Nikki Fried holds moment of silence for Floridians lost to COVID-19
Nikki Fried during a moment of silence to honor COVID-19 victims. Image via Colin Hackley.

At least 44,561 people have died in Florida with COVID-19.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried hosted a moment of silence Wednesday to remember the nearly 45,000 Floridians who have died with COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 44,561 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.

While the CDC still reports daily COVID-19 data for Florida, the state Health Department has reduced its reporting frequency to once a week. Fried now frequently reports the state data from the CDC, saying she’s doing the Governor’s job.

“We keep talking about these numbers that I report every single day, and there just needs to be a time when we sit back and we recognize how many of our fellow Floridians we have lost to this war,” Fried told reporters.

She noted the children, daughters, husbands, teachers, health care workers and more who have died as a result of the pandemic.

“Each of those losses is an unbelievable tragedy. These are our neighbors. They are loved members of our communities, our families, our churches and our schools,” Fried said in her remarks from the Cabinet Meeting Room.

The Commissioner, who is a Democratic candidate for Governor challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis, asked people to set aside the division in the country that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. She did not mention DeSantis during her broadcast remarks.

“We must grieve and remember together, as a collective,” Fried said.

But Fried did ask people to continue wearing masks and get vaccinated and to live with care and respect.

“I know that there’s nothing anyone can do that will bring these precious lives back. Please know that you are not alone. We are in this together,” Fried said.

Currently, the state is confirming record numbers of deaths each week. The number of COVID-19 deaths Florida reported over seven days through Sunday is more than ten times higher than what the state had reported in a single week as recently as early July.

Over the last three weeks, COVID-19 may have been the leading cause of death in Florida, surpassing heart disease and cancer. Florida averaged reporting more than 200 new COVID-19 deaths per day over that stretch of August — the worst period of mortality seen in the Sunshine State’s entire 18-month coronavirus pandemic.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at r[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Ron Ogden

    September 1, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    “We must grieve and remember together, as a collective,” Fried said.”

    A collective–WHATTT? Like a “collective farm”? The poor old thing has a bad case of hoof (pardon, “foot”) in mouth disease.

  • Alex

    September 1, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    She sounds like a real Governor.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 1, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Not here. Maybe Kalifornia, Illinois, Oregon, Washington State. No not here

      • Alex

        September 1, 2021 at 3:34 pm

        Oh i know.

        it’s filled with folks who’ve been in the news.

        “Florida man……(some insane thing they’ve done)”

        Jan. 1, 2015: Florida man trapped in unlocked closet for two days
        John Arwood, 31, and Amber Campbell, 25, thought they were stuck in a janitor’s closet at Daytona State College for two days — before realizing they could just open the door and walk out.

        June 8, 2017: Florida man desperate for ride to Hooters calls 911
        Jonathan Hinkle allegedly told 911 dispatchers he needed a ride to the provocative eatery to help his grandmother, who had fallen ill. Cops later learned the 28-year-old Merritt Island man’s granny was perfectly fine and Hinkle was arrested on charges of misusing 911.

        Aug. 21, 2019: Florida man arrested after botched castration surgery
        An elderly Florida man with a twisted castration obsession was busted for allegedly performing an at-home surgery on another guy — whom he met on a dark web fetish site, cops said. Van Ryswyk, 74, allegedly admitted he screwed up the back-alley surgery at his home in Sebring.

        And on and on.

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  • Tom

    September 1, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    MAy they Rest In Peace! God bless all souls and families.

    Frauds moment was a win for us.
    To not her here bloviate for a few minutes is a win for people everywhere. Nikki hold one every day for yourself please.

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    September 2, 2021 at 3:51 pm

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