Palm Beach County coronavirus deaths rise by 3 to 115; state toll passes 700

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 00:59:34-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Coronavirus deaths rose to 115 in Palm Beach County, an increase of three in one day, as the state fatalities increased by 58 to 726 and cases spiked, the Florida Department of Health announced Friday night.

The number of cases in the state rose by 1,413 to 24,753, which is a 6 percent gain. On Thursday, the cases increased by 821. In Palm Beach County, the numbers soared by 221, compared with 51 on Thursday. On Wednesday, there were 891 additional cases in the state and 76 in the county.

A total of 241,913 have been tested in the state with 215,229 negative results for a 10.3 percent positive rate -- roughly the same for several weeks.

The number of increased testing comes as Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that two walk-up community testing sites are opening in Broward County: Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach.

Two massive testing sites are located in Palm Beach County: the South County Civic Center and FITTEAM Ballpark in West Palm Beach. Other big testing sites at located in Miami-Dade County: Marlins Park and Hard Rock Stadum.

Miami-Dade County has the most deaths in the state, increasing by 12 to 195 in one day. Palm Beach County is No. 2 for deaths, ahead of Broward County, which rose to 107 with an increase of 6.

Twenty-three of the additional 58 deaths are linked to South Florida, including two fatalities announced in St. Lucie County -- an 82-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman, raising to 9. The death count remained the same elsewhere on the Treasure Coast: 4 in Martin, 2 in Indian River and none in Okeechobee.

South Florida accounts for 434 deaths, which is 69.8 percent of the state total though the population comprises 30 percent.

On Friday morning, the state announced 18 additional deaths and 40 more in the evening update. In Palm Beach County, one more death was announced in the morning and two more at night. The additional deaths are three men, 68, 73 and 85.

The state death toll increased by 8.7 percent after rising 8.8 percent Thursday with 54 additional deaths. The record number of deaths: 72 on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the toll increased by 43. On Monday, there were 38 additional deaths, after 15 more Sunday and 27 additional Saturday. Last week, 48 deaths were announced twice.

The deaths in the state range from a 28-year-old man in Sarasota to a 101-year-old woman in Miami-Dade County through Thursday. Seven of the deaths are people up to 34, including a 32-year-women from Collier County reported Thursday. Ninety-three percent of the deaths are people 55 and older and 58 percent at least 75.

Florida ranks 10th in the nation in total deaths and eighth in increase of deaths from the day before, according to Friday tracking by New York leads with 17,131 deaths, including 630 additional fatalities Friday. The record was set last week with 799.

Tabulating sites are now counting probable deaths from New York City, including an additional 3,778 fatalities added Tuesday and 395 more Friday.

In all, 37,154 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of 2,535, including the new probable ones from New York City.

The U.S. represented 24.3 percent of the world total. Italy, which at one time was an epicenter of the virus, is second in the world but the nation gained 2.6 percent with 575 more deaths. No. 3 Spain increased 687 fatalities for a 4.6 percent gain. China, the original epicenter, reported no new deaths Friday and is now seventh with 4,632 deaths. However, Hubei Province on Friday reported 1,290 additional deaths that had not been previously counted, bringing the total number of deaths in Wuhan from 2,579 to 3,869.

On week ago in the United States, there were 18,747 deaths total compared with 7,139 two weeks ago, 1697 three weeks ago, 255 four weeks ago, 48 five weeks ago, 15 six weeks ago and none seven weeks ago.

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Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 20 states and the District of Columbia. The deaths range from a 38-year-old man to a 96-year-old woman in data.

The county's total number of confirmed cases are wide-ranging, with the youngest person being an infant girl and boy, as well as three 1-year-olds, and the oldest a 104-year-old man. In the state, there are 108cases of children up to 4.

West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 380 cases, followed by Boca Raton with 327, and Delray Beach and Boynton Beach each with 271. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 134.

Palm Beach County has 2,088 cases out of 13,997 total tested, including those awaiting results.

Miami-Dade County leads with 8,824 positive cases out of 51,294 tested, and Broward County is second with 3,688 cases and 31,405 tested.

On the Treasure Coast, only 10 additional cases were reported Thursday.

In St. Lucie County, it's 191 positive out of 2,146 total tested, followed by Martin County with 147 out of 1,283, Indian River County with 83 out of 1,232 and Okeechobee County with five out of 231.

A total of 3,649 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is up from 3,458 the day before . That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 353 in Palm Beach County, 58 in St. Lucie County, 36 in Martin County, 23 in Indian River County and 3 in Okeechobee County.