As the delta variant spreads, new daily cases of COVID-19 are on the rise once again in much of the United States.
Since the first known COVID-19 case was identified in the U.S. on Jan. 21, 2020, there have been a total of about 36,099,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States — or 11,034 for every 100,000 people.
In Florida, the infection rate is far higher than the national average. Since the first known case of COVID-19 was reported in Florida on Mar. 1, 2020, there have been 2,827,469 total infections in the state — or 13,275 for every 100,000 people. Of all 50 states and Washington D.C., Florida ranks No. 8 by cumulative COVID-19 cases, adjusted for population.
Just as COVID-19 infections are more concentrated in Florida, so too are deaths. So far, there have been 40,528 COVID-19 related deaths in Florida, or 190 for every 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the national COVID-19 death rate stands at 188 per 100,000 Americans.
Florida implemented strict measures early in the pandemic to help slow the virus’s spread. On April 3, 2020, Florida implemented a temporary statewide stay-at-home order to limit person-to-person contact.