Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 24 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Wednesday, bringing the count to 8,381. Three more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 187.

Since Sept. 7, 65 new cases have been reported and four deaths.

From Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 288 new cases and nine deaths were reported. It was the first time the weekly case count increased since Aug. 24-30. The increase may be due in part to the Aug. 31 data dump by Quest Diagnostics of almost 75,000 test results dating back to April. The state severed all ties with Quest because it failed to follow the state’s law and report results of COVID-19 tests in a timely manner.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 8,323 residents and 58 non-residents. More cases were in females, 4,359 (52%) to 3,955 males. Gender was unknown in nine. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 42. Eight percent were Black and 25% Hispanic.

As of Sept. 9, 757 residents and five non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 9% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 18% capacity in staffed adult beds (246 of 1,394) on Wednesday and 8% (11 of 133) in ICU beds. All hospitals reported at least one ICU bed except Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 652,148 with 12,115 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 6,334,158 with 189,733 deaths. Globally, nearly 27.63 million cases have been reported with 898,456 deaths.

Case counts going down

From Aug. 24-30, 270 cases and 17 deaths were reported in Pasco. It was the sixth consecutive week that the number of daily cases decreased. However, nine more deaths were reported than last week.

From Aug. 17-23, 303 cases and eight deaths were reported. It was the fifth consecutive week that the number of daily cases decreased. And the fewest deaths were reported than the four previous weeks.

Case counts have been trending downward since early August. From Aug. 10-16, 377 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths were reported in Pasco. It was the fourth consecutive week that the number of cases decreased. The week also had fewer deaths than the three previous.

From Aug. 3-9, 621 new cases and 31 deaths were reported. It was the third consecutive week that the case count has decreased; however, it was the most deaths ever reported in a single week thus far.

Testing in Pasco

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 3.10% of 781 test results on Sept. 8 were positive, 3.03% of 737 results on Sept. 7, 3.06% of 855 on Sept. 6, 5% of 931 on Sept. 5, 3.58% of 1,024 test from Sept. 4, 2.44% of 1,360 results from Sept. 3, 3.28% of 1,004 from Sept. 2 and 2.60% of 1,198 test results from Sept. 1 were positive.

DOH reported that results of 82,030 tests done overall in Pasco had an average rate of 10.15% coming back as positive on Sept. 8, compared to 10.14% on Sept. 7, 10.16% on Sept. 6, 10.18% on Sept. 5, 10.18% on Sept. 4, 10.2% on Sept. 3, 10.19% on Sept. 2 and 10.2% on Sept. 1. Fifty-eight tests were inclusive and results were pending for 131.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Wednesday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,833, with 1,169 from Land O’ Lakes, 1,157 from Wesley Chapel, 724 from Dade City, 706 from Hudson, 703 from Zephyrhills, 671 from Port Richey, 556 from Holiday, 181 from Spring Hill, 107 from Trinity, 60 from San Antonio, 26 from Odessa, 10 from Bayonet Point, 10 from Lutz, eight from Lacoochee, five from Trilby, four from Ridge Manor, three from Crystal Springs, Elfers and St. Leo, two from Shady Hills, one from Seven Springs, one listed as homeless and 375 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 831 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 10% of all cases. As of Sept. 3, 120 cases had been reported in residents and 66 in staff by 24 long-term care facilities, including 57 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 33 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 19 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 14 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes and 11 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South. The rest had fewer than 11.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported three more COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 9, including two women ages 88 and 86, and one man age 59. The death toll rose to 187.

DOH reported the death of an 84-year-old woman on Sept. 8. It was the first death reported since Sept. 2. DOH reported three COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 2, including an 84-year-old woman and two men age 66 and 64. No new deaths were reported on Sept. 1.

One death has been reported in Pasco in the 15-24 age group, one death in the age 25-34 group, three in the 35-44 age group, five in the 45-54 group, 19 in the 55-64 group, 50 in 65-74, 51 in 75-84 and 57 in the age group 85 and up (30%).

At least, 90 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. DOH released a new weekly report on deaths at long-term care facilities, and as of Sept. 3, 15 deaths were reported by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 13 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home and nine by Bear Creek Nursing Center, including on under investigation.

Eight deaths were reported by Royal Oak Nursing Center and Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point. Six were reported by Orchard Ridge, five by Sunshine Christian Homes, four by Heartland of Zephyrhills and Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Two deaths were reported by Windsor Woods Rehab and Healthcare Center and one was reported by Trinity Regional Rehab Center, Sun Coast Retreat, Grand Villa of New Port Richey, Madison Pointe Care Center, Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch, Brookdale New Port Richey and Consulate Health Care of New Port Richey.

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles issued an executive order June 23 requiring everyone in the county to use face coverings while indoors at a public business or county government facility, effective immediately.

For more information about COVID-19, visit pasco.floridahealth.gov. For information from Pasco County government, visit https://www.pascocountyfl.net/4146/Coronavirus-Information-Pasco-County-Ope.

For more information on the coronavirus, visit www.floridahealth.gov/index.html.

Pinellas County

DOH reported on Sept. 9 that 15 more Pinellas County residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 693. Another 62 COVID-19 cases were added to the tally, bringing the count to 20,588.

Since Sept. 7, 163 cases and 21 deaths have been reported.

From Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 537 cases and 22 deaths were reported. It was the first time the weekly case count increased since Aug. 24-30. The increase may be due in part to the Aug. 31 data dump by Quest Diagnostics.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 20,588 residents and 148 non-residents. More cases were in females, 11,047 (54%), to 9,386 in males. Gender was unknown in seven. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Nineteen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanics.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,133 residents and 23 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

According to testing information on the county specific report, 3.89% of 1,631 test results on Sept. 8 were positive, 2.70% of 1,875 results on Sept. 7, 3.09% of 1,785 on Sept. 6.

DOH reported 15 more COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 9, including nine women and five men. Among the dead were two women age 91 and seven others ages 94, 90, 88, 83, 80, 73 and 67. Two 84-year-old and two 64-year-old men were on the list plus two more ages 74 and 55.

Pinellas is tied with St. Lucie County for the third highest death rate in the state at 3.4%. Charlotte County has the highest at 4.2%. Highlands, Indian River and Hernando counties are tied for No. 2 with 3.6% rate.

At least 487 of the county’s deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. Pinellas is No. 3 in the state with reporting 10% of deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 742 deaths, or 15%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 507 deaths, or 10%.

Suzette Porter is TBN’s Pinellas County editor. She can be reached at sporter@tbnweekly.com.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.