State's deaths rise by 159, toll passes 23,000 residents; cases up 11,576

Daily first-time positivity rates rise: Florida from 10.42% to 10.6, Palm Beach County from 8.57% to 8.85
Posted at 2:52 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 23:28:31-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's coronavirus deaths rose by 159, the most ever for a Monday, with the total toll passing 23,000 residents, seven days after surpassing 22,000 as cases increased by 11,576, compared with 12,313 the day before, the Florida Department of Health announced Monday afternoon.

Tests reported from labs Sunday were 128,795, one day after 137,926 and after a record 217,692 on Dec. 31. The state's daily first-time positivity rate was 10.6 percent compared with 10.42 one day earlier and a record 23.38 Dec. 28 and a two-week low 8.95 on Dec. 29. Palm Beach County's rate was 8.85 percent one day after 8.57, a record 20.04 Dec. 28 with the two-week low 7.21 on Dec. 29.

The state's total daily positivity rate was 13.17 percent one day after also 13.17, a record 26.34 Dec. 28 and a two-week low of 10.04 Dec. 29. 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.

After the first two deaths in Florida were announced on March 6, which is 311 days, the death toll has reached 23,071 for an average of 74 per day -- fourth behind No. 1 New York, No. 2 California, which passed Texas on Monday. Florida's total including nonresidents is 23,424, which rose by 4 to 353.

The only states also posting triple-digit increase were California with 264, New York with 202 and Kansas with 107 (two days of data).

The state passed 21,000 deaths on Dec. 25, taking 9 days for increase 1,000. It also took 9 days to increase 1,000 to pass 20,000 residents' deaths, 12 days to pass 19,000 deaths. 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.

Friday's death increase of 185 was the most since 202 on Sept. 23. Since September there were more deaths than Friday's increase but they were for two days of data: 217 on one Saturday ago.

Thursday's increase was 164, which tied for the most since Oct. 8.

The record is 276 on Aug. 11.

Monday's rise was the most for that day of month with the previous high 137 on Dec. 14. Last Monday the increase was 103.

Sunday's increase was 108, which was the lowest since 98 on Tuesday, the last time they were under triple digits.

Until Florida's increase of 120 deaths Dec. 14, they had remained under 100 since 105 on Oct. 21.

Palm Beach County rose by 17 to 1,972 after none the day before. First-place Miami-Dade increased by 28 to 4,441 and Broward is third at 1,928 with 8 more.

All three Treasure Coast counties didn't change: St. Lucie at 430, Martin at 218 and Indian River at 178. Okeechobee stayed at 54 with its first two fatalities on July 25.

With a net increase of 53 deaths in South Florida of the 159 state total, there are 9,221, which is 40.0 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

The number of increased deaths over seven days is 981, an average of 140 and 4.4 percent, compared with 782 the previous week. Palm Beach County increased by 51 deaths over seven days for 2.6 percent. The U.S. figure is 6.4 percent with the world at 4.8 percent.

Florida's cases reached 1,488,586 with only No. 1 California, No. 2 Texas, No. 4 New York and No. 5 Illinois also reporting more than 1 million.

Cases surpassed 1.4 million Wednesday, taking 9 days to rise 100,000. 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.

The number of new cases were 11,640, which is different than the 11,576 increase because of an update from previous days.

Cases increased by a record 19,816 Thursday then were slightly lower at 19,530.

Saturday, it was a lower increase of 15,445.

Last Monday, the rise was 12,256.

The last time infections were below five figures was 8,198 on Monday, Dec. 28. The 7,391 infections on Sunday, Dec. 27 were the fewest since 6,659 on Nov. 30 and the 77 deaths were the lowest since 74 on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The most reported cases in one day were 20,015 from labs on Dec. 31. With no data released on New Year's Day, those results were part of a two-day total of 29,767 and an increase of 31,518.

Florida closed out the year on Thursday, Dec. 31 with an original record increase of 17,192 cases in one day with that new cases at 16,616.

For months, the record for increase was 15,300 on July 12 with new infections 15,220.

A total of 18.0 percent of the additional cases were in Miami-Dade: 2,084. Much fewer were Palm Beach County with 8312 one day after 662 and three days after a record 1,143 with Broward 1,1533, St. Lucie 173, Martin 23, Indian River 129 and Okeechobee 25.

Over seven days, cases have risen by 111,894 for an average of 15,984 at 8.1 percent. The previous week the increase was 96,515 for an average of 13,788 over seven days. The average since the first case, which was 317 days ago, is 4,696 day.

Florida's cases are 6.6 percent of the total infections in the U.S., which passed 21 million Tuesday. 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 6.9 percent of the state's 21.48 million population, 28th in cases per million. In average cases per 100,000 over the last seven days, Florida is in 23rd at 72.7 with Rhode Island No. 1 at 130.3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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: 114 on Dec. 20.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 201 compared with 194 one day ago. The state reported Monday there are currently 7,650 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is an increase of 153 in one day. Seven days ago, it went above 7,000 for the first time since 7,144 on Aug. 7. 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 24th 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 1,947.

Hillsborough County rose 21 to 1,142 to rise to fourth place place, passing Pinellas, which increased by 1 to 1,129. Polk went up by 1 to 8354 in sixth, Orange by `19 to 797 in seventh, Duval by 6 to 781 in eighth and Lee by 1 to 715 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 16,817,965 total tests behind No. 1 California, No. 2 New York, No. 3 Texas with Illinois fifth.

Florida first-time daily infection percentage has been above 10 percent all but two 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 8.92 percent one day after 8.62, a two-week high of 24.61 Dec. 28 and a two-week low of 7.12 Dec. 29. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 8.61 one day after 8.58, with a two-week high of 24.59 Dec. 28 and a two-week low of 6.72 Dec. 29.

St. Lucie's rate was 12.49 percent one day after 17.17 with a two-week high of 34.78 Dec. 28 and a low of 9.69 Dec. 29. Martin's rate was 7.36 percent one day after 7.8 percent, a two-week high of 11.42 five days ago with a two-week low of 6.12 Jan. 2. Indian River's rate was 8.76 percent one day after 12.14, a two-week high of 26.70 Dec. 28 and a two-week low of 11.12 four days ago. Okeechobee's rate of 8.93 percent on 255 negative tests was one day after 26.25 on 1118 negative tests, after a record 70.0 on 6 negative tests Dec. 28 and low of 10.73 on 283 tests four days ago. 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 2.1 percent worldwide, which neared 1,953,000 deaths and passed 91.3 million cases Monday, according to

County rates: Palm Beach County 2.2 percent, Broward 1.3, Miami-Dade 1.4, St. Lucie 2.6 (-0.1), Martin 2.6, Indian River 2.2 and Okeechobee 1.9 (-0.1).

Deaths per million: Florida 1,074, U.S. 1,163, world 250.4. In the U.S., that means roughly 1 in 1,000 people died from a coronavirus cause. New York, which represents 10.6 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 2,044 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 36 deaths, with an increase of 1, in the 15-24 class, including a 16-year-old girl in Miami-Dade. The class was 33 since Sept. 25.

Ages 25-34: 126 people with no change with an increase of 1.

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: 7,299 people 85 and older, an increase of 46 in one day.

Infant to 4: 26,746 cases, an increase of 265, and 439 were hospitalized, which rose by 2. Ages 5-14: 80,303 cases, an increase of 906 with 396 in the hospital at one time, which didn't change.

Infant to 54 age group: 1,047,073 of the 1,461,958 residents' cases. In that group, 1,427 have died with an increase of 9 for a 0.14 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 1,238,991 cases. A total of 3,932 have died, with 29 more, for a 0.32 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities at 29,829 with an increase of 134. No. 2 Boca Raton rose by 117 to 15,692. No. 3 Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, went up by 124 to 13,577. No. 4 Boynton Beach is at 8,732 from 8,651. No. 5 Delray Beach at 6,859 vs. 6,803.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 10,679, rising 119, followed by Fort Pierce at 5,597 with an increase of 52 and Stuart at 4,041, a rise of 12.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, rose by 8 to 703 with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 65,796 people in the state have been hospitalized compared with 63,505 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

Palm Beach County: 5,252 with 11 more compared with 13 the day before. Martin stayed at 581, St. Lucie by 6 to 2,013, Indian River by 2to 552 and Okeechobee by 7 to 284.


Thirty-seven percent of the deaths, 8,571, are residents and staff of long-term care with increase of 34. Palm Beach County is second at 856, with a rise of 5. Miami-Dade leads with 922.



Since the first death was reported on Feb. 29, the national toll has risen to 376,060 Monday, an increase of 1,731 four days after a record 4,194, according to Johns Hopkins. Twelve states reported at least 50 more deaths.

Weekly changes: The one-week death increase was 22,558 at 6.4 percent. The increase one week ago Monday was 1,856.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 New York: had an increase of 202 to rise to 39,834 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 California: increase of U.S.-high 264, two days after record 695, at 29,965, passing Texas, with increase of 56 at 29,933. No. 5: New Jersey: increase of 51 at 19,932.

Among states in top 10, including No. 6 Illinois 53, No. 7 Pennsylvania 83, No. 8 Michigan 47, No. 9 Massachusetts 54, No. 10 Georgia 17.

Also with at least 50, No. 31 Kansas 107 (two days), No. 18 Connecticut 92 (two days), No. 15 Tennessee 80, No. 12 Ohio 75. Also, No. 8 Michigan 47, No. 10 Georgia 17, No. 11 Arizona 6. No. 29 Washington, the original U.S. epicenter, 1.


Infections increased to 22,613,784 Monday with a rise of 204,652 after a record 301,858 Jan. 2, according to Johns Hopkins. The increase one week ago Monday was 205,637.

Top-ranked states: No. 1 California at 2,710,801 with U.S.-high 39,839 after U.S.-record 53,711 Dec. 16. No. 2 Texas 1,730,312 with 13,308 two days after record 29,310. No. 4 New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, 1,140,156 with 13,714 three days after record 29,310. No. 5 Illinois 1,033,526 with 4,776 after what was a U.S. record 15,415 on Nov. 13.

Twenty-three reported at least 2,000 cases, including No. 11 Arizona 8,995, No. 6 Ohio 7,892, No. 10 North Carolina 7,578, No. 34 Connecticut 7,364 (two days), No. 7 Georgia 6,360, No. 8 Pennsylvania 5,338, No. 32 Kansas (two days), No. 29 Washington 5,091, No. 12 New Jersey 5,042, No. 13 Michigan 4,536, No. 20 Virginia 4,530, No. 18 Massachusetts 4,239, No. 24 Oklahoma 3,885, No. 14 Indiana 3,726, No. 9 Tennessee 3,527, No. 25 Maryland 3,012.


The U.S. represented 20.1 percent of 9,320 deaths increase Monday, after a record 15,201 Dec. 30, and 19.7 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 90,006 at 4.8 percent. One Monday ago, the deaths were 9,710.

Cases: Increased by 582,973, four days after a record 833,327 cases, the first time more than 800,000 with 600,000 passing first Nov. 5, 500,00 for the first time Oct. 28. One Monday ago, the cases were 554,799.

No. 2 Brazil: 477 deaths for a total of 203,617 compared with record of 1,554 on July 29. Cases: 28,043 four days after record 87,134 with total third at 8,105,790.

No. 3 India: 161 deaths, compared with a national-record 1,299, to rise to 151,160 and in third place. Cases: 16,311 compared with a record 97,859, and is second in the world, with 10,0792,909.

No. 4 Mexico: 662 deaths, five days after record 1,165 for a total of 134,368 in fourth place. Cases: 7,594 two days after record 16,105.

Europe: Coronavirus is surging at record cases levels and deaths that are the highest since the spring with nations instituting lockdowns. The continent reported 3,701 new deaths and 175,378 cases.

Five European nations are in the top 10. No. 5 United Kingdom with 529 deaths three days after record 1,325, as well as 46,169 cases, two days after record 68,053. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter, reported 448 deaths after a record 993 Dec. 3 and 12,532 cases after record 40,896 on Nov. 13. No. 7 France 310 deaths after 932 on Nov. 13 that was the most since a record of 1,437 in April, as well as 3,582 cases after a record 86,852 on Oct. 31. No. 8 Russia 436 deaths after record 635 Dec. 24 and 23,315 cases after record 29,935 Dec. 24 and fourth overall with 3,355,794. No. 10 Spain 133 deaths and record 24,631 cases, three days after record 25,456 cases with no data Saturday and Sunday.

Also, No. 13 Germany reported 663 deaths after record 1,244 Dec. 29 and 11,765 cases, behind the record of 31,553 Dec. 18.

No. 9 Iran: 91 deaths after a record 486 on Nov. 16. Cases: 6,208 after a record 14,051 Nov. 27.

No. 22 Canada: 136 deaths after record 257 Dec. 29 for a total of 17,086 and 7,892 cases seven days after record 11,383 Jan. 3.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," no data and is at 9,433. Neighboring Norway 6 deaths to rise to 478, as well as 429 more cases.

China: the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and dropped to 44th behind Guatemale. China added 55 cases Tuesday.

South Korea: 25 deaths Tuesday after record 40 Dec. 29 for a total of 1,165 plus 537 new cases, behind the record of 1,241 Dec. 25.

Japan: 48 deaths after record 78 twice last week for a total of 4,128, including 13 on a cruise ship, and 4,876 cases three days after record 7,882.