Florida's first-time infection rate under 4%, Palm Beach County below 3%

State's additional coronavirus deaths subside to 110; cases up 2,658
Posted at 11:43 AM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 23:42:23-04

Florida's daily first-time cases positivity rate dropped below 4 percent, including Palm Beach County under 3 percent, as the state's additional deaths declined from 129 to a U.S.-high 110 in one day and new cases increased slightly from 2,628 to 2,658, the Florida Health Department announced Friday.

President Donald Trump’s and first lady Melania Trump’s coronavirus infections announced Friday will be counted in Palm Beach County, his legal residence, a D.C. government official told CNN.

Florida's first-time daily infection rate of all tested was 3.77 percent, the lowest in several months, from 4.64 day before and a high of 5.85 on Sept. 21, which is among three days above 5 percent over two weeks. Palm Beach County's rate dropped to 2.4 percent from 4.18 percent, compared with 2.13 percent three days ago that was among the lowest in several months. The high of 6.81 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 declined to 4.92 percent on 77,615 tests reported by labs to the state Thursday from 5.97 on 65,464 the day before. The previous two-week low was 5.33 on Saturday and the high was 7.54 on Sept. 21. Only 20,988 tests were reported four days ago and the record test total was 142,964 July 11. In Palm Beach County there were 138 residents positive on 5,740 total tested.

Increased deaths have been in triple digit for four days in a row, including 106 Tuesday, then 172 Wednesday. On Monday there were 5 reported deaths, which tied for the lowest on May 31 over nearly four months, after 10 fatalities were reported when weekend data is traditionally low. Last Friday's increase was 120. The record was 276 deaths on Aug. 11.

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

Last Friday's new cases were 2,847. The last time there were fewer than 2,000 not from weekend data was 1,823 on Sept. 8.

Florida's total of 711,804 cases is 10 percent of the total infection in the U.S. though the state only comprises 6.5 percent of the population.

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

Before Tuesday, the previous times there were more than 3,000 cases was 3,573 Saturday, Sept. 19. The last time cases were more than 4,000 was 4,684 on Aug. 22.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, which is 210 days, the death toll has climbed to 14,554 among residents, with an average of 69 per day, and 14,730 including 176 nonresidents, which rose 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 6 to 1,389, third highest in the state behind Miami-Dade and Broward, after 15 on Thursday. On the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie rose by 1 to 292, Martin remained at 143 and Indian River stayed at 120. Okeechobee has 28 deaths with its first two fatalities on July 25.

Broward rose by 9 and Miami-Dade by 30.

With an increase of 46 deaths in South Florida, or 41.8 percent of the 110 state total, there are 6,703, which is 46.1 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 135 after 146 the day. On Monday, the rise was 27.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 169 compared with 312 the day before. The state reported Friday there are currently 2,080 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is 41 less 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 72 deaths Friday after a state-record 324 on Aug. 11, for a total of 15,895. California reported 98 and is in third place overall with 15,986, just 91 ahead of Texas.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state Thursday 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: 85 on Sept. 6.

In a state report Friday, 148 deaths were reported but the increase was 110 but no mention was made of deaths removed as related to COVID-19. On Thursday, 32 fatalities were removed from the total list after determining they weren't related to COVID-19.

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 2.4 percent with the world at 3.5 percent.

Miami-Dade increased to 3,314 with 112 more in one week. Broward is at 1,415 with a rise 51 in one week. St. Lucie has risen by 17 deaths in one week compared with Martin by 1, Indian River by 5 and Okeechobee by 3.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 22 states, Iowa's 1,372 after adding 11 Friday.

Pinellas increased by 4 to 759 deaths in fourth place and Hillsborough by 6 to 660 in fifth place. Polk remained at 531 in sixth and Lee decreased by 1 to 476.

The state Friday identified 7 new deaths in Palm Beach County though the increase was 7 with 4 men (72, 85, 90, 92) and 3 women (44, 70, 91) with the county reported saying there were 13 new deaths. St. Lucie County added a 71-year-old man.


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 711,804, third in the nation. The average over 215 days is 3,311 per day.

In one week, cases have risen by 15,917, which averages 2,274 per day, at 2.3 percent.

California has the most cases in the U.S. at 817,277 with the addition of a U.S.-high 3,590 Friday. Texas had 2,729 and is second overall with 756,004. New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, is in fourth at 461,629 with an additional 598, one day after 1,382, the highest since 1,551 on May 29.

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 46,833, including residents and nonresidents.

Miami-Dade's cases were 482 compared with 482 the day before and Broward's increase was 509 vs. 198. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise over one day was 13 in Martin, 35 in St. Lucie, 14 in Indian River, 5 in Okeechobee.


Florida's total number of people tested is 5,358,703, which is 24.9 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 13.28 from 13.3.

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 5.11 percent from 5.43, a two-week high of 6.81 three days earlier and a two-week low of 2.73 four days ago. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 2.93 percent after 4.05, a two-week low of 1.75 four 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 5.26 percent from 5.15, a two-week high of 7.07 two days ago and a two-week low of 2.48 five days ago. Martin's rate was 2.4 percent after 1.94, a two-week low of 1.85 Saturday and a high of 9.91 on Sept. 18. Indian River's rate was 3.58 from 6.5 percent, a two-week high of 7.24 five days ago and a two-week low of 3.48 on Sept. 18. Okeechobee's rate was a two-week low of 3.14 on 134 negative tests after 2.52 on 116 negative tests, a two-week high of 34.33 percent on 44 tests Sept. 21.

Palm Beach County has 46,833 cases out of 372,365 total tested for 12.58 percent overall, not including those awaiting tests and inconclusive.

Miami-Dade leads with 171,391 positive cases out of 926,579 tested for 18.5 percent, and Broward is second with 77,631 cases and 574,872 tested for 13.5 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 4,955 of 37,139 for 13.34 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 8,155 out of 62,805 for 12.98 percent, Indian River with 3,293 of 36,706 for 8.97 percent and Okeechobee 1,581 of 11,241 for 14.06 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 2.9 percent in the United States and 3.0 percent worldwide, which neared 1,033,000 deaths and passed 34.8 million cases Friday, 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, 3.7 percent in Indian River and 1.8 percent in Okeechobee.

Florida has 678 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 645 per million. New York, which represents 15.9 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,711 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 132.4 per million.

Age breakdown

The median age for all deaths in Florida is 79.

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

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 went up by 1.

A total of 4,658 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 37 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 12,045 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 43, and 285 were hospitalized, which didn't change. From ages 5-14, there are 29,950, an increase of 135 with 259 in the hospital at one time, which didn't change.

From the infant to 54 age group, there are 506,886 of the703,212 residents' cases. In that group, 991 have died, with a increase of 6, for a 0.20 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 598,474 cases. A total of 2,582 have died, an increase of 23, for a 0.43 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 11,478, with an increase of 24. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, increased by 18 to 7,931, followed by Boca Raton at 6,848 up from 6,824. Boynton Beach went to 4,125 from 4,107and Delray Beach at 3,179 vs. 3,165. A total of 1,160 in 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 4,814, an increase of 12, followed by Fort Pierce at 2,830, up 14, and Stuart with 2,315, which went up by 6.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, increased by 1 to 414 compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 44,489 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 43,299 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 3,694 in Palm Beach County, with a increase of 7 compared with 18 the day before; 399 in Martin, which went up by 3; St. Lucie at 684 with an increase of 5, Indian River rose by 4 to 310 and Okeechobee from 177 to 179.

Long-term care

Forty-one percent of the deaths, 5,935 are residents and staff of long-term care, including 607 in Palm Beach County, which is second most in the state behind 808 in Miami-Dade. The state increase was 47 and Palm Beach County went up by 3.


Since the first death was reported six months ago on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 208,691, a gain of 902, according to Johns Hopkins. Worldometers reported an increase of 868 to 213,524.

Cases reached 7,549,323 with an increase of 43,482. They have exceeded 70,000 seven times, including a record 78,446 on July 24 and the last time was July 31.

Last Friday in the U.S., there were 967 more deaths and 44,132 cases.

The one week U.S. death increase was 4,941 at 2.4 percent.

New York has the most deaths in the nation at 33,192 with 33 reported after a high of 799 in April.

Among other states in the top 10 for deaths: No. 2 New Jersey 3, No. 6 Massachusetts 10, No. 7 Illinois 47, No. 8 Pennsylvania 20, No. 9 Michigan 8, No. 10 Georgia 43. Illinois' death increase was the most since 70 on June 24.

Also, No. 11 Arizona reported 19 deaths, as well as an additional 551 cases. Ohio reported 88 new deaths, the most since 138 on April 29, and is 13th overall. No. 24 Washington, the original epicenter in the United States, reported 12.


The U.S. represented 15.5percent of a record 5,595 additional deaths Friday and 20.7 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total.

The one week world death increase was 34,835 at 3.5 percent.

Last Friday's death increase was 5,441.

Cases increased by 315,465, according to The record is 322,648 on Sept. 18.

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, initially reported 664 deaths to rise to 145,431. Brazil's record is 1,554 on July 29. The nation added 33,002 cases at 4,882,231 in third place.

India reported 81,484 cases compared with a world-record 97,894 to rise to 6,394,068, which is second in world behind U.S. Also, India recorded a world-high 1,181 deaths, behind a national-record 1,299, to rise to 99,773 and in third place.

Mexico announced 414 more deaths late Friday compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 78,492 in fourth place.

Four European nations are in the top 11 as cases are surging on the continent. The United Kingdom reported 66 additional deaths for 42,268 in fifth place with the record daily high 1,172, as well as 6,968 cases three days after record 7,143. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 23 deaths and 2,499 one day after 2,548 cases, which is the highest since 3,022 on April 24. No. 8 France announced 136 deaths, as well as 12,148 cases with the record 16,096 last week. Spain reported 113 deaths and is in ninth place in deaths, just 69 behind France, as well as 3,722 cases one day after 9,419, behind the record 11,588 last month.

No. 7 Peru announced 74 deaths and is 454 ahead of France. No. 10 Iran reported 187 deaths.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 1,194,643, including an additional 9,412, the most since 9,434 on May 23. The nation gained 186 deaths and is in 12th.

No. 20 Canada reported 90 deaths, the most since 139 on June 4, for a total of 9,406 and 2,124, cases, only the third time it surpassed 2,000. Between May 26 and Aug. 30 cases were never more than 1,000.

No. 32 China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26, added 10 cases Saturday.