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State's reported coronavirus deaths rise by second highest, 134; cases fail to reach 10,000

Palm Beach County's death toll rises by 16 to 701
Posted at 11:30 AM, Jul 21, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's newly reported deaths increased by 134, the second highest ever and tied for second in the nation Tuesday, as cases failed to reach five digits for the first time in one week, but a U.S. high 9,440, and tests in one day declined to 77,160, the Florida Health Department announced.

Palm Beach County's deaths increased by 16 to 701, a total that is the second highest in the state, after 6 Monday, 13 Sunday and a record 21 Friday. On the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie rose by 2 to 83, Martin went up by 3 to 54 and Indian River increased by 2 to 27. Okeechobee reported its first two deaths one week ago Saturday.

The record for newly reported deaths in the state was 156 on Thursday. Other triple-digit days were 128 Friday, 132 last Tuesday, 112 Wednesday and 120 Thursday. Monday's increase was 90.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, the toll has climbed to 5,206 of residents into eighth place in the U.S. The number of nonresident deaths increased by 2 to 113 for a total death count of 5,319.

State and county increases represent deaths received by the state Sunday and not the number of fatalities that occurred then. The day someone dies and when it is received by the state can lag for several days. So far, the date with the most deaths was 101 on July 8.

Palm Beach County increased by 77 deaths in one week. Miami-Dade climbed to 1,325, which was an increase of 16 in one day and 150 in one week. Broward increased by 5 to 517 and 53 over over 7 days.

In South Florida, there were 44 of the 134 deaths reported Tuesday for a total of 2,709 for 52.0 percent though the population only comprises 30 percent.

Pinellas is in fourth place with 334, a rise of 11 and Hillsborough is at 244 with an increase of 1. Lee also has 244, an increase of 12.

Nationally, Texas was behind Florida and Arizona with 131 additional deaths for 10th place. Arizona climbed past Indiana into 15th place. No. 4 California added 61.

Since the first two cases were announced four months ago on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 1.7 percent of the state's 21.48 million population at 369,834. Only three other states have passed 300,000: New York, California and Texas.

Cases nationwide on Tuesday passed 4 million.

Texas reported the second-most cases (9,305) and California was third (9,231).

If Florida were a country, its new cases Tuesday would rank third, not including the U.S., behind Brazil with 44,887 and India with 39,168. South Africa followed with 8,170.

On Sunday, July 5, cases surpassed 200,000 in Florida.

Cases rose by 78,205 over one week for 26.8 percent.

Cases have hit five digits 13 times, all within the past few weeks. Monday's increase was 10,347. Last Tuesday the increase was 9,914, the last time it was four digits. The record was 15,300 was July 5 – the highest daily figure ever in the United States. During the height of the pandemic New York also surpassed 11,000.

Testing in Florida has dramatically ramped up from just a few at select sites to massive places throughout Florida as well as nursing homes, jails and farm workers. The total now is 3,103,674 fourth in the nation, behind No. 1 New York, No. 2 California and No. 3 Texas. That Florida figure is 14.4 percent of Florida's population.

The overall positive rate was a record 11.92 Tuesday from 11.79 Monday.

A few weeks ago the daily rate was around 2-3 percent but has risen to 17.36 percent of 77,160 coronavirus or anti-bodies tests reported by labs Monday after 18.15 the day before with 78,993, a record 20.71 of 51,686 on July 8 and 13.1 two weeks ago when there were 75,846 tests.

The record test total was 142,966 July 11.

The daily percentages for all tests include 19.2 in Miami-Dade, 15.1 in Broward, 13.0 in Palm Beach, 13.0 in Martin, 13.6 in Okeechobee, 11.4 in Indian River and 14.3 in St. Lucie. Palm Beach reached as high as 16.1 over two weeks on July 13. And Miami-Dade's highest was 26.4 on July 8. The state's target rate is less than 10.0 percent.

The state reported 13.62 percent of people who tested for the first time were positive on tests received Monday compared with 14.26 the day before and 16.34 two weeks ago.

With more testing and no requirements for someone to take a test, the median age is at 40, but 41 for tests reported Monday. In addition, the state mortality rate has subsided to 1.4 percent among residents but among those under 55 it is less than 0.2 percent.

And at one time, 21,780 have been hospitalized, which is an increase of 517 in one day, compared with 292 the day before.


In Palm Beach County, new cases were 525 compared with 551 the day before. The record was 1,171 July 5 for a total of 26,951 including residents and nonresidents.

Miami-Dade's cases increased 1,522 compared with 2,797 the day before, and Broward at 1,781 vs. 1,695 In the Treasure Coast area, the rise was 101 in St. Lucie, 31 in Martin, 36 in Indian River and 22 in Okeechobee.

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.

Palm Beach County has risen by 4,672 cases in one week for a 21.0 percent gain. Miami-Dade has risen by 18,754 at 26.8 percent and Broward by 9,763 at 30.0 percent.

Over seven days, Martin County climbed by 252 cases for 8.0percent, St. Lucie County rose by 673 for 21.5 percent, Indian River County by 346 for 26.0 percent and Okeechobee by 103 for 17.7 percent.


Deaths rose by 797 in the state over seven days for 18.1 percent and in Palm Beach County it was 77 for 12.3 percent. Recently, the state increase was one-third in the 200s. The U.S. figure is 4.2 percent with the world at 6.3 percent.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 21 states, including Nevada at 676 with a gain of 28 and Kentucky at 674 with 3 more.

The state on Tuesday identified 16 deaths in Palm Beach County: 11 men ranging from 44 to 94 and five women from 42 to 88. Martin County's fatalities were a 81-year-old man who become a case in the state database on April 30 as well as two other men, 70 and 92. Indian River's deaths were an 82-year-old man and 88-year-old woman. St. Lucie's fatalities were two men, 57 and 68.


Palm Beach County has 26,951 cases out of 218,642 total tested for 12.3 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 89,557 positive cases out of 514,070 tested for 17.4 percent, and Broward is second with 42,577 cases and 330,489 tested for 12.9 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 3,193 of 22,124 for 15.5 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 3,807 positive out of 33,615 for 11.3 percent, Indian River with 1,685 out of 21,448 for 7.9 percent and Okeechobee with 684 out of 5,208 for 13 percent.

Mortality rate

The mortality rate, which compares positive cases against deaths, has been trending down in the state.

It is 1.4 percent in the state for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 3.6 percent in the United States and 4.1 percent worldwide, which passed 618,000 deaths and passed 15 million cases Tuesday.

Palm Beach County's rate was 2.6 percent, compared with Broward at 1.2 percent and Miami-Dade with 1.5 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 2.2 percent in St. Lucie, 1.6 percent in Martin, 1.7 percent in Indian River and 0.2 percent in Okeechobee.

Florida has 242 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 438 per million. New York, which represents less than one-quarter of the deaths in the nation, has 1,676 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 79.5 per million.

Age breakdown

The youngest deaths are two 11-year-olds: a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward, who are the only two in the 5-14 age class.

There are 13 deaths in the 15-24 class with one more from the day before, a 21-year-old man from Suwanee. They include a 20-year-old male and two 22-year-old females from Broward, a 16-year-old girl from Lee, a 17-year-old boy from Pasco County and a 22-year-old woman from Palm Beach County.

Thirty-five people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus with no change.

A total of 1,789 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 47 in one day.

Ninety-two percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 62 percent 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 5,973 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 204, and 108 were hospitalized, which was an increase of 3. From ages 5-14, there are 13,254, an increase of 468 with 87 in the hospital at one time, which went up by 5.

From the infant to 54 age group, 267,782 of the 365,244 residents have tested positive. But in that group, 384 have died, increase of 15, for a 0.14 death percentage.

From infant to 65, there are 313,623 cases. A total of 894 have died, an increase of 30, for a 0.29 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 6,591 6,428, an increase of 163. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, rose 90 to 4,992, followed by Boynton Beach at 2342 from 2,289, Boca Raton at 3,384, up from 3,314, Delray Beach at 1,780 from 1,756. A total of 503 in the county not designated by a city.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 2,284, an increase of 40, followed by Stuart with 1,578 vs. 1,559.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, increased by 6 to 307, compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 21,780 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 18,881 last Tuesday. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 2,298 in Palm Beach County, an increase of 41 compared with 29 the day before; 273 in Martin, an increase of 8; 267 in St. Lucie with an increase of 2, Indian River rose by 4 to 120 and Okeechobee remained at 64.

Long-term care

Nearly half of the deaths, 2,445 are residents and staff of long-term care, including 289 in Palm Beach County. The state increase was 45 and in Palm Beach County it was 5.


Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 144,953 including an increase of 1,119 Tuesday and 545 Sunday.

The increase Tuesday is the highest since 1,147 on June 2.

Johns Hopkins reports 141,969 deaths.

Cases reached 4,028,569, with an increase of 67,140. Cases have exceeded 70,000 four times.

Last Tuesday in the U.S., there were 936 more deaths and 66,048 more cases reported.

The one week U.S. death increase was 5,800 at 4.2 percent.

New York has the most deaths in the nation with 32,602, including 18 more Tuesday after a high of 799 in April.

Among other states in the top 10: No. 2 New Jersey with 5, No. 3 Massachusetts 17, No. 5 Illinois 23, No. 6 Pennsylvania 18, No. 7 Michigan 9, No. 9 Connecticut none.

Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, is in 21th place with an additional 10.


The U.S. represented 19.7 percent of the 5.669 additional deaths Tuesday – and 23.4 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total. The one week world death increase was 36,569 at 6.3 percent.

Cases increased by 238,728, behind the record of 249,233 Thursday.

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported a world-high 1,346 deaths after 718 Monday for a total of 80,251. The record is 1,492 on June 4. Brazil added 44,887 cases for a total of 2,166,532 – more than half as many as No. 1 U.S.

Mexico reported 915 more deaths late Tuesday compared with 301 the day before and high of 1,092 on June 4. Mexico is in fourth place with a total of 40,400. In addition, there were 6,859cases.

India added 671 deaths after 596 Monday to rise to 28,770, rising Past Spain into seventh place. The Asian nation also reported 39,168 cases, less than the record two days earlier, 40,243, for a third-place total of 1,194,085 behind the U.S. and Brazil.

Four European nations are in the top 10. The United Kingdom's deaths increased from 12 to 110 for third place with 45,422. The daily high was 1,172.

No. 5 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 15 deaths, among the lowest. No. 6 France reported 13 deaths and No. 8 Spain 2.

Also in the top 10, No. 9 Iran reported a record 229 deaths and No. 10 Peru had 195, less than the record of 206 on June 11.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 783,328, including an additional 5,842. The nation gained 153 deaths for 11th place.

No. 14 Canada added 4 deaths for a total of 8,862 as well as 573 cases.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," reported 10 deaths for a total of 5,646 in 18th and 20 cases. Neighboring Norway, which had a lockdown, reported no deaths for the secon day in a row to remain at 255 as well as 19 more cases.

No. 23 China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26, added 14 cases Wednesday.

Japan increased by 3 deaths to 988 -- the most since 5 on June 25 -- and 640 cases, which is the higthest since the record 743 on April 11.