Florida’s COVID-19 Death Totals Are Far Higher Than Reports Indicate, Local Officials Say
The official count of people who have died in Florida so far from coronavirus stands at 163, according to record-keeping from the New York Times. However, the true totals could be significantly higher.
According to reporting from Sun Sentinel, medical examiners in three Florida counties — Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach — say they’re still waiting on test results from nearly 60 individuals who have died in recent days. The bodies were flagged as having possibly died as a result from COVID-19.
Testing backlogs and shortages of kits remains an overwhelming hurdle for the Sunshine State.
Earlier this week on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis, following several weeks of pressure from others to do so, finally announced a stay at home order for the entire state of Florida — but not after college spring breakers enjoyed festivities on the beaches and other similar events potentially spread the disease more.
Before DeSantis had made the decision, Florida was the only state in the country with more than 5,000 documented cases that hadn’t issued out such an order. As of Friday, more than 250,000 cases have been identified across the entire U.S., with more than 6,600 deaths documented as a result of the disease as well.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump warned the nation that the total number of people who die from coronavirus was about to spike. Overall, when all is said and done — and only if everyone practices social distancing measures, which several states are not yet implementing — between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could perish from the disease.
“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump said about the potential death toll. “We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks. This is going to be a very painful, very, very painful two weeks.”