State's cases rise by 10,603, deaths increase by 97, toll 13 from 22,000 residents

Florida's daily first-time positivity rate rise from 10.13% to 12.4; Palm Beach County down from 8.27% tov 7.58
Posted at 3:21 PM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 10:55:05-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 10,603, compared with 15,759 average for the past two days, as deaths increased by 97 and the total toll of residents was only 13 from reaching 22,000, the Florida Department of Health announced Sunday afternoon.

Tests reported from labs Saturday were 96,345 one day after 110,056 and two days after a record 218,214. The state's daily first-time positivity rate was 12.43 percent compared with 10.13 one day ago and a record 23.6 five days ago. The two-week low was 7.98 on Dec. 23 and 7.99 on Dec. 24. Palm Beach County's rate was 7.58 percent one day after 8.27, four days after a record 19.83 with the two-week low 6.12 on on Dec. 25.

The state's total daily positivity rate was 14.02 percent one day after 11.97, five days after a record 26.33 and a two-week low of 9.92 Dec. 23, the only time it was under 10 percent. The previous high was 24 percent on April 15. Only 20,987 tests were reported Sept. 27.

The state considers anything above 5 percent in the danger threshold.

Florida closed out the year Thursday with a record increase of 17,192 cases in one day, shattering the mark of 15,300 on July 12, as deaths rose by 127, which was 10 less than the day before.

No information was released on New Year's Day. Other dates with no data were Christmas, Thanksgiving and Saturday, Oct. 10, when there was a data discrepancy problem. On the day after Thanksgiving, Florida reported 109 deaths and 17,344 cases over two days.

State testing sites also were closed Friday.

On Saturday the two days of data were a record increase of 31,518. Fataalities were 217. In total new cases each day (not increase from before), there were a record 20,015 reported Thursday from labs and 9,752 Friday for a total of 29,767.

The increases for two days of data after Christmas: 17,042 infections (8,521 per day) and 140 fatalities (70 per day).

Three states reported more deaths than Florida, all in triple digits, including California with a U.S.-high 181

Last Sunday's increases were 77 deaths and 7,391 cases -- data which are lowest in the past week. The infections one week ago were the fewest since 6,659 on Nov. 30 and the deaths were the lowest since 74 on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

A total of 14.6 percent of the additional cases were in Miami-Dade: 1,547. Much fewer were Palm Beach County with 507 after 2,082 for two days, with Broward 900, St. Lucie 138, Martin 30, Indian River 63 and Okeechobee 12.

Florida's cases rose Wednesday by 13,871, which was the highest since July.

Florida's cases reached 1,365,436 with only No. 1 California, No. 2 Texas and No. 4 New York also reporting more than 1 million.

It took 10 days for cases to go from 1.2 million to 1.3 million, 9 days to record more than 100,000, 10 days to pass 1.1 million, 12 days to surpass 1 million, 13 days to exceed 900,000. The first 100,000 was on June 22.

Over seven days, cases have risen by 93,457 for an average of 13,335 at 7.3 percent. The previous week the increase was 70,412 for an average of 10,059. The average since the first case, which was 309 days ago, is 4,419 day.

Florida's cases are 6.6 percent of the total infections in the U.S., which passed 19 million seven days ago and 20 million Thursday. The state comprises 6.5 percent of the U.S. population.

Since the first two cases were announced nine months ago on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 6.4 percent of the state's 21.48 million population, 27th in cases per million. In average cases per 100,000 over the last seven days, Florida is in 23rd th at 58.5 with California No. 1 at 98.8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After the first two deaths in Florida were announced on March 6, which is 303 days, the death toll has reached 21,987 for an average of 73 per day -- fourth behind No. 1 New York, Texas and California. Florida's total including nonresidents is 22,311, which rose by 3 to 323.

It took 9 days to increase 1,000 to pass 20,000 residents' deaths one Monday ago, 12 days to pass 19,000 deaths of residents on Dec. 5 from 18,000 and on Monday, Nov. 23, the state surpassed the 18,000 death milestone, taking 17 days to increase more than 1,000. It was 49 days for Florida's death toll of residents to reach the first 1,000 yet it was only 40 days to more than double. On July 20, there were 5,075 deaths.

Deaths rose by 127 Thursday after 137 Wednesday, 101 on Tuesday after 93 on Monday.

The increase of 137 tied with Monday, Dec. 14 for most since 141 on Oct. 15.

Until Florida's increase of 120 deaths Dec. 14, they had remained under 100 since 105 on Oct. 21. The record was 276 deaths on Aug. 11. One day after Thanksgiving, 109 deaths were reported for two days of data.

Palm Beach County increased by 1 to 1,900 after 13 for two days. First-place Miami-Dade increased by 12 to 4,251 and Broward is third at 1,872 with 10 more.

St. Lucie rose by 3 to 409, Martin stayed at 210 and Indian River by 2 to 160. Okeechobee is still at 51 with its first two fatalities on July 25.

With a net increase of 28 deaths in South Florida of the 97 state total, there are 8,864, which is 40.3 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

The number of increased deaths over one week is 775, an average of 111 and 3.7 percent, compared with 644 the previous week. Palm Beach County increased by 49 deaths over seven days for 2.6 percent. The U.S. figure is 5.5 percent with the world at 4.4 percent.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state and not the number of deaths that occurred then. The day someone dies and when it is received by the state can lag for several days. The most deaths the past month: 108 on Dec. 5.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 184 compared with 280 one day ago. The state reported Sunday there are currently 6,966 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is an increase of 265 in one day. It passed 5,000 on Dec. 15. The high of 9,520 was on July 21 though the state didn't begin posting data until July.


Since June 16, Florida has climbed seven spots from 11th place in the nation to fourth. And the state is 22nd in deaths per million.

The 21 deaths reported Sunday Nov. 1 were lowest since 20 on Monday, Oct. 26.

Deaths have had upward and lower trends since the pandemic in Florida. A few months ago they were averaging more than 1,200 a week with one-week figures earlier in the mid 200s.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 16 states, including Rhode Island at 1,777.

Fourth-place Hillsborough County rose by 6 to 1,090, Pinellas rose by 14 to 1,066 in fifth place, Polk stayed at 791 in sixth, Orange remained at 750 in seventh, Duval by 2 to 741 in eighth and Lee was still 675 in ninth.


Cases have been trending up in the state.

On Monday, Sept. 29, the 738 cases were fewest since June 2 when there were 617 additional infections.

The last lowest rise was 6,659 on Nov. 30.

TESTING lists Florida with 16,020,601 total tests behind No. 1 California, No. 2 New York, No. 3 Texas with Illinois fifth.

Florida first-time daily infection percentage has been below 10 percent all but six days over two weeks.

Palm Beach County's rate of 5.78 Dec. 13 was the first time it was under 6 percent since 5.78 on Nov. 27. The rate was 1.92 on Oct. 11, which was the smallest since 1.5 percent on May 19.

Miami-Dade's rate was 13.06 percent one day after 9.32, a two-week high of 24.23 five days ago and a two-week low of 6.80 Dec. 23 then 6.93. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 10.42 one day after 7.93, with a two-week high of 24.39 five days ago and a two-week low of 5.96 Dec. 23 then 6.0 Dec. 24.

St. Lucie's rate was 15.75 percent one day after 17.87 with a two-week high of 34.67 five days ago and a low of 8.75 Dec. 25. Martin's rate was 6.28 percent one day after a two-week high of 10.85 and a two-week low of 5.43 Dec. 23. Indian River's rate was 17.11 percent one day after 14.62, a two-week high of 26.42 five days ago and a two-week low of 8.66 Dec. 22. Okeechobee's rate of 15.96 percent on 79 negative tests was one day after 16.46 on 66 negative tests, five days after a record 70.0 on 6 negative tests and low of 4.76 on 140 tests Dec. 20. On Nov. 1 it was zero percent on 31 negative tests.


The mortality rate compares positive cases against deaths. The state's rate was 1.6 percent for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 1.7 percent in the United States and 2.2 percent worldwide, which neared 1,851,000 deaths and neared 85.5 million cases Sunday, according to

County rates: Palm Beach County 2.3 percent, Broward 1.3, Miami-Dade 1.4, St. Lucie 2.8, Martin 2.7, Indian River 2.3 (+0.1) and Okeechobee 2.1.

Deaths per million: Florida 1,024, U.S. 1,088, world 237.4. In the U.S., that means roughly 1 in 1,000 people died from a coronavirus cause. New York, which represents 10.9 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,972 per million. Six months ago New York was 25.6 percent of the U.S. deaths.


Five deaths are among youths 14 and under, including a 6-year-old from Hillsborough, two 11-year-olds, a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward. The class hasn't changed since Sept. 26.

Four other juveniles are among the 35 deaths, with no increase, in the 15-24 class, including a 16-year-old girl in Miami-Dade. The class was 33 since Sept. 25.

Ages 25-34: 120 people with no change.

55 and older: 94 percent of fatalities with 62 percent 75 and older. A smaller percentage tested positive – 28 percent age 55 and older and 7 percent 75 and older.

85 and older: 6,989 people 85 and older, an increase of 36 in two days.

Infant to 4: 24,156 cases, an increase of 153, and 420 were hospitalized, which rose by 1. Ages 5-14: 71,432 cases, an increase of 627, with 383 in the hospital at one time, which didn't change.

Infant to 54 age group: 961,349 of the 1,341,287 residents' cases. In that group, 1,368 have died with an increase of 6 for a 0.14 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 1,137,519 cases. A total of 3,765 have died, with 11 more, for a 0.33 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities at 20,515 with an increase of 116 over two days. No. 2 Boca Raton rose by 79 to 14,478. No. 3 Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, went up by 43 to 12,683. No. 4 Boynton Beach is at 8,054 from 8,001. No. 5 Delray Beach at 6,355 vs. 6,307.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 9,681, rising 88, followed by Fort Pierce at 5,091, with an increase of 50, and Stuart at 3,800, a rise of 15.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, rose by 1 to 659 with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 63,332 people in the state have been hospitalized compared with 61,459 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

Palm Beach County: 5,120 with 14 more compared with 42 the day before. Martin rose by 1 to 556, St. Lucie by 5 to 1,064, Indian River by 4 to 526 and Okeechobee by 3 to 259.


Thirty-eight percent of the deaths, 8,280, are residents and staff of long-term care with increase of 25. Palm Beach County is second at 832, with a rise of 1. Miami-Dade leads with 910.



Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the national toll has risen to 351,580 Sunday, an increase of 1,396 three days after a record 3,750, according to Johns Hopkins. Eleven states reported at least 50 more deaths.

Weekly changes: The one-week death increase was 18,462 at 5.5 percent. The increase one week ago Sunday was 1,209.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 New York: had an increase of 142 deaths to rise to 38,415 compared with a daily high of 799 in April, according to Johns Hopkins tracking. Hopkins includes probable deaths, meaning there was no positive coronavirus test, with New York state only using confirmed deaths but New York City probable ones. No. 2 Texas: increase of 50 at 27,917. No. 3 California: increase of U.S.-high 181 two days after a state-record 585 deaths at 26,538. No. 5: New Jersey: increase of 21 at 19,208.

Among states in top 10: No. 6 Illinois 81, No. 7 Pennsylvania 56, No. 8 Michigan no data, No. 9 Massachusetts 105, No. 10 Georgia 3.

Also with at least 50: No. 11 Ohio 59, No. 13 Indiana 56, No. 15 Tennessee 55, No. 20 Minnesota 53. Also No. 12 Arizona none and No. 29 Washington, the original U.S. epicenter, no data.


Infections increased to 20,636,663 Sunday with a rise of 210,479, one day after a record 299,087 as many states reported two days of data, according to Johns Hopkins. The increase one Sunday ago was 150,479.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 California at 2,391,261 with U.S.-high 45,332 after U.S.-record 53,711 Dec. 16. No. 2 Texas 1,582,615 with 14,535 five days after record 26,990. No. 4 New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, 1,023,897 with 12,232 three days after record 16,802. No. 5 Illinois at 979,821 with 4,469 after what was a U.S. record 15,415 on Nov. 13.

Twenty-six state reported at least 2,000 cases, including No. 11 Arizona with a state-record 17,234. Other high numbers: No. 29 Washington 8,216 (three days) No. 6 Ohio 6,808, No. 10 North Carolina 6,487, No. 7 Georgia 5,088, No. 20 Virginia 5,010, No. 8 Pennsylvania 4,579, No. 9 Tennessee 4,165, No. 22 South Carolina 3,952, No. 14 New Jersey 3,676, No. 18 Massachusetts 3,110. No. 24 Oklahoma 3,085 (also reported 5,002 day before), No. 13 Indiana 3,002.


The U.S. represented 18.7 percent of 7,420 Sunday, three days after a record 15,124, and 19.5 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total.

Weekly changes: The one-week death increase was 77,739 at 4.4 percent. One week ago Sunday, the deaths were 7,339.

Cases: Increased by 510,400, three days after a record 752,155 with 600,000 passing for the first time Nov. 5, 500,00 for the first time Oct. 28 and 400,000 for the first time on Oct. 15. One Monday ago, the cases were 437,078

No. 2 Brazil: 276 deaths for a total of 196,018 compared with record of 1,554 on July 29. Cases: 17,214, behind a record 70,869 on July 29, with total third at 7,733,619.

No. 3 India: 217 deaths, compared with a national-record 1,299, to rise to 149,435 and in third place. Cases: 18,177 compared with a record 97,859, and is second in the world, with 10,323,965.

No. 4 Mexico: 362 deaths, compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 127,213 in fourth place. Cases: 5,211 after record 12,511 Dec. 23.

Europe: Coronavirus is surging at record cases levels and deaths that are the highest since the spring with nations instituting lockdowns. The continent reported 2,768 new deaths and 166,964 cases.

Five European nations are in the top 10. No. 5 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter, reported 347 deaths after a record 993 Dec. 3 and 14,245 cases after record 40,896 on Nov. 13. No. 6 United Kingdom 454 deaths, behind the record 1,166 April 21, as well as 54,990 cased one day after record 57,725. No. 7 France 116 deaths after 932 on Nov. 13 that was the most since a record of 1,437 in April, as well as 12,489 cases after a record 86,852 on Oct. 31. No. 8 Russia 504 deaths after record 635 Dec. 24 and 24,150 cases after record 29,935 Dec. 24 and fourth overall with 3,236,787. No. 10 Spain no data after 148 deaths and 15,603 cases Thursday with the record 22,822 Oct. 27.

Also, No. 14 Germany reported 246 deaths four days after record 1,129 and 7,513 cases, behind the record of 31,553 Dec.18. No. 16 Poland 61 deaths compared with the record 674 on Nov. 25, and 5,739 cases, behind the record of 37,596 Nov. 23.

No. 9 Iran: 102 deaths after a record 486 on Nov. 16. Cases: 5,960 after a record 14,051 Nov. 27.

No. 23 Canada: 150 deaths five days after record 257 for a total of 15,865, and record 11,373 cases.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity" no data and is 8,727. Neighboring Norway remained at 436 for fourth day in a row, as well as 257 more cases.

China: the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and dropped to 43rd behind Greece. China added 33 cases Monday.

South Korea: 19 deaths Monday, five days after record 40 deaths for a total of 981 plus 1,020 new cases, behind the record of 1,241 Dec. 25.

Japan: 60 deaths seven days after record 63 for a total of 3,645, including 13 on a cruise ship, and 3,158 cases three days after record 4,520.