Nearly half of COVID-19 cases reported in Florida are in Miami-Dade, Broward

Florida’s youngest patient is 6-year-old boy

CDC COVID-19 testing (WDIV)

MIAMI – Florida’s list of positive COVID-19 cases continues to grow on Wednesday.

John Hopkins epidemiologists report the sunshine state stands only behind clusters in Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, Washington and New York.

The latest public Florida Department of Health data shows this is largely in part because of the growing spread in South Florida.

State data shows 49.68% of Florida cases confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection were reported out of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Public health officials reported the CDC had confirmed 314 cases in Florida and 80 of those were in Broward and 76 were in Miami-Dade.

The patients’ age range in Miami-Dade is 18 to 88 years old. In Broward, it’s 19 to 93 years old. In Fort Lauderdale, authorities were working to contain a deadly spread at Atria Willow Wood, a senior living community.

In Florida, a 6 -year-old child was diagnosed with COVID-19, 43% of the patients are 10 to 49 years old, and 56% of the patients are 50 to 80 years old, state data shows.

As of 11:50 a.m., officials reported seven COVID-19 patients had died this month in Florida.

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