NewsLocal NewsCoronavirus


State's deaths rise by 103, toll passes 22,000 residents; cases up 11,256

Daily first-time positivity rates rise: Florida from 12.43% to 12.52, Palm Beach County from 7.58% to 11.74
Posted at 2:44 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 10:55:10-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 11,256, the most for a Monday since July and compared with 10,603 the day before, as deaths increased by 103 with the death toll passing 22,000 residents, which was nine days after the 21,000 milestone, the Florida Department of Health announced Monday afternoon.

Tests reported from labs Sunday were 104,014 one day after 96,331 and three days after a record 218,197. The state's daily first-time positivity rate was 12.52 percent compared with 12.43 one day ago and a record 23.09 six days ago. The two-week low was 7.99 on Dec. 23 and 7.99 on Dec. 24. Palm Beach County's rate jumped to 11.74 percent one day after 7.58, five days after a record 19.83 with the two-week low 6.12 on on Dec. 25.

The state's total daily positivity rate was 147 percent one day after 14.02, six days after a record 26.32 and a two-week low of 9.92 Dec. 23, the only time it was under 10 percent. 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.

After the first two deaths in Florida were announced on March 6, which is 304 days, the death toll has reached 22,090 for an average of 73 per day -- fourth behind No. 1 New York, Texas and California. Florida's total including nonresidents is 22,415, which rose by 2 to 325.

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.

Florida, New York and Tennessee were the only states reporting triple-digit increases.

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.

Florida closed out the year Thursday with a record increase of 17,192 cases in one day, shattering the mark of 15,300 on July 12, as deaths rose by 127, which was 10 less than the day before.

No information was released on New Year's Day. Other dates with no data were Christmas, Thanksgiving and Saturday, Oct. 10, when there was a data discrepancy problem. On the day after Thanksgiving, Florida reported 109 deaths and 17,344 cases over two days.

State testing sites also were closed Friday.

On Saturday, the two days of data were a record increase of 31,518. Fatalities were 217. In total new cases each day (not increase from before), there were a record 20,015 reported Thursday from labs and 9,752 Friday for a total of 29,767.

Three states reported more deaths than Florida on Sunday, all in triple digits, including California with a U.S.-high 181

Last Monday's increase was 96 . The 7,391 infections one week ago Sunday were the fewest since 6,659 on Nov. 30 and the77 deaths were the lowest since 74 on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

A total of 20.6 percent of the additional cases were in Miami-Dade: 2,525. Much fewer were Palm Beach County with 796 after 507 the day before, with Broward 883, St. Lucie 115, Martin 65, Indian River 97 and Okeechobee 10.

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

Florida's cases reached 1,376,692 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 96,515 for an average of 13,788 at 7.5 percent. The previous week the increase was 67,596 for an average of 9,657. The average since the first case, which was 310 days ago, is 4,440 day.

Florida's cases are 6.6 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, 27th in cases per million. In average cases per 100,000 over the last seven days, Florida is in 23rd th at 58.5 with California No. 1 at 98.8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Deaths rose by 127 Thursday after 137 Wednesday, 101 on Tuesday.

The increase of 137 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 12 to 1,921 after 1. First-place Miami-Dade increased by 5 to 4,256 and Broward is third at 1,882 with 10 more.

All three Treasure Coast counties remained unchanged: St. Lucie at 409, Martin at 210 and Indian River at 160. But Okeechobee rose by 3 to 54 with its first two fatalities on July 25.

With a net increase of 30 deaths in South Florida of the 103 state total, there are 8,894, which is 40.3 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

The number of increased deaths over one week is 782, an average of 112 and 3.7 percent, compared with 628 the previous week. Palm Beach County increased by 55 deaths over seven days for 2.9 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: 108 on Dec. 5.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 173 compared with 184 one day ago. The state reported Monday there are currently 7,237 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is an increase of 271 in one day and 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 1,855.

Fourth-place Hillsborough County rose by 2 to 1,092, Pinellas rose by 13 to 1,079 in fifth place, Polk stayed at 791 in sixth, Orange by 1 to 751 in seventh, Duval by 12 to 753 in eighth and Lee by 5 to 680 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 16,095,888 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 10.97 percent one day after 13.07, a two-week high of 24.29 six days ago and a two-week low of 6.89 Dec. 23 then 6.94. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 10.45 one day after 10.94, with a two-week high of 24.43 six days ago and a two-week low of 5.99 Dec. 23 then 6.0 Dec. 24.

St. Lucie's rate was 14.62 percent one day after 16.65with a two-week high of 34.78 six days ago and a low of 8.75 Dec. 25. Martin's rate was 8.28 percent one day 6.47, two days after a two-week high of 11.03 and a two-week low of 5.44 Dec. 23. Indian River's rate was 15.52 percent one day after 16.93, a two-week high of 26.42 six days ago and a two-week low of 8.66 Dec. 22. Okeechobee's rate of 20.59 percent on 54negative tests was one day after 14.13 on 79 negative tests, six 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 neared 1,861,000 deaths and passed 86.1 million cases Monday, according to

County rates: Palm Beach County 2.3 percent, Broward 1.3, Miami-Dade 1.4, St. Lucie 2.7 (-0.1), Martin 2.6 (-0.1), Indian River 2.2 (+0.1) and Okeechobee 2.2 (+0.1)

Deaths per million: Florida 1,029, U.S. 1,093, world 238.6. 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 1,982 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: 121 people with no change with a rise of one.

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: 7,025people 85 and older, an increase of 36 in one day.

Infant to 4: 24,372 cases, an increase of 216, and 422 were hospitalized, which rose by 2. Ages 5-14: 71,432 cases, an increase of 797, with 384 in the hospital at one time, which rose by 1.

Infant to 54 age group: 969,029 of the 1,352,222 residents' cases. In that group, 1,372have died with an increase of 6 for a 0.14 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 1,137,519 cases. A total of 3,783 have died, with 11 more, for a 0.33 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities at 20,696 with an increase of 181. No. 2 Boca Raton rose by 103 14,478. No. 3 Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, went up by 122 to 12,805. No. 4 Boynton Beach is at 8,126 from 8,054. No. 5 Delray Beach at 6,419 vs. 6,355.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 9,754, rising 73, followed by Fort Pierce at 5,133, with an increase of 42, and Stuart at 3,833, a rise of 33.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, rose by 6 to 665 with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 63,505 people in the state have been hospitalized compared with 61,663 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

Palm Beach County: 5,128 with 8 more compared with 14 the day before. Martin rose by 1 to 557, St. Lucie by 6 to 1,070, Indian River by 1 to 527 and Okeechobee by 3 to 250.


Thirty-eight percent of the deaths, 8,307, are residents and staff of long-term care with increase of 27. Palm Beach County is second at 834, 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 353,483 Monday, an increase of 1,903 three days after a record 3,750, according to Johns Hopkins. Twelve states reported at least 50 more deaths.

Weekly changes: The one-week death increase was 18,647 at 5.6 percent. The increase one week ago Monday was 1,718.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 New York: had an increase of a U.S.-high 184, the most since 198 on May 19, deaths to rise to 38,599 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 52 at 27,969. No. 3 California: increase of 97 three days after a state-record 585 deaths at 26,635. No. 5: New Jersey: increase of 38 at 19,244.

Among states in top 10: No. 6 Illinois 79, No. 7 Pennsylvania 66, No. 8 Michigan 80 (two days(, No. 9 Massachusetts 60, No. 10 Georgia 7.

Also with at least 50: No. 15 Tennessee 143, No. 17 Connecticut 69 (two days), No. 11 Ohio 67, No. 28 Arkansas 51. Also, No. 12 Arizona 3 and No. 29 Washington, the original U.S. epicenter, 22.


Infections increased to 20,817,140 Monday with a rise of 180,477, two days after a record 299,087 as many states reported two days of data, according to Johns Hopkins. The increase one Sunday ago was 150,479.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 California at 2,430,894 with U.S.-high 29,633 after U.S.-record 53,711 Dec. 16. No. 2 Texas 1,598,713 with 15,976 six days after record 26,990. No. 4 New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, 1,035,139 with 11,209 four days after record 16,802. No. 5 Illinois at 984,880 with 5,059 after what was a U.S. record 15,415 on Nov. 13.

Twenty-four state reported at least 2,000 cases, including No. 6 Ohio 5,942, No. 10 North Carolina 5,187, No. 11 Arizona 5,158, No. 13 Michigan 4,992 (two days), No. 34 Connecticut 4,516 (two days), No. 18 Massachusetts 4,358, No. 7 Georgia 4,030, No. 9 Tennessee 3,953, No. 20 Virginia 3,771, No. 14 Indiana 3,630, No. 22 South Carolina 3,492, No. 8 Pennsylvania 3,226, No. 17 Minnesota 3,148.


The U.S. represented 21.0 percent of 9,480 deaths increase Monday, three days after a record 15,124, 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 78,250 at 4.4 percent. One week ago Monday, the deaths were 9,347.

Cases: Increased by 510,400, three days after a record 752,155 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 Monday ago, the cases were 498,211.

No. 2 Brazil: 573 deaths for a total of 196,591 compared with record of 1,554 on July 29. Cases: 20,814, behind a record 70,869 on July 29, with total third at 7,754,560.

No. 3 India: 214 deaths, compared with a national-record 1,299, to rise to 149,649 and in third place. Cases: 16,504 compared with a record 97,859, and is second in the world, with 10,340,469.

No. 4 Mexico: 544 deaths, compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 127,757 in fourth place. Cases: 6,464 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 3,643 new deaths and 1780,657 cases.

Five European nations are in the top 10. No. 5 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter, reported 348 deaths after a record 993 Dec. 3 and 10,800 cases after record 40,896 on Nov. 13. No. 6 United Kingdom 407 deaths, behind the record 1,166 April 21, as well as record 58,784 cases. No. 7 France 378 deaths after 932 on Nov. 13 that was the most since a record of 1,437 in April, as well as 4,022 cases after a record 86,852 on Oct. 31. No. 8 Russia 482 deaths after record 635 Dec. 24 and 23,351 cases after record 29,935 Dec. 24 and fourth overall with 3,236,787. No. 10 Spain 61 and 9,043 cases with the infection record 22,822 Oct. 27.

Also, No. 14 Germany reported 527 deaths five days after record 1,129 and 8,039 cases, behind the record of 31,553 Dec. 18.

No. 9 Iran: 110 deaths after a record 486 on Nov. 16. Cases: 6,073 after a record 14,051 Nov. 27.

Canada: 209 deaths. six days after record 257 for a total of 16,074, moving ahead of Romanian (78) into 22nd, and 9,756 cases one day after record 11,373.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity" no data and is 8,727. Neighboring Norway rose by 13 deaths 449 for fourth day in a row, as well as 529 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 33 cases Tuesday.

South Korea: 26 deaths Tuesday, five days after record 40 deaths for a total of 1,007 plus 750 new cases, behind the record of 1,241 Dec. 25.

Japan: 48 deaths after record 63 Dec. 28 for a total of 3,693, including 13 on a cruise ship, and 3,325cases four days after record 4,520.