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Palm Beach County continues to lead Florida with 33 deaths; state toll 170

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 11:37:15-04

Palm Beach County continues to lead Florida in the number of 170 coronavirus deaths, rising from 27 to 33 in one day, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday night.

The state announced 26 additional cases Friday, including 19 additional fatalities in the morning and seven more Friday night. Two of the Palm Beach County deaths were announced in the morning and four more at night. The death toll in the county exceeds 24 states and the District of Columbia. Wyoming is the only state without any deaths.

On Thursday, the number of fatalities rose by 43.

Florida deaths rose 18.1 percent compared with 42.6 percent Thursday. The state's 26 additional fatalities rank ninth in the nation. New York was No. 1 with 680 deaths announced Friday, shattering its previous record by more than 300 and a 26.8 percent increase.

New York's death toll of 3,218 represents 43.5 percent of the total 7,402 deaths in the United States, according to tracking by worldometer.com. An additional 1,331 people died Friday in the United States.

Statewide, the number of positive cases increased 1,260 for a total of 10,268 positive cases, including 9,925 residents. The increase is 14.0 percent in one day. The previous day rose 15.8 percent.

With 84,144 negative results, the positive rate is 10.7 percent.

A total of 1,334 Florida residents are hospitalized, up from 1,167 the day before.

The deaths in Palm Beach County include 17 men and 16 women. The additional deaths Friday are men 80 and 87, and women 62, 74, 85 and 90. The youngest fatality is a 64-year-old woman and the oldest a 94-year-old man.

St. Lucie County recorded its third death Thursday, a 31-year-old woman.

Although Palm Beach County is a distant third in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state with 858, up from 737 the day before, the number of deaths surpass Miami Dade (25) and Broward (22). Five more fatalities each were confirmed in Broward and Miami Dade on Friday.

There are 3,364 positive cases in Miami Dade and 1,598 ones in Broward.

In South Florida, including the Treasure Coast, there are 83 deaths, which represents 48.8 percent of the fatalities in the state. The number of deaths on the Treasure Coast remained at three, all in St. Lucie County.

Palm Beach County's total number of confirmed cases are wide-ranging, with the youngest person being an infant girl and the oldest being 99. Two boys, 1 and 6, also tested positive.

Boca Raton leads Palm Beach County with 160 cases, followed by Boynton Beach with 140, Delray Beach with 124 and West Palm Beach with 121.

On the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie County has 60 positive cases, followed by 47 in Indian River and 42 in Martin. An 8-year-old boy in Indian River has tested positive. Port St. Lucie has the most cases on the Treasure Coast with 44.

The number of cases in Okeechobee County grew to two with a 33-year-old woman. On Wednesday night, County Public Safety Director Ralph Franklin said a male, 41, was tested in the Tampa area. He is not physically located within Okeechobee County and is remaining in self-isolation in Tampa although the 14-day quarantine period has passed, Franklin said.

A total of 133 are hospitalized in Palm Beach County, up from 101 the day before. The hospitalization totals are 18 in St. Lucie County, 8 in Martin County and 7 in Indian River. No one is hospitalized in Okeechobee County.

Testing has ramped up in Palm Beach with a massive site in FITTEAM Ballpark in West Palm Beach. In the county, 4,784 have been tested compared with 840 in St. Lucie, 548 in Indian River, 537 in Martin and 80 in Okeechobee County. These includes people awaiting the results of tests.

The state is planning to open a test site next week at the South County Civic Center west of Delray Beach.

The test figures are higher south of Palm Beach County where massive sites earlier were set up at Hard Rock casino and Marlins Park. Miami Dade's testing total is 18,122 and Broward's is 14,717.