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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Death rate sets 1-week record; Santa Rosa, Bay numbers rise faster than others

AP and
Gannett Florida staff reports

Florida's coronavirus death rate rose again Saturday, setting a one-week record of nearly 500 fatalities that is about 80 more that the previous seven-day high set in early May.

The state health department reported 96 new deaths, bringing the total for the week to 496 or an average of nearly 71 per day. Three weeks ago, Florida’s seven-day average for deaths stood at 30 before it began creeping up and then exploded in recent days, as a record 120 deaths were reported Thursday and another 92 on Friday.

The state on Saturday reported 10,360 new confirmed cases and 421 addition hospitalizations. Since March 1, when the first Florida infections were recorded, the state has reported 254,511 confirmed cases and 4,301 deaths.

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The previous weekly record average of 60 deaths per day had been set May 8. That was followed by a steep drop in fatalities caused by the economic shutdown that had begun about a month earlier.

Throughout May and into June, the state reopened much of its economy with some restrictions.

Testing has increased, but the percentage of people testing positive has risen even more dramatically. A month ago, fewer than 5% of tests came up positive on a daily average. Over the past week, the daily average exceeded 19%.

Because of the increase in cases and the positivity rate, doctors had been predicting a rise in deaths, saying the mortality rate usually increases two to four weeks later as some of those infected get sicker and eventually die.

FLORIDA

Total cases: 254,151 , +10,360

Total Florida resident deaths: 4,197 +95

Non-resident deaths: 101

Below are the numbers for each county in the Daily News coverage area, plus a city-by-city breakdown of their positive cases. Locations with fewer than 5 cases were not listed.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Total cases: 1,142, +57

Deaths: 10

Hospitalizations: 66, +4

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Milton: 474 +24

Gulf Breeze: 225, +7

Navarre: 187, +14

Pace: 113, +7

Jay: 34, +1

Pensacola Beach: 6

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OKALOOSA COUNTY

Total cases: 1,130, +47

Deaths: 10, unchanged

Hospitalizations: 72, +2

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Fort Walton Beach: 424, +13

Crestview: 210, +9

Destin: 172, +10

Niceville: 102, +5

Mary Esther: 59, +1

Shalimar: 72, +4

Baker: 23, unchanged

Eglin: 9, +1

Valparaiso: 6, unchanged

Laurel Hill: 11, +3

Holt: 5, +1

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WALTON COUNTY

Total cases: 538, +54

Deaths: 9, unchanged

Hospitalizations: 35, +2

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DeFuniak Springs: 201, +23

Santa Rosa Beach: 151, +10

Miramar Beach: 40, +6

Freeport: 47, +6

Inlet Beach: 14, +2

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HOLMES COUNTY

Total cases: 225, +2

Deaths: 0

Hospitalizations: 7

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Bonifay: 204, +1

Westville: 5, +1

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WASHINGTON COUNTY

Total cases: 151, +4

Deaths: 13

Hospitalizations: 23

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Chipley: 107, unchanged

Vernon: 20, +2

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BAY COUNTY

Total cases: 1,107, +80

Deaths: 8

Hospitalizations: 53

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Panama City: 729, +51

Panama City Beach: 164, +13

Lynn Haven: 103, +9

Southport: 17, +2

Youngstown: 15, unchanged

Callaway: 8, unchanged

Fountain: 8, unchanged

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GULF COUNTY

Total cases: 88, +9

Deaths: 0

Hospitalizations: 6

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Port St. Joe: 42, +4

Wewahitchka: 27, +3

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FRANKLIN COUNTY

Total cases: 31, +6

Deaths: 0

Hospitalizations: 0

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Apalachicola: 13, +5

Eastpoint: 10, +9

Carrabelle: 6, unchanged