Palm Beach County coronavirus death toll rises to 92; state nears 500

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Posted at 7:16 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 00:24:59-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach County's death toll rose by 11 to 92 from Sunday as the state's fatalities increased by 38 to 499, the Florida Department of Health announced Monday night.

The county is No. 2 for deaths in the state behind Miami-Dade County, which jumped from 97 to 109 in one day. Broward is second with 77, an increase of one.

On Monday morning, the state announced nine additional residents' deaths and in the evening update it climbed by 29.

Of those deaths reported in the morning, seven were in Palm Beach County. In the evening update, four more deaths were announced for the county.

On the Treasure Coast, there was one additional death -- in St. Lucie County for a total of seven. The count remains the same for Martin at 3, Indian River at 1 and none in Okeechobee County.

South Florida accounts for 269 deaths, which is 53.9 percent of the state total.

The death toll Monday bucked the trend of lower back-to-back numbers -- 27 on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. On Thursday and Friday, 48 deaths were announced each day, a record.

The state death toll increased by 8.2 percent after rising 3.4 percent Sunday.

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 11th in the nation in total deaths and in a ninth place tie with Georgia in increase of deaths from the day before, according to Monday tracking by New York leads with 10,056 deaths, including 671 additional fatalities Monday. The record was set Thursday with 799.

In all, 23,640 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of 1,535, or 6.9 percent. On Sunday, there were 1,528 additional deaths.

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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 Monday morning, West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 308, followed by Boca Raton with 282 cases, Delray Beach with 227 and Boynton Beach with 217. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 113.

There are 21,019 cases in the state and 201,005 have been tested with 177,786 negative results for a 10.5 percent positive rate. The number of cases rose by 1,124 for a 5.6 percent increase. On Sunday, there were an additional 909 cases.

Palm Beach County has 1,704 cases out of 10,926 total tested, including those awaiting results. That was an increase of 58 cases, which is the lowest in weeks. Last week, there were 65 cases.

Miami-Dade County leads with 7,459 positive cases out of 42,411 tested, and Broward County is second with 3,177 cases and 26,264 tested.

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

On the Treasure Coast, only 19 additional cases were reported Monday.

In St. Lucie County, it's 161 out of 1940 total tested, followed by Martin County with 129 out of 1,171, Indian River County with 77 out of 1,094 and Okeechobee County with five out of 204. Indian County's cases include an 8-year-old boy.

A total of 2,841 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is up from 2,672 in one day. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 282 in Palm Beach County, 47 in St. Lucie County, 29 in Martin County, 21 in Indian River County and 2 in Okeechobee County.