Florida coronavirus cases surge by record 3,207; death toll up 43

Posted at 1:26 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 13:41:19-04

State coronavirus cases skyrocketed by a record 3,207 and deaths climbed in one day by 18 to 43 for a total of 3,061, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday.

The cases record shattered by 624 the previous mark of 2,583 set two days earlier. On Wednesday, the cases rose by 2,610.

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Testing has ramped up, including massive sites throughout Florida, and the state has eased restrictions. However, the positive rate also has been trending up in the past week -- from 5.3 percent to 5.7 percent in one week and 12.4 percent in one day.

Cases have climbed to 85,926 since the first ones were announced on March `1.

For 15 of past 16 days, the cases have been four digits. Last Thursday's increase was 1,698.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday the increase in number of coronavirus cases was expected because of the increased testing throughout the state.

"As you test more, you will see more cases," the governor said.

Residents' cases have risen by at least 1,000 for two weeks in a row with an increase of 3,178 Thursday and 83,854 total. The total number of deaths, including nonresidents, was 3,110 through, a statistic the state doesn't list on its dashboard or daily report.

On Wednesday, Florida's increased cases were the third largest in the nation, behind California's 4,179 and Texas' 3,511.

The state positive test rate increased to 5.7 percent from 5.6 percent and 5.3 percent one week ago with the rate more than 10 percent for several weeks. The most recent positive daily climbed 2.1 percentage points from 10.3 percent the day before.

In all, there were 25,551 tests compared with 25,462 additional tests the day before. Total tests reached 1,512,315 with 1,425,386 negative results and the remaining 1,003 inconclusive or not reported.

The mortality rate involving positive cases is 3.6 percent in the state compared with 5.4 percent in the United States and 5.4 percent worldwide, which passed 450,000 deaths and neared 8.4 million cases Wednesday.

Florida, which is third-most-populous state, is in 10th place, 22 ahead of Maryland, which added 14, according to

Florida has 141 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 362 per million. New York, which represents 26 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,596 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 57.8 per million.

National data

Worldometers lists the death toll at 119,941 with 809 fatalities Wednesday and eight days in a row of deaths under 1,000, including 849 Tuesday. Johns Hopkins reports 117,674 deaths.

Cases hit 2,234,471 with 26,071 additional ones Wednesday. Last Wednesday, there were 982 additional deaths and 20,852 more cases.

The one week U.S. death increase had a gain of 4,811.

Illinois reported the most additional deaths, 87, and is in fourth place, followed by No. 7 California with 81.

The others in the top 10 were No. 1 New York with 48 after a high of 799 in April, No. 3 Massachusetts with 69, No. 5 Pennsylvania with 41, No. 6 Michigan with 2, No. 8 Connecticut with 9, No. 9 Louisiana with 21.

Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, fell to 20th place, behind Arizona, with a decrease of five deaths after seven were struck from the list Wednesday.

One week ago Thursday in the United States, were 116,034, two weeks ago there were 1110,415, three weeks ago there were 103,563, four weeks ago 96,5695, five weeks ago 87,500, six weeks ago 77,114, seven weeks ago 64,018, eight weeks ago 50,361 nine weeks ago 34,994, 10 weeks ago 19,847, 11 weeks ago 7,592, 12 weeks ago 1,616, 13 weeks ago 239, 12 weeks ago 41, 15 weeks ago 12, 16 weeks ago 0.


The U.S. represented 15.4 percent of the 5,264 additional deaths – a percentage that has been declining – and 26.2 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total. The one week world death increase was 32,317.

The death toll Tuesday was 6,592 when more than half of were in two countries: 2,006 in India and 1,338 in Brazil.

On Wednesday, Brazil, which is second behind the United States for deaths, reported 1,209 additional fatalities. The record is 1,492 last week. The total is 46,665 compared with 31,475 cases after 32,547 two weeks ago. Brazil also reported 31,475 cases after a record 37,278 Tuesday and the most in the world that day. The South American nation is in second place behind the United States with 960,309.

Mexico reported 770 more deaths late Wednesday, which is 40 more than Tuesday, as well as 4,930 cases. The nation's deaths have risen from 11,729 to 19,080 in two weeks into seventh place.

India reported 341 deaths to rise to 12,262 in seventh place, compared with about half as many two weeks ago, 6,088. The Asian nation also reported a record 13,103 cases.

Five European nations are in the top 10.

The United Kingdom's deaths dropped from 233 to 184 to 233 for third place with 42,153 – 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 43 after 34 Tuesday, among the lowest since March. No. 4 Spain has remained at 961 since April 2.

No. 5 France climbed by 28 Tuesday after 111 and a high of 1,494.

No. 9 Belgium added 12 after 2 the day before.

Germany, which dropped out of the top 10 Monday, gained 17. Its replacement in 10th, Iran, added 120.

Canada reported 41 more deaths in 12th place.

No. 13 Russia had 194 additional deaths and 7,843 cases and a total of 553,301 behind the United States and Brazil.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," reported 102 new deaths to rise to 5,041 for 16th place as well as 1,239 new cases. Neighboring Norway reported one death after six in a row of none to rise to 243 as well as 32 more cases.

China, the original epicenter of the world but now in 18th place, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and added 28 cases Thursday. The 57 cases Sunday were the highest since 89 on April 13.