Florida surpasses 1 million cases of COVID-19 with 8,847 new infections

Daily first-time positivity rates rise: Florida from 8.38% to 8.69, Palm Beach County from 7.5% to 9.87
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Posted at 3:32 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 11:27:45-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida became the third state in the nation to record at least 1 million cases, adding 8,847 Tuesday, as deaths rose by 82, which was 15 less than the day before, the Florida Health Department announced Tuesday.

Also, total tests reported from labs Monday were 111,627, compared with 87,731 the day before, the lowest in two weeks as sites were closed because of Thanksgiving with a record 170,272 five days ago. The state's daily first-time positivity rate increased from 8.38 percent to 8.69. Palm Beach County rose from 7.5 percent to 9.87, the highest in two weeks.

The state considers anything above 5 percent in the "danger" threshold.

Cases reached 1,008,166 with only No. 1 Texas and No. 2 California reporting more than 1 million. Florida's infections passed 900,000 13 days ago, after surpassing 800,000 on Oct. 30, 700,000 on Sept. 27, after going above 600,000 Aug. 23, 500,000 on Aug. 5, 400,000 on July 24, 300,000 on July 15, 200,000 on July 5, 100,000 on June 22.

A total of 24.2 percent of the cases were in Miami-Dade: 2,143. Much fewer were Palm Beach County with 564, Broward 801, St. Lucie 78, Martin 26, Indian River 25 and Okeechobee 14 after none two days before.

New cases were 6,659 on Monday and 7,363 on Sunday. Last Tuesday there were 8,555 more infections. The last time cases were under 5,000 was Nov. 16 with 4,663.

On Friday, cases for two days of data were 17,344 (8,672 each day average) after no data were released on Thanksgiving.

Florida's cases are 7.4 percent of the total infections in the U.S., which passed 13 million Friday after 12 million Saturday and 11 million the previous Sunday, though the state only comprises 6.5 percent of the population.

Since the first two cases were announced nine months ago on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 4.7 percent of the state's 21.48 million population, 24th in cases per million, which has been dropping the last few weeks.

Over seven days, cases have risen by 54,866 for an average of 7,8386 at 5.8 percent. The previous week the increase was 54,9771 for an average of 7,853. The average since the first case, which was 275 days ago, is 3,666 per day.

The state Tuesday reported 83 deaths with at least 1 previous case deleted as a fatality for a net increase of 82.

Deaths rose by 97 on Monday, which ties for the most in one month with 58 on Sunday and 79 Saturday. On Friday, 109 were reported over two days after Thanksgiving.

Wednesday's 97 deaths were the most in one day since 105 on Oct. 21, when it last hit triple digits. They previously were the last highest 141 on Thursday, Oct. 15. The record was 276 deaths on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

On Monday, Nov. 23, the increase of 94 was the most ever for that day of the week. That day the state passed the 18,000 death milestone, taking 17 days to increase more than 1,000. It was 49 days for Florida's death toll of residents to reach the first 1,000 yet it was only 40 days to more than double. On July 20, there were 5,075 deaths.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, which is 269 days, the death toll has reached 18,679 for an average of 69 per day. Florida's total including nonresidents is 18,916 which remained at 237.

Palm Beach County increased by 3 to 1,697 deaths after 16 the day before. First-place Miami-Dade rose by 41 to 3,839 and Broward is tird at 1,664 with no change.

St. Lucie rose by 3 to 371 as Martin increased by 1 to 174, Indian River by 1 to 138 and Okeechobee stayed at 43 with its first two fatalities on July 25.

With a net increase of 9 deaths in South Florida of the 82 state total, there are 7,923, which is 42.4 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

The number of deaths over seven days is 522, an average of 75 and 2.9 percent, compared with 513 the previous week. Palm Beach County increased by 34 deaths over seven days for 2.0 percent. The U.S. figure is 4.1 percent with the world at 5.1 percent.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state Monday and not the number of deaths that occurred then. The day someone dies and when it is received by the state can lag for several days. The most deaths the past month: 59 on Nov. 13.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 333 compared with 158two days before. The state reported Monday there are currently 4,279 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is 119 more in one day.


Since June 16, Florida has climbed seven spots from 11th place in the nation to fourth. And the state is 14th in deaths per million.

The 21 deaths of Sunday Nov. 1 were lowest since 20 on Monday, Oct. 26.

Deaths have had upward and lower trends since the pandemic in Florida. A few months ago they were averaging more than 1,200 a week with one-week figures earlier in the mid 200s.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 18 states, including New Mexico's 1,568 with 28 reported Monday.

Fourth-place Hillsborough County increased by 1 to 933, Pinellas by 9 to 911 in fifth place, Polk by 10 to 688 in sixth, Orange by 1 to 646 in seventh, Duval by 22 to 626 in eighth and Lee by 3 to 587.

The state report Tuesday identified 13 deaths with 9 men (74, 77, 78, 82, 82, 87, 87, 89, 90) and 4 women (68, 73, 78, 89). St. Lucie identified 2 men (42, 86) and 2 women (59, 92). Indian River reported an 81-year-old man and Martin a 66-year-old man.


Cases have been trending up in the state.

On Sunday, Nov. 15, the 10,101 cases were the most since 12,199 on July 25. The record is 15,200, also in July.

On Monday, Sept. 29, the 738 cases were fewest since June 2 when there were 617 additional infections.

TESTING lists Florida with 12,427,765 total tests behind No. 1 California and No. 2 New York with Texas fourth and Illinois fifth.

Florida first-time daily infection rate of tests reported by labs Sunday was the highest since 8.75 on Nov. 16. The low was 6.18 three days ago.

The state's total daily positivity rate moved from 10.99 percent, the first time it was above that barrier since Nov. 13 at 11.37, to 10.5 percent. During the record 170,272 tests five days ago the rate was 8.41 percent. Only 20,987 tests were reported Sept. 27.

Palm Beach County's high before results from Monday was most since 10.03 on Nov. 16. The rate of 10.48 on Nov. 13 was the highest since 10.49 percent on Aug. 13. The two-week low was 5.39 five days ago. The rate was 1.92 on Oct. 11, which was the smallest since 1.5 percent on May 19.

Miami-Dade's rates went from 9.88 percent to 9.65 after a two-week low of 6.35 five days ago and a high of 10.1 two days ago. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 7.11 percent after a two-week high of 8.42 and a two-week low of 6.09 four days ago.

St. Lucie's rate went from 9.18 percent to a two-week high of 13.04 with the two-week low 4.71 foure days ago. Martin's rate went from 7.65 percent to 7.41, as well as a two-week low of 4.81 Nov. 18 and a two-week high of 10.3 six days ago. Indian River's rate was 7.81 percent after 7.3, a two-week low of 3.78 three days ago and a two-week high of 8.73 five days ago. Okeechobee's rate was a two-week high of 26.42 on 39 negative tests one day after 9.38 on 29 negative tests and a two-week low of 1.43 percent on 207 negative tests four days ago. On Nov. 1 it was zero percent on 31 negative tests.


The mortality rate compares positive cases against deaths. The state's rate was 2.0 percent for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 2.0 percent in the United States and 2.3 percent worldwide, which neared 1,486,000 deaths and passed 64.1 million cases Tuesday, according to

County rates: Palm Beach County 2.6 percent, Broward 1.6, Miami-Dade 1.7, St. Lucie 3.4, Martin 2.8, Indian River 2.8, Okeechobee 2.1.

Deaths per million: Florida 8706, U.S. 836 world 190.6. New York, which represents 12.8 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,781 per million. Six months ago New York was 29.4 percent of the U.S. deaths.


Five deaths are among youths 14 and under, including a 6-year-old from Hillsborough, two 11-year-olds, a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward. The class hasn't changed since Sept. 26.

Four other juveniles are among the 32 deaths in the 15-24 class, including a 16-year-old girl in Miami-Dade. This class has increased since Sept. 24 and at one time it was 33 then there was a reduction.

Ages 25-34: 111 people with no change.

55 and older: 93 percent of fatalities. Smaller percentage tested positive – 27 percent age 55 and older and 6 percent 75 and older.

85 and older: 5,928 people 85 and older, an increase of 24 in one day.

Infant to 4: 16,746, an increase of 136, and 363 were hospitalized, which went up by 1. Ages 5-14: 46,855 cases, an increase of 456, with 330 in the hospital at one time, which rose by 2.

Infant to 54 age group: 715,423 of the 991,910 residents' cases. In that group, 1,222 have died with an increase of 5 for a 0.17 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 844,379 cases. A total of 3,282 have died, with 14 more, for a 0.39 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities at 16,180 with an increase of 115. No. 2 Boca Raton rose by 105 to 10,810. No. 3 Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, rose by 71 to 10,473. No. 4 Boynton Beach is at 6,099 from 6,059. No. 5 Delray Beach at 4,715 vs. 4,672.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 7,007, rising 65, followed by Fort Pierce at 3,787, with an increase of 14, and Stuart at 3,045, a rise of 10.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, rose by 1 to 506 with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 55,197 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 53,827 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

Palm Beach County: 4,572 with 16 more compared with 6 day before. Martin rose by 5 to 461, St. Lucie by 5 to 896, Indian River by 9 to 425 and Okeechobee by 2 to 216.


Thirty-nine percent of the deaths, 7,344 are residents and staff of long-term care with increase of 29. Palm Beach County second at 762 with a rise of 1. Miami-Dade leads with 862.



Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the national toll has risen to 270,642, a rise of a world-high 2,597 Tuesday, with the record 2,609 on April 15, according to Johns Hopkins.

Weekly changes: Last Tuesday in the U.S., there were 2,146 more deaths and 172,935 cases. The one-week death increase was 10,727 at 4.1 percent.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 New York: increase of 13 at 34,618 after daily high of 799 in April. Hopkins lists confirmed and probable deaths for New York, with the latter not a positive case. No. 2 Texas: increase of 170 at 21,549. No. 3 California: increase of 70 at 19,211. No. 5: New Jersey: increase of 90,the most since 116 on July 9, at 17,083.

Among states in top 10: No. 6 Illinois 125, No. 7 Massachusetts 30, No. 8 Pennsylvania 180 (most since May), No. 9 Michigan U.S.-high 190 (30 during review of death certificates and most since April) and No. 10 Georgia 63 and

Also, No. 20 Missouri 177 (138 from weekly check of death certificates), No. 14 Indiana state-record 142, No. 12 Ohio 119, No. 26 Colorado 26, No. 25 Wisconsin state-record 107, No. 24 Alabama 60. No. 27 Washington state, the original epicenter in the United States, added 31 deaths.


Cases increased to 13,721,304 with a rise of 180,098 after a record 203,117 Saturday with many states reporting two days of data, according to Johns Hopkins.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 California at 1,225,189 with 12,221 more six days after a U.S. record 18,350. No. 2 Texas 1,184,250 with state-record 15,182. No. 4 Illinois at 738,846 with 12,542 after what was a U.S. record 15,415 on Nov. 13. No. 5 New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, is in fifth at 655,265 with an increase of 7,285.

Twenty-seven states reported at least 2,000 cases, including Arizona with a state-record 10,332.

States with high numbers include No. 7 Ohio 9,030, No. 8 Michigan 5,793, No. 10 Tennessee 5,693, No. 11 Pennsylvania 5,676, No. 14 Indiana 5,518, No. 20 Louisiana 5,326, No. 21 Colorado 4,405, No. 28 Kentucky state-record 4,151, No. 9 Wisconsin 4,078, No. 16 Minnesota 3,570, No. 18 Alabama 3,376.


The U.S. represented 22.0 percent of the 11,873 deaths five days after record 12,242 deaths and 18.6 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total.

Weekly changes: Last Tuesday there were 11,750 deaths and 550,750 cases. The one-week death increase was 71,696 at 5.1 percent.

Cases: Increased by 583,603 after a record 662,911 on Nov. 13 with 500,00 passing for the first time Oct. 28 and 400,000 for the first time on Oct. 15.

No. 2 Brazil: 697 deaths to rise to 173,862. Brazil's record is 1,554 on July 29. The nation added 52,248 cases, the most since August, and is third at 6,388,526.

No. 3 India: 482 deaths, behind a national-record 1,299, to rise to 137,621 and in third place. Cases: 31,118 more compared with a record 97,894 and is second in the world behind the U.S. with 9,462,809.

No. 4 Mexico: 825 deaths compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 106,765 in fourth place: Cases: 8,819 four days after record 12,081.

Europe: Coronavirus is surging at record cases levels and deaths that are the highest since the spring with nations instituting lockdowns. The continent reported 5,670 new deaths and 171,771 cases.

Five European nations are in the top 10. No. 5 United Kingdom 603 deaths, behind the record 1,166 April 21, as well 13,430 cases after a record 33,470 on Nov. 12. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter, 785 deaths, which is behind a record 921 on March 28, and 19,350 cases after record 40,896 on Nov. 13. No. 7 France 466 deaths, after 932 deaths on Nov. 13 that was the most since a record of 1,437 in April, as well as 8,083 cases after a record 86,852 on Oct. 31 and is fourth overall with 2,230,571. No. 9 Spain 442 deaths and 8,257 cases. No.10 Russia record 569 deaths and 26,402 cases four days after a record 27,543 cases and is fifth overall with 2,322,056.

No. 8 Iran: 382 deaths after a record 486 on Nov. 16, and 13,881 cases four days after a record 14,051 cases.

No. 24 Canada: 81 deaths for a total of 12,211 and 5,329 cases after record 6,131 Nov. 22.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity" with no lockdown, reported 24 deaths and is at 6,798. Neighboring Norway reported 2 to rise to 334, as well as 441 more cases.

China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and recently dropped to 38th. China added 9 cases Wednesday.