Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 94 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Thursday, bringing the count to 6,802. No new deaths were reported.

Since Aug. 3, 343 new cases and seven deaths have been reported.

From July 27-Aug. 2, DOH reported 676 new cases and 29 deaths. It was the second consecutive week that the number of cases had gone down. However, the most deaths ever reported on a single day in Pasco occurred that week — 26 on July 30.

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 cases 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 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 510,389 with 7,650 deaths on Thursday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,834,546 with 158,321 deaths. Globally, more than 18.87 million cases have been reported with 708,540 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 6,765 residents and 37 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,501 (52%) to 3,236 males. Gender was unknown in 28. The median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 20% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of Aug. 6, 528 had been hospitalized (8% of all cases), including 524 residents and four non-residents.

Pasco’s hospitals had 21% in staffed adult bed capacity (296 of 1,399) on Thursday, compared to 19% capacity (268 of 1,392) on Wednesday, 20% (276 of 1,396) on Tuesday, 23% (319 of 1,388) on Monday, 26% capacity (353 of 1,375) on Sunday, 26% capacity (354 of 1,381) on Saturday and 23% capacity (316 of 1,378) on Friday.

The county had 9% capacity in ICU beds (12 of 132), compared to 4% capacity (5 of 138) on Wednesday, 6% capacity (8 of 138) on Tuesday, 13% (17 of 129) on Monday, 18% capacity (24 of 133) on Sunday, 21% capacity (27 of 130) on Saturday and 17% capacity (22 of 131) on Friday.

Two hospitals reported zero capacity in ICU beds, Medical Center of Trinity and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had four, AdventHealth Dade City and Morton Plan North Bay each had three, and AdventHealth Zephyrhills had two.

Two hospitals reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Wednesday, Medical Center of Trinity and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had two, and AdventHealth Dade City, Morton Plan North Bay and AdventHealth Zephyrhills each had one.

AdventHealth Wesley Chapel reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Tuesday. AdventHealth Wesley Chapel reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Monday. All the county’s hospitals reported ICU bed capacity on Sunday, Saturday and Friday.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported that 65,594 tests had been done in Pasco as of Aug. 5 with an average rate of 10.4% coming back as positive, up from 10.3% on Aug. 4, 3 and 2, and 10.2% on Aug. 1 and July 31, and 10% on July 30, 29, 28, 27, 26, 9.9% on July 25, 9.8% on July 24 and 9.6% on July 23. Forty-three tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 99.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 5.5% of 1,596 tests on Aug. 5 were positive, 7.7% of 859 tests on Aug. 4, 8.4% of 932 on Aug. 3, 9% of 804 on Aug. 2, 4.6% of 1,679 on Aug. 1, 5.7% of 1,529 on July 31, 7.4% of 1,469 on July 30, 7.1% of 1,350 on July 29, 9.6% of 1,014 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 and 10.3% of 1,403 on July 23.

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, 1,565, with 963 from Land O’ Lakes, 921 from Wesley Chapel, 581 from Zephyrhills, 575 from Hudson, 566 from Port Richey, 557 from Dade City, 461 from Holiday, 123 from Spring Hill, 82 from Trinity, 46 from San Antonio, 21 from Odessa, 10 from Bayonet Point, eight from Lutz, five from Crystal Springs, four from Ridge Manor, four from Trilby, three from Elfers, Lacoochee and St. Leo, one from Shady Hills and Seven Springs, and 260 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 608 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases. As of Aug. 4, 139 cases had been reported in residents and 85 in staff by 28 long-term care facilities, including 46 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 39 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 36 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 26 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 20 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes. The rest had fewer than 20.

COVID-19 deaths

No new deaths were reported on Aug. 6. DOH reported three deaths related to COVID-19 on Wednesday. All were men, ages 88, 85 and 64. The death toll rose to 104.

At least, 49 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 Aug. 2. Eight deaths were reported by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South and Royal Oak Nursing Center. Seven were reported by Bear Creek Nursing Center, including one under investigation.

Five were reported by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, four by Orchard Ridge and two each from Heartland of Zephyrhills and Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center. One each was reported by Sunshine Christian Homes, Trinity Regional Rehab C enter, Madison Pointe Care Center, AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills and Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point.

DOH reported two more COVID-19 related deaths on Aug. 4: a woman age 75 and a man age 78. The District Six Medical Examiner released 10 death investigation reports on Aug. 4, including seven from long-term care facilities.

Two were from AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South. Both were men who died July 22, age 89 and 83. Two were from Bear Creek Nursing Center: an 86-year-old woman who died July 18 and an 87-year-old man who died July 22.

An 86-year-old woman died July 28 from Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, an 87-year-old woman died July 30 from Orchard Ridge Nursing Home and a 103-year-old woman died July 30 from Sunshine Christian Center.

Three others went to the hospital from their homes: A 47-year-old man who died July 24, a 79-year-old man who died July 18 and an 87-year-old man who died July 28.

DOH announced on June 20 that a 17-year-old male had died. He is the youngest in the county to die. Only 20 deaths have been reported statewide in the 15-24 year-old age group, as of Aug. 5, which is one more than reported on Aug. 3.

Three deaths in Pasco were in the 35-44 age group, four in the 45-54 group, 10 in the 55-64 group, 28 in 65-74, 30 in 75-84 and 28 in the age group 85 and up.

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

Florida Department of Health reported 120 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas on Aug. 6, bringing the count to 17,358. Seven more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 469.

Since Aug. 3, 548 new cases have been reported and 30 deaths.

From July 27-Aug. 2, 1,627 new cases and 66 deaths were reported. It was the second consecutive week that the number of daily cases reported had gone down. From July 20-26, 1,675 new cases were reported and 59 deaths, which had been the lowest weekly case count since June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 17,238 residents and 120 non-residents. More cases were in females, 9,253 (54%), to 7,976 in males. Gender was unknown for nine. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 42. Seventeen percent were Black and 11% Hispanics.

DOH reported on Aug. 6 that 1,640 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, including 1,613 residents (6 more than Wednesday) and 21 non-residents. About 9% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 168,246 tests had been done in Pinellas as of Aug. 5 with an average rate of positive results at 10.3%, the same as on Aug. 4, 3, 2 and 1, but up from 10.2% on July 31 and 30.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.

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