Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 85 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Sunday, bringing the count to 6,479. One more death due to the novel coronavirus was confirmed. The death count increased to 97.

Since July 27, DOH has reported 676 new cases and 29 deaths. This is the second consecutive week that the number of cases has gone down. However, the most deaths reported on a single day in Pasco was 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 new one-day high in cases on June 27 with 304. June 26 was the previous record high with 156 new cases, breaking the record of 130 cases reported in one day on June 24.

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

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 487,132 with 7,084 deaths on Sunday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,635,658 with 154,578 deaths. Globally, more than 17.8 million cases have been reported with 679,407 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 6,445 residents and 34 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,339 (52%) to 3,081 males. Gender was unknown in 25. The median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of Aug. 2, 486 had been hospitalized (7% of all cases), including 482 residents and four non-residents.

Pasco’s hospitals had 26% staffed adult bed capacity (353 of 1,375) on Sunday, compared to 26% capacity (354 of 1,381) on Saturday, 23% capacity (316 of 1,378) on Friday, 21% (289 of 1,394) on Thursday, 21% capacity (301 of 1,426) on Wednesday, 22% (312 of 1,413) on Tuesday and 22.6% (313 of 1,386) on Monday.

The county had 18% capacity in ICU beds (24 of 133) on Sunday, compared to 21% capacity (27 of 130) on Saturday, 17% capacity (22 of 131) on Friday, 10% capacity (13 of 128) on Thursday, 13% capacity (17 of 131) on Wednesday, 14% capacity (20 of 134) on Tuesday and 17% (24 of 138) on Monday.

All the county’s hospitals reported ICU bed capacity. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had nine, Medical Center of Trinity had six, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills each had three, AdventHealth Dade City had two and Morton Plan North Bay had one.

All the county’s hospitals also reported ICU bed capacity on Saturday. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had nine, Medical Center of Trinity had six, AdventHealth Dade City had five, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel had four, AdventHealth Zephyrhills had two and Morton Plan North Bay had one.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on Aug. 2 that 63,236 tests had been done in Pasco with an average rate of 10.2% coming back as positive, the same as Aug. 1 and July 31, but up from 10% on July 30, 29, 28, 27, 26, 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 and 9.2% on July 18. Forty-four tests were inclusive and results were pending for 85.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 4.6% of 1,679 tests on Aug. 1 were positive, 5.7% of 1,529 tests 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, 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 and 8.7% of 1,854 on July 18.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Sunday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,506, with 921 from Land O’ Lakes, 873 from Wesley Chapel, 544 from Hudson, 544 from Port Richey, 543 from Zephyrhills, 518 from Dade City, 449 from Holiday, 120 from Spring Hill, 75 from Trinity, 41 from San Antonio, 21 from Odessa, 10 from Bayonet Point, eight from Lutz, five from Crystal Springs, four from Ridge Manor and Trilby, three from Elfers, Lacoochee and St. Leo, one from Shady Hills and Seven Springs, and 246 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 573 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases. As of Aug. 1, 153 cases had been reported in residents and 90 in staff by 29 long-term care facilities, including 47 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 40 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 38 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 26 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 22 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 13 by Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City. The rest had fewer than 13.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported one new death on Aug. 2: an 81-year-old man. The death toll rose to 97. No new deaths were reported on Aug. 1.

At least 43 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.

As of 2 p.m. Aug. 2, DOH had not released a new weekly report of deaths at long-term care facilities.

DOH reported COVID-19 related deaths on July 31. Both were men, age 88 and 77. The District Six Medical Examiner’s Office released four death investigations on July 31. All were residents of long-term care facilities, including two women who died July 18 from Bear Creek Nursing Center, an 89-year-old and a 57-year-old. There also was a report for an 84-year-old man from AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South who died July 18 and a 75-year-old woman who died July 28 from Heritage Park in Dade City.

DOH confirmed the deaths of 26 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.

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.

Pinellas County

DOH reported 170 more COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Aug. 2, bringing the count to 16,774. Two more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 439.

Since July 27, 1,627 new cases and 66 deaths have been reported, this marks the second consecutive week that the number of cases has 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 16,658 residents and 116 non-residents. More cases were in females, 8,938 (54%), to 7,715 in males. Gender was unknown for five. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 42. Seventeen percent were Black and 10% Hispanics.

DOH reported on Aug. 2 that 1,551 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, including 1,530 residents (13 more than Saturday) and 21 non-residents. About 9% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 163,052 tests had been done in Pinellas as of Aug. 1 with an average rate of positive results at 10.3%, up from 10.2% on July 31 and 30.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.