Florida Surpasses 150,000 Coronavirus Cases, 3,500 Deaths

Paul Scicchitano

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida surpassed 150,000 cases of the coronavirus and 3,500 deaths Tuesday as health officials reported 6,093 new cases of the virus and some Florida cities have made masks mandatory in public spaces across the state.

Florida reported a total of 152,434 cases in the state up from 146,341 cases over the previous 24-hour period.

"We're not going back closing things," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis insisted Tuesday during a stop in Juno Beach. "People going to business is not what’s driving it."

DeSantis said the median age of people testing positive for the disease over the past two weeks has consistently ranged between 33 to 37.

"The number one cohort, by far, who have tested positive is that 25 to 34 age group," DeSantis said. "The clinical consequence of that are radically different than when you are talking about a resident of a long-term care facility, or when you are talking about somebody who may be in that 65 and up category, or who may have significant underlying medical issues.

A Miami Beach mask order took effect Tuesday and a similar order in Sarasota was scheduled to take effect Wednesday as Florida continues to see thousands of new cases of the virus, particularly among people under 40.

The latest one-day record was set on Saturday with 9,585 new cases following a string of records over the past two weeks. State officials suspended the consumption of on-premises alcohol at bars to slow the spread of the deadly disease.

Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and Monroe County all announced plans to close beaches over the holiday weekend.

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The total number of deaths from the new coronavirus in Florida rose to 3,505 from 3,447 a day earlier. State officials reported another 99 deaths in Florida of non-Florida residents.

Fourteen Florida counties reported 58 new deaths Tuesday. That compares with 28 deaths Monday, 29 new deaths Sunday, deaths 24 Saturday, 39 deaths Friday, 46 deaths Thursday, 45 deaths Wednesday and 65 deaths last Tuesday.

Miami-Dade County reported 16 new deaths. Broward County reported one new death. Palm Beach County reported seven new deaths.

Pinellas County reported 12 new deaths. Polk County reported five new deaths. Collier County and Hillsborough County each reported three new deaths.

Lee County, Orange County and Pasco County and St. Lucie County each reported two new deaths. Escambia County reported one new death as did Sarasota County and Volusia County.

Health officials reported 14,580 hospitalizations up from 14,354 hospitalizations over the previous 24-hour period. That represents an increase of 226 new hospitalizations.

Miami-Dade reported 36,820 cases of the virus as of Tuesday. Nearby Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, reported 15,624 cases. Palm Beach County, which includes West Palm Beach, reported 14,150 cases.

Those three South Florida counties account for a combined total of 66,594 cases — or about 44 percent of the total cases in the state. The percentage has declined from 59 percent on April 19 as other Florida counties account for a greater share of cases.

Florida had a 7.8 percent positive test rate for the virus Tuesday based on 1,946,510 tests. The percentage of positive cases has increased over the past two weeks.

Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, reported 10,752 cases. Orange County, which includes Orlando, reported 10,314 cases.

In an attempt to provide as much information to our readers as possible, Patch is publishing the following county-by-county breakdown of the coronavirus cases in Florida's 67 counties, along with the median age of patients, the number of hospital cases by county and the number of deaths.

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Patch updates this chart once each day based on data provided by the Florida Department of Health. The counties that reported new deaths on Tuesday are shown in bold.

Here is the most recent data:

County
Total Cases (includes nonresidents) Median Age (as of 6.25) Number of Hospital Cases (Florida residents)
Deaths By County (Florida residents)
1. Alachua County 1,197 30 93 12
2. Baker County 63 50 13 4
3. Bay County 384 42 35 4
4. Bradford County 83 53 13 2
5. Brevard County 1,793 39 110 17
6. Broward County 15,624 44 2,016 383
7. Calhoun County 76 78 8 6
8. Charlotte County 775 62 145 76
9. Citrus County 291 55 38 13
10. Clay County 713 54 103 34
11. Collier County 4,225 39 323 74
12. Columbia County 287 40 26 3
13. Miami-Dade 36,820 47 3,962 991
14. Desoto County 604 34 59 10
15. Dixie County 68 48
10 4
16. Duval County 6,207 37 350 64
17. Escambia County 1,952 44 92 45
18. Flagler County 310 54 29 5
19. Franklin County 6 65 0
20. Gadsden County 379 43
60 7
21. Gilchrist County 97 39 0
22. Glades County 175 36 14 1
23. Gulf County 23 48
2
24. Hamilton County 334 39 10 2
25. Hardee County 430 34 38 3
26. Hendry County 953 37
88 25
27. Hernando County 373
40 35 5
28. Highlands County 350 50 64 11
29. Hillsborough County 10,752 35 617 138
30. Holmes County 177 38 5
31. Indian River County 697 40 54 16
32. Jackson County 363 40 28 2
33. Jefferson County 49 56 9 4
34. Lafayette County 32 40 3
35. Lake County 1,302 42 108 22
36. Lee County 5,588 45 593 158
37. Leon County 1,114 27 49 8
38. Levy County 174 36 12 1
39. Liberty County 222 41 1 1
40. Madison County 195 46 6 3
41. Manatee County 2,856 43 264 130
42. Marion County 672 464 68 10
43. Martin County 2,055 38 173 25
44. Monroe County 259 52 21 4
45. Nassau County 182 43 18 1
46. Okaloosa County 666 40 59 6
47. Okeechobee County 377 33 30
48. Orange County 10,314 33 446 58
49. Osceola County 2,026 41 197 24
50. Palm Beach County 14,150
43 1,776 510
51. Pasco County 1,992 41 138 19
52. Pinellas County 6,487 39 654 166
53. Polk County 3,836 43 466 98
54. Putnam County 339 40 36 6
55. Santa Rosa County 593 39 29 9
56. Sarasota County 1,482 50 203 97
57. Seminole County 2,566 32 164 16
58. St. Johns County 948 45 64 7
59. St. Lucie County 1,724 45 163 47
60. Sumter County 345 65 48 17
61. Suwannee County 499 45 57 20
62. Taylor County 79 32 7
63. Union County 62 60 10 2
64. Volusia County 2,105 46 2131 57
65. Wakulla County 60 46 8 1
66. Walton County 245 46 26 9
67. Washington County 113 59 21 12
68. Unknown counties 145 59 0

This article originally appeared on the Sarasota Patch