State's new coronavirus cases drop to 1,415, additional deaths are 41

State's first-time infection rate slightly up to 3.93%; Palm Beach County down to 3.13%
Posted at 11:44 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 22:41:29-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida's new coronavirus cases were under 2,000 for the second day in a row, 1,415, as additional deaths declined in one day from 43 to a U.S.-high 41, including including South Florida’s deaths of 2 in St. Lucie County and 3 in Broward. Also, the state's daily first-time cases positivity rate remained under 4, including Palm Beach County staying in the low 3 percent, the Florida Health Department announced Monday.

Florida's first-time daily infection rate of all tested was 3.93 percent from 3.75 the day before, 3.74 two days ago, which was among the lowest in several months, and a high of 5.86 on Sept. 21. Palm Beach County's rate declined to 3.12 percent from 3.20 the day before, 2.41 two days ago and 2.14 percent six days ago that was among the lowest in several months. The high of 6.83 on Sept. 21 was the only time it was above 5 percent over 14 days.

The state's total daily positivity rate for all tests decreased to 5.16 percent on 38,830 tests reported by labs to the state Sunday from 5.10 on 54,192 the day before. The low was 4.92 thee days ago and the high was 7.54 on Sept. 21. Only 20,987 tests were reported four days ago and the record test total was 142,964 July 11. Palm Beach County had only 76 positive tests.

Monday's state report noted there were 57 deaths received by the department on Sunday with deaths removed because they were later determined not to be related to COVID-19 for a net increase of 41.

Statistics are traditionally lower from the weekend. One Sunday ago there were 10 additional fatalities and last Monday it was 5, tied for the lowest on May 31 over nearly four months.

On Saturday, 74 additional deaths were reported after four days of triple-digit increases: 110 Friday after 129 Thursday, 172 Wednesday and 106 Tuesday. The record was 276 deaths on Aug. 11.

On Sunday there were 1,868 new infections.

Last Monday, the 738 cases were fewest since June 2 when there were 617 additional infections. Then, they increased to 3,266 Tuesday, 1,948 Wednesday, 2,628 Thursday, 2,658 Friday, 2,787 Saturday.

The last time there were fewer than 2,000 not from weekend data was 1,823 on Sept. 8. The last time cases were more than 4,000 was 4,684 on Aug. 22.

Florida's total of 717,874 cases is 9.4 percent of the total infection in the U.S. though the state only comprises 6.5 percent of the population.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, cases passed 700,000 after surpassing 600,000 more than one month ago, Aug. 23.

Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, which is 213 days, the death toll has climbed to 14,712 among residents, with an average of 69 per day, and 14,876 including 174 nonresidents, which didn't change.

It took nine days for the toll to pass from 13,000 to 14,000. It was eight days to pass 12,000 on Sept.9.

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. More than two months ago, July 20, there were 5,075 deaths.

Palm Beach County's death toll remained 1,394, third highest in the state behind Miami-Dade and Broward, after a net increase of 3 on Sunday. On the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie increased by 2 to 294, Martin remained at 143 and Indian River stayed at 118. Okeechobee has 28 deaths with its first two fatalities on July 25.

Broward increased by 3 and Miami-Dade didn't change.

With a net increase of 5 deaths in South Florida of the 41 state total, there are 6,734, which is 45.8 percent of the state figure though the population only comprises 30 percent.

Cases in Florida are much lower than three months ago.

Palm Beach County's daily cases increased by 74 after 115 the day. On Monday, the rise was 27.

Florida's new hospitalizations rose by 104 compared with 43 the day before. The state reported Monday there are currently 2,099 hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, which is 54 more than the day before.


Florida is in fifth place in the United States. On June 16, Florida was in 11th place in the nation.

Texas is in fourth place with the addition of 8 deaths Monday after a state-record 324 on Aug. 11, for a total of 16,033. California reported 29 but moved past New Jersey into second place with 16,149 by 11 and 116 ahead of Texas. New Jersey reported 2 deaths.

State and county increases represent fatalities received by the state Sunday 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: 81 on Sept. 6.

Deaths rose by 675 in the state over seven days (a daily average of 96) for 4.8 percent, a figure tally that had been more than 1,200 deaths recently. Two months ago the one-week figure was in the mid 200s. Palm Beach County increased by 52 for 3.9 percent. The U.S. figure is 2.5 percent with the world at 3.5 percent.

Miami-Dade remained at 3,334 with 106 more in one week. Broward increased to 1,423 with a rise 43 in one week. St. Lucie has risen by 18 deaths in one week compared with Martin by 1, Indian River by 2 and Okeechobee by 1.

Palm Beach County's death count is higher than 22 states, Iowa's 1,392 after adding 9 Monday.

Pinellas increased by 3 to 766 deaths in fourth place and Hillsborough by 2 to 673 in fifth place, Polk rose by 2 to 533 in sixth and Lee stayed at 474.

The state Sunday identified 2 new deaths in Palm Beach County though there was no net increase: two men (72, 93). St. Lucie's additional fatalities were a 94-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man.


Since the first two cases were announced on March 1, Florida's total has surged to 3.3 percent of the state's 21.48 million population with 717,874, third in the nation. The average over 218 days is 3,293 per day.

In one week, cases have risen by 16,572, which averages 2,367 per day, at 2.4 percent.

California has the most cases in the U.S. at 826,784 with the addition of a U.S.-high 3,055 Sunday. Texas had 2,192 and is second overall with 769,303. New York, which was the leader during much of the pandemic, is in fourth at 465,514 with an additional 933. Florida's case increase was sixth the nation.

Florida's daily case increases have been below 10,000 since July 26 when they climbed by 12,199.

The record for most cases was 15,300 cases, which was the highest figure ever in the United States.

In Palm Beach County, new cases have been much lower since the record 1,171 July 5. The total now is 47,153, including residents and nonresidents.

Miami-Dade's cases were 186 compared with 326 the day before and Broward's increase was 78 vs. 169. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise over one day was 9 in Martin, 23 in St. Lucie, 14 in Indian River, 5 in Okeechobee.


Florida's total number of people tested is 5,419,897, which is 25.2 percent of the state's population behind No. 1 California, No. 2 New York, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Illinois.

The overall Florida positive rate dropped to 13.25 from 13.26 Friday.

In Palm Beach County, the last time the first-time rate has been above 10.0 percent was 10.2 percent on Aug. 4.

Miami-Dade's rate was 3.03 percent from 4.58 the day before, a two-week high of 6.81 six days earlier and a two-week low of 2.73 seven days ago. The rate hit 26.4 on July 8. Broward's rate was 2.23 percent after 3.72, a two-week low of 1.76 seven days ago and a high of 4.93 on Sept. 22. Only twice in two weeks have figures been 4 percent and above.

Elsewhere, St. Lucie's rate was 4.47 percent from 3.61, a two-week high of 6.72 five days ago and a two-week low of 2.48 Sept. 26. Martin's rate was 2.85 percent after 2.83, a two-week low of 1.85 on Sept. 26 and a high of 8.36 on Sept. 22. Indian River's rate was 4.09 from 4.23 percent, a two-week high of 7.26 Sept. 26 and a two-week low of 3.58 three days ago. Okeechobee's rate was 12.5 percent on 35 negative tests after 3.05 on 159 negative tests, a two-week low of 2.52 on 116 negative tests four days ago and a two-week high of 34.33 percent on 44 tests Sept. 21.

Palm Beach County has 47,153 cases out of 376,152 total tested for 12.54 percent overall, not including those awaiting tests and inconclusive.

Miami-Dade leads with 172,398 positive cases out of 935,600 tested for 18.43 percent, and Broward is second with 78,012 cases and 580,062 tested for 13.45 percentage.

In Martin County, it's 4,994 of 38,093 for 13.11 percent. In St. Lucie, it's 8,228 out of 63,645 for 12.93 percent, Indian River with 3,339 of 37,288 for 8.95 percent and Okeechobee 1,597 of 11,337 for 14.09 percent.

Mortality rate

The mortality rate compares positive cases against deaths.

The state's rate was 2.1 percent for all deaths and cases, including nonresidents, compared with 2.8 percent in the United States and 2.9 percent worldwide, which neared 1,046,000 deaths and neared 35.7 million cases Monday, according to

Palm Beach County's rate is 3.0 percent, compared with Broward at 1.8 percent and Miami-Dade with 1.9 percent. With much fewer deaths, the mortality rate is 3.6 percent in St. Lucie, 2.9 percent in Martin, 3.6 percent in Indian River and 1.8 percent in Okeechobee.

Florida has 685 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 650 per million. New York, which represents 15.8 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,712 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 134.2 per million.

Age breakdown

The median age for all deaths in Florida is 79.

Five deaths are among youths 14 and under, a 6-year-old from Hillsborough, a 9-year-year old from Putnam, two 11-year-olds, a boy in Miami-Dade and a girl in Broward, as well as a 12-year-girl from Duval.

Four other juveniles are among the 33 deaths in the 15-24 class, including a 16-year-old girl in Miami-Dade, a 16-year-old girl in Lee, a 17-year-old boy in Pasco and a 17-year-old boy in Manatee. This class didn't have any additions.

Eighty-nine people from 25 to 34 also have died from the virus, which decreased by 1.

A total of 4,694 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, an increase of 7 in one day.

Ninety-three percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 61 percent are 75 and older. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive – 28 percent age 55 and older and 7 percent 75 and older.

At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 12,143 cases of infants to 4 years old, an increase of 11, and 286 were hospitalized, which didn't change. From ages 5-14, there are 30,306, an increase of 70 with 263 in the hospital at one time, which didn't change.

From the infant to 54 age group, there are 511,072 of the 709,157 residents' cases. In that group, 996 have died, with an increase of 6, for a 0.19 death percentage. From infant to 64, there are 603,388 cases. A total of 2,613 have died, an increase of 11, for a 0.43 percentage.


West Palm Beach is in first place among Palm Beach County cities with 11,548, with an increase of 15. Lake Worth, which includes the city and county portion, increased by 11 to 7,971, followed by Boca Raton at 6,908 up from 6,893. Boynton Beach went to 4,155 from 4,149 and Delray Beach at 3,205 vs. 3,198. A total of 1,179 in the county not designated by a city. In addition, the list of cities includes separate listings of misspellings and miscoded counties.

Port St. Lucie leads the Treasure Coast with 4,857, an increase of 10, followed by Fort Pierce at 2,848, up 5, and Stuart with 2,331, which went up by 5.

In Indian River County, Fellsmere, which has a population of 5,754, remained at 415 compared with only 3 on May 31.


A total of 44,775 people in the state have been hospitalized, a rise from 43,606 seven days ago. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

The number is 3,718 in Palm Beach County, with a increase of 3 compared with 21 the day before; 402 in Martin, which went up by 1; St. Lucie at 693 with an increase of 3, Indian River rose by 2 to 313 and Okeechobee remained at 179.

Long-term care

Forty-one percent of the deaths, 5,989 are residents and staff of long-term care, including 609 in Palm Beach County, which is second most in the state behind 807 in Miami-Dade. The state increase was 19 and Palm Beach County didn't change.


Since the first death was reported six months ago on Feb. 29, the toll has risen to 210,155, a gain of 433, according to Johns Hopkins. Worldometers reported an increase of 421 to 215,032.

Cases reached 7,452,943 with an increase of 37,098, according to Hopkins. They have exceeded 70,000 seven times, including a record 78,446 on July 24 and the last time was July 31.

Last Monday in the U.S., there were 316more deaths and 33,312 cases.

The one week U.S. death increase was 5,083 at 2.5 percent.

New York has the most deaths in the nation at 33,214, with 9 reported after a high of 799 in April.

Among other states in the top 10 for deaths: No. 6 Massachusetts 20, No. 7 Illinois 14, No. 8 Pennsylvania 13, No. 9 Georgia 30, No. 10 Michigan 15.

Also, No. 11 Arizona reported 1 death, as well as an additional 316 cases. No. 24 Washington, the original epicenter in the United States, reported 16.


The U.S. represented 9.9 percent of a record 4,250 additional deaths Monday and 20.6 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total.

The one week world death increase was 35,612 at 3.5 percent.

Last Monday's death increase was 3,528.

Cases increased by 264,208, according to The record is 322,648 on Sept. 18.

Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported 398 deaths to rise to 146,773. Brazil's record is 1,554 on July 29. The nation added 25,210 cases at 4,940,499 in third place.

India reported 74,442 cases compared with a world-record 97,894 to rise to 6,623,815, which is second in world behind U.S. Also, India recorded a world-high 903 deaths, behind a national-record 1,299, to rise to 102,685 and in third place.

Mexico announced 208 more deaths late Sunday compared with a high of 1,092 on June 4 for a total of 79,088 in fourth place.

Four European nations are in the top 10 as cases are surging on the continent. The United Kingdom reported 19 additional deaths for 42,369 in fifth place with the record daily high 1,172, as well as a record 12,594 cases, shattering the mark of 7,982 the day before. No. 6 Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 16 deaths and 2,257 cases. No. 8 France announced 69 deaths, as well as 5,084 deaths, after a record 16,972 two days ago. No. 9 Spain reported 46 deaths and is 74 behind France.

No. 7 Peru announced 92 deaths and is 535 ahead of France. No. 10 Iran reported a record 236 deaths, which is one ahead of the former mark on July 28.

Russia is in fourth place in the world in cases with 1,215,001, including an additional record 10,888, which surpassed 10,499 the day before and the most since 10,598 on May 15. The nation gained 117 deaths and is in 12th.

No. 20 Canada reported 23 deaths for a total of 9,504 and a record 2,804 cases, surpassing the previous mark of 2,760 on May 3. Between May 26 and Aug. 30 cases were never more than 1,000.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity" with no lockdown, reported no data since Friday and is at 5,895. Neighboring Norway reported no deaths for the third day in a row to remain at 275, as well as 70 more cases.

No. 32 China, the original epicenter of the world, hasn’t reported a death since April 26, added 12 cases Tuesday.