Coronavirus death toll rises by 5 in Palm Beach County; state passes 1,300

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Posted at 11:49 AM, May 01, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The coronavirus death toll in Palm Beach County rose by 5 to 191 as fatalities in Florida increased by 46 to 1,314, the Florida Department of Health announced Friday morning.

State deaths rose by 3.6 percent. On Thursday, the increase was 50, compared with 47 Wednesday and a state-record 83 Tuesday. The previous daily record was 72 on April 14.

Palm Beach County's death toll increased by 8 on Thursday after 5 Wednesday and 17 Tuesday.

The number of new cases statewide increased dramatically from 497 to 1,038 after 347 Wednesday. In Palm Beach County, the cases increased by 78 Friday after 52 Thursday and34 more Wednesday.

The positive test rate dropped 2 percentage points in one day to 8.6 compared with more than 10 percent one week ago. A total of 404,467 have been tested in the state with 367,971 negative results.

Two massive testing sites are located in Palm Beach County: the South County Civic Center and FITTEAM Ballpark in West Palm Beach. Other big testing sites at located at Marlins Park and Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade County has the most deaths in the state, increasing by 6 to 358 in one day. Broward County rose to 199 with an increase of 14 for second place.

Twenty-seven of the additional 46 deaths are linked to South Florida, including a 23rd fatality in St. Lucie County, a 86-year-old woman, and seventh in Indian River, a 76-year-old woman. Staying the same are Martin with 6 and Okeechobee none.

South Florida accounts for 785 deaths, which is 59.7 percent of the state total though the population comprises 30 percent. The county with the fourth most deaths is Manatee with 57, a rise of 2.

The mortality rate involving positive cases is 3.8 percent in the state compared with 5.8 percent in the United States and 7.0 percent worldwide, which passed 233,000 deaths Thursday. In Palm Beach County the rate is 6.3 percent compared with 3.9 percent in Broward and 2.9 percent in Miami-Dade. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 9.2 percent in St. Lucie, 8.8 percent in Indian River and 3.0 percent in Martin.

The deaths in the state range from a 26-year-old man in Miami-Dade to a pair of 101-year-old women in Miami-Dade and Collier. Ninety-three percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 60 percent 75 and older.

In Palm Beach County, the five additional deaths include five men, 44, 70, 74, 82, 83. Among the 191 deaths, they range between a 30-year-old man and a 96-year-old woman.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 18 states.

Florida ranks 10th in the nation in total deaths, according to Friday tracking by was 656 behind No. 9 Louisiana, which had 65 more fatalities. Georgia, which has opened nonessential businesses, is in 12th place with 1,154, an increase of 22 deaths Friday after 34 Thursday.

For the second day in a row, New York didn't report the most new deaths in the nation. Neighboring New Jersey reported 310 in second place at 7,538. New York dipped below 300 for the first time in several weeks -- adding 289 for a total of 24,069.

No others reported more than 200 additional deaths with some numbers in double digits. No. 3 Michigan added 77 more, No. 4 Massachusetts 154, No. 5 Pennsylvania 60, No. 6 Illinois 102, No. 7 Connecticut 82, No. 8 California 82

Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, dropped to 16th place Friday with 18 more deaths.

A total of 65,133 have died from the virus in the United States, including 1,897 after 2,201 Thursday, 2,390 Wednesday and 2,470 Tuesday.

The U.S. represented 27.5 percent of the world total and 33.7 percent of the additional deaths through Friday.

In Europe, the number of deaths being reported daily are continuing to decline, including Italy, France and Spain.

Italy, which at one time was an epicenter of the virus, is second in the world and gained only 269 more Thursday after a high of 919 on March 27. No. 4 Spain increased by 281 fatalities after a high of 961 on April 2. France reported 218 more deaths for fifth place and a high of 1,438 on April 15.

The situation is much different in the United Kingdom with 739 additional deaths reported for third place after a high of 1,172 last week.

And Brazil's death toll continues to surge, recording 1,867 deaths over four days -- 509 Friday, 390 Thursday, 520 Wednesday and 448 Tuesday -- for eighth place at 6,410. The death count Friday was the third-highest in the world, and the nation's new cases, 7,933, was the third biggest increase behind the United Stated with 36,007 and Russia with 7,933.

China, the original epicenter, reported only 1 new case and zero new deaths Saturday for 11th place behind the Netherlands.

One week ago Friday in the United States, there were 52,191, two weeks ago there were 37,448, three weeks ago 22,038, four weeks ago 8,839, five weeks ago 2,110, six weeks ago 309, seven weeks ago 48, eight weeks ago 15, nine weeks ago 0.

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The county's total number of confirmed cases are wide-ranging, with the youngest person being an infant girl and boy and the oldest a 104-year-old man. In the state, there are 174 cases of children up to 4.

West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 580, followed by Boca Raton with 450, Lake Worth Beach with 449, Boynton Beach with 384 and Delray Beach with 336. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 168.

Palm Beach County has 3,041 cases out of 29,083 total tested, including 54 awaiting results, for 10.5 percent

Miami-Dade leads with 12,389 positive cases out of 88,513 tested for 14.0 percent, and Broward is second with 5,144 cases and 49,517 tested for a 10.4 percentage.

On the Treasure Coast, 9 additional cases were reported Friday -- 2 in St. Lucie, 6 in Martin, 1 in Indian River and 1 in Okeechobee.

In St. Lucie, it's 249 positive out of 3,362 total tested for 7.4 percent, followed by Martin with 197 out of 1,856 for 10.6 percent, Indian River with 91 out of 1,890 for 4.8 percent and Okeechobee with 12 out of 393 for 3.1 percent.

A total of 5,767 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is 178 more than the day before. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 454 in Palm Beach County, 73 in St. Lucie, 41 in Martin, 26 in Indian River and 5 in Okeechobee.

Intensive care units' beds are at 36.5 percent capacity, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday. And he said more hospitals beds are available than March 1.