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State's cases rise by 15,431, second highest for single day; deaths increase by 98

Florida's daily first-time positivity rate rises slightly from 12.54% to 12.74, Palm Beach County down from 11.81% to 10.83
Posted at 2:47 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 11:25:08-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 15,431, compared with 11,256 the day before and the second-highest single-day increase, as deaths went up by 98, which was 5 less than Monday, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday afternoon.

Tests reported from labs Monday were 138,399 one day after 104,077 and four days after a record 218,333. The state's daily first-time positivity rate was 12.74 percent compared with 12.54 one day ago and a record 23.20 seven days ago. The two-week low was 8.0 on Dec. 23 and 8.01 on Dec. 24. Palm Beach County's rate was 10.83 percent one day after 11.81, seven days after a record 19.88 with the two-week low 6.13 on on Dec. 25.

The state's total daily positivity rate was 14.33 percent one day after 14.71, seven days after a record 26.324 and a two-week low of 9.93 Dec. 23, the only time it was under 10 percent in two weeks. 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.

The number of cases reported from labs Monday were 15,193, which is the fourth most since the pandemic. This figure is different than the 15,431 increase because of an update from the day before.

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 a 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 cases 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 21.7 percent of the additional cases were in Miami-Dade: 3,347. Much fewer were Palm Beach County with 564 after 796 the day before, with Broward 1,173, St. Lucie 133, Martin 54, Indian River 83 and Okeechobee 18.
Florida's cases rose Wednesday by 13,871, which at the time was the highest since July.

Florida's cases reached 1,392,123 with only No. 1 California, No. 2 Texas and No. 4 New York also reporting more than 1 million.

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.

Over seven days, cases have risen by 99,871 for an average of 14,267 at 7.7 percent. The previous week the increase was 69,237 for an average of 9,891. The average since the first case, which was 311 days ago, is 4,476 day.

Florida's cases are 6.5 percent of the total infections in the U.S., which passed 19 million seven days ago and 20 million Thursday. The 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 6.4 percent of the state's 21.48 million population, 26th in cases per million. In average cases per 100,000 over the last seven days, Florida is in 23rd at 62.5 with California No. 1 at 112.1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After the first two deaths in Florida were announced on March 6, which is 305 days, the death toll has reached 22,188 for an average of 73 per day -- fourth behind No. 1 New York, Texas and California. Florida's total including nonresidents is 22,515, which rose by 2 to 327.

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.

Last Tuesday's increase was 101 .

The increase of 137 Wednesday tied with Monday, Dec. 14 for most since 141 on Oct. 15.

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 increased by 2 to 1,923 after 112. First-place Miami-Dade increased by 1 to 4,257 and Broward is third at 1,881 with 1 more.

St. Lucie rose by 5 to 414, Martin by 1 to 211 and Indian River remained at 162. Okeechobee stayed at 54 with its first two fatalities on July 25.

With a net increase of 10 deaths in South Florida of the 98 state total, there are 8,904, which is 40.1 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

The number of increased deaths over one week is 779, an average of 111 and 3.7 percent, compared with 655 the previous week. Palm Beach County increased by 50 deaths over seven days for 2.9 percent. The U.S. figure is 5.5 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: 98 on Dec. 9.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 377 compared with 173 one day ago. The state reported Tuesday there are currently 7,342 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is an increase of 105 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.


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 1,870.

Fourth-place Hillsborough County rose by 1 to 1,093, Pinellas rose by 7 to 1,086 in fifth place, Polk by 18 to 809 in sixth, Orange by 12 to 763 in seventh, Duval by 2 to 755 in eighth and Lee by 2 to 682 in ninth.


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 lists Florida with 16,196,076 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 10.96 percent one day after 11.0, a two-week high of 24.40 seven days ago and a two-week low of 6.9 Dec. 23 then 6.94. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 10.49 one day after 10.42, with a two-week high of 24.49 seven days ago and a two-week low of 5.99 Dec. 23 then 6.0 Dec. 24.

St. Lucie's rate was 13.07 percent one day after 14.43 with a two-week high of 35.0seven days ago and a low of 8.75 Dec. 25. Martin's rate was 11.51 percent one day 8.31, three days after a two-week high of 11.01 and a two-week low of 5.44 Dec. 23. Indian River's rate was 12.24 percent one day after 15.54, a two-week high of 26.42 seven days ago and a two-week low of 8.66 Dec. 22. Okeechobee's rate of 35.71 percent on 36 negative tests was one day after 20.59 on 54 negative tests, seven days after a record 70.0 on 6 negative tests and low of 6.25 on 210 tests Dec. 25. On Nov. 1 it was zero percent on 31 negative tests.


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 passed 1,875000 deaths and passed 86.8 million cases Tuesday, according to

County rates: Palm Beach County 2.2 percent (-0.1), Broward 1.3, Miami-Dade 1.4, St. Lucie 2.7, Martin 2.6, Indian River 2.2 and Okeechobee 2.2.

Deaths per million: Florida 1,034, U.S. 1,101, world 240.5. In the U.S., that means roughly 1 in 1,000 people died from a coronavirus cause. New York, which represents 10.9 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,989 per million. Six months ago New York was 25.6 percent of the U.S. deaths.


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 35 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: 122 people with no change with a rise of 1.

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: 7,057 people 85 and older, an increase of 32 in one day.

Infant to 4: 24,706 cases, an increase of 334, and 422 were hospitalized, which rose by 2. Ages 5-14: 73,379 cases, an increase of 1,150, with 387 in the hospital at one time, which rose by 3.

Infant to 54 age group: 980,256 of the 1,367,778 residents' cases. In that group, 1,379 have died with an increase of 7 for a 0.14 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 1,160,068 cases. A total of 3,802 have died, with 19 more, for a 0.33 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities at 20,819 with an increase of 123. No. 2 Boca Raton rose by 236 to 14,714. No. 3 Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, went up by 61 to 12,864. No. 4 Boynton Beach is at 8,182 from 8,126. No. 5 Delray Beach at 6,481 vs. 6,419.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 9,835, rising 81, followed by Fort Pierce at 5,176, with an increase of 43, and Stuart at 3,856, a rise of 33.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, rose by 1 to 666 with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 63,882 people in the state have been hospitalized compared with 62,141 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

Palm Beach County: 5,152 with 24 more compared with 8 the day before. Martin rose by 2 to 559, St. Lucie by 8 to 1,078, Indian River by 1 to 528 and Okeechobee by 5 to 255.


Thirty-eight percent of the deaths, 8,333, are residents and staff of long-term care with increase of 26. Palm Beach County is second at 838, with a rise of 4. Miami-Dade leads with 910.



Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the national toll has risen to 357,258 Tuesday, an increase of a record 3,775, surpassing the previous mark by 5 six days ago, according to Johns Hopkins. Twenty-two states reported at least 50 more deaths.

Weekly changes: The one-week death increase was 18,690 at 5.5 percent. The increase one week ago Tuesday was 3,732.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 New York: had an increase of 143 deaths to rise to 39,742 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 250 at 28,219. No. 3 California: increase of U.S.-high 368 four days after a state-record 585 deaths at 27,003. No. 5: New Jersey: increase of 138 at 19,382.

Among states in top 10, including No. 6 Illinois 126, No. 7 Pennsylvania 185, No. 8 Michigan 189, No. 9 Massachusetts 63, No. 10 Georgia 66.

Also with at least 50, including two states with records: No. 18 Missouri with 263 and No. 11 Arizona 253, plus No. 15 Tennessee 143, No. 13 Indiana 142, No. 12 Ohio 104, No. 24 Wisconsin 95, No. 25 Mississippi 91, No. 22 Virginia 59, No. 16 North Carolina 55, No. 19 Maryland 54, No. 14 Louisiana 50. No. 29 Washington, the original U.S. epicenter, 59.


Infections increased to 21,046,195 Tuesday with a rise of 230,216, three days after a record 299,087 and four days after passing 20 million, according to Johns Hopkins. The increase one Tuesday ago was 202,145.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 California at 2,452,334 with U.S.-high 31,440 after U.S.-record 53,711 Dec. 16. No. 2 Texas 1,626,568 with 26,543 seven days after record 26,990. No. 4 New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, 1,041,028 with 12,666 five days after record 16,802. No. 5 Illinois at 991,719 with 6,839 after what was a U.S. record 15,415 on Nov. 13.

Twenty-sixstates reported at least 2,000 cases, including No. 8 Pennsylvania 8,818, No. 7 Georgia 6,102, No. 19 Alabama 5,498, No. 11 Arizona 5,932, No. 12 New Jersey 5,400, No. 9 Tennessee 5,399, No. 10 North Carolina 5,285, No. 23 Louisiana 4,454, No. 20 Virginia 4,377, No. 18 Massachusetts 4,178, No. 30 Arkansas 4,107, No. 14 Indiana 3,477, No. 21 Colorado 3,458, No. 15 Wisconsin 3,403, No. 26 Utah 3,318.


The U.S. represented 25.5 percent of 13,872 deaths increase Tuesday, six days after a record 15,191, and 19.5 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 78,741 at 4.4 percent. One week ago Tuesday, the deaths were 14,129.

Cases: Increased by 685,258, five days after a record 760,601 with 600,000 passing for the first time Nov. 5, 500,00 for the first time Oct. 28 and 400,000 for the first time on Oct. 15. One Tuesday ago, the cases were 626,642

No. 2 Brazil: 1,186 deaths for a total of 197,777 compared with record of 1,554 on July 29. Cases: 57,447, behind a record 70,869 on July 29, with total third at 7,812,007.

No. 3 India: 201 deaths, compared with a national-record 1,299, to rise to 149,850 and in third place. Cases: 16,375 compared with a record 97,859, and is second in the world, with 10,356,844.

No. 4 Mexico: 1,065 deaths, just 27 from the record 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 128,822 in fourth place. Cases: 11,271 after record 12,511 Dec. 23.

Europe: Coronavirus is surging at record cases levels and deaths that are the highest since the spring with nations instituting lockdowns. The continent reported 5,036 new deaths and 233,360 cases.

Five European nations are in the top 10. No. 5 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter, reported 649 deaths after a record 993 Dec. 3 and 15,378 cases after record 40,896 on Nov. 13. No. 6 United Kingdom 830 deaths, behind the record 1,166 April 21, as well as record 60,916 cases. No. 7 France 420 deaths after 932 on Nov. 13 that was the most since a record of 1,437 in April, as well as 20,489 cases after a record 86,852 on Oct. 31. No. 8 Russia 518 deaths after record 635 Dec. 24 and24,246 cases after record 29,935 Dec. 24 and fourth overall with 3,284,384. No. 10 Spain 120 deaths and 16,343 cases with the infection record 22,822 Oct. 27.

Also, No. 14 Germany reported 528 deaths six days after record 1,129 and 8,070 cases, behind the record of 31,553 Dec. 18.

No. 9 Iran: 98 deaths after a record 486 on Nov. 16. Cases: 6,113 after a record 14,051 Nov. 27.

No. 22 Canada: 159 deaths, seven days after record 257 for a total of 16,233 and 7,222 cases two days after record 11,373.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity" 32 deaths and is 8,985. Neighboring Norway rose by 3 deaths 452 for fourth day in a row, as well as 420more cases.

China: the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and dropped to 43rd behind Greece. China added 32 cases Wednesday.

South Korea: 20 deaths Wednesday, after record 40 deaths Dec. 29 for a total of 1,027 plus 839 new cases, behind the record of 1,241 Dec. 25.

Japan: record 78 48 deaths for a total of 3,769, including 13 on a cruise ship, and record 4,915 cases.