Palm Beach County coronavirus deaths rise by 5 to 112; state toll 668

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Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 20:33:49-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The coronavirus death toll rose to 112 in Palm Beach County, an increase of five in one day, as the state fatalities increased by 54 to 668, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday night.

The county remains No. 2 for deaths in the state behind Miami-Dade County, which jumped 28 to 183 in one day. Broward is third with 94, an increase of 7.

Forty-two of the additional 52 deaths are linked to South Florida with two fatalities announced Thursday on the Treasure Coat. St. Lucie County increased to 9 with the death of a 91-year-old woman and Indian River rose to 2 with the death of a 91-year-old man. Martin County remained at 4 and Okeechobee with none.

South Florida accounts for 434 deaths, which is 61.5 percent of the state total.

A total of 821 additional cases were announced Thursday, including 51 more in Palm Beach County, for a total 22,519 and an increase of 3.6 percent. On Wednesday, there were 891 additional cases and 76 in the county.

On Thursday morning, the state announced 19 additional deaths and 35 more in the evening update. In Palm Beach County, three more deaths were announced in the morning and two more at night. The singles deaths in Indian River and St. Lucie County were announced Thursday night.

The record number of deaths announced were 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 state death toll increased by 8.8 percent after rising 7.5 percent Wednesday.

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 Wednesday. 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 ninth in increase of deaths from the day before, according to Thursday tracking by New York leads with 16,106 deaths, including 606 additional fatalities Thursday after 752 Wednesday. The record was set one week ago Thursday with 799.

In all, 34,617 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of 2,174 deaths, for a 9.5 percent gain. On Wednesday, there were 2,407 additional one. Tabulating sites are now counting probable deaths from New York City, including an additional 3,778 fatalities added Tuesday.

The U.S. represented 31.1 percent of the additional deaths and 23.8 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 2.4 percent with 525 more deaths. No. 3 Spain increased 503 fatalities for a 2.7 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 16,712 deaths total compared with 6,088 two weeks ago, 1,296 three weeks ago, 206 four weeks ago, 41 five weeks ago and 12 six weeks ago.

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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 in data. The five deaths reported Thurs are all men, 59, 66, 69 and two 89 years old.

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 101 cases of children up to 4.

Through Thursday, West Palm Beach leads Palm Beach County with 337 cases, followed by Boca Raton with 304, Delray Beach with 247 and Boynton Beach with 239. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 129.

A total of 225,736 have been tested with 200,801 negative results for a 10.4 percent positive rate.

Palm Beach County has 1,867 cases out of 11,904 total tested, including those awaiting results.

Miami-Dade County leads with 8,326 positive cases out of 48,235 tested, and Broward County is second with 3,466 cases and 29,439 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 21 additional cases were reported Thursday.

In St. Lucie County, it's 186 positive out of 2,071 total tested, followed by Martin County with 142 out of 1,236, Indian River County with 83 out of 1,185 and Okeechobee County with five out of 219. Indian River's cases include an 8-year-old boy.

A total of 3,458 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is up from 3,249 in one day. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 339 in Palm Beach County, 55 in St. Lucie County, 35 in Martin County, 23 in Indian River County and 3 in Okeechobee County.