Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Pasco County added another 149 COVID-19 cases to its count on Sunday, upping the total to 2,757.

Florida Department of Health reported that one more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, bringing the death to 24.

Since Monday, June 29, 997 new cases and seven deaths have been reported.

From June 22-28, 971 new cases were reported. Pasco set a new one-day high in cases on June 27 with 304 cases. June 26 was the previous record high with 156 new cases, breaking the record of 130 cases reported in one day on June 24.

From June 15-21, DOH reported 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 200,111 with 3,731 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 2,841,124 with 129,689 deaths. Globally, more than 11.3 million cases have been reported with 531,659 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 2,757 residents and 15 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,382 to 1,345 males. Gender was unknown in 15. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 38. Seven percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

As of July 5, 169 have been hospitalized since March, or 6% of all cases.

Pasco had nearly 27% capacity for adult beds (377 of 1,399) as of 1:40 p.m. Sunday, and just over 9% capacity (12 of 130) in adult ICU beds on Sunday, compared to nearly 15% capacity on Saturday, 22% on Friday, 5.4% Thursday and 3.9% on Wednesday. Two hospitals were reporting zero capacity in ICU beds.

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.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on July 5 that 39,453 had been tested in Pasco with an average of rate of positive results of 7%, up from 6.7% on July 4, up from 6.5% on July 3, 6% on July 2, 5.9% on July 1, 5.7% on June 30, 5.5% on June 29, 5% on June 28 and 4% on June 27 and June 26. Fourteen tests were inclusive and results were pending for 34.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 15.4% of 820 tests on July 4 were positive, 12.7% of 1,140 tests on July 3, 14.1% of 1,051 tests on July 2, 11.7% of 979 tests on July 1, 14% of 834 tests on June 30, 12% of 622 tests on June 29, 14.6% of 818 tests on June 28 and 12.6% of 1,066 tests on June 27.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 2,740 of the cases in Pasco on Sunday. New Port Richey had the most, 673, with 441 from Land O’ Lakes, 433 from Wesley Chapel, 214 from Port Richey, 207 from Zephyrhills, 190 from Dade City, 182 from Hudson, 168 from Holiday, 49 from Spring Hill, 41 from Trinity, 13 from San Antonio, nine from Odessa, five from Bayonet Point, four from Lutz, two from Saint Leo and Elfers, and one each from Crystal Springs, Lacoochee, and Seven Springs, and 104 listed as missing.

Since March, 138 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 5% of all cases. As of July 2, 51 cases had been reported in residents and 46 in staff by 25 long-term care facilities, including 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City and 22 Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported the death of an 89-year-old man on July 5, upping the death toll to 24.

DOH reported the death of a 74-year-old man on July 3 and confirmed the death of a 72-year-old man on July 2. Two deaths were reported on July 1, including two men ages 55 and 35. DOH confirmed the deaths of two men June 30, including and 86-year-old and a 66-year-old.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s office released a report on July 1 for a 72-year-old man who died June 28 who had gone to the emergency room from his home. The medical examiner also released a report on June 30 for a 66-year-old who died June 28 who had gone to the hospital from his home in Holiday.

The medical examiner’s office released a death report June 29 for an 86-year-old man who died June 27 from Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey.

DOH announced on June 20 that a 17-year-old male had died, bringing the death toll to 17. He is the youngest in the county to die. Statewide only five deaths have been reported in the 15-24 age group, as of June 26.

Fourteen 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 4. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills and one from Orchard Ridge.

Pinellas County

DOH reported 417 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas on Sunday, bringing the count to 8,533. Another 14 residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 198.

Since June 29, DOH has reported 2,513 new cases and 43 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 8,458 residents and 75 non-residents. More cases were in females, 4,561 (54%), to 3,862 in males. Gender was unknown for 35. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 39. Eighteen percent were Black and 7% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 5 that 757 have been hospitalized, which included 740 residents (13 more than Saturday) and 17 nonresidents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

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Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.