Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported three more cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Friday, bringing the count to 338. The death toll stands at 12.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 49,451 with 2,190 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,577,758 with 94,729 deaths. Globally, more than 5.1 million cases have been reported with 333,489 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 328 residents and 10 non-residents. Women accounted for 53% of cases and 47% were in men. Ages ranged from 1-94. Median age was 49.

Seventy-five people have been hospitalized as of May 22, which includes 72 residents and three non-residents.

“Hospitalizations is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness, DOH said. “These people may no longer be hospitalized. This number does not represent the number of COVID-19 positive persons currently hospitalized. We do not have a figure for that information at this time.”

DOH reported on May 22 that 12,356 had been tested in Pasco. Nine tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 15. DOH say 2.7% of test results were positive.

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 318 of the cases in Pasco on Thursday. Fifty-five are residents of Land O’ Lakes, 53 from Dade City, 51 from Wesley Chapel, 45 from New Port Richey, 37 from Zephyrhills, 26 from Port Richey, 20 each from Holiday and Hudson, five from Springhill, four from Trinity, and three each from Lutz, San Antonio and Odessa.

As of May 20, 36 cases had been reported in residents or staff by four long-term care facilities, including three at Heartland of Zephyrhills, 31 at Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City and one each Home Sweet Home Assisted Living of New Port Richey and Wellspring Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills.

DOH reported three new deaths on May 19, including two women, ages 73 and 74 and a 73-year-old man, bringing the death toll to 12. Eight 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 May 15. Four deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center and one from Heartland of Zephyrhills.

District 6 Medical Examiner’s Office released two death investigation reports on May 18 of residents from Royal Oak Nursing Center: A 73-year-old woman who died May 14 and 73-year-old is a 73-year-old man who died May 18.

DOH reported one death on May 7: a 79-year-old man. The medical examiner’s office released an investigation report on May 6 on a 56-year-old woman, who had died May 4 at Medical Center of Trinity.

According to the medical examiner’s office, a 72-year-old woman died April 29. She was a resident of Royal Oak Nursing Center. A 71-year-old man also died April 29.

DOH reported the death of a 92-year-old woman on April 28 and the death of a 64-year-old man on April 27, who had traveled to Ohio. DOH confirmed the death of an 85-year-old man on April 24.

The three prior deaths attributed to COVID-19, included an 82-year-old woman, which was not travel-related, a 67-year-old male who traveled in Florida and to New York, and a 71-year-old female, who had traveled to Virginia.

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

Pinellas County

Florida Department of Health reported seven more COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Friday, upping the count to 1,116. The death toll remains at 73.

So far this week, 94 additional cases have been added to the cumulative total and six deaths.

DOH reported 159 new cases and seven deaths from May 11-17, and 95 new cases and 19 deaths from May 4-10.

The county’s first two COVID-19 cases were reported on March 11. The first death was confirmed on March 23.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 1,072 Florida residents and 44 non-residents. More cases were in females, 56%, to 44% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 57.

DOH reported that 344 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 328 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 30% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported nearly 79% available bed capacity on Friday, up from 29% on Thursday, with 27% capacity for adult ICU beds, up from 20% the day before.

Testing in Pinellas

As of May 22, 33,498 coronavirus tests had been done in Pinellas, 2,411 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 3.3% of test results were positive. Thirteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 64.

A summary report for Pinellas County released May 21 shows 2.1% of test results from May 20 were positive, 0.3% % from May 19, 1.2% from May 18 were positive, 1.6% from May 17 were positive, 1.5% from May 16, 3.8% from May 15 and 2.4% from May 14. The numbers do not include people who have previously tested positive.

If you think you might need to be tested, contact your health provider, or call the state DOH’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-779-6121 or the Pinellas County DOH’s hotline at 727-824-6900. Both numbers are open 24/7.

For online information on testing and location of sites, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

St. Petersburg persists as county’s hot spot

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 1,018 of the cases in Pinellas on Thursday. St. Petersburg has the most with 414 cases (39%), 149 are Clearwater residents, 137 from Largo, 123 from Seminole, 67 from Palm Harbor, 46 from Pinellas Park, 33 from Tarpon Springs, 21 from Dunedin, 14 from Safety Harbor, 10 each from Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and Oldsmar, four each from Kenneth City, Madeira Beach and Gulfport, three from Belleair, two each from Bay Pines, Belleair Beach and Belleair Bluffs, and one each from North Redington Beach, Crystal Beach, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde and South Pasadena, and one listed as homeless.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

At least one case has been reported at 36 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 20.

DOH reported 271 cases in residents and 84 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

As of May 20, 100 cases had been reported by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 56 by Gulf Shore Rehab, 50 cases had been reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 35 by St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 22 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 21 by Carrington Place of St. Pete and 14 by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change. Note: there may be duplication in cases at St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab as DOH reports 50 cases and 50 transfers.

COVID-19 death count continues to climb

No new deaths were reported on May 22. The county’s death toll stands at 73.

At least 53 of the county’s 73 deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. According to a weekly report from DOH released May 15, 25 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; five from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services, two from the Inn at Freedom Square and two from Gulf Shore Care Center. In addition, one death each was reported at Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor and Patrick Manor.

May death reports

DOH reported on May 21 that an 85-year-old man had died due to COVID-19.

On May 20, DOH confirmed the death of a 75-year-old woman. District Six Medical Examiner’s office released a death investigation report on May 20 on a 75-year-old woman who died May 19 who had been a patient at St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

DOH confirmed the deaths of an 82-year-old man, a 75-year-old man and an 81-year-old woman on May 19.

DOH reported on May 18 that a 98-year-old man had died. The medical examiner’s office released five death investigation reports the same day. Two were women that had been at Gulf Shore Care Center: an 89-year-old who died May 9 and an 81-year-old who died May 16. Two were men who had been at Patrick Manor: an 82-year-old man who died May 15 and a 75-year-old man who died May 17. The fifth was a 73-year-old woman from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab who died May 14.

DOH reported on May 16 that a 73-year-old woman had died, and on May 15, confirmed the death of an 80-year-old woman. The medical examiner’s office released a death investigation report on May 15 for an 80-year-old woman who died May 14 from St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor.

Local state of emergency extended

Pinellas County has extended its local state of emergency through May 28. Public swimming pools are open with restrictions, as are playgrounds at daycare centers. Public playgrounds remain closed. Beaches are open with social distancing required.

For more information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.

State cases number surpass 49,000

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 48,150 on Friday. Another 1,301 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 49,451 — 776 more than the number reported on Thursday.

The numbers are cumulative going back to March 4. DOH has not provided information on how many people have recovered.

The number of deaths in Florida increased to 2,190, which is 46 more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 9,117 have been hospitalized statewide.

As of May 21, 837,172 had been tested statewide. DOH says 5.9% of results have been positive. As of May 21, 1,655 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,471.

Of the 44,811 statewide cases reported May 17, 1,964 were travel-related, 19,230 had contact with a confirmed case, 1,847 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 20,557 were under investigation. DOH’s current situation report remains unavailable, as the page still does not load.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a May 15 press conference that phase one of his recovery plan was complete. Social distancing is still required. Persons ages 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions are advised to stay home as much as possible as that population is most vulnerable and at risk from COVID-19.

Pinellas County announced Monday that all businesses could reopen with restrictions, except bar, pubs and nightclubs. Permission has been granted to open the county’s short-term vacation rentals.

National cases top 1.57 million, more than 94,500 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,577,758 with 94,729 deaths compared to 1,556,749 with 93,558 deaths 1:15 p.m. Thursday. The number of global cases increased to 5,128,492 with 333,489 deaths compared to 5,034,458 with 329,186 deaths on Thursday.

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

Note: All information is subject to change.

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