Florida had nation’s worst COVID-19 death rate during summer surge
COVID-19 is deadlier this year than in 2020. Image via AP.

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Florida suffered the most deaths overall and per-capita.

The delta variant-driven summer surge of 2021 was deadlier in Florida than in any other state.

The latest federal COVID-19 reports covering the period since June 20 — which roughly coincided with the time the summer surge began — shows that more people have since been reported to have died of the disease in Florida than in any other state.

Florida’s per-capita rate of reported COVID-19 deaths also has been higher than any other state in the period, which covers though Wednesday.

Florida’s COVID-19 summer surge appears to be largely over, as the number of new confirmed cases has been plummeting for more than a month, and the number of deaths has been falling for a couple of weeks.

The same is mostly true nationally, though some states are seeing increases in their COVID-19 numbers. Most epidemiologists expect that cold states will see their surges peak during colder weather.

For now, as case and death numbers fall back toward where they were in June before the summer surge began, the mortality toll of the disease’s summer outbreak in Florida is coming into clear focus.

More people were reported to have died in Florida since June 20 than in any other state — more than Texas, California, or Arizona. Even when Florida’s large population is factored in, Florida’s per-capita death rate was worse than all other states’, including smaller Southern states that suffered harsh summer surges, such as Louisiana and Arkansas.

Florida Politics examined the Community Profile Reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that were released on June 21, which reported cumulative death data through June 20; and Thursday, which covered data through Wednesday.

Since June 20, 18,040 Floridians were reported to have died of COVID-19, according to the data.

In the same period, the second highest death toll was found in Texas, 14,032. California had the nation’s third highest COVID-19 death toll during that period, with 6,338 reported deaths; followed by Georgia, 5,307; and North Carolina, 3,472.

Since June 20, 84 out of every 100,000 Floridians were reported to have died of COVID-19, according to the CDC data. That rate, adjusting for Florida’s large population, is the worst in the nation.

The second highest per-capita rate was in Mississippi, where 81 deaths were reported per 100,000 people since June 20. The next highest per-capita death rates were Louisiana, 73; Alabama, 67; and Arkansas, 63.

Florida Politics also examined reported COVID-19 deaths by county.

Miami-Dade County suffered more reported deaths than any other county in the nation this summer, with 2,032 recorded since June 20.

Harris County, Texas, home to Houston, had the second-most reported COVID-19 deaths during the period, with 1,908, followed by Los Angeles County, California, with 1,741. Fourth worst nationally was Broward County, with 1,443 reported COVID-19 deaths during the period.

The CDC data covers more than 3,200 American counties and parishes.

Also among the 20 worst counties in the nation for summer COVID-19 deaths were Duval County, with 1,151 deaths reported; Palm Beach County, 1,050; Hillsborough County, 929; Polk County, 884; Pinellas County, 845; Brevard County, 738; Orange County, 692; Lee County, 684; and Marion County, 663.

On a per-capita basis, nearly all the worst counties in America were rural, low-population counties where a few tragic deaths disproportionately drove up mortality rates.

Among America’s 604 counties and parishes with at least 100,000 residents, the six counties with the worst death rates all were in Florida.

Marion County, with a population of 365,579, saw 663 COVID-19 deaths reported since June 20, for a rate of 181 deaths per 100,000 residents during that period. That was the worst in the nation for any county with at least 100,000 residents.

Citrus County reported COVID-19 deaths at the nation’s second highest rate for counties of at least 100,000, with a rate of 180 deaths per 100,000 residents. Hernando County was next at 173; followed by Bay County, 148; Clay County, 140; and Highlands County, 139.

Indian River County, Lake County, Brevard, Polk, Duval, Sumter County, and Pasco counties also had death rates among the 20 worst in the nation among counties with at least 100,000 people.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Professor Emeritus

    October 7, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Florid is still sitting on deaths from September so the final numbers will be even worse

    • Impeach Biden

      October 7, 2021 at 5:42 pm

      More people in the US have died from Covid in 2021 vs 2020 and we still have a few months to go. So are you gonna blame Biden for this?

      • max

        October 8, 2021 at 3:36 am

        First of all, over half of the US’s pandemic deaths so far happened BEFORE Biden’s inauguration; second, the states leading in fatalities since his inauguration have tended to be Republican-leaning states, so no, Biden is largely not to blame for that. There’s vaccines now, plus opportunities to wear masks and socially distance, so why should irresponsible people blame him for their own stupidity?

        • Alex

          October 8, 2021 at 7:32 am

          The GQP is desperate to be right about something, anything.


          • Impeach Biden

            October 8, 2021 at 9:07 am

            Look at the latest Quinnipiac poll that is published in the anti-Republican Sun Sentinel. People have no confidence in “Dementia” Joe. Look at the polling numbers on his handling of the Southern Border. Look at gas prices and inflation. People vote with their pocketbooks and the Biden administration economic policies are having a profound impact. We will sit back and watch the implosion. 2022 is right around the corner.

      • tjb

        October 8, 2021 at 7:45 am

        We have a governor who mocks Dr. Fauci advice, masks, and much of the science on how to prevent the spread of Covid. People like DeSantis only aid in prolonging the negative effects of Covid.

        • Tom

          October 10, 2021 at 6:14 pm

          Florida sees 83% Covid drop off, monoclonal centers save lives, shows brilliance from America’s Gov.

          Still no FDA Commish from this incompetent POTUS/WH team. 55% in poll call him incompetent.

          tjb, Fauci mocks himself with his inconsistency.

          Btw, More Covid deaths under Biden 21 than Trump 20.

          You haters have running out of hate and lies.

          America’s Governor strong!

          • tjb

            October 11, 2021 at 9:13 am

            Florida has 6.5% of the USA population, but it has 8% of the USA Covid deaths.
            DeSantis’s Florida leads the nation in the highest percentage of Covid death. Facts are not lies or hate.

      • Tom Palmer

        October 8, 2021 at 7:52 pm

        I’d blame the people who refuse to get vaccinated. Btw, in another post you cited a poll. I thought you people didn’t trust polls. Oh, yeah, just the ones that don’t reflect your opinion.

        • Tom

          October 10, 2021 at 6:23 pm

          Gallup and Quinnipiac are Dem leaning friendly polls.

          Biden has collapsed. His numbers are atrocious.

          60% African Americans reject his vaccine mandate. 69%Hispanics reject his policies. 35% independents support him only. Border and foreign policy approval 25%. Economy is 38%.
          It’s a raging fire.

          These incompetents turned DeSantis into America’s Gov and make Trump look good.

          He’s a joke.

          • Tjb

            October 12, 2021 at 10:19 pm

            Interesting fact Tom. Both Biden and Trump had the same approval rating in their first six months in office … 38%.

          • Tom

            October 13, 2021 at 7:55 am

            Yes, but not really same comparison. Trump had Russia, Russia fake news with special prosecutor appointed in May of 17.

            Biden had soft going til Aug. until he stepped on self with abandoning Afghanistan and continued south border mess. Peter H says no illegals entering, demented.

            Trump is polling more favorably now compared to Biden. Defeats him head to head, don’t tell socialist Alex.

            Biden’s numbers are approaching non recoverable territory. Atrocious.

    • Tom

      October 9, 2021 at 9:35 am

      Non professor with no tenure, You don’t have a clue.

      FYI to FP and the Manchurian who are haters. Covid had dropped over 80% in the state of Florida since late July/Aug.

      But hey, why share facts. Especially in light of HHS ( Bidens) outlining that focusing seniors with vaccinations was the right scientific approach at outset of availability.

      Who did so ? Oh that’s right America’s Governor, Gov Ron led the nation in holding events for seniors to do so.

      The facts and stats speak clearly. Gov Ron, America’s Governor followed the science and encouraged vaccines for the most vulnerable. And didn’t allow seniors to be sent back to nursing homes like Gov Cuomo of NY. Where many perished.

      Gov Ron led with science, Bidens HHS says so. Covid is down 83% due to his efforts offering monoclonal Renegeron. He and his WH didn’t even know bout it. When offered FDA complimented America’s Gov.

      Furthermore, Merck therapeutic was apparently withheld back earlier this year so as to not offer alternative.

      If true Disgraceful.

    • Tom

      October 10, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      You are a non professor liar.
      No one is sitting on any deaths you disgusting piece of human.

  • JmjUSA

    October 7, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    The babylon bee reports (they get more right in their faux world than many of these typists):
    Deaths are up in Florida as Scott Powers does his best snoopy dance for Joy!

  • Ocean Joe

    October 8, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Here’s a great idea for a political party: first, strongly support all the idiots who refuse to get vaccinated. Second, if you can’t sabotage our recovery from the pandemic, use the federal debt ceiling, which must be raised to pay bills and service debt we have already run up, as a weapon, even if it could tank the economy and immolate people’s investment accounts and savings. Third, if the physical and economic damage isnt enough, harp about our election process so you can undermine our faith in voting. And make sure nobody raises taxes back to 2016 levels on corporations many of which pay nothing. Ooops! One party has already done all that.

    • Alex

      October 8, 2021 at 7:22 am


      It’s pure desperation.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 8, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Here’s some cut n paste for you Alex. Yup this is the leader of the free world. Incoherent and incompetent all in one.


  • Impeach Biden

    October 8, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    September jobs report. What will be the spin from Sleepy today? Who will he blame this time? Will Psaki have to “Circle Back” on that one?

      • Tom

        October 9, 2021 at 9:40 am

        More lies from liar Alex.
        RCP is collective average.

        The last 70 days has POTUS had his numbers across the board in the mid 20’s, high 30’s on issues and overall approval Gallup and Quinnipiac, both Dem leaning pollsters in high 30’s to low 40’s.

        He’s in point of no return land.

      • Tom

        October 9, 2021 at 5:18 pm

        Jobs report Alex, you PUD.
        Biden Harris cause economic decline.
        Jobs lost, despair snd no hope.
        They make Trump look outstanding.
        Everybody had a job under Trump.
        3.5% employment. All sectors, all groups. Minorities, blue collar, middle class, college educated. Rising tide under Trump lifted all boats!
        Biden has the boat sink! !

  • Impeach Biden

    October 8, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    According to my independent polling. I am smoking you. By the way 69% of Hispanics polled are against the debacle going on at the Southern border as well. What day you? In less than one year the party is certainly over for Dementia and MIA Comma La.

    • Alex

      October 8, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      Your “independent” unsupported lies.

      Yes, you’re not only a racist, your a liar too.

      Just like DeAnus.

      • Impeach Biden

        October 8, 2021 at 1:14 pm

        It’s available for you to read but you ignore it. So “Walk Away” Biden takes no questions again today. So if the Latin’s polled don’t aren’t happy with the Border fiasco does that make them racist? You need to educate yourself

        • Alex

          October 8, 2021 at 1:25 pm

          I don’t care what your “independent” lies say.

          And the fact of the matter is most Americans don’t care what racist immigrant haters say, no matter where they’re from.

          It’s amusing how desperate you are to win one, and it shows.

          Keep trying racist liar, it’s fun watching you flail around.


          • Impeach Biden

            October 8, 2021 at 1:29 pm

            I’ve won every one. You are boring to me and and not a challenge. Stop patting yourself on the back 0-10 Alex.🤣

        • Alex

          October 8, 2021 at 1:48 pm

          I suppose you’ll claim your “independent” lies prove it.


          And you obviously haven’t spent much time around latinx’s, most hate other latins based on racial mix, and the rest hate based on national pride.

          Kinda like Trump’s “america first” bs.

          Yes, you fail again due to ignorance.

          Keep dancing puppet, you might get one eventually.

          • Tom

            October 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm

            Alex Is a proven liar. He is a socialist Manchurian. Everyone owns him.

            Scott Powers should be embarrassed he put his name on this.
            To over narrowly target a few months in a surge and offer it as if it has credence is shameful.

            This is a hit job by FP cause HUD acknowledged and admitted America’s Gov targeted and vaccinated intensely the seniors first!
            This came out yesterday. So we have the haters out today.

            Florida’s overall Covid deaths, numbers are still below the blue state tyrant Govs.

            Florida’s overall economy, offering monoclonal centers first, seniors being #1 in vaccine, all due to America’s Governors leadership is second to none. This incompetent WH, which had made Gov Ron a rock star can’t keep up.

            Fact: More Covid deaths this year compared to all of last.
            Fact: POTUS didn’t know about it.
            Fact: Still no FDA commish. 10 months in, in the midst of a pandemics
            Fact: POTUS Negative -13 in Florida or more. Which helps DeSantis.
            Fact: Mid term election will lead to net 40 plus GOP Repub pick up. They only need 5 net but will have size able. majority.

            Biden’s Dem leaning Quinnipiac polling is abysmal, brutal jobs report today only adds to it. Dem favored Gallup has Trump ahead of him. Biden’s upside down negative in 38 states.

            On border and immigration hex on the mid 20’s approval, unheard of. He’s in Nixon territory.

            They make Trump look brilliant.

            It’s a joke, giggles Harris laughs all the time. Cochin liberals are dreaming.

          • Impeach Biden

            October 8, 2021 at 3:09 pm

            Wow you really are dumb. This is another loss for the blowhard. I have lived in Dade and now Broward County for over thirty years now. I am intimately familiar with the culture of various countries, the language differences, pride, etc. You really are clueless. Gasoline is at a seven year high. That spells trouble for Joe “I take no questions” Biden.

          • Alex

            October 8, 2021 at 3:42 pm

            So you can’t explain your error, you just bluster and bullshit.


            Just admit you’re a racist and admit what we already know.

        • Alex

          October 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm

          If you believe that, you’re not only a racist and a liar, but crazy too.

          I established long ago you’re an ignoramus, so you’re now completely out of excuses.

          You’re pathetic.

      • Tom

        October 8, 2021 at 9:13 pm

        Not at all liar Alex.
        You are wrong on multiple fronts.

        69% of Hispanics oppose Biden.
        Over 60% of independents oppose Biden. Over 60% of African Americans
        Refuse the vaccine and he’s losing their support.

        His numbers according to Dem leaning Quinnipiac and Gallup are abysmal. On each issue he’s in the high 30’s or low to mid 20’s.

        Between Afghanistan & the southern border people oppose/reject his presidency over 2 1/2 to 1.

        It’s a total train wreck. Cignus poll has him upside down with disapproval in 38 states. He’s negative -13 in Florida.

        Inflation is 30 yr high.
        On the economy he’s below 40% before this abysmal jobs report today.

        What a joke. It’s a massacre.

        • tjb

          October 11, 2021 at 6:16 pm

          Florida has 6.5% of the USA population, but it has 8% of the USA Covid deaths.
          DeSantis’s Florida leads the nation in the highest percentage of Covid death on a per capita basis,

          • Tom

            October 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm

            Cali & New York, sorry.

        • tjb

          October 11, 2021 at 6:18 pm

          For a guy who often states that polls are BS, you are using a lot of polling data.

          • Tom

            October 13, 2021 at 6:33 am

            His, Biden’s numbers have cratered.
            It’s a across the board drop off of support. Every issue topic and every voting group.

            Falling into non recoverable territory. Mid 20’s approval on the southern border and Afghanistan. High 30’s on economy.
            Issue polls I don’t take issue with, head to head are always designed against Repubs. These pollsters are Democrat leaning and supportive.

            It is far reaching.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 8, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I have successfully countered all your BS arguments. The latest is that I am unfamiliar with the culture of Latin America. Not only do I live here with them in the melting pot of South Florida, I also work in many of those countries. Again you are clueless and your bag 💼 f tricks that have two words “racist and liar” won’t work with me.

    • Alex

      October 8, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      If you believe that, you’re not only a racist and a liar, but crazy too.

      I established long ago you’re an ignoramus, so you’re now completely out of excuses.

      You’re pathetic.

      • Impeach Biden

        October 8, 2021 at 4:14 pm

        Still clueless. Just like “Dementia” Joe.

        • Tom

          October 8, 2021 at 6:44 pm

          Yes Alex and all the Manchurian followers are tom a tons.

          Alex’s fake arguments.
          Trump, Trump, wah, wah.
          Racist, racist.
          Liar, liar.

          He’s a joke, I wiped the floor with him JD, Frankie, Lorraine, Hoffmann, Red Sonja and other manchurians. Peter H is a weasel Lincoln org predator.

          Good job Impeach Biden. He denounces everything but vaccines.
          Classic bully.

          HHS announced yesterday and affirmed Gov Ron’s success
          with targeting seniors with vaccine. Cause Gov Ron reads the science unlike the Dums and Alex.

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  • Coach Bill Havacheck, Wassamata U.

    October 10, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Boys, boys, boys, you have completely digressed from the discussion regarding the article about Covid deaths in Florida. I think we can all agree that “We’re Number One!” when it comes to Covid deaths, and I for one credit our Governor Ron DeSantis with much of the hard work it took to make us Number One.
    Like my second grade teacher, Sister Ellen de Genuflect, always said, “Give credit where credit is due.”

    • Tom

      October 10, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      No. U Ignorant fake newsier.
      Florida is not number one in Covid death. Are you illiterate.

      But under the liberal Dummycrat standard, Biden W H is number one in more deaths in 21, compared to ex POTUS in 20. Yes more Covid death in 21. Sorry to bust your liberal dumb ass cocoon bubble. Truth hurts pal!

    • Impeach Biden

      October 10, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Florida is no longer #1. Your post is dated today so please check your references.

      • tjb

        October 11, 2021 at 6:16 pm

        Florida has 6.5% of the USA population, but it has 8% of the USA Covid deaths.
        DeSantis’s Florida leads the nation in the highest percentage of Covid death on a per capita basis,

  • tjb

    October 13, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Tom, your statement that Covid is down by 83% because of monoclonal renegeron makes no sense.

    Monoclonal renegeron is a TREATMENT for people with Covid.

    Monoclonal Renegeron is NOT a PREVENTATIVE treatment that helps a person not to get Covid. Thus, it did NOT help to bring Covid down 83%.

    • Tom

      October 13, 2021 at 11:23 pm

      It’s kept people out of hospitals.
      So are you saying monoclonal has no impact?

      It’s reduced Covid, tjb.
      Are you kidding me. Florida’s Covid had plummeted overall by over 83%.
      Get over it. Move on.

      • tjb

        October 14, 2021 at 11:48 am

        It doesn’t reduce Covid, Tom. Monoclonal is a treatment that prevents possible death once the person has COVID. There is a difference between preventative medicine and treatment therapy, Flordia still leads the nation in COVID deaths on a per capita basis.

        • Tom

          October 16, 2021 at 10:41 am

          You are nitpicking, cherry picking.
          4 or 5 other states have moved ahead of Florida collectively.

          Collectively, Florida’s numbers are collapsing for better. 83% drop off.

          Monoclonal saves hospitalizations.
          It saves death preventively and serious illness.

          You and the rest are causing misinformation. Therapeutics are helpful and minimize illness. Merck is a tablet.

          Stop acting like people who vaccine don’t recatch it. I am not anti vaccine.

          Of course, besides fake Russia hoax, Trump, you guys don’t want to discuss anything else. Nominate a FDA commish, my God.

          It’s a 100 yr pandemic. No one knows better. Fauci has failed!

          I don’t blame you. It’s awful for you.
          I’ve walked, visited the DC memorial for Covid. Have you? Alex? Weasel peter h?

          Don’t lecture me. DeSantis in balance has done a very good job for all of Florida. Not blue state tyrants. Peeps in Florida know that.

        • Tom

          October 16, 2021 at 9:41 pm

          It stops hospitalization tjb.
          It prevents death.
          My goodness are you leftists ever satisfied.

          More Covid death in 21 compared to 20. So it’s Biden’s fault under leftists mindset.

          DeSantis brought Covid down significantly. Saved Florida.

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