Coronavirus deaths rise by 63 in state, including record 20 in Palm Beach County

Cases increase by 7,347 as daily positive rate hits nearly 20%
Posted at 11:31 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 00:54:23-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Coronavirus deaths in Florida soared by 63 in one day, including a record 20 in Palm Beach County, as cases continued to subside, with 7,347, but the positive rate soared to a record nearly 20 percent daily positive rate, after a three-day weekend of closed state testing sites, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday.

Palm Beach County's death toll increased to 562, compared with 1 more Monday. The previous record was 17 new deaths in one day. Last Friday there were an additional 13 in one day.

On Monday, cases statewide increased by 6,336. But over the previous four days, cases climbed 41,714, including 10,059 Sunday, the record 11,458 Saturday, 9,488 Friday and 10,109 Thursday. The previous record before the four-day spurt was 9,585 one Saturday ago.

Since the first two cases were announced four months ago on March 1, the total has surged to 213,794, which is more than 1 percent of the state's population and third in the nation behind New York with 423,491, California with 287,514and Texas with 219,253.

In one week, Florida's cases have risen by 61,360 for an increase of 40.3 percent.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, the toll has climbed to 3,841, which is ninth in the nation. The number of nonresident deaths remained at 102 for a total death count of 3,953.

Florida's increase Monday was 47 and last Tuesday they rose by 58. The record is 83 on April 28, with 72 deaths reached twice.

On the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie County rose by 1 to 54 and Martin County by 2 to 31 as Indian River remained at 17. Okeechobee has none.

Testing 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. But the sites were closed for three days for the holiday instead of the usual Sunday. The total now is 2,271,267, fourth in the nation. That figure is more than 10 percent of Florida's population of 21.4 million.

There were 48,538 tests from labs on Monday for confirmed coronavirus or anti-bodies. The total the day before was 44,624 and two days ago 69,883.

Likewise the positive rate has zoomed up. A few weeks ago the daily rate was around 2-3 percent but has risen to 19.30 percent of results reported by labs Monday. The overall percentage climbed to 9.4 percent from 9.2 percent but below 10 percent several weeks ago.

With more testing and no requirements for someone to take a test, the age has decreased to 39, including 40 for tests reported Monday. In addition, the state mortality rate has subsided to 1.8 percent.

And at one time, 16,425 have been hospitalized, which is an increase of 380 in one day.

Palm Beach County is second in the state for deaths, rising by 53 in one week. Miami-Dade climbed to 1,057, a rise of 6 in one day and 66 in one week. Broward increased by 4 to 418 and 33 over 7 days. Lee is in fourth place with 172 deaths, an increase of 5.

Thirty-three of the 63 deaths reported Tuesday were in South Florida for a total of 2,140, or 55.7 percent though the population only comprises 30 percent.

In Palm Beach County, new cases were 396, compared with 406 Sunday and a record 825 Saturday for a total of 17,638, including residents and nonresidents. The previous record was 658 one week ago Friday.

Miami-Dade's cases increased 1,066, compared with 1,981 the day before, and Broward at 739 vs. 617. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise was 91 in St. Lucie, 39 in Martin, 16 in Indian River and 12 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.

Florida's new cases Tuesday were third behind Texas with 10,028 and California with 6,090. Arizona was fourth with 3,533 and Georgia fifth with 3,406. The total number of cases in the nation was 55,437.

Palm Beach County has risen by 3,488 cases in one week for a 24.7 percent gain. Miami Dade has risen by 14,238 at 38.7 percent and Broward by 6,961 at 44.6 percent.

Over seven days, Martin County climbed by 406 cases for 19.8 percent, St. Lucie County rose by 631 for 36.6 percent, Indian River County by 272 for 39.0 percent and Okeechobee County by 74 for 19.6 percent.


Deaths rose by 336 in the state over seven days for 9.6 percent and in Palm Beach County it was 53 for 10.4 percent. The U.S. figures are 3.0 percent with the world at 6.3 percent.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 20 states, including Nevada at 548, including 11 more Tuesday.

The state on Tuesday identified 21 deaths in Palm Beach County with 13 men and 8 women, ranging from a 31-year-old woman to two 97-year-old woman. A 39-year-old man also died.

In Martin county, they are three men, 70, 82, 85 and one 80-year-old woman in St. Lucie County.


The positive rate for tests received Monday was 19.30 percent compared with 17.25 the day before and 18.49 two weeks ago when there were 36,411 tests.

The state reported 16.27 percent of people who tested for the first time were positive, compared with 14.95 the day before. Two weeks ago, the percentage was 15.99.

The overall positive rate was up two-tenths of a percent to 9.4, compared with 7.8 percent one week ago.

Palm Beach County has 17,638 cases out of 164,372 total tested for 10.7 percent, 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 51,058 positive cases out of 372,720 tested for 13.7 percent, and Broward is second with 22,595 cases and 233,421 tested for 9.7 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 2,461 of 18,510 for 13.3 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 2,355 positive out of 25,510 for 9.2 percent, Indian River with 969 out of 16,537 for 5.9 percent and Okeechobee with 451 out of 4,160 for 10.8 percent.

Mortality rate

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

It is 1.8 percent in the state compared with 4.3 percent in the United States and 4.6 percent worldwide, which passed 545,000 deaths and neared 12.0 million cases Tuesday.

Palm Beach County's rate was 3.2 percent, compared with Broward at 1.8 percent and Miami-Dade with 2.1 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 2.3 percent in St. Lucie, 1.8 percent in Indian River and 1.3 percent in Martin.

Florida has 179 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 405 per million. New York, which represents one-quarter of the deaths in the nation, has 1,660 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 70.0 per million.

Age breakdown

The youngest death is a 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County – the first in the 5-14 age class. There are seven in the 15-24 class, including two additions in Broward, a 20-year-old male and a 22-year-old female. Others are 16-year-old girl from Lee County, a 17-year-old boy from Pasco County, a 22-year-old woman from Palm Beach County, a 23-year-old woman from Miami-Dade County and a 22-year-old man from Pinellas. Twenty people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus.

The oldest is a 108-year-old women from Miami-Dade. A total of 1,370 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 21 in one day.

Ninety-four percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 64 percent 75 and older – figures that have stayed consistent through the pandemic. 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 3,356 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 132, and 74 were hospitalized, which is an increase of 4 in one day. In all, there were 952 cases of children under 1. From ages 5-14, there are 6,910, an increase of 287, with 61 in the hospital at one time, a rise of 2.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 4,163, an increase of 92. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, rose 57 to 3,444ollowed by Boynton Beach at 1,548 from 1,517, Boca Raton at 1,949, up from 1,902, Delray Beach at 1,130 from 1,107. A total of 347 in the county not designated by a city.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 1,495, an increase of 57, followed by Stuart with 1,209 vs. 1,180.

In Indian River, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, increased by 1 to 217, compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 16,435 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 14,580 last Tuesday. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 2,046 in Palm Beach County, an increase of 25 compared with 15 the day before; 208 in Martin, an increase of 9; 206 in St. Lucie with an increase of 5, Indian River rose by 3 to 69 and Okeechobee increased to 43 from 41.

Long-term care

More than half of the deaths, 1,980, are residents and staff of long-term care, including 242 in Palm Beach County in data through Monday. The state increase was 30 and Palm Beach County with 7 more.


Florida, which is the third-most-populous state, is in ninth place, 497 ahead of Louisiana, which reported 23 deaths Tuesday, according to

Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 133,972, including an increase of 994 Monday after 379 Monday. Because of a three-day weekend, some states reported higher numbers on Tuesday.

The last time deaths were more than 1,000 was June 9 with 1,105. Johns Hopkins reports 131,362.

Cases reached 3,097,084 with an increase of 55,442, but below the record of 58,911 set Friday.

Last Tuesday, there were 727 more deaths and 46,068 more cases.

The one week U.S. death increase was 3,887.

Arizona reported the most deaths, 117, for 16th place with 3,653. California was next with 111 in sixth place and Texas followed with 80 in 14th place. Mississippi added 44 deaths for a total of 1,158 in 22nd place.

Among other states in the top 10: No. 1 New York with 25, No. 2 New Jersey had 50, No. 3 Massachusetts 15, No. 4 Illinois 37, No. 5 Pennsylvania 36, No. 7 Michigan 30 and No. 8 Connecticut 0.

No. 13 Georgia added 21 and Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, is in 21th place, with an increase of 14.


The U.S. represented 18.0 percent of the 5,515 additional deaths Tuesday – a figure that has been declining – and 24.6 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total. The one week world death increase was 32,411.

The additional death toll last Tuesday was 5,039.

Cases increased by 208,087, less than the record 209,379 Thursday.

Deaths have been surging in Brazil, Mexico and India, which are in the top 10.

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported 1,312 deaths, which was the most in the world, after 656 Monday for a total of 65,556. The record is 1,492 on June 4. Brazil added 48,584 cases after a record 55,209 one week ago Friday. The South American nation has a total of 1,674,655 cases – more than half as many as No. 1 U.S.

Mexico reported 895 more deaths late Tuesday compared with 480 the day before and high of 1,092 on June 4, for fifth place with 32,014. In addition, there were 6,258 cases, less than the record 6,914 Saturday.

India added 479 deaths after 474 Monday to rise to 20,174 in eighth place. The Asian nation also reported 23,135 cases after a record 24,015 Saturday to move into third place total with 743,481 behind the U.S. and Brazil.

Four European nations are in the top 10. The United Kingdom's deaths increased significantly from 16 to 155 for third place with 44,391, which is behind the United States and Brazil. The high was 1,172.

Fourth-place Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 30 death.

No. 6 France added 13 and No. 7 Spain 4.

Also in the top 10, No. 9 Iran reported 200 deaths, surpassing the previous record of 162 two days ago, and No. 10 Peru had 180.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 694,230, including an additional 6,368. The nation added 198 more deaths for 11th place.

No. 14 Canada added 9 deaths for a total of 8,711 after 9 Monay.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity, reported 11 deaths for a total of 5,447 in 17th and 57 cases. Neighboring Norway, which had a lockdown, reported no deaths for the seventh day in a row to remain at 251 and 11 more cases.

China, the original epicenter of the world but now in 21st place, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and added 7 cases Wednesday.