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Coronavirus in Brevard, Oct. 24: County adds 151 new cases, 1 new death

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Editor’s note: This COVID-19 report provides important public safety information from the Florida Department of Health. 

New coronavirus cases in Brevard County leapt by 151 on Saturday, according to updated data from the Florida Department of Health. 

Saturday’s new cases were out of 1,944 people tested countywide, making a daily percent positive rate of 7.7% and a cumulative rate of 9.3% since the pandemic began. 

Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic, 10,954 Florida residents and 54 non-residents have tested positive for the virus in Brevard County. 

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Only one new death was recorded Saturday when the state reported a 66-year-old man had died. It was unknown if the man had been in contact with another person who tested positive, but officials said his case was not travel-related. 

It’s worth noting, though, that a significant lag exists between a person’s death and the day the Florida Department of Health reports it to the public. 

FDOH announced Wednesday that it was conducting a review of reported deaths after receiving several reports that occurred more than 30 days earlier.

A total of 70 deaths have been confirmed this month. Last month, the county saw 88 deaths. In April, eight deaths were reported by state officials, followed by four in May, five in June, 97 in July and 96 in August.

In total, 5,054 male and 5,859 female Florida residents in Brevard have tested positive for coronavirus.

Hospital reports showed 62 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Saturday afternoon in the Space Coast’s seven major hospitals. There were 38 ICU beds available out of 122 in the county, making for a 23.8% availability rate. 

Overall, hospital bed capacity was at 28.8% with 379 available out of 1,315. 

Statewide data 

FDOH data show the state added 4,471 cases Saturday for a cumulative total of 776,251 cases (766,305 residents and 9,946 nonresidents affected). Statewide, 5,945,372 people have been tested with 5,161,810 negative results for a cumulative percent positive of 13.06% and a daily percent positive of 3.7%.

Statewide, the death toll for Florida residents was 16,417 with 77 newly recorded deaths.

Cases by race of Brevard residents

White: 5,986

Black: 1,241

Other: 922

Unknown/no data: 2,796

Cases by ethnicity

Non-Hispanic: 6,440

Hispanic: 1,202

Unknown/no data: 3,303

City by city

Here’s the city-by-city count as of Friday, although some of these may include unincorporated areas. Note: Per FDOH, these are provisional. We are showing the increase over the past 24 hours.

Total cases as of Oct. 24: 10,945

Melbourne: 3,199, an increase of 50

Palm Bay: 2,2323, an increase of 93

Cocoa: 1,040, an increase of 12

Merritt Island: 788, an increase of 6

Titusville: 691, an increase of 9

Rockledge: 635, an increase of 5

Missing, Brevard: 515, an increase of 25 (this is how it appears on FDOH report)

Satellite Beach: 265, an increase of 5

Cocoa Beach: 242, an increase of 2

West Melbourne: 208, an increase of 3 

Indialantic: 218, an increase of 2

Cape Canaveral: 131, an increase of 4 

Mims: 123, an increase of 3

Melbourne Beach: 115

Indian Harbour Beach: 105, an increase of 2

Malabar: 85, an increase of 3 

Sebastian: 62, an increase of 2

Viera: 52

Grant-Valkaria: 40

Barefoot Bay: 34

Patrick Air Force Base: 30

Palm Shores: 16

Micco: 11

Port St. John: 5

Valkaria: 4

Orlando, Brevard: 4

Scottsmoor: 2

Kissimmee, Brevard: 1

Sharpes: 1

For more coronavirus coverage

• For questions on these reports, please email Bailey Gallion at [email protected] or executive editor Mara Bellaby at [email protected] The FDOH has said data is provisional and subject to change as more information becomes available.

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