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Florida coronavirus cases up by a record 2,783; death toll nears 3,000

Posted at 1:56 PM, Jun 16, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Florida climbed a record 2,783 in one day as the death toll skyrocketed by 55 to 2,993, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday.

The state cases were more than 1,000 above Monday's figure, 1,758, and broke the record on Saturday of 2,581. South Florida had 1,360 new cases, which is 48.2 percent, including 247 in Palm Beach County, 544 in Miami-Dade and 412 in Broward.

The number of cases rose to 80,109, including residents and nonresidents.

For 13 of past 14 days, the cases have been four digits. The case increase was 2,016 Sunday. Saturday's record broke the marks of 1,902 Friday and 1,698 Thursday. Last Tuesday, the increase was 1,096.

Residents' cases have risen by at least 1,000 for 14 days in a row with an increase of 2,740 Tuesday and 78,128 total. The total number of deaths, including nonresidents, was 3,030 through Monday, a statistic the state doesn't list on its dashboard or daily report.

The increased cases were third in the nation Monday -- behind California's 2,719 and Texas' 2,138 -- as 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.

On Monday, the state death toll rose by 7 compared with 6 Sunday and dramatically lower than the increases of 48 Saturday and 29 Friday. Traditionally statistics are lower from weekend data. Last Tuesday, the increase was 53.

The state record is 83 on Tuesday, April 28. Twice, the increase was 72 -- once in April and once last month.

The state positive test rate increased to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent with the rate more than 10 percent for several weeks. The most recent positive daily rate was 9.2 percent compared with 8.3 percent the day before.

In all, there were 30,133 tests compared with 21,172 additional tests the day before. Total tests reached 1,461,297 with 1,380,200 negative results and the remaining 988 inconclusive or not reported.

The mortality rate involving positive cases is 3.7 percent in the state compared with 5.4 percent in the United States and 5.4 percent worldwide, which passed 438,000 deaths and past 8.1 million cases Monday.

A total of 17 people from 25 to 34 have died from the virus along with the two women from 15-24. The oldest are two 104-year-old women, including one from Sarasota on Saturday and the previous from Hillsborough. A total of 1,073 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus, 29 additional ones Tuesday.

Ninety-five percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 65 percent 75 and older. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive – 37 percent 55 and older and 12 percent 75 and older.

At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 985 cases of infants to 4 years old, and increase of 60 in one day, and 46 were hospitalized. From ages 5-14, three are 2,139, up 125, with 38 in the hospital at one time.

A total of 12,206 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is 91 more than the day before. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.

Florida, which is third-most-populous state, is 11th in the nation for total deaths behind Maryland, which has reported 9 more deaths than Florida, including 8 Monday, according to Worldometers.info.

Florida has 139 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 357 per million. New York, which represents 26 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,591 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 56.3 per million.

National data

Worldometers lists the death toll at 118,283 with 425 fatalities Monday and sixth day in a row of deaths under 1,000 after 321 Sunday, 702 Saturday, 791 Friday, 904 Thursday, 982 Wednesday. Johns Hopkins reports 115,732 deaths.

Cases hit 2,182,950 with 20,722 additional ones Monday. Last Monday, there were 586 additional deaths and 19,044 more cases.

The one week U.S. death increase had a gain of 5,228.New Jersey reported the most additional deaths in the nation, 49, for second overall. Second most with 43 were Georgia in 13th. No. 1 New York, which had 799 in one day in April, was third with 41.

The others in the top 10 were No. 3 Massachusetts with 23, No. 4 Illinois with 18, No. 5 Pennsylvania with 32, No. 6 Michigan with 1, No. 7 California with 30, No. 8 Connecticut with 3, No. 9 Louisiana with 4.

Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, is in 19th with an increase of 4 Monday.

Cases hit 2,182,950 with 20,722 additional ones Monday. Last Monday, there were 586 additional deaths and 19,044 more cases.

The one week U.S. death increase had a gain of 5,228.New Jersey reported the most additional deaths in the nation, 49, for second overall. Second most with 43 were Georgia in 13th. No. 1 New York, which had 799 in one day in April, was third with 41.

The others in the top 10 were No. 3 Massachusetts with 23, No. 4 Illinois with 18, No. 5 Pennsylvania with 32, No. 6 Michigan with 1, No. 7 California with 30, No. 8 Connecticut with 3, No. 9 Louisiana with 4.

Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, is in 19th with an increase of 4 Monday.

The United Kingdom reported 38 additional deaths after 36 Sunday from a high of 1,172 for third with 41,696. Fourth-place Italy, which at one time was the world's epicenter and reached 919 in one day, reported 26, the lowest since 11 on March 2. No. 4 Spain has remained at 961 since April 2, No. 5 France reported 29 compared with a high of 1,494 and No. 8 Belgium added 6.Germany dropped out of the top 10 with 15 more deaths and was replaced by Iran, which added 113.

Like Brazil and Mexico, the deaths and cases have been surging in India, reporting 395 more deaths after 321 Sunday for ninth place. India has risen from 5,608 to 9,915 deaths in two weeks. The Asian nation reported 10,243 cases Monday, third in the world for the day and fourth overall.

Canada reported 29 more deaths in 12th place.

No. 13 Russia had 143 additional deaths and 8,246 cases and a total of 537,992 behind the United States and Brazil.

Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," reported 17 new deaths after 0 Sunday to rise to 4,891 for 16th place as well as 139 new cases. Neighboring Norway had no deaths for the fifth day in a row to stay at 242 as well as 16 more cases.

China, the original epicenter of the world but now in 18th place, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and added 40 cases Tuesday after 49 cases Monday and 57 cases Sunday, the highest since 89 on April 13.