Coronavirus death roll rises to 103 in Palm Beach County; state at 571

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 20:19:53-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach County's death toll rose by 11 to 103 from Monday as the state's fatalities increased by a record 72 to 571, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday night.

The county remains No. 2 for deaths in the state behind Miami-Dade County, which jumped from 109 to 143 in one day. Broward is second with 81, an increase of four.

Of the 72 additional deaths, 51 are linked to South Florida, including one more death each in St. Lucie County to eight and Martin to four. Indian River remained with one death and Okeechobee has none.

South Florida accounts for 340 deaths, which is 59.5 percent of the state total.

In some good news for Florida, only 609 additional cases were announced Tuesday -- the lowest in two week, including 38 in Palm Beach County.

On Tuesday morning, the state announced 25 additional residents' deaths and in the evening update it climbed by 47. Of those deaths reported in the morning, one was in Palm Beach County. In the evening update, 10 more deaths were announced for the county.

The death toll Tuesday surpassed the record of 48, which was set twice last Thursday and Friday. On Monday, there were 38 additional deaths, after 15 more Sunday and 27 additional Saturday.

The state death toll increased by 14.2 percent after rising 8.2 percent Monday.

The deaths in the state range from a 28-year-old man in Sarasota to a 101-year-old woman in Miami-Dade County. Ninety-two percent of the deaths are people 55 and older.

Florida ranks 10th in the nation in total deaths and eighth in increase of deaths from the day before, according to Tuesday tracking by New York leads with 10,834 deaths, including 778 additional fatalities Tuesday. The record was set Thursday with 799.

In all, 26,047 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of a record 2,407, or 10.2 percent. On Tuesday, there were 1,534 additional deaths.

The U.S. represented 34.5 percent of the additional deaths and 21.3 percent of the world total.

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Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 22 states and the District of Columbia. The deaths range from a 38-year-old man to a 96-year-old woman. The additional deaths Tuesday ranged from 61 to 93, and included seven men and four women.

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 91 cases of children up to 4.

Through Tuesday, West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 311 cases, followed by Boca Ratonwith 291 cases, Delray Beach with 231 and Boynton Beach with 225. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 122.

There are 21,629 cases in the state and 205,413 have been tested with 183,694 negative results for a 10.5 percent positive rate. The number of cases rose by 609, at 2.9 percent, after 1,124 Monday and 909 on Sunday.

Palm Beach County has 1,740 cases out of 11,183 total tested, including those awaiting results. The additional cases was two lower than Monday's 38.

On Tuesday, Dr. Alina Alonso, the director of the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County, said the infection curve in county is flattening and urged everyone to continue social distancing and staying at home, according to a county news release.

Miami-Dade County leads with 7,712 positive cases out of 44,186 tested, and Broward County is second with 3,261 cases and 27,037 tested.

A second COVID-19 testing site opened in Palm Beach County at the South County Civic Center last Tuesday. The county's first massive testing site at FITTEAM Ballpark opened earlier in West Palm Beach.

On the Treasure Coast, only 10 additional cases were reported Tuesday.

In St. Lucie County, it's 165 positive out of 1,985 total tested, followed by Martin County with 135 out of 1,191, Indian River County with 77 out of 1,113 and Okeechobee County with five out of 212. Indian River's cases include an 8-year-old boy.

A total of 3,050 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is up from 2,841 in one day. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 307 in Palm Beach County, 49 in St. Lucie County, 31 in Martin County, 21 in Indian River County and 3 in Okeechobee County.

“We are keeping very close track of our hospital ICU capacity,” Alonso said about Palm Beach County. “None of our local hospitals are at capacity.” She added that it appears an emergency field hospital set up at the fairgrounds may not be needed.