UPDATED: This Map Shows Where and Who Coronavirus Has Hit the Hardest in Florida

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Graphic via Desiree Tapia for the Americano

By Giselle Balido

April 1, 2020

Confirmed new cases continue to spike, as local and state officials claim that social distancing measures are working. 

Florida’s new confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped by 1,204, according to the state’s Department of Health, bringing the total number to 48,675. Of those, 47,381 were found among residents of the state and 1,294 among non-residents.

Mapping out the 48,675 cases as of May 22

The number of fatalities grew by 48, raising the total to 2,144. More than 50 percent of the new cases and deaths were in South Florida, the hot zone for the novel coronavirus.

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This makes the daily total of new cases the highest since April 17, but according to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, this increase is due to the state receiving “another big dump” of more than 50,000 test results.

Positive Cases by Exposure

Traveled: 2,075

Had contact with a confirmed case: 22,171

Traveled and had contact with a confirmed case: 1,950

Under investigation: 16,366

Numbers Are at Issue

Despite the evidence of a growing number of cases and deaths reported daily by the Florida Department of Health, local and state officials have insisted that the data signals social-distancing measures are working.

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Moreover, Rebekah Jones, the woman who created and designed Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard, was fired Tuesday after publicly sharing her concerns about the Florida Department of Health’s commitment to “accessibility and transparency.”


Jones said that her “commitment to [accessibility and transparency]” is the reason she was fired. She also warned, “I would not expect the new team to continue the same level of accessibility and transparency that I made central to the process during the first two months.”

The numbers of new cases and fatalities may be undercounted, as the health department may take up to two weeks to report the number of positive results from private labs. Similarly, the number of fatalities issued by the Medical Examiner’s Office has consistently been 10% higher than reported.


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