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State's new coronavirus deaths drop to 120; toll passes 14,000 including nonresidents; cases up 2,847

Florida's daily first-time positivity rate drops to 4.29%; Palm Beach County under 3%, lowest since May 18
Posted at 11:53 AM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 23:36:41-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's newly reported coronavirus deaths increased by a U.S.-high 120, compared with 177 the day before, and total deaths including nonresidents passed 14,000, as cases rose by 2,847, which was 306 higher than one day earlier. Also, the first-time daily positivity rate decreased, including under 3 percent in Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Health announced Friday.

The state's first-time daily infection rate of all tested was 4.29 after 4.43 the day before, a two-week low of 3.84 Sept. 13 with every day over 14 days under 6 percent. Palm Beach County rate dropped from 3.21 percent to 2.92, the lowest since May 18, and one of two times under 3 percent over two weeks, and a high of 6.74 three days ago, the only time it was above 5 percent over 14 days.

The state's total daily positivity rate for all tests decreased to 5.39 percent on 72,079 tests reported by labs to the state Thursday from 5.74 on 63,880. The two-week low was 5.16 percent on Sept. 13 and the high was 5.54 three days ago. The record test total was 142,964 July 11. In Palm Beach County there were 161 positive tests reported to the state on 5,505 total tested, which was about 1,700 tests than the day before.

For the past three days deaths have declined with 202 reported Wednesday. On Tuesday there were 98 after low data from the weekend: 9 Sunday and then 21 on Monday. Last Friday, the deaths climbed by 139.

The record is 276 on Aug. 11.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, which is 203 days, the death toll has climbed to 13,915 among residents, with an average of 69 per day, and 14,083 including 168 nonresidents, which went up by 2.

On Sept. 9, the death toll passed 12,000 to 12,115 and eight days later passed 13,000 on Thursday,

It took 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. Two months ago, July 20, there were 5,075 deaths.

Palm Beach County increased by 7 to 1,337, third highest in the state behind Miami-Dade and Broward, after 22 the day before and a 27 on Aug. 7. On the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie increased by 2 to 275, Martin rose by 3 to 142, Indian River remained at 115. Okeechobee went up by 1 to 25 with its first two deaths on July 25.

Broward increased by 6, including the death of a 20-year-old woman and Miami-Dade by 39, with the deaths of an 18-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man.

In South Florida, there were 58 of the 120 deaths, which is 48.3 percent, for a total of 6,460 at 46.4 percent though the population only comprises 30 percent.

Cases in Florida are much lower than three months ago.

On Thursday cases rose by 2,541, Wednesday's was 2,590, Tuesday's was 2,470 and Monday cases by 1,685, which was the lowest since 1,371 on June 10. Then, on June 15 they hit 1,758.

The last time cases were above 3,000 was 3,204 last Friday and more than 4,000 was 4,684 on Aug. 22.

Palm Beach County's daily cases increased by 157 after 123 the day before and a low of 100 two weeks ago.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 171 compared with 187 the day before. The state reported Friday there are currently 2,137 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is 36 less than the day before.


Florida is in fifth place in the United States. On June 16, Florida was in 11th place in the nation.

Texas is in fourth place with the addition of 97 deaths after a state-record 324 on Aug. 11, for a total of 15,364. California reported 84 new deaths and is in third place overall with 15,398, just 34 ahead of Texas.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state Thursday 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: 110 on Aug. 26.

In a state report Friday, 21 deaths were added from the last day's report and 1 removed after determining they weren't related to COVID-19.

Deaths rose by 690 in the state over seven days (a daily average of 99) for 5.2 percent, a figure tally that had been more than 1,200 deaths recently. Two months ago the one-week figure was in the mid 200s. Palm Beach County increased by 65 for 5.1 percent. The U.S. figure is 2.6 percent with the world at 3.9 percent.

Miami-Dade rose to 3,202, which is 175 more in one week. Broward increased to 1,364 with a rise of 47 in one week. St. Lucie has risen by 16 deaths in one week compared with Martin by 10, Indian River by 6 and Okeechobee by 3.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 23 states, including Iowa's 1,308 after adding 6 Friday.

Pinellas increased by 3 to 742 deaths in fourth place and Hillsborough went up by 5 to 625 in fifth place. Polk rose by 6 to 526 in sixth and Lee remained at 466.

On Friday, the state identified 7 deaths in Palm Beach County: 5 men (71, 73, 73, 95, 97) and 2 women (36, 81). Martin's deaths were 3 women (76, 81, 89) with St. Lucie's a 97-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman. Okeechobee's new death was a 91-year-old woman.


Since the first two cases were announced on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 3.2 percent of the state's 21.48 million population with 695,887, third in the nation. The average over 208 days is 3,346 per day.

In one week, cases have risen by 18,227, which averages 2,603 per day, at 2.7 percent.

Cases passed 600,000 Aug. 23 and 500,000 on Aug. 5.

California has the most cases in the U.S. at 794,040 with the addition of a U.S.-high 3,400 Friday. Texas had 3,306 and is second overall with 728,552. New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, is in fourth at 453,755 with 908 more.

Florida's daily case increases have been below 10,000 since July 26 when they climbed by 12,199. Early in the pandemic, cases were under 1,000 with the last one of three digits 966 on June 8.

The cases record was 15,300 was July 5 – the highest daily figure ever in the United States.

In Palm Beach County, new cases have been much lower since the record 1,171 July 5. The total now is 46,023, including residents and nonresidents.

Miami-Dade's cases were 503 compared with 392 and Broward's increase was 191 vs. 283. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise over one day was 28 in Martin, 42 in St. Lucie, 54 in Indian River, 17 in Okeechobee.


Florida's total number of people tested is 5,213,142, which is 24.1percent of the state's population behind No. 1 California, No. 2 New York, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Illinois, which recently surpassed Florida.

The overall Florida positive rate decreased to 13.35 percent from 13.36 the day before.

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 increased from 4.40 percent to 5.40, which is among two days over two weeks over 5 percent, including a two-week high 5.49 three days days ago and a low of 3.59 on Sept. 17. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 3.02 percent after 3.05, a two-week high of 4.93 two days ago, the first time it was over 4 percent in two weeks, with a two-week low of 2.34 on Sept. 13.

Elsewhere, St. Lucie's rate spiked to 6.15 percent after nine days in a row under 5 percent, including 3.47 one day ago, a two-week low of 2.41 on Sept. 12 with a two-week high of 7.13 on Sept. 14. Martin's rate was 7.06 percent after 5.95, a two-week low of 1.59 on Sept. 15 and a high of 9.86 six days ago. Indian River's rate was a two-week high of 6.23 percent after 5.16 and a two-week low of 2.09 on Sept. 11, which was among four days near 3 percent and below. Okeechobee's rate increased to 21.79 on 61 tests after a two-week low of 4.26 percent on 45 tests, a two-week high of 34.33 percent on 44 tests three days ago.

Palm Beach County has 46,023 cases out of 362,752 total tested for 12.69 percent overall, not including those awaiting tests and inconclusive.

Miami-Dade leads with 168,775 positive cases out of 904,937 tested for 18.65 percent, and Broward is second with 76,520 cases and 560,371 tested for 13.66 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 4,860 of 35,099 for 13.85 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 7,952 out of 60,732 for 13.09 percent, Indian River with 3,169 of 35,349 for 8.96 percent and Okeechobee 1,521 of 10,969 for 13.76 percent.

Mortality rate

The mortality rate compares positive cases against deaths.

The state's rate increased to 2.0 percent for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 2.9 percent in the United States and 3.0 percent worldwide, which neared 993,000 deaths and neared 32.8 million cases Friday, according to

Palm Beach County's rate was 2.9 percent, compared with Broward at 1.8 percent and Miami-Dade with 1.9 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 3.5 percent in St. Lucie, 2.9 percent in Martin, 3.7 percent in Indian River and 1.6 percent in Okeechobee.

Florida has 648 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 629 per million. New York, which represents 16.3 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,707 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 127.4 per million.

Age breakdown

The median age for all deaths in Florida is 79.

Four deaths are among youths 14 and under: a 6-year-old from Hillsborough, a 9-year-year old from Putnam and two 11-year-olds, a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward. This class did not change.

Four other juveniles are among the 33 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 have any additions. The class rose by 2 with the deaths of the two women in South Florida.

Ninety-three people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus, which went up by 2, including the 25-year-old man in Miami-Dade.

A total of 4,469 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 31 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 11,761 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 54, and 276 were hospitalized, which didn't change. From ages 5-14, there are 29,056, an increase of 166 with 249 in the hospital at one time, with no change.

From the infant to 54 age group, there are 492,200 of the 687,656 residents' cases. In that group, 952 have died, with an increase of 15, for a 0.19 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 584,666 cases. A total of 2,474 have died, an increase of 30, for a 0.42 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 11,310, with an increase of 35. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, rose by 20 to 7,850 followed by Boca Raton at 6,665 up from 6,629. Boynton Beach at 4,059 from 4,052 and Delray Beach at 3,121 vs. 3,115. A total of 1,088 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 4,706, an increase of 33, followed by Fort Pierce at 2,773, down 1, and Stuart with 2,270, which increased by 14.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, remained at 410 compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 43,299 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 42,224 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 3,615 in Palm Beach County, with an increase of 12 compared with 7 the day before; 390 in Martin, which didn't change; St. Lucie at 653 with an increase of 1, Indian River went up by 2 to 296 and Okeechobee stayed at 169.

Long-term care

Forty-one percent of the deaths, 5,673 are residents and staff of long-term care, including 585 in Palm Beach County, which is second most in the state behind 793 in Miami-Dade. The state increase was 37 and Palm Beach County went up by 3.


Since the first death was reported six months ago on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 203,657, a gain of 859, according to Johns Hopkins. Worldometers reported an increase of 895 to 208,440.

Cases reached 7,032,524 with an increase of 54,866. They have exceeded 70,000 seven times, including a record 78,446 on July 24 and the last time was July 31.

Last Friday in the U.S., there were 936 more deaths and 33,085 cases.

The one week U.S. death increase was 5,087 at 2.6 percent.

New York has the most deaths in the nation at 33,109 with 29 reported after a high of 799 in April.

Among other states in the top 10 for deaths: No. 2 New Jersey 3, No. 6 Massachusetts 11, No. 7 Illinois 8, No. 8 Pennsylvania 13, No. 9 Michigan 8, No. 10 Georgia 52.

Also, No. 11 Arizona reported 28 deaths, as well as an additional 706 cases. No. 24 Washington, the original epicenter in the United States, gained 20.


The U.S. represented 15.4 percent of the 5,808 additional deaths Friday and 21.0 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total. The one week world death increase was 37,224 at 3.9 percent.

Last Friday's death increase was 5,460.

Cases increased by 317,937, according to

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported 826 deaths to rise to 140,709. Brazil's record is 1,554 on July 29. The nation added 32,670 cases at 4,692,579 in third place.

India reported 86,052 cases after a world-record 97,894 one week ago to rise to 5,818,570, which is second in world behind U.S. Also, India recorded a world-high 1,141 deaths, after a national-record 1,299 last week, to rise to 92,290 and in third place.

Mexico announced 405 more deaths late Friday compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 75,844 in fourth place.

Four European nations are in the top 11 as cases are surging on the continent. The United Kingdom reported 34 additional deaths for 41,936 in fifth place with the record daily high 1,172, as well as a record 6,874 cases, beating marks the previous two days and 5,086 on May 7. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 20 deaths. No. 8 France announced 150 deaths, as well as 15,797 cases one day after a record 16,096. Spain reported 114 deaths and is in ninth place, just 429 behind France, and 4,122 cases.

No. 7 Peru announced 99 deaths and is 364 ahead of France. No. 10 Iran reported 207 deaths.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 1,136,048, including an additional 7,212. The nation gained 108 deaths and is in 12th.

No. 20 Canada reported 6 deaths for a total of 9,255 and 1,264 cases.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity" with no lockdown, reported 5 deaths and is at 5,880. Neighboring Norway reported no deaths 270, as well as 139 more cases.

No. 30 China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26, and added 15 cases Saturday.