No coronavirus deaths reported in Palm Beach County for 3 days; state toll up 7

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Posted at 12:05 PM, May 26, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — For the third day in a row, no coronavirus deaths were reported in Palm Beach County as the toll rose by 7 to 2,259 in the state after a holiday weekend, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday morning.

The county's deaths have remained at 315 since Saturday, when 4 fatalities were reported.

The state reported an additional 4 deaths Sunday and 15 on Monday after 43 on Saturday. One week ago, the rise was 55 in the state and 9 in the county.

The state record is 83 on Tuesday, April 28. The county's most was 17 on that date as well as that number last Thursday.

Over seven days, the deaths increased by 200 for 9.7 percent and by 31 for 10.9 percent in Palm Beach County.

New cases statewide dropped to 509 from 879 to a total of 52,255. The state later Tuesday updated the data, adding 85 cases.

In Palm Beach County, they climbed by 74 compared with 154 Monday. The Treasure Coast area reported 39 new cases, compared with 22 the day before.

No deaths were reported in the Treasure Coast area. On Monday, St. Lucie increased by 1 to 29 -- a 69-year-old woman -- as Martin and Indian River each stayed at 9 and Okeechobee none.

Miami-Dade County has the most deaths in the state but remained at 633. Broward County increased by 2 to 300, which is 15 behind Palm Beach County. Lee is in fourth place with 93 and no increase.

Two of the 7 additional deaths are linked to South Florida, which accounts for 1,295 deaths for 57.3 percent of the state total though the population comprises 30 percent.

The state positive test rate remained at 5.7 percent with the rate more than 10 percent for several weeks. The most recent positive daily rate was 3.4 percent compared with 2.4 percent Tuesday.

In all, there were 14,992 additional tests reported Tuesday compared with 14,804 Monday. A total of 924,920 have been tested with 870,669 negative results and the remaining 1,696 inconclusive or not reported.

The mortality rate involving positive cases is 4.4 percent in the state compared with 5.8 percent in the United States and 6.2 percent worldwide, which passed 350,000 and passed 5.6 million cases through Tuesday so far. Palm Beach County's rate was 5.8 percent, compared with Broward at 4.4 percent and Miami-Dade with 3.7 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 7.0 percent in St. Lucie, 7.6 percent in Indian River and 1.7 percent in Martin.

The deaths in the state range from a 26-year-old man in Miami to 103-year-old women, one in Miami-Dade and one in Escambia. Ninety-four percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 64 percent 75 and older in state data. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive -- 42 percent 55 and older and 14 percent 75 and older. At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 399 cases of infants to 4 years old and 841 among 52,170 testing positive.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 17 states, including New Hampshire with 214. Oklahoma has 318.

The county's total number of confirmed cases range from newborn to 104. Martin County also reported on Sunday an infant girl tested positive.

West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 1,052 cases, followed by Lake Worth Beach with 980, Boca Raton with 605, Boynton Beach with 576, Delray Beach with 471 and Belle Glade has 358. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 271.

Palm Beach County has 5,429 cases out of 67,132 total tested, including 112 awaiting results, for 8.1 percent, not including those awaiting tests and inconclusive. Anything above 10.0 percent is considered out of "target range" by the health department.

Miami-Dade leads with 17,168 positive cases out of 166,885 tested for 10.3 percent, and Broward is second with 6,799 cases and 97,380 tested for 7.3 percentage.

In St. Lucie, it's 413 positive out of 9,795 for 4.2 percent, Martin with 535 of 7,030 for 7.6 percent, Indian River with 119 out of 5,049 for 2.4 percent and Okeechobee with 67 out of 1,561 for 4.3 percent.

On Thursday, Indian River reported the youngest person testing positive, a 5-year-old boy. The other youngest in the counties: an infant in Martin, a 3-year-old in St. Lucie and a 6-year-old in Okeechobee.

A total of 9,424 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is 58 more than the day before. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 1,081 in Palm Beach County, 91 in St. Lucie, 72 in Martin, 31 in Indian River and 7 in Okeechobee.

Florida, which is third-most populous state, is 11th in the nation for total deaths behind Maryland, which has reported 74 more deaths than Florida, including 31 Tuesday, according to Florida has 105 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 304 per million. New York, which represents 30 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,512 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 45.0 per million.

National data

The death toll was around 100,000 with 774 additional deaths Tuesday after 505 Monday. Worldometers lists the toll at 100,579 but Johns Hopkins reports 98,916.

Cases hit 1,725,275 with 19,049 additional ones. Last Tuesday, there were 1,552 additional deaths and 20,289 more cases.

The one week U.S. death increase is 7.5 percent with a gain of 7,824.

Only one state had a triple-digit increase. No. 1 New York reported 141 after 79 Monday for a total of 29,451. A few weeks ago, nearly 800 deaths were reported in one day in the state. Other states were No. 2 New Jersey with 42, No. 3 Massachusetts with 57, No. 4 Michigan with 26, No. 5 Pennsylvania with 16, No. 6 Illinois with 39, No. 7 California with 43, No. 8 Connecticut with 27, No. 9 Louisiana with 11.

Georgia is in 14th place with an increase of 47. No. 18 Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, is in 18th, reporting 9 more.

One week ago Tuesday in the United States, there were 93,533 deaths, two weeks ago there were 83,718, three weeks ago 72,271, four weeks ago 59,265, five weeks ago 45,536, six weeks ago 30,081, seven weeks ago 15,526, eight weeks ago 5,151, nine weeks ago 957, 10 weeks ago 121, 11 weeks ago 30, 12 weeks ago 9, 13 weeks ago none.


The U.S. represented 19.1 percent of the 4,054 additional deaths and 28.6 percent of the world total Tuesday though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total.

The one week world death increase is 8.4 percent with a gain of 27,113.

The six European nations in the top 10 – United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Germany -- reported a total of new 682 deaths, compared with 367 Monday.

Brazil had the most deaths in the world for the third day in a row: 1,027 after 806 Monday and 703 Sunday in sixth place. Its record was 1,188 on Thursday. In 14 days, Brazil has nearly doubled from 12,404 to 24,549. One week ago, the toll was 17,983. Brazil reported 15,691 cases after 13,051 Monday for a total of 392,360 in second place behind the United States.

The United Kingdom, which is second behind the United States in total deaths at 37,048, reported 134 after 121 Monday. The record was 1,172 on April 21.

Italy, which at one time was the epicenter of the world, is in third place at 32,955, gaining 78 after 92 Monday. On Sunday there were 59 – the lowest since 36 on March 7. The high of 919 was on March 27 at 32,007.

France reported 98 deaths for fourth. Spain, which dropped to fifth place Monday after the nation reduced the toll by 1,952 because of duplicates, added 280 more Tuesday for a 27,117 total.

Mexico moved past Iran in ninth place, reporting a record 501 deaths late Tuesday after 239 more Monday.

Nations in the top 10 reporting less than 100 deaths are No. 7 Belgium with 22, No. 8 Germany with 70, No. 10 Iran with 57. Canada added 94 deaths for 11th place. No. 13 China, the original epicenter, reported zero new deaths Wednesday – the last one reported was April 26 -- and 7 cases and no new cases for the first time on Saturday.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," reported 96 more deaths in 16th place with 4,125 as well as 597 new cases. Neighboring Norway reported zero deaths for the fifth day in a row to stay at 235 as well as 10 more cases. Russia continues to surge in cases with 8,915 more for a total of 362,342 in third place. Russia reported a record 174 more deaths -- fifth in the world to rise to 3,807 in 17th.

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