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Palm Beach County remains state leader in coronavirus deaths

Total dead more than 27 states, District of Columbia
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Posted at 11:14 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 01:25:52-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach County continues to lead Florida in the number of coronavirus deaths as the state total jumped to 296, which is an increase of 42 in one day.

The Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday that 64 people in Palm Beach County have died as a result of the coroanvirus. Twelve more deaths were announced in the morning and another one in the evening update.

Broward County is second in the state with 54 deaths, which is seven more than Monday, and Miami Dade reached 47 on Tuesday, an increase of six.

Combined with St. Lucie County's six deaths, which is one more than Monday, South Florida accounts for 171 deaths, which is 57.8 percent of the state total.

The state's deaths rose 16.5 percent from Monday, when the death count rose by 33. It climbed by 51 on Sunday.

The deaths in the state range from a 28-year-old man in Sarasota to a 101-year-old woman in Miami Dade County.

Florida ranks 10th in the nation in total deaths and 11th in increase of deaths from the day before, according to tracking by Worldometers.info. New York leads with 5,489, including 731 additional fatalities Tuesday, which is a record for number of deaths in any state from the virus.

In all, 12,857 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of 1,983, or 18.9 percent.

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Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 27 states and the District of Columbia.

The county's total number of confirmed cases are wide-ranging, with the youngest person being an infant girl and the oldest a 104-year-old man. In the state, there are 59 cases of children up to 4.

Boca Raton leads Palm Beach County with 214 cases, followed by West Palm Beach with 177, Boynton Beach with 170 and Delray Beach with 164. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 99.

There are 14,747 cases in the state and 139,669 have been tested for a 10.8 percent positive rate.

South Florida remains the epicenter of the outbreak. Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are the only ones that have eclipsed the 1,000 mark in number of cases.

Palm Beach County has 1,159 cases out of 6,550 total tested, including those awaiting results.

Miami-Dade County leads with 5,126 positive cases out of 27,930 tested, and Broward County is second with 2,230 cases and 19,525 tested.

The latest numbers come on the same day that a second COVID-19 testing site opened in Palm Beach County at the South County Civic Center.

The cases and testing are significantly less on the Treasure Coast. In St. Lucie County, it's 122 of 1,478 total tested, followed by Martin County with 100 out of 917, Indian River County with 62 out of 794 and Okeechobee County with five out of 145. Indian County's cases include a 6-year-old boy.

A total of 1,893 people in the state have been hospitalized, which is up from 15,555 in one day, including 203 in Palm Beach County, 33 in St. Lucie County, 19 in Martin County, 16 in Indian River County and two in Okeechobee County.