Since the first death attributable to COVID-19 was reported in the United States on Feb. 29, 2020, an estimated 612,973 Americans have died — and as the delta variant spreads, that number continues to grow.
Adjusting for population, there have been a total of 187 COVID-19-related deaths for every 100,000 Americans nationwide. In Florida, deaths attributable to the coronavirus per capita are about as common than they are nationwide. Across the state, 40,167 people have died from the coronavirus, equal to about 189 deaths for every 100,000 people. Of all states — and Washington D.C. — Florida has the 25th highest death rate per capita.
Any number of factors contribute to variations in COVID-19 fatalities per capita across the United States. One of them is the per capita infection rate. Although the number of deaths attributable to the virus per capita is about as high in Florida than it is nationwide, COVID-19 infections per capita are not.
To date, there have been 2,782,060 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida, equal to 13,062 infections per 100,000 people — compared to 10,950 infections per 100,000 people nationwide.
Though it is not always the case, states with higher than average COVID-19 deaths per capita are often also home to larger high-risk populations. One such group is retirement-age Americans, who are at least 90 times more likely to die from the virus if infected than those in the 18 to 29 age group. In Florida, 20.9% of the population are 65 and older. Nationwide, 16.5% of the population fall into that age group.