Miami-Dade passes Palm Beach County with most coronavirus deaths in state

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Posted at 7:15 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 06:15:56-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Miami-Dade County has surpassed Palm Beach County with the most coronavirus deaths as 48 additional fatalities were reported in one day in the state to reach 419, the Florida Health Department announced Friday night.

In Palm Beach County, 79 people have died from the virus, including one more announced in the morning update and three more in the evening update. Miami-Dade spiked to 84 deaths, compared with 66 Thursday and 74 Friday morning.

Broward, which was second in the state on Thursday with 67 fatalities, grew to 72 on Friday morning and the number is now 72.

Indian River County reported its first fatality on Friday morning, an 88-year-old woman. Martin County grew from one to two Friday morning and then to three at night. St. Lucie County has remained at six since Thursday with Okeechobee not having any fatalities.

South Florida accounts for 245 deaths, which is 58.5 percent of the state total, about the same as Thursday's percentage.

The number of deaths announced Friday matches Thursday's number, which are state highs. Twenty-seven deaths were announced Wednesday and 42 on Tuesday.

The state death toll increased by 12.9 percent, compared with 14.9 percent Thursday, 9.1 percent Wednesday, and 16.5 percent Tuesday.

The deaths in the state range from a 28-year-old man in Sarasota to a 101-year-old woman in Miami Dade County.

Florida ranks 12th in the nation in total deaths and eight in increase of deaths from the day before, according to Friday final tracking by New York leads with 7,884, including 777 additional fatalities Friday. The record was set Thursday with 799.

In all, 18,747 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of 2,035, or 12.9 percent-- a record. It's also the first time the deaths passed 2,000 in one day.

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Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 22 states and the District of Columbia. The deaths range from a 38-year-old man to a 96-year-old woman.

The county's total number of confirmed cases are wide-ranging, with the youngest person being an infant girl and the oldest a 104-year-old man. In the state, there are 72 cases of children up to 4.

Through Friday, Boca Raton leads Palm Beach County with 255 cases, followed by West Palm Beach with 213, Delray Beach with 210 and Boynton Beach with 201. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 110.

There are 17,968 cases in the state and 165,686 have been tested for a 10.8 percent positive rate. The number of cases rose by 1,142 for a 6.4 percent increase.

Palm Beach County has 1,431 cases out of 7,895 total tested, including those awaiting results. That was an increase of 98 cases, for a 7.4 percent increase. On Wednesday, there were an additional 65 cases.

Miami-Dade County leads with 6,300 positive cases out of 33,897 tested, and Broward County is second with 2,679 cases and 22,314 tested.

A second COVID-19 testing site opened in Palm Beach County at the South County Civic Center on Tuesday, and reopened though Friday. The county's first massive testing site at FITTEAM Ballpark opened last week in West Palm Beach.

The cases and testing are significantly less on the Treasure Coast. In St. Lucie County, it's 146 of 1,695 total tested, followed by Martin County with 115 out of 1,038, Indian River County with 70 out of 896 and Okeechobee County with five out of 168. Indian County's cases include a 6-year-old boy. On the Treasure Coast, the cases increased by only 17.

A total of 2,496 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is up from 2,298 in one day. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 258 in Palm Beach County, 42 in St. Lucie County, 26 in Martin County, 18 in Indian River County and two in Okeechobee County.