How to Travel Safely in Florida During the Pandemic

How to Travel Safely in Florida During the Pandemic

How to Travel Safely in Florida During the Pandemic

We know the vaccine for covid-19 is here, but immunity for most people is still months away. The best travel season for Florida will soon be here. You need to know how to visit great destinations safely!

There are 67 counties in Florida. Over half of them are relatively safe from covid-19 infections. All of the “safe” counties listed below are under 50 new cases per day for the whole county. Most have under 20. Compared with Pinellas County, our home county, that is less than one-fourth the daily average of new cases here. A further comparison to our highest infection rate county in Florida, Dade County, which averages about 1230 new cases per day, many of our safe counties average less the one percent of the worst.

The point is, it may be safer for most people to travel safely to areas in Florida, rather than stay home!

Our 36 safe counties include places of great historical significance, waterfront locations we all love, some of Florida’s best state parks, probably over 100 springs Florida is known for and famous tourist destinations. Travelers love places like Apalachicola in Franklin County, Cedar Key in Levy County, Panama City Beach in Washington County and Punta Gorda in Charlotte County. Even our arguably most famous destination in Florida, Key West and the Florida Keys, has relatively few cases at an average of only 16 new cases per day in the last week of January.

Am I suggesting that anyone that is over 75 or a person that has any type of immune compromising illness travel? Absolutely not. However, covid-19 has proven not to be a significant illness to healthy people. Is it worth the risk? My question is, would it be just as risky to stay in a county that has hundreds of cases per day or one that has one tenth of that? Everyone ventures out for gasoline, food, dining, drug store and their proverbial lottery tickets! Would you rather be safer in your location to run these errands or a place with few infections?

The information below is based on Florida’s Dashboard of Covid-19 information. Counties that are not mentioned in the two lists below are ones that have higher case averages (50 or more per day), but still less than the “unsafe” counties. Counties are listed along with a large or significant city in the region. The locations run from the panhandle of Florida to the Keys. Have some fun and look them up. Plan a day trip in Florida or stay a few days.

Safer Counties in Florida

Baker – Taylor
Bay – Panama City Beach
Bradford – Starke
Calhoun – Clarksville
Charlotte – Punta Gorda
Citrus – Crystal River
Columbia – Lake City
Desoto – Arcadia
Dixie – Cross City
Flagler – Palm Coast
Franklin – Apalachicola
Gadsden – Quincy
Gilchrist – Trenton
Glades – LaBelle
Gulf – Port Saint Joe
Hamilton – Jasper
Hardee – Zolfo Springs
Hendry – Harlem
Highlands – Sebring
Holmes – Bonifay
Jackson – Marianna
Jefferson – Monticello
Lafayette – Avon
Levy – Cedar Key
Liberty – Wilma
Madison – Madison
Martin – Indiantown
Monroe – Keys and Key West
Okeechobee – Okeechobee
Sumter – The Villages
Suwannee – Live Oak
Taylor – Perry
Union – Raiford
Wakulla – Sopchoppy
Walton – DeFuniak Springs
Washington – New Hope

Unsafe Counties Based on High New Case Numbers
Broward – Ft. Lauderdale
Dade – Miami
Duval – Jacksonville
Hillsborough – Tampa
Lake – Mount Dora
Lee – Fort Myers
Leon – Tallahassee
Manatee – Bradenton
Palm Beach – West Palm Beach
Polk – Lakeland
Seminole – Orlando
Volusia – Deltona-Sanford

All the above information is based on Florida’s Covid-19 Dashboard of daily new cases at:

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