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State's coronavirus deaths increase by 45 as toll passes 17,000 including nonresidents; cases up 4,651

Florida, Palm Beach County first-time daily positivity rates in 6 percent range
Posted at 11:25 AM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 22:35:24-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's coronavirus cases rose to 4,651 and deaths increased by a U.S.-high 45 – figures that are more than data from last Monday – as the total fatality toll passed 17,000 including nonresidents, the Florida Health Department announced Monday. Also, with daily tests dropping to 45,961, the state's first-time positivity rate increased from 5.77 percent to 6.47 with Palm Beach County going from 6.82 percent to 6.15.

The state considers rates above 5 percent in the "danger" threshold.

Data traditionally are lower from weekend information.

Monday's cases were 114 less than 4,865 on Saturday. But on Saturday, infections had dropped to 2,331, the only time in the past seven days they were below 4,000 and the lowest since 2,144 on Oct. 2. Friday's figure was 5,592, which was the the most since 6,352 on Aug. 15, not including two days' worth of data on Oct. 11 and 7,569 for one day on Sept. 1, which were both because of infection dumps.

Monday's cases were the most for that day of the week since 4,752 on Aug. 3. Last Monday, they increased by 3,377. On Monday, Sept. 29, the 738 cases were fewest since June 2 when there were 617 additional infections. Then, they then increased to 3,266 on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Although infections in Florida are trending upward like in most other states in the nation, new cases are exponentially lower than its U.S. daily high of 15,300 in July.

Palm Beach County's daily cases increased by 372 one day after 302. On Sept. 28, the rise was 27. Infections spiked in Broward by 495 and Miami-Dade by 948.

Sunday's 28 deaths were the lowest since 20 one Monday ago. One Sunday ago, they rose by 12, which was the least since 5 on Sept. 23.

The last time there was a triple-digit increase was 105 one week ago Wednesday, and they were last highest 141 on Thursday, Oct. 15. The record was 276 deaths on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Palm Beach County's deaths increased by 7 to 1,595, which is second to Miami-Dade and ahead of Broward after no increase Sunday.

Treasure Coast counties remained the same: St. Lucie at 336, Martin at 167 and Indian River at 125. Okeechobee rose by 2 to 40 with its first two fatalities on July 25.

Broward rose by 5 and Miami-Dade increased by 7.

With a net increase of 19 deaths in South Florida of the 45 state total, which is 42.2 percent, there are 7,463, which is 44.3 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, which is 241 days, the death toll has reached 16,834 for an average of 70 per day. Florida's total including nonresidents is 17,043, which increased by 1 to 209.

The number of deaths over one week is 385, an average of 55, compared with 428 the previous week.

Florida's total of 812,063 cases is nearly 9 percent of the total infections in the U.S., which passed 9 million Friday, though the state only comprises 6.5 percent of the population.

In one week cases have risen by 30,050 for an average of 4,293 at 3.8 percent. The previous week the increase was 25,286 with an average of 3,612. The average since the first case, which was 246 days ago, is 3,301 per day.

Cases passed 800,000 on Friday, 700,000 one month ago, Sept. 27, after going above 600,000 Aug. 23, 500,000 on Aug. 5, 400,000 on July 24, 300,000 on July 15, 200,000 on July 5, 100,000 on June 22.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state Sunday 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: 67 on Oct. 7.

The state report Monday identified 30 deaths with 15 previously reported cases added as a fatality for a net increase of 45.

Florida's first-time daily infection rate of tests reported by labs Sunday was the fifth time in 14 days it was 6 percent or more with the two-week high of 6.75 two days ago and a low of 3.66 Oct. 23. The state revised Sunday's tests figure from 5.32 to 5.77 percent.

Palm Beach County's first-time percentage has been 5 percent or above for four days in a row and 10 of 14 last days, including 5.77 one day ago that was revised from 4.32 reported Sunday with an influx of new tests. The most was 8.27 six days ago that was the highest since 8.81 on Aug. 10, not including a date dump when it was 8.68 two weeks ago. The lows were 2.68 on Aug. 18 and 2.68 on Aug. 23. It was 1.92 on Oct. 11, which was the smallest since 1.5 percent on May 19.

The state's total daily positivity rate for all tests increased to 8.38 percent on 45,961 tests from 7.38 on 123,894 tests one day earlier. The 14-day high was 8.01 Oct. 20 and the low was 4.64 Oct. 23. Only 20,987 tests were reported Sept. 27 and the record test total was 142,964 July 11.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 81 compared with 66 the day before. The state reported Monday there are currently 2,473 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is 116 more than Sunday.


Since June 16, Florida has climbed seven spots from 11th place in the nation to fourth. And the state is 10th in deaths per million.

Texas is in second place with the addition 20 deaths after a state-record 324 on Aug. 11, for a total of 18,097. California reported 5 Monday and is in third place with 17,672. New Jersey, which had been second throughout the pandemic, is in fifth place with 16,357, adding 3 fatalities.

It took 12 days for Florida's death toll to go from the 15,000 milestone to 16,000, the same to surpass that figure Oct. 7, but nine days to surpass 14,000 and eight to go past 12,000. 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. More than three months ago, July 20, there were 5,075 deaths.

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 increased by 34 deaths over seven days for 2.2 percent. The U.S. figure is 2.6 percent with the world at 4.0 percent.

Miami-Dade rose to 3,669 with 54 more in seven days. Broward is at 1,531 with the increase of 10 in a week. St. Lucie has gone up by 7 deaths compared with Martin by 3, Indian River by none and Okeechobee by 2.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 20 states, including Kentucky's 1,492 with 3 reported Monday.

Pinellas increased by 2 to 825 in fourth place, Hillsbourgh by 6 to 822 in fifth, Polk by 2 to 625 in sixth, Orange by 1 to 561 in seventh and Lee remained at 518 in eighth.


Since the first two cases were announced eight months ago on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 3.8 percent of the state's 21.48 million population with 812,063, third in the nation and ninth in cases per million.

California has the most cases in the U.S. at 930,628 with 4,092 more Monday. Texas had 3,982 and is second overall with 909,257. New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, is in fourth at 511,368 with an increase of 1,668. No. 34 Connecticut set a state record with 2,651.

In Palm Beach County, new cases have been much lower since the record 1,171 July 5. The total now is 53,151 including residents and nonresidents.

Miami-Dade's cases were 948 compared with 918 the day before and Broward's increase was 495 vs. 726. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise over one day was Martin 12 vs. 18, St. Lucie 34 vs. 50, Indian River 29 vs. 31 and Okeechobee 10 vs. 3.


The state is no longer listing a running total of Floridians tested or total tests. lists Florida with 10,126,764 total tests behind No. 1 California, No. 2 New York, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Illinois.

In Palm Beach County, the last time the first-time rate has been above 10.0 percent was 10.2 percent on Aug. 4.

Miami-Dade's rate decreased to 3.93 percent one day after 5.78, a two-week high of 5.88 seven days ago and a two-week low of 2.47 on Oct. 23. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 5.85 percent after5.65, a two-week high of 7.36 five days ago and a two-week low of 2.83 Oct. 23.

Elsewhere, St. Lucie's rate increased to 6.01 percent after 5.35 one day ago, a two-week high of 9.39 Oct. 20 and a low of 3.78 seven days ago. Martin's rate was 6.15 percent after 3.15, a two-week low of 2.44 Oct. 19 and a two-week high of 6.93 four days ago. Indian River's rate was 6.69 percent after 5.39, a two-week high of 8.8 Oct. 24 and a low of 3.34 on Oct. 19. Okeechobee's rate was zero percent on 32 negative tests after 10.66 on 109 negative tests, a two-week high of 15.66 on 70 tests Oct. 19 and a low of 1.15 on 172 negative tests Oct. 22.

Mortality rate

The mortality rate compares positive cases against deaths.

The state's rate was 2.1 percent for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 2.5 percent in the United States and 2.6 percent worldwide, which passed 1,211,000 deaths and passed 47.3 million cases Monday, according to

Palm Beach County's rate is 3.0 percent compared with Broward at 1.8 percent and Miami-Dade with 2.0 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 3.7 percent in St. Lucie, 3.1 in Martin, 3.2 percent in Indian River and Okeechobee 2.3 percent, which is the highest ever.

Florida has 784 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 716 per million. New York, which represents 14.5 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,732 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 155.4 per million.

Age breakdown

Five deaths are among youths 14 and under, a 6-year-old from Hillsborough, a 9-year-year old from Putnam, two 11-year-olds, a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward, as well as a 12-year-girl from Duval.

Four other juveniles are among the 32 deaths in the 15-24 class, including a 16-year-old girl in Miami-Dade, a 16-year-old girl in Lee, a 17-year-old boy in Pasco and a 17-year-old boy in Manatee. This class didn't change.

Ninety-eight people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus with an increase of 1.

A total of 5,390 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 18 in one day.

Ninety-three percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 61 percent are 75 and older. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive – 28 percent age 55 and older and 7 percent 75 and older.

At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 13,531 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 86, and 323 were hospitalized, which went up by 1. From ages 5-14, there are 35,689, an increase of 290, with 301 in the hospital at one time, which didn't change.

From the infant to 54 age group, there are 577,981 of the 801,371 residents' cases. In that group, 1,103 have died, with an increase of 2, for a 0.19 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 682,064 cases. A total of 2,958 have died, with 6 more, for a 0.43 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 12,733 with an increase of 63. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, increased by 40 to 8,637, followed by Boca Raton at 8,072 up from 8,007, Boynton Beach went to 4,682 from 4,659 and Delray Beach at 3,617 vs. 3,588. A total of 1,610 in the county not designated by a city. In addition, the list of cities includes separate listings of misspellings and miscoded counties.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 5,433, an increase of 28, followed by Fort Pierce at 3,106, up 5, and Stuart with 2,503, which rose by 3.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, increased by 2 to 436 compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 49,485 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 48,281 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 4,188 in Palm Beach County, with an increase of 6 compared with 7 the day before. Martin remained at 425, St. Lucie rose by 1 to 787, Indian River by 1 to 353 and Okeechobee stayed at 196.

Long-term care

Forty percent of the deaths, 6,786 are residents and staff of long-term care, including 723 in Palm Beach County, which is second most in the state behind 852 in Miami-Dade. The state increase was 15 and Palm Beach County went up by 1.


Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the national toll has risen to 231,507, a rise of 507, according to Johns Hopkins. has tabulated 236,997 deaths with an increase of 522.

Cases rose to 9,284,880, a rise of 77,905 behind a record 99,321 two days earlier, according to Johns Hopkins. COVID Tracking Project lists the case increase as 82,895 behind a record 97,080 two days before. has it at 88,905, behind a record 101,461 three days before.

Last Monday in the U.S., there were 481 more deaths and 66,798 cases.

The one week U.S. death increase was 5,797 at 2.5 percent.

New York has the most deaths in the nation at 33,357 with Johns Hopkins reporting 3 more after a high of 799 in April. Hopkins lists confirmed and probable deaths, with the latter not a positive case.

Among other states in the top 10 for deaths: No. 6 Illinois 18, No. 7 Massachusetts 10, No. 8 Pennsylvania 6, No. 9 Georgia 18 and No. 10 Michigan 17.

Also, No. 11 Arizona reported 1 death, as well as an additional 666 cases. No. 13 Ohio reported the second-most deaths in the nation, 37. No. 25, the original epicenter in the United States, reported 16.


The U.S. represented 9.2 percent of 5,706 additional deaths and 19.6 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total.

The one week world death increase was 46,608 at 4.0 percent.

Last Monday's death increase was 5,111.

Cases increased by 472,997, three days after a record 573,616, the 500,000 milestone five days ago and 400,000 one week ago Friday, according to

Brazil has been trending down in deaths and cases. The nation, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported 168 deaths to rise to 160,272. Brazil's record is 1,554 on July 29. The nation added 8,501 cases at 5,554,206 in third place.

India reported 47,231 new cases compared with a world-record 97,894, for second-place behind the U.S., with 8,229,313. Also, India recorded 496 deaths, behind a national-record 1,299, to rise to 122,607 and in third place.

Mexico announced 205 more deaths late Monday compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 92,100 in fourth place.

In Europe, coronavirus is surging at record cases levels and deaths that are the highest since the spring with nations instituting lockdowns. The continent reported 2,325deaths, 249,909 cases Monday, more than half the world cases total.

Four European nations are in the top 10. The United Kingdom reported 136 deaths with the daily high 1,172 for 46,853 in fifth place, as well as 18,950 cases one week after a record 26,688. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 233, and 22,253 cases, two days after a record 31,758. No. 7 France announced 416 deaths, as well as a record 52,518 cases. No. 8 Spain reported 127 deaths and 18,340 cases after a record 25,595 three days ago.

No. 9 Iran reported a record 440 deaths and 8,289 cases, behind the record 8,293 three day ago and No. 10 Peru added 56.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 1,655,038, including 18,257, one day after a record 18,665. The nation gained 238 deaths in 13th.

No. 22 Canada reported 29 deaths for a total of 10,208 and 3,422 cases, six days after a record 4,109. Between May 26 and Aug. 30 cases were never more than 1,000.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity" with no lockdown, reported no data since Friday and is at 5,938. Neighboring Norway reported zero deaths for the third day in a row to remain at 282, as well as 704 more cases.

No. 34 China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26, added 49 cases Tuesday.