Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported on Thursday that 26 more Pasco County residents have died from the novel coronavirus, increasing the death toll to 94. Another 100 COVID-19 cases were added to the count, bringing the total to 6,201.

Since July 27, DOH has reported 398 new cases and 26 deaths, which represents 24% of all deaths reported in the county to date and the most ever in a single day.

From July 20-26, 860 cases were reported and 25 deaths, which was the fewest cases since the week of July 6-12. From July 13-19, 1,068 new cases and 16 deaths were reported — the most in any seven-day period thus far.

From July 6-12, 909 cases and four deaths were reported, a slight improvement from the two prior weeks. From June 29-July 5, 997 new cases and seven deaths were reported, and 971 new cases were reported from June 22-28.

Pasco set a new one-day high in cases on June 27 with 304.

In comparison, from June 15-21, DOH reported only 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 461,379 with 6,586 deaths on Thursday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,431,399 with 150,765 deaths. Globally, more than 17 million cases have been reported with 667,935 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 6,170 residents and 31 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,194 (52%) to 2,945 males. Gender was unknown in 31. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of July 30, 461 had been hospitalized (7% of all cases), including 457 residents and four non-residents.

Pasco’s hospitals had 21% staffed adult bed capacity (289 of 1,394) on Thursday, compared to 21% capacity (301 of 1,426) on Wednesday, 22% (312 of 1,413) on Tuesday, 22.6% (313 of 1,386) on Monday, 23.5% (325 of 1,380) on Sunday, 22.3% capacity (309 or 1,384) on Saturday and 19.4% capacity (266 of 1,370) on Friday.

The county had 10% capacity in ICU beds (13 of 128) on Thursday, compared to 13% capacity (17 of 131) on Wednesday, 14% capacity (20 of 134) on Tuesday, 17% (24 of 138) on Monday, 14% (19 of 136) on Sunday, 10% (13 of 130) on Saturday and 5.26% (7 of 133) of Friday.

One hospital reported zero capacity in ICU beds, AdventHealth Dade City. Medical Center of Trinity had five, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had three, AdventHealth Zephyrhills and AdventHealth Wesley each had two and Morton Plant North Bay had one.

Two hospitals reported zero capacity on Wednesday, Morton Plant North Bay and AdventHealth Dade City. Medical Center of Trinity had eight, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel each had four, and AdventHealth Zephyrhills had one.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on July 30 that 61,050 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 10% coming back as positive, the same as July 29, 28, 27, 26, but up from 9.9% on July 25, 9.8% on July 24, 9.6% on July 23 and July 22, but up from 9.5% on July 21, 9.4% on July 20, 9.3% on July 19, 9.2% on July 18 and 9.1% on July 17. Forty-two tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 71.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 9.1% of 1,350 tests on July 29 were positive, 9.6% of 1,014 tests on July 28, 7.1% of 1,066 on July 27, 6.7% of 1,456 on July 26, 11.7% of 1,047 on July 25, 8.4% of 1,656 on July 24, 10.3% of 1,403 on July 23, 8.9% on July 22, 8.1% of 1,091 on July 21, 12.7% of 747 on July 20, 8.9 of 1,060 on July 19, 8.7% of 1,854 on July 18, 8.3% of 1,319 on July 17.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Thursday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,437, with 887 from Land O’ Lakes, 849 from Wesley Chapel, 528 from Zephyrhills, 526 from Hudson, 515 from Port Richey, 484 from Dade City, 421 from Holiday, 113 from Spring Hill, 73 from Trinity, 38 from San Antonio, 20 from Odessa, 10 from Bayonet Point, eight from Lutz, five from Crystal Springs, four from Ridge Manor, three from Elfers, Trilby, Lacoochee and St. Leo, one from Shady Hills and Seven Springs, and 236 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 542 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases. As of July 28, 218 cases had been reported in residents and 117 in staff by 31 long-term care facilities, including 60 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 53 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 49 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 34 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 34 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 22 by Bear Creek Nursing Center in Hudson, 14 by Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City and 12 by Sunshine Christian Homes in Holiday. The rest had fewer than 12.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH confirmed the deaths of 26 COVID-19 related deaths on July 30, including 13 women, age, 95, 89, 87, 86, 86, 85, 82, 77, 76, 75, 72, 66 and 57; and 13 men age 97, 89, 87, 86, 83, 83, 81, 79, 78, 76, 71, 70 and 47. The death toll rose to 94.

DOH removed one death from the county’s count in the age group 75-84 on July 27. No new deaths were reported on July 28 or 29.

At least 41 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. DOH released a weekly report on deaths at long-term care facilities on July 25. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oak Nursing Center, four from Orchard Ridge and from Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, three from Bear Creek Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills and one from Sunshine Christian Homes, Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center and AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s Office released seven death investigation reports on July 28. All had gone to the hospital from their home except an 86-year-old woman who died July 23 from Sunshine Christian Homes and an 89-year-old woman who died July 23 from a Trinity rehabilitation facility.

The other deaths included a 75-year-old man who died July 11, an 84-year-old man who died July 15, from home in Port Richey to hospital, an 86-year-old woman who died July 17, a 77-year-old woman who died July 22 and a 97-year-old man who died July 23.

DOH announced on June 20 that a 17-year-old male had died. He is the youngest in the county to die. Only 17 deaths have been reported statewide in the 15-24 year-old age group, as of July 29, which is two more than reported on July 26.

Three deaths in Pasco were in the 35-44 age group, four in the 45-54 group, nine in the 55-64 group, 28 in 65-74, 25 in 75-84 and 24 in the age group 85 and older.

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.

Pinellas County

Eighteen more Pinellas County residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 418. Florida Department also reported 314 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the count to 16,114.

Since July 27, 967 new cases and 45 deaths have been reported. From July 20-26, 1,675 new cases were reported and 59 deaths — the lowest weekly case count since June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 16,000 residents and 114 non-residents. More cases were in females, 8,591 (54%), to 7,403 in males. Gender was unknown for six. The median age was 41. Seventeen percent were Black and 10% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 30 that 1,467 have been hospitalized, including 1,447 residents (42 more than Monday) and 20 non-residents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 158,433 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 29 with an average rate of positive results at 10%, the same as July 28, 27, 26, 25 and 24, but up from 9.9% on July 23, 22 and 21.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.