Special Report

COVID-19: How Cases in the Port St. Lucie, FL Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

The U.S. reported over 1,325,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending September 14, bringing the total count to more than 40.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 655,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 46.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 47.0 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

The Port St. Lucie, FL metro area consists of St. Lucie County and Martin County. As of September 14, there were 13,382.9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Port St. Lucie residents, roughly in line with the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 12,636.9 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Port St. Lucie metro area, St. Lucie County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of September 14, there were 14,172.7 cases per 100,000 residents in St. Lucie County, the most of any county in Port St. Lucie, and far greater than the county with the lowest incidence. In Martin County, there were 11,829.1 cases per 100,000 residents — the least of any county in Port St. Lucie.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Port St. Lucie metro area, unemployment peaked at 14.0% in April 2020. As of May 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 5.4%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Port St. Lucie, FL metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Florida where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 14 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 14 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of September 14 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of September 14 per 100,000 residents
33100 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 6,090,660 1,201,743 19,730.9 15,334 251.8
29460 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 686,218 119,325 17,388.8 1,941 282.9
37860 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 488,246 83,916 17,187.2 1,236 253.2
37460 Panama City, FL 182,161 30,856 16,938.9 589 323.3
45220 Tallahassee, FL 382,197 64,164 16,788.2 645 168.8
27260 Jacksonville, FL 1,503,574 247,135 16,436.5 3,563 237.0
18880 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 272,056 44,130 16,220.9 576 211.7
15980 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 737,468 118,175 16,024.4 1,429 193.8
36740 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,508,970 390,857 15,578.4 4,133 164.7
36100 Ocala, FL 353,526 52,583 14,873.9 1,461 413.3
34940 Naples-Marco Island, FL 371,453 53,980 14,532.1 713 191.9
45300 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,097,859 450,067 14,528.3 6,502 209.9
23540 Gainesville, FL 323,799 46,259 14,286.3 461 142.4
35840 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 803,709 113,835 14,163.7 1,875 233.3
42700 Sebring-Avon Park, FL 103,437 14,415 13,936.0 453 437.9
42680 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 153,989 20,765 13,484.7 446 289.6
38940 Port St. Lucie, FL 472,012 63,169 13,382.9 1,269 268.8
37340 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 585,507 75,852 12,954.9 1,446 247.0
19660 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 646,288 83,561 12,929.4 1,264 195.6
26140 Homosassa Springs, FL 145,169 18,641 12,840.9 612 421.6
39460 Punta Gorda, FL 181,067 21,135 11,672.5 471 260.1
45540 The Villages, FL 125,044 13,433 10,742.6 389 311.1