Special Report

This is the Worst COVID-19 Hot Spot in Florida

The U.S. has reported more than 30.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 7, 2021. More than 550,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 — the highest death toll of any country.

The virus has spread throughout the country in a way that has been difficult to predict, surging in one region, then showing signs of improvement, and then reappearing in other regions. Though local outbreaks may ebb and flow, the current surge in cases has been felt nearly nationwide, leading to new travel restrictions and business closures around the country.

Nationwide, there were an average of 18.7 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans in the week ending Apr. 7, 2021. Cumulatively, the U.S. has reported 9,315.1 cases per 100,000 Americans, and 168.8 deaths per 100,000 Americans.

The extent of the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to vary considerably from state to state, and even from county to county. Even as the number of daily new cases is flattening or even declining in some parts of the country, new cases are surging at a growing rate in others.

The coronavirus has spread to different parts of the country in different stages throughout the pandemic. In the spring, the worst hit states were in the Northeast, as New York City became the epicenter of the nation’s crisis. The virus spread to states throughout the Sun Belt in the summer, and hit states in the Midwest and West during the fall. Now, nearly every state is categorized as a COVID-19 hotspot, according to definitions based on new cases per capita from the nonprofit health organization Kaiser Family Foundation.

In Florida, there were an average of 23.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the week ending Apr. 7, 2021. The Florida case growth rate ranks as the 13th highest of all 50 states.

While the nation’s largest counties were hit hardest in the early months of the pandemic, nearly every county has suffered from the coronavirus. Outbreaks can occur quickly in places where large numbers of people tend to congregate, leaving counties with colleges, correctional facilities, and nursing homes particularly at risk.

In Miami-Dade County, there were an average of 42.2 new confirmed cases per day per 100,000 residents in the week ending Apr. 7, 2021 — the highest rate of any county in Florida. Since the pandemic began, the county has reported 452,086 confirmed cases, or 16,648.3 cases per 100,000.

There have been 5,917 deaths, or 217.9 deaths per 100,000 residents.

To determine the county in each state with the highest rate of daily cases of the virus, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked counties according to the average new number of cases per 100,000 residents per day during the week ending Apr. 7, 2021. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates.

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

No. County Population New daily cases per 100,000 Total cases Total deaths Cases per 100,000 Deaths per 100,000
1 Miami-Dade County 2,715,516 42.2 452,086 5,917 16,648.3 217.9
2 Broward County 1,909,151 35.8 218,308 2,701 11,434.8 141.5
3 Volusia County 527,634 30.0 39,067 727 7,404.2 137.8
4 Osceola County 338,619 28.8 40,237 487 11,882.6 143.8
5 Hillsborough County 1,378,883 27.5 123,840 1,621 8,981.2 117.6
6 Orange County 1,321,194 27.1 125,733 1,198 9,516.6 90.7
7 Monroe County 76,325 25.7 6,535 49 8,561.7 64.2
8 Lee County 718,679 25.2 63,608 923 8,850.7 128.4
9 Palm Beach County 1,446,277 24.6 133,647 2,672 9,240.8 184.8
10 Manatee County 373,853 24.3 35,300 636 9,442.2 170.1
11 Collier County 363,922 23.4 32,986 505 9,064.0 138.8
12 Charlotte County 176,954 23.0 11,803 393 6,669.9 222.1
13 Seminole County 455,086 23.0 30,587 470 6,721.2 103.3
14 DeSoto County 36,399 22.8 4,108 86 11,286.9 236.3
15 Polk County 668,671 22.6 62,030 1,267 9,276.7 189.5
16 Sarasota County 412,144 22.2 29,863 791 7,245.8 191.9
17 Pinellas County 957,875 22.0 73,471 1,560 7,670.2 162.9
18 Pasco County 510,593 21.5 37,034 697 7,253.1 136.5
19 St. Johns County 235,503 21.5 21,374 203 9,076.0 86.2
20 Flagler County 107,139 21.4 6,780 100 6,328.1 93.3
21 Okeechobee County 40,572 21.1 3,780 86 9,317.1 212.0
22 Lake County 335,362 20.4 27,043 611 8,063.9 182.2
23 Levy County 39,961 20.0 3,150 44 7,882.2 110.1
24 Hernando County 182,696 19.3 12,617 443 6,906.1 242.5
25 St. Lucie County 305,591 17.5 24,302 594 7,952.4 194.4
26 Martin County 157,581 16.6 11,517 309 7,308.3 196.1
27 Sumter County 120,999 16.2 8,885 261 7,343.1 215.7
28 Brevard County 576,808 16.2 37,737 814 6,542.5 141.1
29 Highlands County 102,101 16.2 7,770 323 7,610.5 316.4
30 Alachua County 263,148 15.6 23,624 259 8,977.6 98.4
31 Indian River County 150,984 13.4 11,841 284 7,842.4 188.1
32 Marion County 348,371 12.9 29,311 926 8,413.6 265.8
33 Citrus County 143,087 12.4 10,419 433 7,281.5 302.6
34 Duval County 924,229 12.3 93,253 1,314 10,089.8 142.2
35 Hardee County 27,228 12.2 2,926 39 10,745.1 143.2
36 Walton County 65,858 11.7 7,379 83 11,204.7 126.0
37 Columbia County 69,105 11.6 7,893 163 11,422.5 235.9
38 Gilchrist County 17,615 11.1 1,501 38 8,520.3 215.7
39 Putnam County 72,766 10.8 6,074 135 8,347.9 185.5
40 Leon County 288,102 10.1 30,457 310 10,571.7 107.6
41 Clay County 207,291 9.9 17,490 329 8,437.4 158.7
42 Calhoun County 14,444 9.9 1,664 42 11,520.0 290.8
43 Baker County 27,785 9.8 3,383 61 12,175.4 219.5
44 Escambia County 311,522 9.4 35,010 669 11,238.3 214.8
45 Jefferson County 14,105 8.8 1,434 25 10,165.3 177.2
46 Gulf County 16,055 8.8 1,921 42 11,965.7 261.6
47 Santa Rosa County 170,442 8.3 17,834 278 10,463.5 163.1
48 Hendry County 40,127 8.3 4,485 77 11,175.9 191.9
49 Dixie County 16,437 7.6 1,557 22 9,471.8 133.8
50 Nassau County 80,578 7.1 8,010 120 9,940.1 148.9
51 Okaloosa County 200,737 7.0 19,827 353 9,877.2 175.9
52 Washington County 24,566 6.9 2,680 50 10,907.4 203.5
53 Wakulla County 31,877 6.9 3,264 55 10,238.9 172.5
54 Liberty County 8,365 6.7 1,057 16 12,631.2 191.3
55 Hamilton County 14,269 6.6 1,594 23 11,170.4 161.2
56 Jackson County 48,472 6.1 6,077 155 12,538.1 319.8
57 Bradford County 26,979 5.7 2,928 55 10,851.6 203.9
58 Suwannee County 43,924 4.9 5,231 135 11,909.1 307.3
59 Gadsden County 46,017 4.5 5,548 90 12,056.8 195.6
60 Union County 15,239 4.3 1,778 71 11,667.5 465.9
61 Holmes County 19,430 3.8 2,217 47 11,411.5 241.9
62 Madison County 18,474 2.9 2,036 44 11,021.7 238.2
63 Glades County 13,363 2.8 929 19 6,948.5 142.2
64 Franklin County 11,736 2.7 1,297 17 11,049.2 144.9
65 Lafayette County 8,744 2.5 1,608 25 18,388.8 285.9
66 Bay County 182,482 0.7 19,483 375 10,676.7 205.5
67 Taylor County 22,098 0.5 2,697 45 12,202.6 203.6