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State's increased cases subside to 5,117 after 7,342, deaths up 163 vs.157

Daily first-time positivity rates drop: Florida from 6.41% to 6.4, Palm Beach County from 7.72% to 6.22
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Posted at 3:11 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 09:26:26-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 5,117, the second-smallest since three months ago and compared with 7,342 the day, before, as deaths increased by 163 after 157 Wednesday, the Florida Health Department announced Thursday afternoon.

Until Monday's increase of 3,615, the last time cases were under 5,000 was 4,663 on Nov. 16. And Oct. 31's 2,331 was the previous time under 4,000.

Florida was among six states to post triple-digit deaths increases Thursday as U.S. fatalities rose by 2,459. Cases were 69,228.

Tests reported from labs Wednesday were 93,578, one day after 133,991 and a record 262,798 Jan. 29. The state's daily first-time positivity rate was 6.4 percent one day after 6.4, as well as 5.62 Jan. 30, the least since 4.91 Oct. 28, a two-week high of a 7.49 Feb. 7 and record 23.38 Dec. 28. Palm Beach County's rate was 6.22 percent one day after 7.72, as well as 5.42 Feb. 6, the lowest 4.63 Nov. 5, with a two-week high of 9.46 three days ago and a record 20.04 Dec. 28.

The state's total daily positivity rate was 8.04 one day after 8.42, as well as 7.11 Feb. 4, the lowest since 6.01 on Oct. 28, a two-week high of 10.47 Feb. 7 and a record 26.34 Dec. 28. 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 7, which is 349 days, the death toll has reached 29,474 an average of 85 per day. Florida's total including nonresidents is 29,990 which rose by 3 to 516.

Florida's cases reached 1,849,744, including 116,209 in Palm Beach County, with only No. 1 California, No. 2 Texas, No. 4 New York and No. 5 Illinois also reporting more than 1 million. California leads with more than 3 million.

Seven days ago cases passed 1.8 million, taking 11 days to rise more than 100,000. Florida passed 1.7 million cases on Jan. 30, which was 12 days, and passed 1.6 million 10 days earlier. The first 100,000 was on June 22, 3 1/2 months after the first time.

Florida passed 29,000 deaths of residents Tuesday, seven days after surpassing 28,000 and six previous days to go past 27,000. 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. On July 20, there were 5,075 deaths.

On Sunday they rose by 96, which was the lowest since that number on Dec. 28 and one day earlier it was 77. The previous time they were under triple digits was 98 on Jan. 5.

Last Thursday's increase was 174.

The increase of 233 of Tuesday Feb. 9 was the third-highest and most since Friday, Jan. 22 of 272, which was 4 from the record on Aug. 11. With five additional nonresident deaths, the total for the day was 277, which ties the mark on Aug. 1. At the time there were 8,685 deaths. So that Friday's residents increase was 4 from the record of 276.

Palm Beach County rose by21 to 2,383 after 7 the previous day and after a record 32 Feb. 2. First-place Miami-Dade increased by 13 to 5,242 and Broward is third at 2,797 with14 more.

On the Treasure Coast area, St. Lucie remained at 523, Martin rose by 3 to 272, Indian River by 1 to 253 at Okeechobee at 69 with its first two fatalities on July 25.

No. 4 Hillsborough County was 1,438 (11 increase), No. 5 Pinellas 1,397 12 increase), No. 6 Polk 1,094 (7 increase), No. 7 Duval 1,063 (1 increase), No. 7 Orange 1,060 (no change) and No. 9 Lee 859 (2 decrease in data revision).

With a net increase of 52 deaths in South Florida of the 163 state total, which is 31.9 percent, there are 11,034 which is 37.4 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

The number of increased deaths over seven days is 1,092, an average of 156 and 3.8 percent, compared with 1,115 the previous week. Palm Beach County increased by 81 over seven days for 3.5 percent. The U.S. figure is 2.9 percent with the world at 1.9 percent.

The number of new cases were 5,073, which is different than the 5,117increase because of an update from previous days.

Last Thursday infections rose by 8,525.

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

The increase of 11,543 on Feb. 5 was the last time they were more than 10,000.

Cases increased by a record 19,816 on Thursday, Jan. 6 then were slightly lower at 19,530 one day later.

The most reported cases in one day were 20,015 from labs on Dec. 31. 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.

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

A total of 16.0 percent of the additional cases were in Miami-Dade: 817 compared with 1,398 the day before. Much fewer were Palm Beach County with 415 one day after 649 and after a record 1,213 Jan. 16 with Broward 571, St. Lucie 89, Martin 29, Indian River 38 and Okeechobee `6. Miami-Dade has the most cases in Florida with 398,043 and Broward is second at 187,432, ahead of Palm Beach County.

Over seven days, cases have risen by 42,939 for an average of 6,621 at 2.4 percent. The previous week the increase was 54,475 for an average of 7,782. The average since the first case, was reported, which was 354 days ago, is 5,225 per day.

Florida's cases are 6.6 percent of the total infections in the U.S. 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 8.6 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 seventh at 30.2with South Carolina No. 1 at 53.4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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: 179 Jan. 22.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 299 compared with 300 one day ago. The state reported Thursday there are currently 4,368 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is a decrease of 95. It reached as high as 7,762 Jan. 14 since hitting 6,000 in December. The high of 9,520 was on July 21 though the state didn't begin posting data until July.

TESTING

Florida has reported 20,769,797 total tests behind No. 1 California, No. 2 New York, No. 3 Texas with Illinois fifth, according to Worldometers.info. Some people have taken more than one test.

First-time positivity rates:

Palm Beach County's rate of 5.78 Dec. 13 was the first time it was under 6 percent since 5.78 also 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 6.01 percent (day ago 6.32, two-week high 7.58 Feb. 7, two-week low 6.24 Feb. 5). The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's 6.58 percent (day ago 6.61, two-week low 5.93 Feb. 4, two-week high 8.24 Feb. 7).

St. Lucie: 7.46 percent (day ago 11.22, two-week high 11.35 five days ago, two-week low 7.18 Feb. 5). Martin 6.03 percent (day ago 6.28, two-week low of 3.07 Feb. 4, two-week high 7.8 Feb. 9). Indian River 7.8 percent (day ago 7.02, two-week high 8.66 six days ago, two-week low 5.66 seven days ago). Okeechobee 11.76 percent on 120 negative tests (day ago 10.29 on 61 negative tests, two-week low of 1.81 on 271 negative tests two days ago, two week high of 22.22 on 49 negative tests three days ago.

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 1.8 percent in the United States and 2.2 percent worldwide.

County rates: Palm Beach County 2.1 percent, Broward 1.2, Miami-Dade 1.3, St. Lucie 2.5, Martin 2.7, Indian River 2.4 and Okeechobee 2.0.

Deaths per million: Florida 1,372 (26th in nation), U.S. 1,521, world 314.5. New York, which represents 9.4 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 2,399 per million, second behind New Jersey at 2,558. Six months ago New York was 19.0 percent of the U.S. deaths.

AGE BREAKDOWN

Five deaths are among youths 14 and under, including a 6-year-old from Hillsborough. The class hasn't changed since Sept. 26. Four other juveniles are among the 39 deaths in the 15-24 class with no change. The class was 33 since Sept. 25.

Ages 25-34: 153 (4 increase).

55 and older: Fatalities 94 percent, cases 28 percent. 75 and older: Fatalities 62 percent, cases 7 percent.

85 and older: 9,335 (49 increase)

Infant to 4:35,478 cases (107 increase), 503 hospitalized at one time (2 increase). Ages 5-14: 109,623 cases (401 increase), 477 hospitalized at one time (3 increase).

Infant to 54 age group: 1,298,554 of the 1,816,108 residents' cases. Fatalities: 1,738 (18 increase, 0.14 percent. From infant to 64: 1,538,057 cases. Fatalities 4,863 (24 increase, 0.31 percent).

CITIES

No. 1 West Palm Beach 27,927 (91 increase. No. 2 Boca Raton 19,291 (61 increase). No. 3 Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion 16,700 (45 increase). No. 4 Boynton Beach 11,097 (52 increase). No. 5 Delray Beach 8,675 (28 increase).

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 13,957 (57 increase), followed by Fort Pierce 7,100 (28 increase), Stuart 4,7455 (15 increase). Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, at 865 (no change) with only 3 on May 31.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

A total of 77,124 people in the state have been hospitalized. Seven days ago: 5,454. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

Palm Beach County: 5,965 (15 increase). Martin 681(2 increase), St. Lucie 1,383 (8 increase), Indian River 635 (no change), Okeechobee 364 (no change).

LONG-TERM CARE

Thirty-five percent of the deaths, 10,252, are residents and staff of long-term care (44 increase). Palm Beach County is in first place with 992 (6 increase) ahead of Miami-Dade at 972 (no change).

NATION

Deaths

Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the national toll has risen to 493,098 Thursday (2,459 increase, three days ago 941, lowest since 898 Nov. 29, record 4,401). Sixteen states reported at least 50 more deaths.

Weekly changes: One-week increase 13,841 (2.9 percent). Seven days ago: 3,157.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 California 47,924 (U.S.-high 417 increase, record 764. No. 2 New York 46,436 (169 increase, record 799). No. 3 Texas 40,814 (97 increase, record 471). No. 5 Pennsylvania 23,413 (94 increase, record 405).

Others in top 10: No. 6 New Jersey 89 increase, No. 7 Illinois 72, No. 8 Ohio 98, No. 9 Georgia 104, No. 10 Michigan 85.

Also with at least 50: No. 19 Missouri 225 (weekly audit of death certificates), No. 12 Arizona 213, No. 15 North Carolina 96, No. 16 Alabama 78, No. 14 Tennessee 72, No. 11 Massachusetts 61. No. 29 Washington, the original epicenter in the U.S., 43.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 16 states, including Rhode Island at 2,367.

Cases

Total 27,896,042 Thursday (increase 69,228, three days ago 53,944, the lowest 52,107 Oct. 13, record 300,282, seven days ago 94,704. Ten states had at least 2,000 cases.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 California 3,421,720 (5,573 increase, U.S.-record 53,711). No. 2 Texas, which has been hampered with power failures, 2,574,194 (3,111 record 29,310 confirmed cases). No. 4 New York 1,555,773 (U.S.-high 6,794 increase, record 19,942). No. 5 Illinois 1,168,683 (1,966increase, record 15,415).

Also at least 3,000: No. 9 North Carolina 3,916, No. 8 Pennsylvania 3,345.

Worldwide

Deaths: 2,451,512 (11,529 increase, record 17,598 Jan. 20). The U.S. represented 24.0 percent of increased and overall 20.6 though its population is only 4.3 of the global total. One-week increase: 69,915 (2..9 percent). Seven days ago: 14,160.

Cases: `110,827,857 (402,625 increase, record 845,696 Jan. 8, seven days ago 444,0757).

No. 2 Brazil: Deaths 243,610 (1,432 increase, record 1,554). Cases 10,030,626 (51,350 increase, record 87,134).

No. 3 Mexico: Deaths 178,108 (1,047increase, record 1,803). Cases 2,0122,662 (9,099 increase, record 22,339).

No. 4 India: Deaths 156,123 (85 increase, record 1,283). Cases 10,962,189 (12,643 increase, record 97,859).

Europe: 3,767 new deaths, 149,212 new cases. Six nations in top 10.

No. 5 United Kingdom: Deaths 119,387 (454 increase, record 1,725). Cases 12,057 increase, record 68,053.

No. 6 Italy: Deaths 94,887 (347 increase, record 993). Cases 13,762 increase, record 40,896.

No. 7 France: Deaths 83,393 (271 increase, record 1,437). Cases 22,501 increase, record 86,852.

No. 8 Russia: Deaths 81,926 (480 increase, record 635). Cases 4,125,598 (13,447 increase, record 29,935).

No. 9 Germany: Deaths 67,547 (473 increase, record 1,244. Cases 9,825 increase, record 31,553.

No. 10 Spain: Deaths 66,704 (388 increase, record 996). Cases 14,514 record 44,357.

Also, No. 16 Poland: Deaths 41,582 (273 increase, record 674). Cases 9,073 increase, record 37,596.

Others

No. 14 South Africa: 48,708 deaths (230 increase, record 839. Cases 2,327 increase.

No. 21 Canada: Deaths 21,498 (63 increase, record 257). Cases 3,315 increase, record 11,383.

No. 41 Japan: Deaths 7,312 (76 increase, record 120). Cases: 1,537 increase, record 7,882.

No. 50: China: Deaths 4,636 (reported one death Jan. 26 and another one week earlier after announcing only one since April 27, a new verification on May 17). Cases: 10 increase Friday.

No. 82 South Korea: Deaths 1,550 (6 increase Friday). Cases: 561 increase, record 1,241.