Florida's additional deaths subside to 43, new cases under 2,000

State's first-time infection rate drops to 3.74% with Palm Beach County at 3.22%
Posted at 12:10 PM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 01:25:17-04

Florida's additional deaths declined in one day to 43 and new cases dropped under 2,000 at 1,868. Also, the state's daily first-time cases positivity rate dropped 1 percentage point back to the 3 percent range, including Palm Beach County remaining in a similar level, the Florida Health Department announced Sunday.

Florida's first-time daily infection rate of all tested was 3.74 percent from 4.74 the day before, 3.75 two days ago, which was among the lowest in several months, and a high of 5.86 on Sept. 21. Palm Beach County's rate declined to 3.22 percent from 3.49 the day before, 2.42 two days ago and 2.14 percent five days ago that was among the lowest in several months. The high of 6.83 on Sept. 21 was the only time it was above 5 percent over 14 days.

The state's total daily positivity rate for all tests decreased to 5.10 percent on 54,194 tests reported by labs to the state Saturday from 5.97 on 63,819 the day before. The high was 7.54 on Sept. 21. Only 20,987 tests were reported four days ago and the record test total was 142,964 July 11.

In the state report, 47 deaths were reported to the state Saturday with deaths removed because they were later determined not to be related to COVID-19 for a net increase of 43.

Statistics are traditionally lower from the weekend. Last Sunday there were 10 additional fatalities and Monday it was 5, tied for the lowest on May 31 over nearly four months, after 10 fatalities were reported when weekend data is traditionally low.

On Saturday, 74 additional deaths were reported after four days of triple-digit increases: 110 Friday after 129 Thursday, 172 Wednesday and 106 Tuesday. The record was 276 deaths on Aug. 11.

On Saturday there were 2,787 new infections, which was a revision of 24 fewer cases in a supplemental report Saturday night. Last Sunday's increase was 1,844.

On Monday, the 738 cases were fewest since June 2 when there were 617 additional infections. Then, they increased to 3,266 Tuesday, 1,948 Wednesday, 2,628 Thursday, 2,658 Friday.

The last time there were fewer than 2,000 not from weekend data was 1,823 on Sept. 8. The last time cases were more than 4,000 was 4,684 on Aug. 22.

Florida's total of 716,459 cases is 9.4 percent of the total infection in the U.S. though the state only comprises 6.5 percent of the population.

Last Sunday, cases passed 700,000 after surpassing 600,000 more than one month ago, Aug. 23.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, which is 212 days, the death toll has climbed to 14,671 among residents, with an average of 69 per day, and 14,845 including 174 nonresidents, which declined by 1.

It took nine days for the toll to pass from 13,000 to 14,000. It was eight days to pass 12,000 on Sept.9.

It took 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. More than two months ago, July 20, there were 5,075 deaths.

Palm Beach County's death toll increased by 3 to 1,394, third highest in the state behind Miami-Dade and Broward, after a net increase of 2 on Saturday. On the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie remained at 292, Martin went up by 1 to 143 and Indian River stayed at 118. Okeechobee has 28 deaths with its first two fatalities on July 25.

Broward increased by 6 and Miami-Dade rose by 4.

With a net increase of 14 deaths in South Florida, or 32.6 percent of the 43 state total, there are 6,729, which is 45.9 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

Cases in Florida are much lower than three months ago.

Palm Beach County's daily cases increased by 115 after 131 the day. On Monday, the rise was 27.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 43 compared with 158 the day before. The state reported Sunday there are currently 2,045 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is 6 more than the day before.


Florida is in fifth place in the United States. On June 16, Florida was in 11th place in the nation.

Texas is in fourth place with the addition of 33 deaths Sunday after a state-record 324 on Aug. 11, for a total of 16,025. California reported a U.S.-high 46 and is in third place overall with 16,120, just 95 ahead of Texas and 16 behind No. 2 New Jersey.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state Saturday 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: 84 on Sept. 4.

Deaths rose by 639 in the state over seven days (a daily average of 91) for 4.6 percent, a figure tally that had been more than 1,200 deaths recently. Two months ago the one-week figure was in the mid 200s. Palm Beach County increased by 52 for 3.9 percent. The U.S. figure is 2.5 percent with the world at 3.5 percent.

Miami-Dade increased to 3,334 with 103 more in one week. Broward is at 1,420 with a rise 41 in one week. St. Lucie has risen by 17 deaths in one week compared with Martin by 1, Indian River by 2 and Okeechobee by 2.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 22 states, Iowa's 1,383 after adding 5 Sunday.

Pinellas remained at 763 deaths in fourth place and Hillsborough by 3 to 671 in fifth place. Polk remained at 531 in sixth and Lee increased by 2 to 474.

The state Sunday identified 3 new deaths: 2 men both 85 and a 34-year-old woman.


Since the first two cases were announced on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 3.3 percent of the state's 21.48 million population with 716,459, third in the nation. The average over 217 days is 3,302 per day.

In one week, cases have risen by 15,895, which averages 2,271 per day, at 2.3 percent.

California has the most cases in the U.S. at 823,729 with the addition of a U.S.-high 4,293 Sunday. Texas had 2,181 and is second overall with 765,025. New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, is in fourth at 464,582 with an additional 1,222. Wisconsin reported 1,865 cases, just 21 ahead of Florida, and is in 20th place.

Florida's daily case increases have been below 10,000 since July 26 when they climbed by 12,199.

The record for most cases was 15,300 cases, which was the highest figure ever in the United States.

In Palm Beach County, new cases have been much lower since the record 1,171 July 5. The total now is 47,079, including residents and nonresidents.

Miami-Dade's cases were 326 compared with 488 the day before and Broward's increase was 169 vs. 134. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise over one day was 9 in Martin, 14 in St. Lucie, 14 in Indian River, 5 in Okeechobee.


Florida's total number of people tested is 5,404,082, which is 25.2 percent of the state's population behind No. 1 California, No. 2 New York, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Illinois.

The overall Florida positive rate dropped to 13.26 from 13.27 Friday.

In Palm Beach County, the last time the first-time rate has been above 10.0 percent was 10.2 percent on Aug. 4.

Miami-Dade's rate was 4.60 percent from 5.54 percent the day before, a two-week high of 6.81 five days earlier and a two-week low of 2.73 six days ago. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 3.74 percent after 2.82, a two-week low of 1.75 six days ago and a high of 4.93 on Sept. 22. Only twice in two weeks have figures been 4 percent and above.

Elsewhere, St. Lucie's rate was 3.78 percent from 4.98, a two-week high of 6.72 four days ago and a two-week low of 2.48 seven days ago. Martin's rate was 2.25 percent after 2.25, a two-week low of 1.85 seven days ago and a high of 8.36 on Sept. 22. Indian River's rate was 4.23 from 4.46 percent, a two-week high of 7.24 seven days ago and a two-week low of 3.58 two days ago. Okeechobee's rate was 3.05 percent on 159 negative tests after 6.25 on 90 negative tests, a two-week low of 2.52 on 116 negative tests three days ago and a two-week high of 34.33 percent on 44 tests Sept. 21.

Palm Beach County has 47,079 cases out of 375,226 total tested for 12.55 percent overall, not including those awaiting tests and inconclusive.

Miami-Dade leads with 172,264 positive cases out of 933,264 tested for 18.45 percent, and Broward is second with 77,934 cases and 578,703 tested for 13.47 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 4,985 of 38,004 for 13.12 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 8,205 out of 63,431 for 12.94 percent, Indian River with 3,325 of 37,131 for 8.95 percent and Okeechobee 1,592 of 11,313 for 14.07 percent.

Mortality rate

The mortality rate compares positive cases against deaths.

The state's rate was 2.1 percent for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 2.8 percent in the United States and 2.9 percent worldwide, which neared 1,042,000 deaths and neared 35.4 million cases Sunday, according to

Palm Beach County's rate is 3.0 percent, compared with Broward at 1.8 percent and Miami-Dade with 1.9 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 3.6 percent in St. Lucie, 2.9 percent in Martin, 3.6 percent in Indian River and 1.8 percent in Okeechobee.

Florida has 683 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 647 per million. New York, which represents 15.8 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,712 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 133.1 per million.

Age breakdown

The median age for all deaths in Florida is 79.

Five deaths are among youths 14 and under, a 6-year-old from Hillsborough, a 9-year-year old from Putnam, two 11-year-olds, a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward, as well as a 12-year-girl from Duval.

Four other juveniles are among the 33 deaths in the 15-24 class, including a 16-year-old girl in Miami-Dade, a 16-year-old girl in Lee, a 17-year-old boy in Pasco and a 17-year-old boy in Manatee. This class didn't have any additions.

Ninety people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus, which decreased by 1.

A total of 4,687 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 15 in one day.

Ninety-three percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 61 percent are 75 and older. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive – 28 percent age 55 and older and 7 percent 75 and older.

At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 12,132 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 31, and 286 were hospitalized, an increased of 2. From ages 5-14, there are 30,236, an increase of 116 with 263 in the hospital at one time, which didn't change.

From the infant to 54 age group, there are 510,109 of the 707,751 residents' cases. In that group, 990 have died, with a decrease of 1, for a 0.19 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 602,240 cases. A total of 2,602 have died, an increase of 7, for a 0.43 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 11,535, with an increase of 34. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, increased by 13 to 7,960, followed by Boca Raton at 6,893 up from 6,871. Boynton Beach went to 4,149 from 4,139 and Delray Beach at 3,198 vs. 3,187. A total of 1,175in the county not designated by a city. In addition, the list of cities includes separate listings of misspellings and miscoded counties.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 4,847, an increase of 5, followed by Fort Pierce at 2,843, up 2, and Stuart with 2,326, which went up by 6.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, remained at 415 compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 44,671 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 43,533 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 3,715 in Palm Beach County, with a increase of 21 compared with 7 the day before; 401 in Martin, which went up by 2; St. Lucie at 690 with an increase of 6, Indian River rose by 1 to 311 and Okeechobee remained at 179.

Long-term care

Forty-one percent of the deaths, 5,970 are residents and staff of long-term care, including 609 in Palm Beach County, which is second most in the state behind 808 in Miami-Dade. The state increase was 17 and Palm Beach County went up by 1.


Since the first death was reported six months ago on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 209,821, a gain of 437, according to Johns Hopkins. Worldometers reported an increase of 333 to 214,611.

Cases reached 7,420,921 with an increase of 38,727, according to Hopkins. They have exceeded 70,000 seven times, including a record 78,446 on July 24 and the last time was July 31.

Last Sunday in the U.S., there were 267 more deaths and 36,422 cases.

The one week U.S. death increase was 5,165 at 2.5 percent.

New York has the most deaths in the nation at 33,205, with 8 reported after a high of 799 in April.

Among other states in the top 10 for deaths: No. 2 New Jersey 4, No. 6 Massachusetts 3, No. 7 Illinois 17, No. 8 Pennsylvania 17, No. 9 Georgia 28, No. 10 Michigan no data.

Also, No. 11 Arizona reported 1 death, as well as an additional 355 cases. No. 24 Washington, the original epicenter in the United States, reported none.


The U.S. represented 8.3 percent of a record 4,013 additional deaths Sunday and 20.6 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total.

The one week world death increase was 34,791 at 3.5 percent.

Last Sunday's death increase was 3,769.

Cases increased by 249,546, according to The record is 322,648 on Sept. 18.

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported 364 deaths to rise to 146,375. Brazil's record is 1,554 on July 29. The nation added 8,456 cases, compared with 24,602 the day before at 4,915,289 in third place.

India reported 75,829 cases compared with a world-record 97,894 to rise to 6,549,374, which is second in world behind U.S. Also, India recorded a world-high 940 deaths, behind a national-record 1,299, to rise to six digits at 101,782 and in third place.

Mexico announced 208 more deaths late Sunday compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 79,088 in fourth place.

Four European nations are in the top 10 as cases are surging on the continent. The United Kingdom reported 33 additional deaths for 42,350 in fifth place with the record daily high 1,172, as well as a record 7,982 cases. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 18 deaths and 2,578 cases, one day after 2,844, which is the highest since 3,022 on April 24. No. 8 France announced 32 deaths, as well as 12,562 cases after a record 16,972 the day before. Spain, which reported no data over the weekend, is just 144 behind France.

No. 7 Peru announced 77 deaths and is 512 ahead of France. No. 10 Iran reported 211 deaths.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 1,215,001, including an additional 10,499, the most since 10,598 on May 15. The nation gained 107 deaths and is in 12th.

No. 20 Canada reported 19 deaths for a total of 9,481 and 1,685 cases. Between May 26 and Aug. 30 cases were never more than 1,000.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity" with no lockdown, reported no data over the weekend and is at 5,895. Neighboring Norway reported no deaths for the second day in a row to remain at 275, as well as 95 more cases.

No. 32 China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26, added 20 cases Monday.