Some Florida counties have been hit harder than others with COVID-19 related sickness and deaths. But even among the five counties with the most COVID deaths, there are quite a few differences.
This article analyzes the five Florida counties with the most deaths from COVID to date. Let's take a look.
Most Deaths: Miami-Dade County
According to the US Facts COVID tracking system, Miami-Dade County has the most deaths from COVID-19 to date (in Florida). Miami-Dade County has been the county with the most COVID infections and deaths throughout most of the pandemic, unfortunately. Miami-Dade County is a southeast county in Florida. It has a high population, though, of nearly three million people.
Total Cases: 497,726
Second Most Deaths: Broward County
Broward County comes in second for the most deaths from COVID-19. Although its deaths may seem like a lot less than Miami-Dade (and they are), Broward's population is also a lot lower. Broward County is shy of just two million residents.
Total Cases: 243,765
Third Most Deaths: Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County is the third county in Florida with the most deaths from COVID-19. Palm Beach County has a population of about one and a half million people. Considering it is half a million people less than Broward County, the amount of deaths in Palm Beach County is rather close to Broward's.
Total Cases: 146,960
Fourth Most Deaths: Hillsborough County
Hillsborough County is the fourth county with the most deaths from COVID-19. Hillsborough County has a population of one and a half million people as well. Its number of deaths is significantly lower than in Palm Beach County, even though the total number of cases is a similar amount.
Total Cases: 143,544
Fifth Most Deaths: Pinellas County
Pinellas County is the fifth county with the most deaths from COVID-19. Pinellas County has a population of approximately one million people.
Total Cases: 79,890
The Trend Between These Five
The lower the population in each county, the fewer cases and the fewer COVID-19 deaths. The more populous areas were obviously hit harder than less populated areas. To me, this makes sense, as a higher population means that the virus has a chance to spread more (access to more people).
According to Laura White, a biostatistican, having a dense population can definitely impact infection rates (although it is not the sole factor).
“It’s not a surprising conclusion to say that if you live in a dense urban area, it’s probably going to take a little bit more intervention to really reduce those contact rates."
Of course, experts also argue that population density is a small factor in infection rates. What do you think?
Are you surprised by any of the counties on this list?
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