WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The coronavirus death toll has slowed over the weekend in Florida, rising by 14 to 1,735 in the state in one day as Palm Beach County reported one additional death at 238, the Florida Department of Health announced Monday morning.
On Sunday, deaths increased by 6 in the state and none in Palm Beach County or the Treasure Coast area. Statistics traditionally drop over the weekend. Last Sunday, there were 15 additional deaths and last Monday there were 14. On Saturday, 47 more deaths were reported in the state and eight in Palm Beach County.
Thirteen days ago, records were set -- an increase of 83 in Florida and 17 in Palm Beach County.
New cases statewide decreased dramatically from 595 to 386 -- among the lowest since testing ramped up. One week ago Thursday, it was 1,038. In Palm Beach County, the cases increased by 19, compared with 72 Sunday.
The positive test rate dropped to 7.3 percent from 7.5 Sunday and more than 10 percent for several weeks. The most recent positive daily rate was 2.9 percent.
A total of 561,741 have been tested, an increase of 13,328 in one day, with 520,075 negative results.
Miami-Dade County has the most deaths in the state, increasing by 3 to 490 in one day. Broward County rose to 258, an increase of one for second place. Manatee is in fourth place with 74 and no new deaths.
Five of the 14 additional deaths are linked to South Florida. Staying the same are St. Lucie with 25, Indian River with 8, Martin with 6 and Okeechobee none. The last death reported in Martin was 11 days ago, Indian River 10 and St. Lucie one week ago.
South Florida accounts for 1,025 deaths, which is 59.1 percent of the state total though the population comprises 30 percent.
The mortality rate involving positive cases is 4.2 percent in the state compared with 5.9 percent in the United States and 6.8 percent worldwide, which passed 286,000 deaths and 4.2 million cases Monday. Palm Beach County's rate was 6.1 percent, compared with Broward at 4.4 percent and Miami-Dade with 3.5 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 8.8 percent in St. Lucie, 8.0 percent in Indian River and 2.3 percent in Martin.
The deaths in the state range from a 26-year-old man in Miami-Dade to a 103-year-old women in Miami-Dade. Ninety-three percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 61 percent 75 and older. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive -- 43 percent 55 and older and 14 percent 75 and older. At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 230 cases of infants to 4 years old and 484 from 4-14 among the 40,982 testing positive.
Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 18 states. The death reported Monday was a 73-year-old man. On Saturday, three deaths of Palm Beach County residents in their 30s were announced, women 33 and 34, and a man 37.
Florida ranks 10th in the nation in total deaths, according to Monday tracking by Worldometers.info. Florida was 573 behind No. 9 Louisiana, which had 22 more fatalities Monday.
Florida has reported 81 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 246 per million. New York, which represents one-third of the deaths in the nation with 26874, has 1,388 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 36.8 per million.
Like in the state, reported new deaths are way down in the nation (1,008) and world (3,403). On Sunday there were 916 new deaths reported with the previous low 815 on March 30.
No. 1 New York reported an additional 191 deaths Monday, the lowest since late March, compared with 207 deaths the day before. A few weeks ago, nearly 800 deaths were reported in one day.
Neighboring New Jersey is a distant second with 9,264 and reported 77, which is about half of Sunday's total of 146 – the most in the nation -- compared with 132 deaths Saturday. Third-place Massachusetts announced 129 after 139 Sunday. No other states in the nation had triple digits. No. 4 Michigan rose by 33, No. 5 Pennsylvania by 18, No. 6 Illinois by 53, No. 7 Connecticut by 41, No. 8 California by 61.
Georgia, which opened nonessential businesses more than one week ago, is in 13th place with 1,441, an increase of 39 after 4 Sunday and 2 Saturday. No. 17 Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, reported 21 more deaths Monday.
A total of 81795 have died from the virus in the United States.
The U.S. represented 29.6 percent of the additional deaths and 28.5 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total, so far Monday.
On Monday, four nations in the top 10 reported more than 200 deaths – United States, France, Brazil and United Kingdom – and four double digits.
The death toll is continuing to surge in Brazil with a final tally of 502 additional death -- the second in the world -- after reporting 664 Saturday and a record 804 Friday. Brazil, which has surged from 7,343 to 11,625 deaths in one week, is in sixth place, about 15,000 behind No. 5 France.
The United Kingdom, which overtook Italy for second place in the world last week, reported an additional 210 deaths after 268 Sunday and 346 deaths Saturday. The UK's record death count was 1,172 on April 4. The kingdom has announced 32,065 deaths, which is 1,226 more than Italy -- at one time an epicenter of the virus.
Italy gained 179 after 165 more deaths Sunday and a high of 919 on March 27. No. 4 Spain's new deaths decreased from 143 to 123 and a high of 961 on April 2.
No. 5 France announced 263, the second most in the world so far Monday, after 70 Sunday and significantly less than the high of 1,438 on April 15.
Nations in the top 10 reporting additional deaths in double figures are No. 7 Belgium with 51, No. 8 Germany with 92, No. 9 Iran with 45 and No. 10 Netherlands with 16.
China, the original epicenter, reported one new case and zero new deaths Monday – the last death reported was April 26 – for 12th place behind Canada, which moved ahead of China at 4,993 with 123 more fatalities.
One week ago Monday in the United States, there were 69,921, two weeks ago there were 56,795, three weeks ago 42,853, four weeks ago 27,515, five weeks ago 13,298, six weeks ago 4,066, seven weeks ago 689, eight weeks ago 95, nine weeks ago 26, 10 weeks ago 6, 11 weeks ago 0.
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Palm Beach County's total number of confirmed cases are wide-ranging from newborn to 104.
West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 733, followed by Lake Worth Beach with 629, Boca Raton with 512, Boynton Beach with 443 and Delray Beach with 386. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 197.
Palm Beach County has 3,889 cases out of 42,073 total tested, including 65 awaiting results, for 9.3 percent, not including those awaiting tests and inconclusive.
Miami-Dade leads with 14,167 positive cases out of 113,533 tested for 12.5 percent, and Broward is second with 5,882 cases and 66,223 tested for a 8.9 percentage.
On the Treasure Coast area, Martin County reported 6 more cases, St. Lucie up 2, and Indian River and Okeechobee County stayed the same.
In St. Lucie, it's 284 positive out of 5,336 for 5.3 percent, Martin with 261 of 2,561 for 10.2 percent, Indian River with 100 out of 2,343 for 4.3 percent and Okeechobee with 28 out of 979 for 2.9 percent.
A total of 7,224 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is 153 more than the day before. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 658 in Palm Beach County, 79 in St. Lucie, 48 in Martin, 28 in Indian River and 6 in Okeechobee.