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State's new coronavirus deaths subside to 148, pass 9,000 including nonresidents; cases increase 6,236

Palm Beach County rises by 10 to 964; first-time positive rate is 7.0%
Posted at 1:50 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 10:18:14-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida newly reported coronavirus deaths receded to 148, down from 212 the day before, as the total including nonresidents passed 9,000. Also there were 6,236 new cases one day after 8,109 when there was a dump of thousands of weeks-old data from one Miami Gardens lab, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday.

In Palm Beach County, there is encouraging news for the second day in a row. Increased cases were 274 after 293 the day before and the first-time daily positive rate reported from labs Wednesday was 7.0 percent one day after 6.1, the lowest in two weeks, among more than 3,500 tests. The state rate decreased to 9.52 after 11.87 the day before but 9.35 excluding the data from the new lab. The high was 12.03 on July 29.

Total daily tests again stayed under 100,000 at 78,247 as the positivity rate declined to 13.86 percent from 16.49, which was a two-week high when there were 81,193 tests. The two-week low was 11.67 Aug. 5.

Palm Beach County's fatalities increased by 10 to 964, second in the state behind Miami-Dade, after 14 Tuesday and a record 27 Friday.

On the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie rose 5 to 188 two days after a record 14 Tuesday as Martin increased by 1 to 101 and Indian River also went up 1 to 58. Okeechobee, which reported its first 2 fatalities on July 25, stayed at 12.

Miami-Dade rose by 24 and Broward went up by 15.

Florida moved into fifth place in the United States with 8,913 deaths, compared with Massachusetts at 8,790, which added 21 deaths Thursday. Florida's nonresident deaths rose by 1 to 134 for a total of 9,047.

Texas is in fourth place with the addition of 255 deaths one day after a record 324 for a total of 9,289. California reported 160 new deaths and is in third place overall with 10,808. Georgia gained 83 and is in 10th place.

Florida represented 11.5 percent of the deaths and 11.8 percent of the cases in the United States on Thursday, according to

New hospitalizations rose by 590 compared with 593 the day before.


Seven times Florida's deaths surpassed 200, including the state record of 276 on Tuesday. The previous record was 257 on July 31. Others in the 200s were 225, 245, 252, 216.

Florida reported 91 deaths Monday after 77 Sunday. Deaths are lower in past weekends' data.

Last Thursday's increase was 124.

The first two deaths were announced on March 6. On June 16, Florida was in 11th place.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state Wednesday 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. So far, the most deaths occurred on July 16 with 172.

In the state report Thursday no previous deaths were removed after further determining a cause of death.

Pinellas rose by 14 to 536 deaths in fourth place and Hillsborough went up by 1 to 427 in fifth place. No. 6 Lee climbed by 6 to 368.

In South Florida, there were 56 of the 148 deaths – 37.8 percent – reported for a total of 4,160 at 46.7 percent though the population only comprises 30 percent.

Deaths rose by 1,166 in the state over seven days (a daily average of 167) for 15.1 percent and in Palm Beach County it was 72 for 8.1 percent. Two months ago the one-week figure was in the mid 200s. The U.S. figure is 4.6 percent with the world at 5.8 percent.

Miami-Dade climbed to 1,954, which is 170 more in one week. Broward increased to 883 with a rise of 101 in one week.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 21 states, including Iowa's 956 after gaining 6. Nevada is at 1,030 after adding 34.

The state on Thursday identified 10 fatalities in Palm Beach County: 5 men (61, 64, 73, 80, 87) and 5 women (50, 63, 75, 76, 81). The St. Lucie fatalities were three men (67, 76, 87) and 2 women (69,89). Martin's death was a 67-year-old man and Indian River's was a 73-year-old woman.


Since the first two cases were announced on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 2.6 percent of the state's 21.48 million population with 567,137, second in the nation.

In one week, cases have risen by 46,748 at 9.2percent. One week ago Wednesday, Florida became the second state to pass 500,000 cases.

California is in first place overall with 593,141 cases, including the addition of a U.S.-high 10,808 Thursday. Texas had the second-most cases, 6,755, and is third overall with 513,575. New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, is in fourth at 423,440 with 736 more.

Florida's cases have been below 10,000 for 19 days when they climbed by 12,200 on Saturday, July 26.

Florida's case increase Wednesday was 8,109, Tuesday was 5,409 and Monday was 4,155, the lowest since June 23 when there were 3,276.

Saturday's 8,502 increase was the first time in one week the number was above 8,000.

Cases in Florida had stayed below 2,000 until June 13 with 2,581 and they often 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. The second highest is 13,965 on July 16.

In Palm Beach County, new cases were 274 compared with 293 the day before. The record was 1,171 July 5 for a total of 38,208, including residents and nonresidents.

Miami-Dade's cases increased 1,633 compared with 4,141 the day before.

The state health department reported one new lab in Miami Gardens submitted 14,000 tests from the past seven weeks, including 4,104 positive results, of which 2,941 were Miami-Dade residents.

Broward's increase was 641 vs. 475. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise over one day was 72 in St. Lucie, 20 in Martin, 10 in Indian River and 6 in Okeechobee.


The total now is 4,128,584, fourth in the nation, behind No. 1 New York, No. 2 California and No. 3 Texas. That Florida figure is 19.2 percent of Florida's population, though some people tested more than once.

The overall positive rate was a record 13.49 percent Thursday after 13.46 Wednesday.

Several weeks ago the daily rate was around 2-3 percent but has risen to 13.86. The record is 20.71 percent on July 8 when there were 51,686 tests.

The record test total was 142,964 July 11.

In Palm Beach County, the first-time rate has been under 10.0 percent for eight days in a row. The highest over two weeks was 10.7 percent on Aug. 3.

Miami-Dade's figure was 12.7 percent and 12.44 percent the day before if the one lab's results were not counted. Miami-Dade's lowest was 10.8 percent three days ago and highest was 26.4 on July 8. In Broward, the percentage was 9.1 percent after 8.5 the day before.

Elsewhere, St. Lucie was 8.2 after 8.9 percent the day before and two-week low of 6.9 on Aug. 2. Martin was 6.3 percent after matching a 14-day low of 3.9 percent set Aug. 1. Indian River's figure was a 14-day low of 4.3 percent after 6.3 percent a day earlier. Okeechobee's rate was 16.7 percent among only 36 tests compared with 11.1 the day before and a two-week high of 30.2 six days earlier.

With more testing and no requirements for someone to take a test, the median age is at 40, and 43 for tests reported Wednesday.

Palm Beach County has 38,208 cases out of 288,256 total tested for 13.3 percent overall, not including those awaiting tests and inconclusive. Anything 10.0 percent and above is considered out of "target range" by the health department.

Miami-Dade leads with 140,984 positive cases out of 718,449 tested for 19.6 percent, and Broward is second with 64,741 cases and 450,047 tested for 14.4 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 3,883 of 26,167 for 14.8 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 6,040 out of 44,326 for 13.6 percent, Indian River with 2,584 of 27,666 for 9.3 percent and Okeechobee 1,087 of 6,729 for 16.2 percent.

Mortality rate

The mortality rate compares positive cases against deaths.

It is 1.6 percent in the state for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 3.1 percent in the United States and 3.6 percent worldwide, which neared 753,000 deaths and passed 21.0 million cases Thursday.

Palm Beach County's rate was 2.5 percent, compared with Broward at 1.4 percent and Miami-Dade with 1.4 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 3.1 percent in St. Lucie, 2.6 percent in Martin, 2.3 percent in Indian River and 1.1 percent in Okeechobee.

Florida has 415 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 514 per million. New York, which represents 19.3 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,691 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 96.7 per million.

Age breakdown

The youngest deaths are a 9-year-old girl from Putnam as well as the two 11-year-olds, a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward, who are the only three in the 5-14 age class.

There are 21 deaths in the 15-24 class with no change. The youngest in Palm Beach County is a 22-year-old woman.

Sixty-one people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus, which increased by 1.

A total of 2,930 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 43 in one day.

Ninety-three percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 62 percent are 75 and older. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive – 26 percent age 55 and older and 6 percent 75 and older.

At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 9,255 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 109, and 202were hospitalized, which was an increase of 4. From ages 5-14, there are 21,904, an increase of 263 with 182 in the hospital at one time, which is an increase of 8.

From the infant to 54 age group, 399,379 of the 551,232 residents have tested. In that group, 655 have died, an increase of 10, for a 0.16 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 471,111 cases. A total of 1,578, an increase of 35, have died for a 0.33 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 9,542 an increase of 64. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, rose 40 to 6,714, followed by Boca Raton at 5,212, up from 5,165, Boynton Beach at 3,384 from 3,358 and Delray Beach at 2,599 vs. 2,578. A total of 829 in the county not designated by a city.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 3,567, an increase of 43, followed by Fort Pierce at 2,191, up 24, and Stuart with 1,863 vs. 1,857.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, remained at 378 compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 32,537 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 29,131 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 2,958 is in Palm Beach County, an increase of 51 compared with 34 the day before; 342 in Martin, which was an increase of 3; 386 in St. Lucie with an increase of 3, Indian River increased by 4 to 207 and Okeechobee remained at 108.

Long-term care

Forty-three percent of the deaths, 3,805, are residents and staff of long-term care, including 396 in Palm Beach County, which is second most in the state behind 642 in Miami-Dade. The state increase was 75 and in Palm Beach County it went up by 6.


Since the first death was reported five months ago on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 169,131, an increase of 1,386 on Wednesday, according to

Johns Hopkins reports 167,106, a gain of 1,071.

Cases reached 5,360,302, with an increase of 54,345, according to They have exceeded 70,000 seven times, including a record 78,446 on July 24.

Last Thursday in the U.S., there were 1,203 more deaths and 58,894 more cases.

The one week U.S. death increase was 7,555 at 4.6 percent.

New York has the most deaths in the nation with 32,887, including 13 more Thursday, among the lowest since the outbreak, after a high of 799 in April.

Among other states in the top 10 for deaths: No. 2 New Jersey with 5, No. 7 Illinois 24, No. 8 Pennsylvania 27, No. 9 Michigan 16.

Also, No. 11 Connecticut reported none and No. 23 Washington, the original epicenter in the United States, had 12.


The U.S. represented 20.2 percent of the 6,357 additional deaths Thursday and 22.6 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total. The one week world death increase was 41,023 at 5.8 percent.

Last Wednesday's death increase was 6,814.

Cases increased by 272.858, behind a record 289,648 on July 24.

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported 1,301 after a record 1,554 on July 29 at 105,564. Brazil added 59,147 cases for a total of 3,229,621 and behind the U.S.

Mexico reported 627 more deaths late Thursday compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 55,293 in third place.

India added 1,006 deaths to rise to 48,144 in fourth place. The Asian nation also reported 64,142 cases for a third-place total of 2,459,613 behind the U.S. and Brazil.

Four European nations are in the top 10. The United Kingdom reported an additional 18 deaths for 41,347 in fifth place. The daily high was 1,172. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 6 deaths. No. 7 France added 17 and No. 8 Spain reported 26.

No. 9 Peru gained 212 deaths Wednesday and No. 10 Iran had 174 Thursday.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 907,758, including an additional 5,057. The nation gained 124 deaths for 11th place.

No. 17 Canada reported 9 deaths to rise to 9,015, as well as 390 cases.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," reported 6 deaths for 5,776 and listed no new cases. Neighboring Norway reported 1 death, the first after nine days in a row of none to rise to 257, as well as 34 more cases.

No. 27 China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and added 30 cases Friday.

Japan added 4 deaths for 1,063 and 937 cases Thursday.