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Brevard County reported two newly recorded coronavirus deaths Saturday, one of which was connected to a long-term care facility such as a nursing home or assisted-living facility, data from the Florida Department of Health show.
So far, the county has lost 293 people to the virus, with 83 deaths were reported this month.
At least 178 deaths were connected to long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, up one from the previous day.
Brevard also added 72 new COVID-19 cases to its total of 8,800 — 8,773 residents and 27 nonresidents affected.
Here are details on the two deaths reported Saturday:
•A 75-year-old man who had contact with another confirmed case. It is unknown if his case was travel-related. His positive test was first recorded by the state on Aug. 4.
•A 76-year-old woman who had contact with another confirmed case. Her case was not travel-related. Her positive test was first recorded by the state on Aug. 7.
It’s important to note the exact dates of these deaths are not made public by the department of health. Often there is a lag between the person’s death and when it is reported by the Florida Department of Health. Also, a “case” is a person who tests positive for the first time, according to FDOH.
The total number of people tested in Brevard was 105,496 (96,637 testing negative), for a cumulative positive percentage rate of 8.34%. FDOH county report show on Friday 1,259 people tested negative, and there was a percent positive of 5.41% for new cases here. The median age of those testing positive here is 44. The median age statewide is 40.
FDOH data show 791 Florida residents have been hospitalized in Brevard since the pandemic began, up five from the previous day.
In total, 4,004 males and 4,765 females have tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Brevard had 59 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in its seven major hospitals, up eight from the previous day. Of the 1,302 total staffed hospital bed capacity, 28% of beds were available in those hospitals. Of the 167 total adult ICU bed capacity, 25% were available.
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Here’s a snapshot of this month’s coronavirus cases in Brevard:
Sept. 1: 144 cases
Sept. 2: 45 cases, 8 deaths
Sept. 3: 41 cases, 5 deaths
Sept. 4: 68 cases, 5 deaths
Sept. 5: 66 cases, 6 deaths
Sept. 6: 35 cases, 1 death
Sept. 7: 23 cases
Sept. 8: 33 cases
Sept. 9: 53 cases, 2 deaths
Sept. 10: 45 cases, 8 deaths
Sept. 11: 74 cases, 8 deaths
Sept. 12: 65 cases, 1 death
Sept. 13: 34 cases
Sept. 14: 35 cases, 2 deaths
Sept. 15: 55 cases, 7 deaths
Sept. 16: 47 cases, 3 deaths
Sept. 17: 96 cases, 4 deaths
Sept. 18: 71 cases, 4 deaths
Sept. 19: 88 cases, 2 deaths
Sept. 20: 43 cases, 1 death
Sept. 21: 34 cases
Sept. 22: 73 cases, 4 deaths
Sept. 23: 76 cases, 3 deaths
Sept. 24: 58 cases, 6 deaths
Sept. 25: 92 cases, 1 death
Sept. 26: 72 cases, 2 deaths
Coronavirus in Brevard, Sept. 25: 1 death, 92 cases
FDOH data show the state added 2,795 cases Saturday for a cumulative total of 698,682 cases (690,387 residents and 8,295 nonresidents affected). Statewide, 5,242,163 people have been tested with 4,536,325 negative results for a cumulative percent positive of 13.33%.
Statewide, the death toll for Florida residents was 14,022 with 107 newly recorded deaths.
Total number of Florida residents hospitalized since the pandemic began increased to 43,469, up 170 from the previous day.
Cases by race of Brevard residents
Unknown/no data: 2,297
Cases by ethnicity
Unknown/no data: 2,724
City by city
Here’s the city-by-city count as of Saturday, although some of these may include unincorporated areas. Note: Per FDOH, these are provisional. We are showing the increase over 24 hours.
Total cases as of Sept. 26: 8,800
Melbourne: 2,556, an increase of 27
Palm Bay: 1,873, an increase of 16
Cocoa: 896, an increase of 2
Merritt Island: 669, an increase of 6
Titusville: 566, an increase of 3
Rockledge: 537, an increase of 3
Missing, Brevard: 301, an increase of 5 (this is how it appears on FDOH report)
Satellite Beach: 204, an increase of 1
Cocoa Beach: 191
West Melbourne: 184, an increase of 2
Indialantic: 156, an increase of 2
Mims: 100, an increase of 3
Cape Canaveral: 99
Melbourne Beach: 92
Indian Harbour Beach: 78, an increase of 1
Malabar: 48, an increase of 1
Barefoot Bay: 31, an increase of 1
Grant-Valkaria: 30, an increase of 1
Patrick Air Force Base: 26
Palm Shores: 15
Port St. John: 5
Orlando, Brevard: 3
Kissimmee, Brevard: 1
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