Palm Beach County coronavirus death toll up 9 to 131; state at 867

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Posted at 6:51 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 01:38:26-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Coronavirus deaths in Palm Beach County rose by 9 to 131 as state fatalities increased by 44 to 867 with number of cases continuing to slow, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday night.

The state death toll increased by 5.3 percent after rising by 49 deaths on Monday. The record number of deaths was 72 last Tuesday, April 14.

The cases in Florida rose by 811 to 27,869, which is a 3 percent gain -- compared with a 6 percent increase on Friday -- and 744 more Monday. In Palm Beach County, the numbers increased by 60 to 2,320 Tuesday and rising by 90 the day before.

A total of 284,206 have been tested in the state with 254,471negative results to fall to 9.7 percent compared with 10.3 percent Friday. Palm Beach County's positive rate is 12.7 percent.

Two massive testing sites are located in Palm Beach County: the South County Civic Center and FITTEAM Ballpark in West Palm Beach. In addition, a test site has opened in Belle Glade as well as in Fort Pierce. Other big testing sites at located at Marlins Park and Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County.

On Tuesday morning, the state announced 16 additional deaths and 28 more in the evening update. In Palm Beach County, 3 more deaths were announced in the morning and 6 in the evening update. They are eight men, 62, 71, 74, 81 82, 83, 91, 93, and one93-year-old woman.

Miami-Dade County has the most deaths in the state, increasing by 10 to 233 in one day. Broward County rose to 126 with an increase of 4 for second place. On Monday, Broward and Palm Beach were tied at 122.

Twenty-four of the additional 44 deaths are linked to South Florida, including one fatality announced in St. Lucie County, a 93-year-old woman, in rising to 16. The death count remained the same elsewhere on the Treasure Coast: 4 in Martin, 4 in Indian River and none in Okeechobee.

South Florida accounts for 514 deaths, which is 59.3 percent of the state total though the population comprises 30 percent.

The mortality rate involving positive cases is 3.1 percent in the state compared with 5.5 percent in the United States and 6.9 percent worldwide. In Palm Beach County the rate is 5.6 percent compared with 3 percent in Broward and 2.3 percent in Miami-Dade. With much fewer deaths the mortality rate is 7.8 percent in St. Lucie, 4.7 percent in Indian River and 2.6 percent in Martin.

The deaths in the state range from a 26-year-old man in Miami-Dade to a 101-year-old woman in Miami-Dade. Ninety-two percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 58 percent 75 and older.

Florida ranks 10th in the nation in total deaths and 13th in increase of deaths from the day before, according to Tuesday tracking by

Florida was among two states in the top 10 that had fewer deaths. New York leads with 19,693 deaths, including 764 additional fatalities Tuesday after 631 more Monday. New Jersey climbed from 132 to 376 more deaths, Michigan from 77 to 232, Massachusetts from 103 to 152 and Illinois from 59 to 119. Dropping was Connecticut from 204 to 92.

Florida is 431 deaths behind No. 9 California.

In all, 45,318 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of 2,804.

The U.S. represented 25.5 percent of the world total and 39.7 percent of the additional deaths. Italy, which at one time was an epicenter of the virus, is second in the world but the nation gained only 2.2 percent with 534 more deaths. No. 3 Spain increased 430 fatalities for a 2.1 percent gain. China, the original epicenter, reported no new deaths Wednesday and is now at 4,632 in ninth place.

On week ago in the United States, there were 29,825 deaths total compared with 15,347 two weeks ago, 3,948 three weeks ago, 689 four weeks ago,95five weeks ago, 26 six weeks ago and 6 seven weeks ago.

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Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 19 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 boy and the oldest a 104-year-old man. In the state, there are 119 cases of children up to 4.

West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 429 cases, followed by Boca Raton with 366, Boynton Beach with 306 and Delray Beach with 292. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 144.

Palm Beach County has 2,320 cases out of 18,483 total tested, including those awaiting results.

Miami-Dade leads with 10,056 positive cases out of 63,150 tested, and Broward is second with 4,168 cases and 35,992 tested.

On the Treasure Coast, only 8 additional cases were reported Tuesday -- 5 more in Martin, 2 more in St. Lucie and 1 more in Okeechobee.

In St. Lucie County, it's 206 positive out of 2,414 total tested, followed by Martin County with 160 out of 1,430, Indian River County with 85 out of 1,359 and Okeechobee County with8 out of 269.

A total of 4,226 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is up from 4,000 the day before . That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 380 in Palm Beach County, 62 in St. Lucie, 39 in Martin, 24 in Indian River and 4 in Okeechobeey.