Broward County COVID-19 death rate drops after 59 lives claimed in previous two days

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Over the past week, Broward has now seen an average of 14 deaths per day due to the virus.

Broward County recorded two additional deaths in Monday’s COVID-19 report, a sharp drop from reports on Saturday and Sunday, which saw 59 lives claimed by the virus in a two-day span.

Monday’s report from the Department of Health (DOH) covers data reported from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

The pair of deadly reports in the prior two days saw Broward County’s overall death rate tick up for the first time in months. That number has largely been dropping since the height of the pandemic due to better treatment and increased testing capacity, as the same or fewer deaths spread across a larger number of cases leads to a lower death rate.

Over the past week, Broward has now seen an average of 14 deaths per day due to the virus. That’s about on par with Miami-Dade County — the epicenter of the outbreak in Florida — during that same span. Add in Palm Beach county, and an average of 38 people have died per day across the tri-county area in the last seven days.

Miami-Dade saw worse numbers within the county over the previous week (July 13-19), as 24 people per day died from the virus.

Hospital space is still limited in Broward County, with around 91% of adult intensive care units occupied as of Monday morning. That’s been the case in many recent DOH reports.

ICU bed space has varied more in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. Miami-Dade has around 88% of those beds occupied. That number sits at just 70% in Palm Beach County.

The state as a whole is seeing approximately 81% of ICU beds filled.

Overall, South Florida’s tri-county area added 4,627 cases in Monday’s report. More than half of those came from Miami-Dade County. The region has recorded 189,057 cases since the outbreak began.

The share of tests coming back positive has dropped from week to week. In Palm Beach County, that number has dipped below 10% for three straight days, showing the county may be on its way to getting the virus’s spread back under control.

The positivity rate still sits in the mid- to high-teens in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The median age of new cases is also now in the low- mid-40s in both those counties and ticked upward in Monday’s report. That number has fluctuated over the weekend, however, so it’s hard to pull out a clear long-term trend.

Here are some of the weekly numbers for the previous three weeks throughout the South Florida tri-county area:

Miami-Dade

— July 6-12: 38 new hospitalizations per day, 13 deaths per day, 2,664 new confirmed cases per day, 20.6% positivity rate

— July 13-19: 50 new hospitalizations per day, 24 deaths per day, 2,757 new confirmed cases per day, 19.9% positivity rate

— July 20-26: 61 new hospitalizations per day, 14 deaths per day, 2,881 new confirmed cases per day, 18.6% positivity rate

Broward

— July 6-12: 38 new hospitalizations per day, 7 deaths per day, 1,366 new confirmed cases per day, 15% positivity rate

— July 13-19: 35 new hospitalizations per day, 7 deaths per day, 1,360 new confirmed cases per day, 15.1% positivity rate

— July 20-26: 40 new hospitalizations per day, 14 deaths per day, 1,407 new confirmed cases per day, 13.6% positivity rate

Palm Beach

— July 6-12: 23 new hospitalizations per day, 10 deaths per day, 647 new confirmed cases per day, 12.3% positivity rate

— July 13-19: 31 new hospitalizations per day, 11 deaths per day, 654 new confirmed cases per day, 11.5% positivity rate

— July 20-26: 27 new hospitalizations per day, 10 deaths per day, 643 new confirmed cases per day, 10.3% positivity rate

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Editor’s note on methodology: The Florida Department of Health releases new data every morning around 10:45 a.m. The total number reported in those daily reports include the previous day’s totals as well as the most up to date data as of about 9:30 a.m.

Florida Politics uses the report-over-report increase to document the number of new cases each day because it represents the most up-to-date data available. Some of the more specific data, including positivity rates and demographics, considers a different data set that includes only cases reported the previous day.

This is important to note because the DOH report lists different daily totals than our methodology to show day-over-day trends. Their numbers do not include non-residents who tested positive in the state and they only include single-day data, therefore some data in the DOH report may appear lower than what we report.

Our methodology was established based on careful consideration among our editorial staff to capture both the most recent and accurate trends.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.


One comment

  • Joe Fatala

    July 27, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Well that’s great “ONLY 14” people dead that didn’t need to die. I’m sure they’re familys are very happy there were “only 14”. Thank you DeSantis for allowing this to happen. 14 more nitches in your belt

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