 1,055(+0.8%)
2020-04-26
31,528(+2.2%) 1,074(+1.8%)
2020-04-27
32,138(+1.9%) 1,088(+1.3%)
2020-04-28
32,846(+2.2%) 1,171(+7.6%)
2020-04-29
33,193(+1.1%) 1,218(+4.0%)
2020-04-30
33,690(+1.5%) 1,268(+4.1%)
2020-05-01
34,728(+3.1%) 1,314(+3.6%)
2020-05-02
35,463(+2.1%) 1,364(+3.8%)
2020-05-03
36,078(+1.7%) 1,379(+1.0%)
2020-05-04
36,897(+2.3%) 1,399(+1.5%)
2020-05-05
37,439(+1.4%) 1,471(+5.1%)
2020-05-06
38,002(+1.5%) 1,539(+4.6%)
2020-05-07
38,828(+2.2%) 1,600(+4.0%)
2020-05-08
39,199(+1.0%) 1,669(+4.3%)
2020-05-09
40,001(+2.0%) 1,715(+2.8%)
2020-05-10
40,596(+1.2%) 1,721(+0.3%)
2020-05-11
40,982(+1.0%) 1,735(+0.8%)
2020-05-12
41,923(+2.3%) 1,779(+2.5%)
2020-05-13
42,402(+1.1%) 1,827(+2.7%)
2020-05-14
43,210(+1.9%) 1,875(+2.6%)
2020-05-15
44,138(+2.1%) 1,917(+2.2%)
2020-05-16
44,811(+1.5%) 1,964(+2.5%)
2020-05-17
45,588(+1.7%) 1,973(+1.5%)
2020-05-18
46,442(+1.9%) 1,997(+1.2%)
2020-05-19
46,944(+1.1%) 2,052(+2.8%)
2020-05-20
47,471(+1.1%) 2,096(+2.1%)
2020-05-21
48,675(+2.5%) 2,144(+2.2%)
2020-05-22
49,451(+1.6%) 2,190(+2.1%)
2020-05-23
50,127(+1.4%) 2,233(+2.0%)
2020-05-24
50,867(+1.5%) 2,237(+0.2%)
2020-05-25
51,746(+1.7%) 2,252(+0.7%)
2020-05-26
52,255(+1.0%) 2,259(+0.3%)
2020-05-27
52,634(+0.7%) 2,319(+2.7%)
2020-05-28
53,285(+1.2%) 2,364(+1.9%)
2020-05-29
54,497(+2.2%) 2,413(+2.0%)
2020-05-30
55,424(+1.7%) 2,447(+1.4%)
2020-05-31
56,163(+1.3%) 2,451(+0.2%)
2020-06-01
56,830(+1.2%) 2,460(+0.4%)
2020-06-02
57,447(+1.1%) 2,530(+2.8%)
2020-06-03
58,764(+2.3%) 2,566(+1.4%)
2020-06-04
60,183(+2.4%) 2,607(+1.6%)
2020-06-05
61,488(+2.2%) 2,660(+2.0%)
2020-06-06
62,758(+2.1%) 2,688(+0.8%)
2020-06-07
63,938(+1.9%) 2,700(+0.4%)
2020-06-08
64,904(+1.5%) 2,712(+0.4%)
2020-06-09
66,000(+1.7%) 2,765(+2.0%)
2020-06-10
67,371(+2.0%) 2,801(+1.3%)
2020-06-11
69,069(+2.5%) 2,848(+1.7%)
2020-06-12
70,971(+2.8%) 2,877(+1.0%)
2020-06-13
73,552(+3.6%) 2,925(+1.7%)
2020-06-14
75,568(+2.7%) 2,931(+0.2%)
2020-06-15
77,326(+2.3%) 2,938(+0.2%)
2020-06-16
80,109(+3.6%) 2,993(+1.9%)
2020-06-17
82,719(+3.3%) 3,018(+0.8%)
2020-06-18
85,926(+3.9%) 3,061(+1.4%)
2020-06-19
89,748(+4.4%) 3,104(+1.4%)
2020-06-20
93,797(+4.5%) 3,144(+1.3%)
2020-06-21
97,291(+3.7%) 3,161(+0.5%)
2020-06-22
100,217(+3.0%) 3,173(+0.4%)
2020-06-23
103,503(+3.3%) 3,238(+2.0%)
2020-06-24
109,014(+5.3%) 3,281(+1.3%)
2020-06-25
114,018(+4.6%) 3,327(+1.4%)
2020-06-26
122,960(+7.9%) 3,366(+1.2%)
2020-06-27
132,545(+7.8%) 3,390(+0.7%)
2020-06-28
141,075(+6.4%) 3,419(+0.9%)
2020-06-29
146,341(+3.7%) 3,447(+0.8%)
2020-06-30
152,434(+4.2%) 3,505(+1.7%)
2020-07-01
158,997(+4.3%) 3,550(+1.3%)
2020-07-02
169,106(+6.4%) 3,617(+1.9%)
2020-07-03
178,594(+5.6%) 3,684(+1.9%)
2020-07-04
190,052(+6.4%) 3,702(+0.5%)
2020-07-05
200,111(+5.3%) 3,731(+0.8%)
2020-07-06
206,447(+3.2%) 3,778(+1.3%)
2020-07-07
213,794(+3.6%) 3,841(+1.7%)
2020-07-08
223,783(+4.8%) 3,889(+1.2%)
2020-07-09
232,718(+4.0%) 4,009(+3.0%)
2020-07-10
244,151(+4.9%) 4,102(+2.3%)
2020-07-11
254,511(+4.2%) 4,197(+2.3%)
2020-07-12
269,811(+6.0%) 4,242(+1.1%)
2020-07-13
282,435(+4.7%) 4,277(+0.8%)
2020-07-14
291,629(+3.3%) 4,409(+3.1%)
2020-07-15
301,810(+3.5%) 4,521(+2.5%)
2020-07-16
315,775(+4.6%) 4,677(+3.5%)
2020-07-17
327,241(+3.6%) 4,805(+2.7%)
2020-07-18
337,568(+3.2%) 4,895(+1.9%)
2020-07-19
350,047(+3.7%) 4,982(+1.8%)
2020-07-20
360,394(+3.0%) 5,072(+1.8%)
2020-07-21
369,834(+2.6%) 5,206(+2.6%)
2020-07-22
379,619(+2.6%) 5,345(+2.7%)
2020-07-23
389,868(+2.7%) 5,518(+3.2%)
2020-07-24
402,312(+3.2%) 5,653(+2.4%)
2020-07-25
414,511(+3.0%) 5,777(+2.2%)
2020-07-26
423,855(+2.3%) 5,854(+1.3%)
2020-07-27
432,747(+2.1%) 5,931(+1.3%)
2020-07-28
441,977(+2.1%) 6,117(+3.1%)
2020-07-29
451,423(+2.1%) 6,333(+3.5%)
2020-07-30
461,379(+2.2%) 6,586(+4.0%)
2020-07-31
470,386(+2.0%) 6,843(+3.9%)
2020-08-01
480,028(+2.0%) 7,022(+2.6%)
2020-08-02
487,132(+1.5%) 7,084(+0.9%)
2020-08-03
491,884(+1.0%) 7,157(+1.0%)
2020-08-04
497,330(+1.1%) 7,402(+3.4%)
2020-08-05
502,739(+1.1%) 7,627(+3.0%)
2020-08-06
510,389(+1.5%) 7,747(+1.6%)
2020-08-07
518,075(+1.5%) 7,927(+2.3%)
2020-08-08
526,577(+1.6%) 8,109(+2.3%)
2020-08-09
532,806(+1.2%) 8,186(+0.9%)
2020-08-10
536,961(+0.8%) 8,277(+1.1%)
2020-08-11
542,972(+1.1%) 8,553(+3.3%)
2020-08-12
550,901(+1.5%) 8,765(+2.5%)
2020-08-13
557,137(+1.1%) 8,913(+1.7%)
2020-08-14
563,285(+1.1%) 9,141(+2.6%)
2020-08-15
569,637(+1.1%) 9,345(+2.2%)
2020-08-16
573,416(+0.7%) 9,452(+1.1%)
2020-08-17
576,094(+0.5%) 9,539(+0.9%)
2020-08-18
579,932(+0.7%) 9,758(+2.3%)
2020-08-19
584,047(+0.7%) 9,932(+1.8%)
2020-08-20
588,602(+0.7%) 10,049(+1.2%)
2020-08-21
593,286(+0.8%) 10,168(+1.2%)
2020-08-22
597,597(+0.7%) 10,274(+1.0%)
2020-08-23
600,571(+0.5%) 10,325(+0.5%)
2020-08-24
602,829(+0.4%) 10,397(+0.7%)
2020-08-25
605,502(+0.4%) 10,580(+1.8%)
2020-08-26
608,722(+0.5%) 10,733(+1.4%)
2020-08-27
611,991(+0.5%) 10,868(+1.3%)
2020-08-28
615,806(+0.6%) 10,957(+0.8%)
2020-08-29
619,003(+0.5%) 11,105(+1.2%)
2020-08-30
621,596(+0.4%) 11,119(+0.1%)
2020-08-31
623,471(+0.3%) 11,187(+0.6%)
2020-09-01
631,040(+1.2%) 11,374(+1.7%)
2020-09-02
633,442(+0.4%) 11,501(+1.1%)
2020-09-03
637,013(+0.6%) 11,650(+1.3%)
2020-09-04
640,211(+0.5%) 11,750(+0.9%)
2020-09-05
643,867(+0.6%) 11,811(+0.5%)
2020-09-06
646,432(+0.4%) 11,849(+0.3%)
2020-09-07
648,269(+0.3%) 11,871(+0.2%)
2020-09-08
650,092(+0.3%) 11,915(+0.4%)
2020-09-09
652,148(+0.3%) 12,115(+1.7%)
2020-09-10
654,731(+0.4%) 12,326(+1.7%)
2020-09-11
658,381(+0.6%) 12,502(+1.4%)
2020-09-12
661,571(+0.5%) 12,600(+0.8%)
2020-09-13
663,994(+0.4%) 12,608(+0.1%)
2020-09-14
665,730(+0.3%) 12,642(+0.3%)
2020-09-15
668,846(+0.5%) 12,787(+1.1%)
2020-09-16
671,202(+0.4%) 12,939(+1.2%)
2020-09-17
674,456(+0.5%) 13,086(+1.1%)
2020-09-18
677,660(+0.5%) 13,225(+1.1%)
2020-09-19
681,223(+0.5%) 13,287(+0.5%)
2020-09-20
683,754(+0.4%) 13,296(+0.1%)
2020-09-21
685,439(+0.2%) 13,317(+0.2%)
2020-09-22
687,909(+0.4%) 13,416(+0.7%)
2020-09-23
690,499(+0.4%) 13,618(+1.5%)
2020-09-24
693,040(+0.4%) 13,795(+1.3%)
2020-09-25
695,887(+0.4%) 13,915(+0.9%)
2020-09-26
698,682(+0.4%) 14,022(+0.8%)
2020-09-27
700,564(+0.3%) 14,032(+0.1%)
2020-09-28
701,302(+0.1%) 14,037(+0.1%)
2020-09-29
704,568(+0.5%) 14,143(+0.8%)
2020-09-30
706,516(+0.3%) 14,317(+1.2%)
2020-10-01
709,144(+0.4%) 14,444(+0.9%)
2020-10-02
711,804(+0.4%) 14,554(+0.8%)
2020-10-03
714,615(+0.4%) 14,628(+0.5%)
2020-10-04
716,459(+0.3%) 14,671(+0.3%)
2020-10-05
717,864(+0.2%) 14,712(+0.3%)
2020-10-06
720,125(+0.3%) 14,767(+0.4%)
2020-10-07
722,707(+0.4%) 14,904(+0.9%)
2020-10-08
726,013(+0.5%) 15,068(+1.1%)
2020-10-09
728,921(+0.4%) 15,186(+0.8%)
2020-10-11
734,491(+0.8%) 15,364(+1.2%)
2020-10-12
736,024(+0.2%) 15,412(+0.3%)
2020-10-13
738,749(+0.4%) 15,531(+0.8%)
2020-10-14
741,632(+0.4%) 15,595(+0.4%)
2020-10-15
744,988(+0.5%) 15,736(+0.9%)
2020-10-16
748,437(+0.5%) 15,830(+0.6%)
2020-10-17
752,481(+0.5%) 15,917(+0.5%)
2020-10-18
755,020(+0.3%) 15,967(+0.3%)
2020-10-19
756,727(+0.2%) 16,021(+0.3%)
2020-10-20
760,389(+0.5%) 16,105(+0.5%)
2020-10-21
762,534(+0.3%) 16,210(+0.7%)
2020-10-22
768,091(+0.7%) 16,267(+0.4%)
2020-10-23
771,780(+0.5%) 16,340(+0.4%)
2020-10-24
776,251(+0.6%) 16,417(+0.5%)
2020-10-25
778,636(+0.3%) 16,429(+0.1%)
2020-10-26
782,013(+0.4%) 16,449(+0.1%)
2020-10-27
786,311(+0.5%) 16,505(+0.3%)
2020-10-28
790,426(+0.5%) 16,571(+0.4%)
2020-10-29
794,624(+0.5%) 16,648(+0.5%)
2020-10-30
800,216(+0.7%) 16,720(+0.4%)
2020-10-31
802,547(+0.3%) 16,761(+0.2%)
2020-11-01
807,412(+0.6%) 16,789(+0.2%)
2020-11-02
812,063(+0.6%) 16,834(+0.3%)
2020-11-03
816,700(+0.6%) 16,890(+0.3%)
2020-11-04
821,123(+0.5%) 16,922(+0.2%)
2020-11-05
827,380(+0.8%) 16,961(+0.2%)
2020-11-06
832,625(+0.6%) 17,041(+0.5%)
2020-11-07
837,074(+0.5%) 17,100(+0.3%)
2020-11-08
843,897(+0.8%) 17,121(+0.1%)
2020-11-09
847,823(+0.5%) 17,179(+0.3%)
2020-11-10
852,174(+0.5%) 17,248(+0.4%)
2020-11-11
858,012(+0.7%) 17,300(+0.3%)
2020-11-12
863,619(+0.7%) 17,372(+0.4%)
2020-11-13
870,552(+0.8%) 17,445(+0.4%)
2020-11-14
875,096(+0.5%) 17,489(+0.3%)
2020-11-15
885,201(+1.2%) 17,518(+0.2%)
2020-11-16
889,864(+0.5%) 17,559(+0.2%)
2020-11-17
897,323(+0.8%) 17,644(+0.5%)
2020-11-18
905,248(+0.9%) 17,731(+0.5%)
2020-11-19
914,333(+1.0%) 17,810(+0.4%)
2020-11-20
923,418(+1.0%) 17,889(+0.4%)
2020-11-21
931,827(+0.9%) 17,930(+0.2%)
2020-11-22
938,414(+0.7%) 17,991(+0.3%)
2020-11-23
944,745(+0.7%) 18,085(+0.5%)
2020-11-24
953,300(+0.9%) 18,157(+0.4%)
2020-11-25
961,676(+0.9%) 18,254(+0.5%)
2020-11-27
979,020(+1.8%) 18,363(+0.6%)
2020-11-28
985,297(+0.6%) 18,442(+0.4%)
2020-11-29
992,660(+0.7%) 18,500(+0.3%)
Cases: Residents and non-residents
Deaths: Residents
Sources: Florida Department of Health.
County[a] Cases Hosp. Deaths Population[b] Cases / 100k Deaths / 100k CFR Notes
Residents 796,802 49,404 16,789 20,598,139 3,868.3 81.5 2.1%
Non-residents 10,610 n/a 208 n/a n/a n/a 1.9%
Total 807,412 n/a 16,997 n/a n/a n/a 2.1%
Alachua 10,614 514 78 263,148 4,033.4 29.6 0.7%
Baker 1,799[c] 89 24 27,785 6,474.7 86.3 1.3%
Bay 6,668 380 134 182,482 3,654 73.4 2%
Bradford 1,240 76 15 26,979 4,596.1 55.5 1.2%
Brevard 11,724 1,029 375 576,808 2,032.5 65 3.1%
Broward 86,163 6,199 1,526 1,909,151 4,513.1 79.9 1.7%
Calhoun 729[d] 38 14 14,750 4,942.3 94.9 1.9%
Charlotte 3,723 447 161 160,511 2,319.4 100.3 4.3%
Citrus 3,294 334 135 140,031 2,352.3 96.4 4%
Clay 6,183 419 127 192,370 3,214.1 66 2%
Collier 14,479 1,000 256 328,134 4,412.5 78 1.7%
Columbia 4,284[e] 258 79 67,485 6,348 117 1.8%
DeSoto 1,682 132 29 36,399 4,621 79.6 1.7%
Dixie 907[f] 60 21 16,437 5,518 127.7 2.3%
Duval 34,990 1,269 523 924,229 3,785.8 56.5 1.4%
Escambia 12,305 905 272 311,522 3,949.9 87.3 2.2%
Flagler 2,163 171 39 107,139 2,018.8 36.4 1.8%
Franklin 778[g] 10 4 11,736 6,629.1 34 0.5%
Gadsden 3,062 242 56 46,017 6,654 121.6 1.8%
Gilchrist 614[h] 39 18 17,615 3,485.6 102.1 2.9%
Glades 610[i] 51 6 13,363 4,564.8 44.9 0.9%
Gulf 945[j] 54 15 16,055 5,886 93.4 1.5%
Hamilton 902[k] 37 10 14,269 6,321.3 70 1.1%
Hardee 1,618 141 16 27,228 5,942.4 58.7 0.9%
Hendry 2,240 211 44 40,127 5,582.2 109.6 1.9%
Hernando 3,787 473 175 182,696 2,072.8 95.7 4.6%
Highlands 2,691 284 118 102,101 2,635.6 115.5 4.3%
Hillsborough 48,391 2,057 816 1,378,883 3,509.4 59.1 1.6%
Holmes 916 34 12 19,430 4,714.3 61.7 1.3%
Indian River 3,894 348 125 150,984 2,579 82.7 3.2%
Jackson 3,123[l] 186 83 48,472 6,442.8 171.2 2.6%
Jefferson 669[m] 39 9 14,105 4,742.9 63.8 1.3%
Lafayette 1,279[n] 26 16 8,744 14,627.1 182.9 1.2%
Lake 8,669 732 227 335,362 2,584.9 67.6 2.6%
Lee 23,319 1,551 518 718,679 3,244.7 72 2.2%
Leon 12,072 296 118 288,102 4,190.1 40.9 0.9%
Levy 1,152 91 12 39,961 2,882.8 30 1%
Liberty 538[o] 15 11 8,365 6,431.5 131.5 2%
Madison 1,067 53 25 18,474 5,775.6 135.3 2.3%
Manatee 13,403 895 330 373,853 3,585 88.2 2.4%
Marion 10,953 1,070 350 348,371 3,144 100.4 3.1%
Martin 5,381 422 167 157,581 3,414.7 105.9 3.1%
Miami-Dade 185,350 8,186 3,662 2,715,516 6,825.5 134.8 1.9%
Monroe 2,284 150 25 76,325 2,992.4 32.7 1%
Nassau 2,317 161 52 80,578 2,875.4 64.5 2.2%
Okaloosa 6,483 339 130 200,737 3,229.5 64.7 2%
Okeechobee 1,758 194 38 40,572 4,333 93.6 2.1%
Orange 46,209 1,600 560 1,321,194 3,497.5 42.3 1.2%
Osceola 14,279 832 207 338,619 4,216.8 61.1 1.4%
Palm Beach 52,276 4,133 1,588 1,446,277 3,614.5 109.7 3%
Pasco 10,973 1,047 244 510,593 2,149 47.7 2.2%
Pinellas 26,018 2,540 823 957,875 2,716.2 85.9 3.1%
Polk 23,189 2,467 623 668,671 3,467.9 93.1 2.6%
Putnam 2,409 255 50 72,766 3,310.6 68.7 2%
Santa Rosa 5,953 365 88 170,442 3,492.6 51.6 1.4%
Sarasota 9,699 787 344 412,144 2,353.3 83.4 3.5%
Seminole 10,428 754 241 455,086 2,291.4 52.9 2.3%
St. Johns 6,518 333 85 235,503 2,767.6 36 1.3%
St. Lucie 9,142 783 336 305,591 2,991.5 109.9 3.6%
Sumter 2,947 290 86 122,999 2,395.9 69.9 2.9%
Suwannee 3,004[p] 161 78 43,924 6,839 177.5 2.5%
Taylor 1,492[q] 60 18 22,098 6,751.7 81.4 1.2%
Union 1,147[r] 61 45 15,239 7,526.7 295.2 3.9%
Volusia 12,901 971 322 527,634 2,445 61 2.4%
Wakulla 1,326 61 11 31,877 4,159.7 34.5 0.8%
Walton 2,252 121 30 65,858 3,419.4 45.5 1.3%
Washington 1,244[s] 76 24 24,566 5,063.9 97.6 1.9%
Unknown 184 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
These figures were reported by the Florida Department of Health on November 1, 2020, except where noted otherwise.[145][146]
  1. ^ County where individuals with a positive case reside, not necessarily where they were diagnosed or infected.
  2. ^ Population figures reported on Florida's COVID-19 Dashboard.
  3. ^ 633 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 54 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  4. ^ 212 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 90 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  5. ^ 1,620 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 303 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  6. ^ 352 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 39 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  7. ^ 352 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 6 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  8. ^ 131 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 73 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  9. ^ 303 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 5 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  10. ^ 290 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 25 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  11. ^ 372 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 27 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  12. ^ 1,088 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 410 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  13. ^ 279 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 75 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  14. ^ 759 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 85 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  15. ^ 253 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 8 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  16. ^ 940 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 315 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  17. ^ 746 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 56 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  18. ^ 626 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 10 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities
  19. ^ 345 cases from staff or residents of correctional facilities; 89 cases from staff or residents of long-term care facilities

Demographics[edit]

COVID-19 deaths among Floridians by age as of October 12, 2020:[3]

COVID-19 deaths among Floridians by age, as of October 12, 2020
Age group Death count Cases
All ages 15,412 726,934
0-4y 0 12,430
5-14y 5 31,387
15-24y 32 116,336
25-34y 90 132,939
35-44y 272 116,304
45-54y 635 114,429
55-64y 1,697 94,541
65-74y 3,285 56,222
75-84y 4,471 32,583
85y and over 4,924 18,773
Unknown 1 990

All-cause deaths[edit]

Weekly all-cause deaths in Florida:[147]

Impacts[edit]

A COVID-19 testing site in Florida
A photo of Hollywood Beach taken in late October 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic

Early in March, the pandemic began having an impact throughout Florida as state and local government, businesses, and public institutions took measures to slow the spread of the virus.[148]

Commercial entities[edit]

On March 12, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced that the Walt Disney World Resort would close from March 15 to end of May, later announcing that the parks and resorts would stay closed indefinitely. Universal Parks & Resorts also announced that Universal Orlando Resort would close from March 15 until at least the end of the month, also later announcing that the parks and resorts would stay closed until May 31.[149][150] Other theme parks in Florida such as SeaWorld Orlando, Legoland Florida, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have also decided to close from March 13 until further notice.[151][152]

Despite the increase of COVID-19 cases in Florida theme parks reopened in mid-July. On July 11, Disney reopened Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, then Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios on July 15.[153]

Elder care facilities[edit]

On March 2, AARP warned Florida nursing homes to prepare and provide adequate supplies of protective wear[154] and the Florida Department of Health issued guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.[155] On March 11, DeSantis placed limits on who can visit nursing homes.[156] On March 23, the Miami Herald, seeking the name of every elder care facility that had a positive test for coronavirus, filed a public records request with the Florida Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration. The governor's office refused to release the information. On April 9, the Miami Herald provided the required notification to the State of Florida that they would be filing a lawsuit to obtain the information. After receiving a call from the governor's office, however, the Miami Herald's law firm, Holland & Knight, dropped the case. The Miami Herald planned to proceed with a different law firm.[157] The government subsequently released a list that by April 21 included 313 facilities where either caregivers or residents had tested positive. The list was incomplete and did not provide data on the number of individuals infected or deceased.[158]

Public universities[edit]

University of Florida research effort on understanding COVID-19 in The Villages

On March 10, Joseph Glover, the provost of the University of Florida (UF), sent out a recommendation to UF professors to transition their classes online.[159][160] The following day, UF announced all its classes for the spring semester will be transitioned online by the following Monday, and encouraged students to return to their hometowns.[28]

On March 11, Florida State University announced that classes will be moved online from March 23 to April 5, with in-person classes expected to resume on April 6.[161] The Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida directed all state universities to make plans to transition into remote learning effective immediately. Essential functions, such as dining and library services are still operational.[162] Florida International University in Miami announced that it will transition to remote learning starting from March 12 until at least April 4.[163] The University of South Florida in Tampa announced that all classes will consist of remote instruction for the rest of Spring 2020 semester.[164] On March 17, University of Central Florida announced that it would be canceling graduation,[165] two days later one of their students tested positive for COVID-19.[166] On June 10, Florida International University received a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Health for vaccines.[167]

Parks[edit]

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced on March 22 that they would be closing all state parks to the public.[168] Miami Beach reopened a number of public parks on April 29. Over the following weekend, authorities issued over 7,000 verbal warnings to people who were not wearing face masks. Most were at South Pointe Park. On the morning of May 4, the city announced that South Pointe Park was closed again until further notice.[169]

For the Fourth of July weekend:[170]

▪ Palm Beach County: All beaches — public and private — closed Friday through Sunday. Restaurants and retail establishments within beach parks and boat ramps were allowed to remain open.

▪ Collier County beaches closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marco Island closed city-owned pedestrian access to the beach and some hotels did the same because local leaders expressed worry that Floridians might drive to the area with the South Florida closures.

▪ Pinellas County leaders did not plan to close beaches for Fourth of July weekend. But they expected big crowds.

▪ Lee County leaders kept their Southwest Florida beaches open. But Sanibel Island closed city-owned paid beach parking lots over the weekend.

▪ Brevard and Volusia county beaches remained open during the holiday weekend.

▪ Jacksonville: When announcing the new mask ordinance, Jacksonville city leaders said beaches would be open through the weekend.

Sports[edit]

Most of the state's sports teams were affected by the pandemic. Several leagues postponed or suspended their seasons starting March 12. Major League Baseball (MLB) canceled the remainder of spring training,[171] and announced that the season would be postponed indefinitely.[172] The National Basketball Association announced the season would be suspended for 30 days, affecting the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.[173] The National Hockey League season was suspended indefinitely, affecting the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.[174] The Miami Open, a major tennis tournament on the ATP Tour and WTA Tour was canceled for the first time in its history on March 12.[175]

Professional wrestling; state exceptions on sports[edit]

In the wake of sports cancellations, the professional wrestling promotions All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and WWE re-located their weekly television programs (which normally toured to different arenas each episode) to sites in Florida in mid-March, with AEW filming its AEW Dynamite program at Daily's Place in Jacksonville until April 1, and WWE filming or broadcasting all of its programming at its WWE Performance Center training facility in Orlando (including its flagship event WrestleMania, which was originally to be held at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium). Both promotions are filming behind closed doors with no audience and only essential staff present.[176][177][178][179] AEW re-located to a closed set in Norcross, Georgia on April 1, where it filmed content through April 3.[177][180]

On April 9, the Division of Emergency Management amended its state-wide stay-at-home order, considering employees of a "professional sports and media production with a national audience", if closed to the general public, as being essential workers.[181][182] The following Monday, April 13, Mayor of Orange County Jerry Demings confirmed that this change would allow WWE to continue its closed door tapings in the state, and were implemented following discussions with the office of Governor DeSantis. It was subsequently reported that WWE was warned of the stay-at-home restrictions by officials, but that DeSantis deemed the company's operations critical to Florida's economy, and approved the new exemption in response.[183][184]

The next day, DeSantis defended his decision, explaining that "if you think about it, we have never had a period like this in modern American history where you've had so little new content, particularly in the sporting realm", and suggested that other closed-door sporting events — such as golf (particularly, a proposed rematch between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson) and NASCAR races — could also be held under the new exception.[181] Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Halsey Beshears had also made a post on Twitter directed to the mixed martial arts promotion UFC on April 7, suggesting that his department could help sanction their events there (however, after it intended to hold UFC 249 and other fights at a tribal casino in California, the promotion suspended all events indefinitely on April 9, by request of its U.S. rightsholders ESPN Inc. and The Walt Disney Company).[185][181][186]

Orlando Sentinel columnists Mike Bianchi and Scott Maxwell questioned whether these actions were intended to help the state gain favor from the Trump administration; WWE owner and chairman Vince McMahon has been an ally of Trump, having made recurring appearances on WWE programming as a celebrity figure prior to his presidency, and being inducted to the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.[187][188] The same day as Deming's announcement, America First Action — a super PAC led by McMahon's wife and former Administrator of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon — pledged $18.5 million on advertising in Florida for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.[189][188] On April 14, McMahon was named to a federal advisory group on the "re-opening" of the country's economy, joining other notable sports figures; during the daily press briefing, Trump addressed him and UFC head Dana White (who is also a Trump ally) with the title "The Great".[190][191][187]

Following the implementation of this exception, several sporting events were announced for the state; on April 24, UFC announced that a new UFC 249 and two UFC Fight Night cards would be held in Jacksonville in May.[192] Two televised golf events benefiting COVID-19-related causes were scheduled for local courses, including TaylorMade Driving Relief at Seminole Golf Club (a skins game featuring Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff) on May 17,[193][194] and The Match: Champions for Charity at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound—a four-ball competition by Turner Sports featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson paired with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.[195] On May 14, NASCAR announced a new June 14 date for its postponed Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead–Miami Speedway.[196] On May 23, All Elite Wrestling returned to Jacksonville for its pay-per-view Double or Nothing (relocated from Las Vegas), with most of the event being held at Daily's Place, and a main event "Stadium Stampede" match within the confines of neighboring TIAA Bank Field.[197]

Return to play in professional sports[edit]

On May 23, the NBA confirmed that it was in talks with Walt Disney World in Orlando to use it as one or more centralized sites for the resumption of the NBA season.[198] On June 4, the league approved a plan to host the remainder of the season at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.[199] Major League Soccer similarly announced on June 10 that it would host a new early-season tournament at the same site, involving all 26 franchises.[200]

As part of the NHL's return-to-play, training facilities reopened on June 10.[201] On June 19, a number of COVID-19 cases were reported among team training facilities in Florida, including the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) and Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL). Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays temporarily closed its facility in Dunedin after a player showed signs of symptoms. In combination with similar concerns regarding facilities in Arizona, all MLB spring training facilities were closed league-wide for cleaning.[202][203][204]

On June 24, WWE announced that multiple cases had been recorded among its staff, including performers and on-air personality Renee Young. WWE stated that it would now test all performers prior to its television filmings.[205]

Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, announced on June 30 that the 2020 season will not be played affecting all teams statewide and nationally.[206]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The "hospitalizations" figure released by the Florida Department of Health "is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness. These people may no longer be hospitalized."[2]
  2. ^ Positivity rate for November 22: 6.57%
  3. ^ 4.49% of the population of Florida, or 1 out of 22.28. Florida's COVID-19 Dashboard reports the population as 20,598,139.

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