Coronavirus cases pass 300,000 with rise of 10,181; new deaths increase 112

Death toll reaches 4,521 as Palm Beach County rises by 10 to 634
Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 15, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida broke the 300,000 cases milestone, including an additional 10,181 ones, as newly reported deaths rose by 112, the positive test rate hit 11 percent and 80,389 tests were reported in one day, the Florida Health Department announced Wednesday.

Palm Beach County's death toll increased by 10 to 634, after 13 Tuesday and a record 20 one week ago Tuesday. St. Lucie County also reported the most new deaths in one day, 6, rising to a total of 70.

Since the first two cases were announced four months ago on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 1.4 percent of the state's 21.48 million population at 301,810. Only two other states have passed 300,000: New York and California.

One week ago Sunday, cases surpassed 200,000.

Cases rose by 78,027 over one week for 34.9 percent.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, the toll has climbed to 4,521 into eighth place. The number of nonresident deaths listed is 105 for a total death count of 4,626.

The increased residents' deaths were second in the nation behind 140 in California, which is in sixth place overall. Other high totals were No. 10 Texas with 110 and No. 16 Arizona with 97.

State and county increases represent deaths received by the state Tuesday 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.

The record of newly reported deaths was reported Tuesday with 132. The previous record of 120 was last Thursday, followed by 93 Friday then 95 Saturday. Until last week, the record was 83 on Tuesday, April 28. The increase seven days ago was 48.

On the Treasure Coast, Martin County increased by 1 to 43 with the death of a 91-year-old man and Indian River remained at 22. Okeechobee reported is first two deaths Saturday.

Palm Beach County is second in the state for deaths, increasing by 65 in one week. Miami-Dade climbed to 1,202, a rise of 27 in one day and 134 in one week. Broward remained at 464 for the third day in a row and 45 over 7 days. Lee County is in fourth place with 206 deaths, an increase of 3.

In South Florida, there were 44 of the 112 deaths reported Wednesday – 39.3 percent – for a total of 2,437 or 53.9percent though the population only comprises 30 percent.

Cases reached five digits in the state for the seventh time. Tuesday's cases were 9,194, Monday's cases were 12,624 and Sunday's cases total was 15,300 – the highest daily figure ever in the United States. During the height of the pandemic New York also surpassed 11,000. Previous highs in Florida were 11,458 on week ago Saturday, 11,433 on Friday, 10,360 Saturday and 10,059 last Sunday.

California reported the most new cases, 11,126, followed by Texas' 10,791, which was just 610 more than Florida.

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 2,739,169, fourth in the nation, behind No. 1 New York, No. 2 California and No. 3 Texas. That Florida figure is 12.8 percent of Florida's population.

The overall positive rate climbed to 11.0 percent from 10.8 percent the day before. A few weeks ago the daily rate was around 2-3 percent but has risen to 16.58 percent of results reported by labs Tuesday after 18.31 the day before, a record 20.71 six days ago and 16.75 two weeks ago when there were 68,789 tests.

The daily percentages for all tests include 20.0 in Miami-Dade, 14.8 in Broward, 10.8 in Palm Beach, 14.4 in Martin, 11.1 in St. Lucie, 15.8 in Okeechobee and 10.8 in Indian River. Palm Beach reached as high as 15.7 over two weeks and Indian River was 5.2 three days earlier. The state's target rate is less than 10.0 percent.

There were 80,389 tests from labs Tuesday for confirmed coronavirus or anti-bodies compared with 67,137 the day before and 112,257 the day before that. The record was 142,969 on Saturday. Two weeks ago there were 68,789 tests.

The state reported 13.59 percent of people who tested for the first time were positive on tests received Tuesday compared with 15.03 the day before and 14.61 two weeks ago.

With more testing and no requirements for someone to take a test, the median age has decreased to 39, including 41 for tests reported Tuesday. In addition, the state mortality rate has subsided to 1.5 percent among residents but among those under 55 it is less than 0.2 percent.

And at one time, 19,334 have been hospitalized, which is an increase of 409 in one day, compared with 383 the day before.

Deaths rose by 632 in the state over seven days for 16.3 percent and in Palm Beach County it was 65 for 11.4 percent. Recently, the state increase was one-third. The U.S. figure is 3.9 percent with the world at 6.3 percent.


In Palm Beach County, new cases were 509 compared with 473 Tuesday and a record 1,171 Sunday for a total of 22,788 including residents and nonresidents.

Miami-Dade's cases increased 1,987, compared with 2,990 the day before, and Broward at 1,321 vs. 1,330. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise was 50 in St. Lucie, 42 in Martin, 53 in Indian River and 7 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 4,557 cases in one week for a 25.0 percent gain. Miami-Dade has risen by 18,343 at 34.0 percent and Broward by 10,372 at 43.6 percent.

Over seven days, Martin County climbed by 432 cases for 17.3 percent, St. Lucie County rose by 776 for 31.9 percent, Indian River County by 394 for 39.7 percent and Okeechobee County by 134 for 29.6 percent.


Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 20 states, including Nevada at 618, which reported 6 new deaths.

The state identified 9 deaths in Palm Beach County on Wednesday: 2 women (66, 90) and 7 men (72, 79, 79, 90, 91, 94, 95). In St. Lucie the deaths were five men (71, 75, 82, 85, 87) and a 66-year-old woman.


Palm Beach County has 22,788 cases out of 192,961 total tested for 11.8 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 72,317 positive cases out of 449,593 tested for 16.1 percent, and Broward is second with 34,153 cases and 290,146 tested for 11.8 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 2,935 of 20,848 for 14.1 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 3,209 positive out of 30,303 for 10.6 percent, Indian River with 1,386 out of 19,719 for 7.0 percent and Okeechobee with 586 out of 4,729 for 12.4 percent.

Mortality rate

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

It is 1.5 percent in the state for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 3.9 percent in the United States and 4.3 percent worldwide, which passed 586,000 deaths and neared 13.7 million cases Wednesday.

Palm Beach County's rate was 2.8 percent, compared with Broward at 1.4 percent and Miami-Dade with 1.6 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 2.2 percent in St. Lucie, 1.6 percent in Indian River, 1.5 percent in Martin and 0.3 percent in Okeechobee.

Florida has 210 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 423 per million. New York, which represents one-quarter of the deaths in the nation, has 1,670 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 75.2 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 12 deaths in the 15-24 class with no change from the day before. 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.

Twenty-six people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus, an increase of 1.

The oldest is a 108-year-old woman from Miami-Dade. A total of 1,578 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 34 in one day.

Ninety-three percent of the fatalities are 55 and older, which is an increase of 1 percentage point in one day, and 63 percent 75 and older. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive – 26 percent age 55 and older and 7 percent 75 and older.

At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 4,735 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 182, and 95 were hospitalized. From ages 5-14, there are 10,279 9,867, an increase of 412 with 73 in the hospital at one time.

From the infant to 54 age group, 219,046 of the 297,876 residents have tested positive. But in that group, 329 have died for a 0.15 death percentage.

From infant to 65, there are 255,978 cases. A total of 764 have died for a 0.30 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 5,447, an increase of 116. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, rose 71 to 4,281, followed by Boynton Beach at 2,012 from 1,970, Boca Raton at 2,780, up from 2,686, Delray Beach at 1,508 from 1,473. A total of 424 in the county not designated by a city.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 1,966, an increase of 32, followed by Stuart with 1,472 vs. 1,448.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, increased by 6 to 271, compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 19,334 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 16,758 last Wednesday. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 2,148 in Palm Beach County, an increase of 33 compared with 11 the day before; 245 in Martin, an increase of 2; 257 in St. Lucie with a rise of 9, Indian River increased by 3 to 100 and Okeechobee increased from 54 to 55.

Long-term care

Nearly half of the deaths, 2,198, are residents and staff of long-term care, including 264 in Palm Beach County. The state increase was 40 and in Palm Beach County it was 3


Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 140,105, including an increase of 997 Wednesday after 937 Tuesday.

The last time deaths were more than 1,000 was June 9 with 1,105. Johns Hopkins reports 137,357.

Cases reached 3,616,747, with an increase of 71,670, which was the second time they passed 70,000. The other one was Friday with 71,787.

Last Wednesday in the U.S., there were 890 more deaths and 61,848 more cases reported.

The one week U.S. death increase was 5,314 at 3.9 percent.

New York has the most deaths in the nation with 32,445, including 33 more Wednesday after a high of 799 in April. The state's percentage share has been decreasing for weeks to 23.2 percent.

Among other states in the top 10: No. 2 New Jersey with 43, No. 3 Massachusetts 28, No. 4 Illinois 8, No. 6 Pennsylvania 42, No. 7 Michigan 4, No. 9 Connecticut 8.

No. 14 Georgia added 37 and Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, is in 21th place and reported 21 deaths.

And Alabama rose by a record 47 to 1,211 in 23rd place.


The U.S. represented 17.3 percent of the 5,754 additional deaths Wednesday – and 23.9 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total. The one week world death increase was 34,940 at 6.3 percent.

The additional death toll last Wednesday was 5,475.

Cases increased by 234.245 after a record 236,918 Friday.

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported a world-high 1,261 deaths after 1,341 Tuesday for a total of 75,523. The record is 1,492 on June 4. Brazil added 39,705 cases. The South American nation has a total of 1,970,169 cases – more than half as many as No. 1 U.S.

Mexico reported 579 more deaths late Wednesday compared with 836 the day before and high of 1,092 on June 4. On Sunday, Mexico moved past Italy in fourth place and has a total of 36,906. In addition, there were 6,149 cases, behind the record 7,280 Thursday.

India added 614 deaths after 588 Tuesday to rise to 23,727 in eighth place. The Asian nation also reported a record cases, 32,682 for a third-place total of 970,169, behind the U.S. and Brazil.

Four European nations are in the top 10. The United Kingdom's deaths decreased from 138 to 85 for third place with 45,053, which is behind the United States and Brazil. The high was 1,172.

No. 5 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 13 deaths, among the lowest since the pandemic. No. 6 France added 20 and No. 7 Spain 4.

Also in the top 10, No. 9 Iran reported 199 after a record 221 Thursday. No. 10 Peru had 188.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 746,369, including an additional 6,422. The nation gained 156 deaths for 11th place.

No. 14 Canada added 12 deaths for a total of 8,810 as well as 343 cases.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," reported 10 deaths for a total of 5,572 in 18th and 126 cases. Neighboring Norway, which had a lockdown, reported zero for the second day in a row to remain at 253 as well as 10 more cases.

No. 22 China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and added 1 case Thursday.