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Florida's cases rise by record 19,816; deaths' 164 increase is most in 3 months

Daily first-time positivity rates drop: Florida fromc12.6% to 11.6, Palm Beach County from 11.45 to 10.25
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Posted at 2:50 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 10:26:01-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's coronavirus cases rose by a one-day record of 19,816, shattering the mark one day earlier of 17,783, including 1,169 in Palm Beach County, just 2 behind the record, as deaths increased by 164, tying for the most since Oct. 11, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday afternoon.

Tests reported from labs Wednesday were 193,251 one day after 158,308 and six days after a record 218,319. The state's daily first-time positivity rate was 11.6 percent compared with 12.6 one day ago and a record 23.28 Dec. 28. The two-week low was 8.02 each on Dec. 24. Palm Beach County's rate was 10.25 percent one day after 11.45 and after a record 19.94 Dec. 28 with the two-week low 6.13 on on Dec. 25.

The state's total daily positivity rate was 13.15 percent one day after 14.26, a record 26.34 Dec. 28 and a two-week low of 10.32 Dec. 24. The previous high was 24 percent on April 15. Only 20,987 tests were reported Sept. 27.

The state considers anything above 5 percent in the danger threshold.

Florida's cases reached 1,429,722 with only No. 1 California, No. 2 Texas, No. 4 New York and No. 5 Illinois also reporting more than 1 million.

Cases surpassed 1.4 million Wednesday, taking 9 days to rise 100,000. It took 10 days for cases to go from 1.2 million to 1.3 million, 9 days to record more than 100,000, 10 days to pass 1.1 million, 12 days to surpass 1 million, 13 days to exceed 900,000. The first 100,000 was on June 22.

The number of new cases were 19,473, which is different than the 19,816 increase because of an update from previous days.

On Wednesday, cases increased by a record 17,783. The number of cases reported from labs Tuesday were 17,342, which is different than the 17,783 increase because of an update from previous days.

The increase cases reported Tuesday were 15,431 with the new ones 15,174.

The most reported cases in one day were 20,015 from labs Thursday. With no data released on New Year's Day, those results were part of a two-day total of 29,767 and an increase of 31,518.

Florida closed out the year Thursday with an original record increase of 17,192 cases in one day with that new cases at 16,616.

For months, the record for increase was 15,300 on July 12 with new infections 15,220.

Monday's increased cases were the most for that day of the week since 12,624 on July 13. The rise on Monday, Dec. 21 was 11,015.

The 7,391 infections one week ago Sunday were the fewest since 6,659 on Nov. 30 and the 77 deaths were the lowest since 74 on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

A total of 17.60 percent of the additional cases were in Miami-Dade: 3,373. Much fewer were Palm Beach County with 1,169, just 2 behind the record on July 12, after 844 the day before, with Broward 1,611, St. Lucie 307, Martin 112, Indian River 127 and Okeechobee 34.

For new cases Palm Beach County reported 11,64.

Florida's cases rose last Wednesday by 13,871, which at the time was the highest since July.

Over seven days, cases have risen by 106,407 for an average of 15,201 at 8.0 percent. The previous week the increase was 75,769 for an average of 10,824. The average since the first case, which was 313 days ago, is 4,568 day.

Florida's cases are 6.6 percent of the total infections in the U.S., which passed 21 million Tuesday. 1The state comprises 6.5 percent of the U.S. population.

Since the first two cases were announced nine months ago on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 6.7 percent of the state's 21.48 million population, 28th in cases per million. In average cases per 100,000 over the last seven days, Florida is in 23th at 67.4 with New Jersey No. 1 at 136.7, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After the first two deaths in Florida were announced on March 6, which is 307 days, the death toll has reached 22,481 for an average of 73 per day -- fourth behind No. 1 New York, Texas and California. Florida's total including nonresidents is 22,814, which rose by 6 to 333.

Florida was among 12 states with triple-digit increases of deaths Thursday when the record was set for the most deaths at 4,051.

The state passed 21,000 deaths one Saturday ago. It took 9 days to increase 1,000 to pass 20,000 residents' deaths, 12 days to pass 19,000 deaths. It was 49 days for Florida's death toll of residents to reach the first 1,000 yet it was only 40 days to more than double. On July 20, there were 5,075 deaths.

Wednesday's increase was 129 and last Thursday's increase was 127.

Last Wednesday's rise was 137, which tied with Monday, Dec. 14 for most in a single day since 141 on Oct. 15. The record is 276 on Aug. 11.

Since October there were more deaths than Thursday's increase but they were for two days of data: 178 Oct. 11 and 217 on Saturday.

Until Florida's increase of 120 deaths Dec. 14, they had remained under 100 since 105 on Oct. 21. The record was 276 deaths on Aug. 11. One day after Thanksgiving, 109 deaths were reported for two days of data.

Palm Beach County rose by 10 to 1,933 after none the day before. First-place Miami-Dade increased by 37 to 4,297 and Broward is third at 1,897 with 7 more.

St. Lucie rose by 7 to 424, Martin by 2 to 213 and Indian River by 3 to 166. Okeechobee stayed at 54 with its first two fatalities on July 25.

With a net increase of 66 deaths in South Florida of the 164 state total, there are 8,984, which is 40.0 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

The number of increased deaths over one week is 808, an average of 115 and 3.7 percent, compared with 678 the previous week. Palm Beach County increased by 52 deaths over seven days for 2.8 percent. The U.S. figure is 5.6 percent with the world at 4.4 percent.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state and not the number of deaths that occurred then. The day someone dies and when it is received by the state can lag for several days. The most deaths the past month: 100 on Dec. 17.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 383 compared with 439 one day ago. The state reported Thursday there are currently 7,335 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is an increase of 33 in one day. On Monday, it went above 7,000 for the first time since 7,144 on Aug. 7. It passed 5,000 on Dec. 15. The high of 9,520 was on July 21 though the state didn't begin posting data until July.

DEATHS

Since June 16, Florida has climbed seven spots from 11th place in the nation to fourth. And the state is 22nd in deaths per million.

The 21 deaths reported Sunday Nov. 1 were lowest since 20 on Monday, Oct. 26.

Deaths have had upward and lower trends since the pandemic in Florida. A few months ago they were averaging more than 1,200 a week with one-week figures earlier in the mid 200s.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 16 states, including Rhode Island at 1,910.

Pinellas rose by 8 to 1,114 in fourth place, ahead of Hillsborough County, which rose by 8 to 1,110, with Polk by 7 to 821 in sixth, Orange by 1 to 777 in seventh, Duval by 7 to 767 in eighth and Lee by 4 to 695 in ninth.

CASES

Cases have been trending up in the state.

On Monday, Sept. 29, the 738 cases were fewest since June 2 when there were 617 additional infections.

The last lowest rise was 6,659 on Nov. 30.

TESTING

Worldometers.info lists Florida with 16,310,438 total tests behind No. 1 California, No. 2 New York, No. 3 Texas with Illinois fifth.

Florida first-time daily infection percentage has been below 10 percent all but six days over two weeks.

Palm Beach County's rate of 5.78 Dec. 13 was the first time it was under 6 percent since 5.78 on Nov. 27. The rate was 1.92 on Oct. 11, which was the smallest since 1.5 percent on May 19.

Miami-Dade's rate was 10.21 percent one day after 10.23, a two-week high of 24.48 Dec. 28 and a two-week low of 6.96 Dec. 24. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 10.51 one day after 10.51, with a two-week high of 24.58 Dec. 28 and a two-week low of 6.01 Dec. 24.

St. Lucie's rate was 16.54 percent one day after 18.43with a two-week high of 35.0 Dec. 28 and a low of 8.77 Dec. 25. Martin's rate was 10.89 percent one day after 11.42 percent, a two-week high of 11.02 two days ago with a two-week low of 60.09 four days ago. Indian River's rate was 11.13 percent one day after 14.9, a two-week high of 26.42 Dec. 28 and a two-week low of 10.2 Dec. 26. Okeechobee's rate of 10.66 percent on 285 negative tests was one day after 36.49 on 94 negative tests, after a record 70.0 on 6 negative tests Dec. 287 and low of 6.54 on 200 tests Dec. 25. On Nov. 1 it was zero percent on 31 negative tests.

MORTALITY

The mortality rate compares positive cases against deaths. The state's rate was 1.6 percent for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 1.7 percent in the United States and 2.2 percent worldwide, which neared 1,906,000 deaths and passed 88.4 million cases Thursday, according to Worldometers.info.

County rates: Palm Beach County 2.2 percent, Broward 1.3, Miami-Dade 1.4, St. Lucie 2.7, Martin 2.6, Indian River 2.2 and Okeechobee 2.1.

Deaths per million: Florida 1,047, U.S. 1,127, world 244.5. In the U.S., that means roughly 1 in 1,000 people died from a coronavirus cause. New York, which represents 10.7 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 2,012 per million, the first time it was more than 2,000. Six months ago New York was 25.6 percent of the U.S. deaths.

AGE BREAKDOWN

Five deaths are among youths 14 and under, including a 6-year-old from Hillsborough, two 11-year-olds, a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward. The class hasn't changed since Sept. 26.

Four other juveniles are among the 34 deaths, with no increase, in the 15-24 class, including a 16-year-old girl in Miami-Dade. The class was 33 since Sept. 25.

Ages 25-34: 125 people with no change with a rise of 3..

55 and older: 94 percent of fatalities with 62 percent 75 and older. A smaller percentage tested positive – 28 percent age 55 and older and 7 percent 75 and older.

85 and older: 7,139 people 85 and older, an increase of 55 in one day.

Infant to 4: 25,519 cases, an increase of 449, and 30 were hospitalized, which rose by 4. Ages 5-14: 75,986 cases, an increase of 1,465, with 391 in the hospital at one time, which rose by 1.

Infant to 54 age group: 1,005,976 of the 1,404,374 residents' cases. In that group, 1,397 have died with an increase of 11 for a 0.14 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 1,174,268 cases. A total of 3,847 have died, with 24 more, for a 0.32 percentage.

CITIES

West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities at 21,26 with an increase of 277. No. 2 Boca Raton rose by 194 to 15,044. No. 3 Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, went up by 203 to 13,103. No. 4 Boynton Beach is at 8,380 from 8,256 No. 5 Delray Beach at 6,627 vs. 6,526.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 10,148, rising 166, followed by Fort Pierce at 5,340, with an increase of 102 and Stuart at 3,939, a rise of 39.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, rose by 11 to 687 with only 3 on May 31.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

A total of 64,704 people in the state have been hospitalized compared with 62,868 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

Palm Beach County: 5,184 with 14 more compared with 21 the day before. Martin rose by 1 to 562, St. Lucie by 12 to 1,092, Indian River by 13 to 545 and Okeechobee by 5 to 263.

LONG-TERM CARE

Thirty-eight percent of the deaths, 8,415, are residents and staff of long-term care with increase of 43. Palm Beach County is second at 842, with a decrease of 6. Miami-Dade leads with 911.

NATION

Deaths

Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the national toll has risen to 365,208 Thursday, an increase of a record 4,095 surpassing the mark one day earlier of 3,865, according to Johns Hopkins. Twenty states reported at least 50 more deaths.

Weekly changes: The one-week death increase was 19,349 at 5.6 percent. The increase one week ago Thursday was 3,400.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 New York: had an increase of 193 deaths, the most since 198 on May 19, to rise to 39,105 compared with a daily high of 799 in April, according to Johns Hopkins tracking. Hopkins includes probable deaths, meaning there was no positive coronavirus test, with New York state only using confirmed deaths but New York City probable ones. No. 2 Texas: increase of 393, the most except for data dump of 689 on July 27, at 28,938. No. 3 California: increase of U.S.-high 583, sixdays after a state-record 585 deaths at 28,045. No. 5: New Jersey: increase of 123 at 19,646.

Among states in top 10, including No. 6 Illinois 177, No. 7 Pennsylvania 265, No. 8 Michigan 176, No. 9 Massachusetts 71, No. 10 Georgia 65.

Also with at least 50, including No. 11 Arizona with a record 297, plus No. 16 North Carolina 137, No. 15 Tennessee 111, No. 36 Nebraska 108 (no explanation of number), No. 12 Ohio 94, No. 23 Alabama 86, No. 13 Indiana 81, No. 8 Connecticut 57, No. 26 Colorado 52, No. 20 South Carolina 51. No. 29 Washington, the original U.S. epicenter, 29.Wednesday.

Cases

Infections increased to 21,574,043 Thursday with a rise of 274,703, five days after a record 299,087 and four days after passing 20 million, according to Johns Hopkins. The increase one Thursday ago was 229,067.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 California at 2,518,611 with U.S.-high 36,385 after U.S.-record 53,711 Dec. 16. No. 2 Texas 1,666,487 with 19,598 after record 26,990 Jan. 29. No. 4 New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, 1,075,312 with record 17,636. No. 5 Illinois passed 1 million at 1,008,045 with 8,757 after what was a U.S. record 15,415 on Nov. 13.

Thirty-one states reported at least 2,000 cases, including records by No. 10 North Carolina with 10,398 and No. 12 New Jersey 6,314. Other high numbers: No. 6 Ohio 10,251, No. 11 Arizona 9,913, No. 8 Pennsylvania 9,000, No. 14 Indiana 7,344, No. 18 Massachusetts 7,136, No. 7 Georgia 7,105, No. 20 Virginia 5,379, No. 19 Alabama 5,046, No. 28 Kentucky 4,911, No. 25 Utah 4,597, No. 13 Michigan 4,015, No. 16 Missouri 3,983, No. 22 South Carolina 3,935, No. 23 Louisiana 3,922, No. 15 Wisconsin 3,791, No. 24 Oklahoma 3,781, No. 21 Colorado 3,473, No. 31 Nevada 3,402, No. 29 Washington 3,353, No. 30 Arkansas 3,323, No. 34 Connecticut 3,304, No. 22 Mississippi 3,255.

Worldwide

The U.S. represented 28.5 percent of 14,771 deaths increase Thursday, after a record 15,201 Dec. 30, and 19.6 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total.

Weekly changes: The one-week death increase was 79,498 at 4.4 percent. One Thursday ago, the deaths were 13,835.

Cases: Increased by record 832,934 cases, the first time more than 800,000 with 600,000 passing first Nov. 5, 500,00 for the first time Oct. 28 and 400,000 for the first time on Oct. 15. One Thursday ago, the cases were 760,607.

No. 2 Brazil: 1,455 deaths for a total of 200,498 compared with record of 1,554 on July 29. Cases: record 87,134, surpassing the former mark of 70,869 on July 29, with total third at 7,961,673.

No. 3 India: 222 deaths, compared with a national-record 1,299, to rise to 150,336 and in third place. Cases: 20,346 compared with a record 97,859, and is second in the world, with 10,395,278.

No. 4 Mexico: 1,0444 deaths one day after record 1,165 for a total of 131,031 in fourth place. Cases: record 13,734.

Europe: Coronavirus is surging at record cases levels and deaths that are the highest since the spring with nations instituting lockdowns. The continent reported 5,031 new deaths and 263,506cases.

Five European nations are in the top 10. United Kingdom moved past Italy into fifth place with 1,162 newly reported deaths, just 4 behind the record of 1,166 April 21, as well as 52,618 cases one day after a record 62,322. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter, reported 414 deaths after a record 993 Dec. 3 and 18,020 cases after record 40,896 on Nov. 13. No. 7 France 276 deaths after 932 on Nov. 13 that was the most since a record of 1,437 in April, as well as 21,703 cases after a record 86,852 on Oct. 31. No. 8 Russia 506 deaths after record 635 Dec. 24 and 23,541 cases after record 29,935 Dec. 24 and fourth overall with 3,332,142. No. 10 Spain 123 deaths and 16,850 cases with the infection record 22,822 Oct. 27.

Also, No. 13 Germany reported 1,059 deaths after record 1,244 Dec. 29 and 27,989 cases, behind the record of 31,553 Dec. 18.

No. 9 Iran: 103 deaths after a record 486 on Nov. 16. Cases: 6,360 after a record 14,051 Nov. 27.

No. 22 Canada: 210 deaths after record 257 Dec. 29 for a total of 16,579 and 8,334 cases four days after record 11,373.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," 32 deaths and is at 9,262. Neighboring Norway rose by 1 death to 467, as well as 826 more cases.

China: the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and dropped to 43rd behind Greece. China added 53 cases Friday.

South Korea: 35 deaths Friday, after record 40 deaths Dec. 29 for a total of 1,081 plus 672 new cases, behind the record of 1,241 Dec. 25.

Japan: 65 deaths on day after record 78 for a total of 3,899, including 13 on a cruise ship, and record 7,570 cases, one day after previous marks of 6,001 one day ago and 4,915 two days ago.