State's coronavirus cases rise by 10,059, pass 200,000 milestone; deaths up 29

Florida's death toll is 3,731; Palm Beach County rises by 1 to 541
Posted at 11:48 AM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 00:33:19-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Coronavirus cases continue to surge in Florida as the total passed the 200,000 milestone with an additional 10,059 in one day – the highest in the nation – as the death toll rose by 29, the Florida Department of Health announced Sunday.

Palm Beach County's deaths increased by 1, compared with 5 the day before, for a total of 541.

Over four days, cases have climbed 41,714, including the record 11,458 Saturday after 10,109 Thursday and 9,488 Friday. The previous record before the four-day spurt was 9,585 one Saturday ago.

Since the first two cases were announced four months ago on March 1, the total has surged to 200,111, which is around nine-tenths of 1 percent of the state's population and third in the nation behind New York with 422,268 and California with 260,155. In one week, Florida's cases have risen by 59,036 for an increase of 41.8 percent.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, the toll has climbed to 3,731. The number of nonresident deaths stands at 101 for a total of 3,831.

Sunday's increase was the same 29 as last Sunday, and the second highest in the nation behind 33 in New York, which had a high of 799 in April.

Saturday's new deaths in Florida were 18 after two days of 67. The record is 83 in one day.

On the Treasure Coast, Indian River rose by 1 to 17, the first fatality reported in 9 days. Remaining the same were St. Lucie at 50, followed by Martin at 28. Okeechobee has none.

Testing has dramatically ramped up from just a few at select sites to massive places throughout Florida as well as nursing homes, jails and farm workers. The total now is 2,202,095, fourth in the nation, including 69,993 from labs on Saturday for confirmed coronavirus or anti-bodies testing. The total the day before was 71,605.

Likewise the positive rate has zoomed up. A few weeks ago the daily rate was around 2-3 percent but has risen to 17.02 percent of results reported by labs Saturday. The overall percentage climbed to 9.1 percent but below 10 percent several weeks ago.

With more testing and no requirements for someone to take a test, the age has decreased to 39, including 36 for tests reported Saturday. In addition, the state mortality rate has subsided to 1.8 percent.

And at one time, 15,895 have been hospitalized, which is an increase of 160 in one day.

Palm Beach County is second in the state for deaths, rising by 39 in one week. Miami-Dade climbed to 1,043, a rise of 5 in one day and 96 in one week. Broward increased by 3 to 412 and 30 over 7 days. Lee is in fourth place with 165 deaths.

A total of 10 of the 29 deaths reported Sunday were in South Florida for a total of 2,092, or 56.1 percent though the population only comprises 30 percent.

In Palm Beach County, new cases were 687, compared with a record 825 Sunday for a total of 16,867, including residents and nonresidents. The previous record was 658 one week ago Friday.

Miami-Dade's cases increased 2,282 and Broward 1,664. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise was 73 in St. Lucie, 69 in Martin, 35 in Indian River and 10 in Okeechobee.

Florida's new cases Sunday were nearly twice as much as California's 5,410 and farther ahead of Arizona's 3,535, Texas' 3,449 and Georgia's 2,197. The total number of cases in the nation was 45,182 after several days above 50,000 last week.

Cases in Florida had stayed below 2,000 until June 13 with 2,581 and they often were under 1,000 with the last one of three digits 966 on June 8.

Palm Beach County has risen by 3,447 cases in one week for a 25.7 percent gain. Miami Dade has risen by 13,297 at 39.4 percent and Broward by 6,559 at 45.1 percent.

Over seven days, Martin County climbed by 410 cases for 21.5 percent, St. Lucie County rose by 530 for 32.1 percent, Indian River County by 277 for 42.3 percent and Okeechobee County by 80 for 23.3 percent.


Deaths rose by 312 in the state over seven days for 9.1 percent and in Palm Beach County it was 39 for 7.8 percent. The U.S. figures are 2.7 percent with the world at 5.6 percent.

Florida listed 101 nonresident deaths with no change for a total of 3,803 of residents and nonresidents who died in the state.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 20 states, including Nevada at 534, including 2 more Sunday.

The one Palm Beach Beach fatality identified Sunday was a 78-year-old man. And Indian River's death was an 88-year-old man.


The positive rate for tests received Saturday was 17.02 percent compared with 15.84 the day before and 8.98 two weeks ago when there were 37,169 tests.

The state reported 15.04 percent of people who tested for the first time were positive, compared with 14.11 the day before. Two weeks ago, the percentage was 7.76.

The overall positive rate was up three-tenths of a percent to 9.1, compared with 7.2 percent one week ago.

Palm Beach County has 16,836 cases out of 160,483 total tested for 10.5 percent, not including those awaiting tests and inconclusive. Anything 10.0 percent and above is considered out of "target range" by the health department.

Miami-Dade leads with 47,011 positive cases out of 356,623 tested for 13.2 percent, and Broward is second with 21,239 cases and 225,849 tested for 9.4 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 2,320 of 17,947 for 12.9 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 2,182 positive out of 24,836 for 8.8 percent, Indian River with 932 out of 16,107 for 5.8 percent and Okeechobee with 423 out of 3,599 for 10.5 percent.

Mortality rate

The mortality rate, which compares positive cases against deaths, has been trending down in the state.

It is 1.8 percent in the state compared with 4.4 percent in the United States and 4.6 percent worldwide, which passed 536,000 deaths and passed 11.5 million cases Sunday.

Palm Beach County's rate was 3.2 percent, compared with Broward at 1.9 percent and Miami-Dade with 2.2 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 2.3 percent in St. Lucie, 1.8 percent in Indian River and 1.2 percent in Martin.

Florida has 174 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 401 per million. New York, which represents one-quarter of the deaths in the nation, has 1,658 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 68.8 per million.

Age breakdown

The state on Thursday confirmed the youngest death, a 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County – the first in the 5-14 age class. There are seven in the 15-24 class, including two additions in Broward, a 20-year-old male and a 22-year-old female. Others are 16-year-old girl from Lee County, a 17-year-old boy from Pasco County, a 22-year-old woman from Palm Beach County, a 23-year-old woman from Miami-Dade County and a 22-year-old man from Pinellas. Twenty people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus.

The oldest is a 108-year-old women from Miami-Dade. A total of 1,340 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 11 in one day.

Ninety-four percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 64 percent 75 and older – figures that have stayed consistent through the pandemic. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive – 26 percent age 55 and older and 7 percent 75 and older.

At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 3,102 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 196, and 73 were hospitalized with no change in one day. A total of 875 were under 1. From ages 5-14, there are 6,346 cases, an increase of 423, with 60 in the hospital at one time, which is no change.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 3,973, an increase of 156. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, rose 122 to 3,323, followed by Boynton Beach at 1,490 from 1,444, Boca Raton at 1,849, up from 1,740, Delray Beach at 1,072 from 1,033. A total of 336 in the county were not designated by a city.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 1,390, an increase of 39, followed by Stuart with 1,139 vs. 1,096.

In Indian River, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, remained at 213, compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 15,895 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 14,244 last Sunday. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 1,906 in Palm Beach County, an increase of 8; 197 in Martin, an increase of 2; 195 in St. Lucie with an increase of 5, Indian River rose by 2 to 64 and Okeechobee remained at 41.

Long-term care

More than half of the deaths, 1,937, are residents and staff of long-term care, including 235 in Palm Beach County. The state increase was 16 and Palm Beach County with no change.


Florida, which is the third-most-populous state, is in ninth place, 437 ahead of Louisiana, which reported 11 deaths Sunday, according to

Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 132,569, including an increase of 251 Sunday after 254 Saturday. The increase was the lowest since 181 on March 23.

The last time deaths were more than 1,000 was June 9 with 1,105. Johns Hopkins reports 129,906.

Cases hit 2,982,928.

Last Sunday, there were 285 more deaths and 40,560 more cases.

The one week U.S. death increase was 3,577.

Texas reported the third most deaths, 27, for a total of 2,675 in 15th.

Among other states in the top 10: No. 2 New Jersey had 22, No. 3 Massachusetts 11, No. 4 Illinois 6, No. 5 Pennsylvania 4, No. 6 California 6, No. 7 Michigan none and No. 8 Connecticut no report for two days in a row.

No. 13 Georgia added 3 and Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, is in 21th place, with an increase of 5.


The U.S. represented 7.0 percent of the 4,492 additional deaths Saturday – a figure that has been declining – and 24.7 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total. The one week world death increase was 28,111.

The additional death toll last Sunday was 4,500.

Cases increased by 175,499, less than the record 209,379 Thursday.

Deaths have been surging in Brazil, Mexico and India, which are in the top 10.

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported 535 deaths, which was the most in the world, after 1,111 Saturday for a total of 64,365. The record is 1,492 on June 4. Brazil added 26,209 cases after a record 55,209 one week ago Friday. The South American nation has a total of 1,604,585 cases – more than half as many as No. 1 U.S.

Mexico reported 273 more deaths late Sunday compared with 523 the day before and high of 1,092 on June 4, for fifth place with 30,639. In addition, there were 4,683 cases, after a record 6,914 Saturday.

India added 421 deaths after 610 Saturday to rise to 19,700 in eighth place. The Asian nation also reported 23,932 cases after a record 24,015 Saturday to move into third place total with 697,836 behind the U.S. and Brazil.

Four European nations are in the top 10. The United Kingdom's deaths decreased from 67 to 22 for third place with 44,220, which is behind the United States and Brazil. The high was 1,172.

Fourth-place Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 7 deaths, among the lowest since the pandemic.

No. 6 France and No. 7 Spain didn't report any data Sunday.

Also in the top 10, No. 9 Iran reported 163 deaths and No. 10 Peru 177.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 681,251, including an additional 6,736. The nation added 134 more deaths for 11th place.

No. 14 Canada added 10 deaths for a total of 8,684 after 11 Saturday.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity, didn't report any data Saturday or Sunday after 12 Friday for a total of 5,420 in 17th and 147 cases. Neighboring Norway reported no deaths for the fifth day in a row to remain at 251 and 4 more cases.

China, the original epicenter of the world but now in 21s place, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and added 4 cases Monday.