COVID-19 deaths hit 13 and Florida nears the 1,000 mark for positive tests

This is a new image of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus is now creating mutations that are spreading in the United States and elsewhere. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Lab

Public health officials on Sunday morning reported a 13th COVID-19 death in Florida – in Palm Beach County, its first – as the number of positive test results for the new coronavirus reached 830.

If Monday’s numbers turn out to be comparable to the increased caseload that developed on Saturday alone, Florida will break the 1,000 case barrier.

Confirmed cases are reported in the blue-shaded counties. Source: Florida Department of Health

Cases reported Sunday morning include 62 non-Florida residents.

Only about two dozen of Florida’s 67 counties have yet to yield a positive coronavirus result. They tend to cluster in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions, with another blank spot south of Polk and Osceola counties.

The Department of Health has been struggling to expand its testing capacity but reported that testing is now under way in all 67 counties, and that 9,783 tests have been performed. Of those, 830 were positive and 7,990 were negative, with 963 results pending.

Broward led in terms of positive test results, at 180, followed by Miami-Dade with 177. Between them, the two counties accounted for 84 percent of the caseload.

Testing continued to ramp up at private labs, which have confirmed results for 419 residents and 33 nonresidents, compared to 349 and 29 nonresidents, respectively, tested in state labs and by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

The Department of Health says Florida residents have died of COVID-19 in these counties: Broward (three), Clay, Duval (two), Lee (two), Manatee, Orange (two), Palm Beach, and Santa Rosa. Non-resident deaths not included in the death toll include victims in Leon, Orange and Pasco counties.