Though vaccine distribution is well underway across the United States, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 34,256,300 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.
In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, located in Florida, a total of 955,738 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 15,743 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 10,471 cases per 100,000 people.
The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.
The broader Miami metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Miami-Dade County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 533,821 infections in Miami-Dade County, or 19,658 for every 100,000 people.
Not only does Miami-Dade County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Miami area, it also has more deaths attributable to the virus per capita than the metro area as a whole. There have been a total of 238 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Miami-Dade County, compared to 205 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area.