South Florida records another 63 COVID-19 deaths as region nears 220K cases overall

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South Florida's tri-county area has averaged 78 COVID-19 deaths per day over the last week.

South Florida’s tri-county area saw another 63 deaths due the novel coronavirus, according to Florida Department of Health data released Tuesday.

That’s the fifth-highest daily death toll the region has seen since the outbreak began. All five of those daily highs have been recorded in the last week.

Friday’s report saw 138 dead across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Saturday’s report showed 87 deaths. By Sunday’s report, that number dropped to 25. Reports on Sundays and Mondays typically see fewer cases and deaths because it represents data from the weekend.

On Monday, the death toll was back up to 40. Tuesday’s numbers, which cover data from Monday morning through Tuesday morning, saw 30 deaths in Miami-Dade, 17 in Broward and 16 in Palm Beach.

The region, which has served as the epicenter of the outbreak in the state, has now seen an average of 78 people die per day from the virus over the last seven days.

Hospitalizations have trended upward in Broward and Miami-Dade counties over the previous three weeks, but have trended downward in Palm Beach.

That’s reflected in data from the state showing adult intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity in all three counties. Nearly 91% of those beds are filled in Broward and more than 87% in Miami-Dade. Palm Beach is faring better, with around 79% of beds filled. Statewide, that number sits at around 84%.

The share of tests coming back positive is trending downward in all three counties, though Miami-Dade and Broward remain above 10% over the past week. In Miami-Dade, 15.7% of tests results from July 28-Aug 3 were positive. In Broward, the seven-day positivity rate is 11.8%.

For Palm Beach, just over 9% of tests were positive over that span. Testing capacity has also been low over the previous few days, thanks in part to in-person testing mostly shutting down in the region due to Hurricane Isaias.

Due to that slowdown, the area recorded just over 1,900 new cases in Tuesday’s report. That’s well below the 4,000-,6000 new daily cases the tri-county area has routinely recorded over the past few weeks. It’s also a reminder not to lock on to that metric — whether it’s low or high — as the raw number of new daily cases is heavily dependent on testing capacity.

Overall, South Florida’s three major counties have now seen 218,641 people test positive for the virus.

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

Miami-Dade

— July 14-20: 52 new hospitalizations per day, 21 deaths per day, 2,809 new confirmed cases per day, 19.6% positivity rate

— July 21-27: 64 new hospitalizations per day, 14 deaths per day, 2,955 new confirmed cases per day, 18.5% positivity rate

— July 28-Aug. 3: 75 new hospitalizations per day, 43 deaths per day, 2,059 new confirmed cases per day, 15.7% positivity rate

Broward

— July 14-20: 38 new hospitalizations per day, 8 deaths per day, 1,396 new confirmed cases per day, 15% positivity rate

— July 21-27: 42 new hospitalizations per day, 13 deaths per day, 1,299 new confirmed cases per day, 13.1% positivity rate

— July 28-Aug. 3: 43 new hospitalizations per day, 23 deaths per day, 1,053 new confirmed cases per day, 11.8% positivity rate

Palm Beach

— July 14-July 20: 32 new hospitalizations per day, 11 deaths per day, 662 new confirmed cases per day, 11.3% positivity rate

— July 21-27: 25 new hospitalizations per day, 11 deaths per day, 659 new confirmed cases per day, 10.3% positivity rate

— July 28-Aug. 3: 22 new hospitalizations per day, 12 deaths per day, 466 new confirmed cases per day, 9.1% 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 [email protected]



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