Coronavirus in Brevard, Aug. 2: Two new deaths, 66 new cases across the Space Coast

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Here are updates about coronavirus cases in Brevard, according to the Florida Department of Health, as of Aug. 2, 2020.

Brevard registered 66 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths, according to Sunday data from from the Florida Department of Health.

The latest deaths included a 78-year-old man who had contact with another known case. His COVID-19 case was confirmed July 19. The second death was an 82-year-old female who had also had contact with a known case. Her COVID-19 case was confirmed July 22.

Brevard now has had 5,587 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 66.  This comes as many COVID-19 testing sites were temporarily closed to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaiah, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane.

The last time Brevard recorded more than 100 cases was on July 27.

Altogether, Brevard has lost 117 people to COVID-19 — 52 of those deaths being recorded since last Tuesday.  It’s important to note that the Department of Health provides the date the death was recorded and often that notification lags behind the person’s actual death so it’s unlikely all these deaths occurred in the last week.

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Altogether, 57 of the deaths in Brevard have been connected to long-term care facilities. Victims ranged in age from 48 to 103.

In total, Brevard has conducted 79,722 coronavirus tests. Of those, 5,587 have tested positive and 74,081 have been negative and 54 were inconclusive.

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On August 1, of the 1,477 people tested, 1,411 people were negative and 66 tested positive for a percent positive of 4.5%.

Of those who tested positive since the pandemic began, 5,566 are residents and 21 are nonresidents. The median age of those testing positive in Brevard remained at 41, statewide, that number was 40. The percent positive for total cases in the county increased to 7 percent. So far, 2,585 males have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 2,958 females. 

FDOH data show 402 Florida residents have been hospitalized in Brevard since the pandemic began, the same as the previous day.

According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, at noon Sunday, Brevard had 113 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in its seven major hospitals, down 2 from the previous day. AHCA data also show 40% available capacity at the 1,291 hospital beds in those hospitals. AHCA data show the county had 40% of its 167 ICU (intensive care unit) beds available.

Statewide stats

The state added 7,104 new cases Sunday. Sunday marked the eighth straight day the state reported fewer than 10,000 new cases.

As for total numbers, the state has registered 487,132 cases, with 482,668 of those residents. The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 increased to 13.07%.

The state crossed the 200,000 mark on July 5 and confirmed 300,000 COVID-19 cases on July 15. On July 24, the state registered more than 400,000.

The state registered 178 new hospitalizations, bringing the total number of Florida residents hospitalized since the pandemic began to 27,150.

The number of deaths of Florida residents rose to 7,084, an increase of 62 from the previous day.

Overall, FDOH data show 3,726,562 have been tested statewide; 487,132 were positive and 3,233,865 tested negative for the coronavirus.

Cases by race of Brevard residents

White: 2,907

Black: 599

Other: 468

Unknown/No data: 1,592

Cases by ethnicity

Non-Hispanic: 3,048

Hispanic: 730

Unknown/no data: 1,788

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 in the last 24 hours.

Total cases as of Aug. 2: 5,587

Melbourne: 1,677, an increase of 20

Palm Bay: 1,165, an increase of 9

Cocoa: 579, an increase of 6

Merritt Island: 399, an increase of 9

Titusville: 376, an increase of 5

Rockledge: 359, an increase of 5

Cocoa Beach: 133

Missing, Brevard: 139 (this is how it appears in DOH city data) 

Satellite Beach: 131, an increase of 1

West Melbourne: 117, an increase of 7

Indialantic: 88

Cape Canaveral: 73

Mims: 64, an increase of 1

Melbourne Beach: 59, an increase of 1

Viera: 45, an increase of 1 (previous FDOH data show 44)

Indian Harbour Beach: 39

Malabar: 31

Patrick Air Force Base: 24

Grant-Valkaria: 20

Barefoot Bay: 11

Sebastian: 11

Palm Shores: 11, an increase of 1

Micco: 3

Port St. John: 3

Orlando, Brevard: 2

Valkaria: 2

Fellsmere: 1 (dropped one from the day before)

Titusville, Seminole: 1 (this is how it appears on July 29 DOH report)

Kissimmee, Brevard: 1

Scottsmoor: 1

Sharpes: 1

A COVID-19 call center is available 24/7. Call 866-779-6121 or email [email protected]

Brevard County reported its first COVID-19 case March 16. FLORIDA TODAY began this daily COVID-19 report March 20. Please check the date in the headlines for the most up-to-date info. For questions on these reports, please email Jennifer Sangalang at [email protected] or executive editor Mara Bellaby at [email protected] FDOH has said data is provisional and subject to change as more information becomes available.

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