Palm Beach County coronavirus deaths rise by 4 to 107; state passes 600

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Posted at 8:16 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 01:11:20-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The coronavirus death toll slowed Wednesday in Palm Beach County with four additional fatalities to 107 and 43 more in the state to 614, the Florida Department of Health announced Wednesday night.

The county remains No. 2 for deaths in the state behind Miami-Dade County, which jumped from 143 to 155 in one day. Broward is third with 94, an increase of 13.

Twenty-nine of the additional 43 deaths are linked to South Florida with no fatalities announced Wednesday on the Treasure Coat. St. Lucie County remains at 8, followed by 4 in Martin, 1 in Indian River and none in Okeechobee.

South Florida accounts for 340 deaths, which is 60.1 percent of the state total.

A total of 891 additional cases were announced Wednesday, including 76 more in Palm Beach County, for a total 22,519 of an increase of 4.1 percent. On Tuesday, there were 609 additional cases and 36 in the county.

On Wednesday morning, the state announced 20 additional cases, added another five in a rare afternoon update and 18 more in the evening update. In Palm Beach County, two more deaths were announced each in the morning and night. The news fatalities are two men, 45 and 79, and two women 72 and 79.

On Tuesday, 72 deaths were announced, which surpassed the record of 48, which was set twice last Thursday and Friday. On Monday, there were 38 additional deaths, after 15 more Sunday and 27 additional Saturday.

The state death toll increased by 7.5 percent after rising 14.2 percent Tuesday.

The deaths in the state range from a 28-year-old man in Sarasota to a 101-year-old woman in Miami-Dade County. Ninety-two percent of the deaths are people 55 and older.

Florida ranks 10th in the nation in total deaths and 13th in increase of deaths from the day before, according to Wednesday tracking by New York leads with 11,86 deaths, including 752 additional fatalities Wednesday. The record was set Thursday with 799.

In all, 28,529 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of a record 2,482, or 9.5 percent. On Tuesday, there were 2,407 additional deaths.

The U.S. represented 31.2 percent of the additional deaths and 21.2 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 2.7 percent with 578 more deaths. No. 3 Spain increased 557 fatalities for a 3.1 percent gain. China, the original epicenter, reported no new deaths Thursday and is now eighth with 3,342 deaths.

On week ago in the United States, there were 14,811deaths total compared with 5,114 two weeks ago, 1,028 three weeks ago, 150 four weeks ago, 38 five weeks ago and 11 six weeks ago.

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Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 21 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. The boy under 1 was reported Wednesday. In the state, there are 95 cases of children up to 4.

Through Wednesday, West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 329 cases, followed by Boca Raton with 300, Delray Beach with 240 and Boynton Beach with 232. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 125.

A total of 215,521 have been tested with 191,377 negative results for a 10.5 percent positive rate.

Palm Beach County has 1,816 cases out of 11,520 total tested, including those awaiting results.

Miami-Dade County leads with 8,063 positive cases out of 46,227 tested, and Broward County is second with 3,363 cases and 28,013 tested.

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

On the Treasure Coast, only 13 additional cases were reported Wednesday.

In St. Lucie County, it's 172 positive out of 2,003 total tested, followed by Martin County with 140 out of 1,207, Indian River County with 78 out of 1,135 and Okeechobee County with five out of 215. Indian River's cases include an 8-year-old boy.

A total of 3,249 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is up from 3,050 in one day. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 326 in Palm Beach County, 50 in St. Lucie County, 35 in Martin County, 21 in Indian River County and 3 in Okeechobee County.