1,977 Florida Coronavirus Cases; State Lockdown Not Likely Yet

This article originally appeared on the Sarasota Patch

TALLAHASSEE, FL — The number of coronavirus cases in Florida climbed to 1,977 Wednesday night while the death toll in the state rose to 23, according to state health officials.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has already issued a number of statewide orders related to the coronoavirus, has been reluctant to order a complete lockdown of the state as has been done in states like New York and California.

Twenty-one of Florida's 67 counties still have not reported any cases of the virus but others like Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in South Florida account for more than half of the total number of cases.

With those dynamics, the governor has largely left the decision to impose lockdowns on each county and municipality in the state thus far in the crisis.

"I also look at some of these other states that have done it, and I see massive noncompliance, and I'm not even sure how effective it is," DeSantis insisted. "If you're doing a big block party in California during a lockdown, wouldn't it be better to just go to work? You're probably going to transmit the virus less in the office than you are with a bunch of drunk idiots in a block party."

Florida's total includes 1,867 positive cases of Florida residents and 110 cases involving non-Florida residents. The total also includes a small number of Florida residents who tested positive in other states.

DeSantis also ordered all incoming air passengers from the New York City area to self-quarantine and report their contacts with Florida residents. The governor expanded the order Tuesday to include travelers who arrived up to three weeks ago.

With 491 cases, Miami-Dade County has the most confirmed cases of any of Florida's 67 counties. Nearby Broward County, which has a much smaller population than Miami-Dade, has 412 cases.

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Palm Beach County, which is just north of Broward County, has 141 cases.

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In an attempt to provide as much information to our readers as possible, Patch is publishing a county-by-county breakdown of the coronavirus cases in Florida's 67 counties, along with the average age of patients and the number of travel-related cases by county:

County
Total Cases Average Age Travel-Related Cases
1. Alachua County 46 42 11
2. Baker County 5 55 0
3. Bay County 3 47 2
4. Bradford County 1 60 0
5. Brevard County 12 55 8
6. Broward County 412 48 110
7. Calhoun County 0

8. Charlotte County 3 59 1
9. Citrus County 9 57 4
10. Clay County 16 53 3
11. Collier County 57 57 25
12. Columbia County 3 48 0
13. Miami-Dade 491 46 105
14. Desoto County 4 53 0
15. Dixie County 0

16. Duval County 60 57 8
17. Escambia County 17 44 4
18. Flagler County 6 53 1
19. Franklin County 0

20. Gadsden County 1 47 1
21. Gilchrist County 0

22. Glades County 0

23. Gulf County 0
24. Hamilton County 0

25. Hardee County 0
26. Hendry County 0

27. Hernando County 8 48 4
28. Highlands County 5 51 2
29. Hillsborough County 123 43 36
30. Holmes County 0

31. Indian River County 12 58 7
32. Jackson County 1 48 1
33. Jefferson County 0

34. Lafayette County 0

35. Lake County 22 55 8
36. Lee County 52 53 12
37. Leon County 8 46 8
38. Levy County 0

39. Liberty County 0

40. Madison County 0

41. Manatee County 26 55 3
42. Marion County 5 53 4
43. Martin County 7 58 2
44. Monroe County 11 54 9
45. Nassau County 4 59 2
46. Okaloosa County 18 43 9
47. Okeechobee County 0

48. Orange County 89 48 20
49. Osceola County 39 47 15
50. Palm Beach County 141 49 31
51. Pasco County 18 49 11
52. Pinellas County 54 51 38
53. Polk County 15 51 6
54. Putnam County 5 50 1
55. Santa Rosa County 8 48 5
56. Sarasota County 32 65 12
57. Seminole County 32 47 18
58. St. Johns County 28 50 10
59. St. Lucie County 9 46 2
60. Sumter County 18 66 11
61. Suwannee County 0

62. Taylor County 0
63. Union County 0
64. Volusia County 28 50 12
65. Wakulla County 0
66. Walton County 13 47 6
67. Washington County 0
68. Unknown counties 0