Palm Beach County leads state with 75 deaths

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Posted at 12:28 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 06:01:50-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Palm Beach County continues to lead the state in the number of cases, rising to 75 as the state death toll rose by 48 to 371, the Florida Health Department announced Thursday night.

The number of deaths is a state record after there were 27 Wednesday and 42 Tuesday.

In Palm Beach County the death toll rose by six after increasing by five on Wednesday and by 13 on Tuesday.

Four of the deaths were announced in the morning update when the statewide toll climbed by 31. In the evening update, four more deaths in the county were announced and the state total increased by 17. The deaths in the county range from a 41-year-old man to a 96-year-old woman.

The first death was reported Wednesday night in Martin County, a 77-year-old man. The only other fatalities on the Treasure Coast were the previously reported six in St. Lucie County.

Broward County is second in the state with 67 deaths, which is seven more than Tuesday, and Miami Dade reached 67 on Thursday, an increase of 16.

South Florida accounts for 215 deaths, which is 58 percent of the state total.

The state death toll increased by 14.9 percent, compared with 9.1 9.1 percent Wednesday and 16.5 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.

Florida ranks 11th in the nation in total deaths and eighth in increase of deaths from the day before, according to Thursday tracking by New York leads with 7,067, including 799 additional fatalities Wednesday, which is a record for number of deaths in any state from the virus. On Wednesday, the increase was 779.

In all, 16,691 have died from the virus in the United States, which is an increase of 1,906, or 12.6 percent> The most number of death was 1,971 on Tuesday, followed by 1,940 Wednesday.

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Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 22 states and the District of Columbia. The deaths range from to 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 68 cases of children up to 4.

Through Thursday, Boca Raton leads Palm Beach County with 238 cases, followed by West Palm Beach with 199, Delray Beach with 198 and Boynton Beach with 189. The most cases on the Treasure Coast are in Port St. Lucie with 107.

There are 16,364 cases in the state and 156,852 have been tested for a 10.7 percent positive rate. The number of cases rose by 1,128 for a 7.1 percent increase. On Wednesday, there were an additional 951 cases for a 6.4 percent increase

Palm Beach County has 1,333 cases out of 7,334 total tested, including those awaiting results. That was an increase of 109 cases, for a 8.9 percent increase. On Wednesday, there were an additional 65 cases.

Miami-Dade County leads with 5,898 positive cases out of 31,759 tested, and Broward County is second with 2480 cases and 21,165 tested.

A second COVID-19 testing site opened in Palm Beach County at the South County Civic Center on Tuesday, and reopened Wednesday and Thursday.

The cases and testing are significantly less on the Treasure Coast. In St. Lucie County, it's 137 of 1,652 total tested, followed by Martin County with 109 out of 1,011, Indian River County with 68 out of 876 and Okeechobee County with five out of 165. Indian County's cases include a 6-year-old boy.

A total of 2,298 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is up from 2,082 in one day. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died. The number is 239 in Palm Beach County, 38 in St. Lucie County, 25 in Martin County, 18 in Indian River County and two in Okeechobee County.