Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

The Florida Department of Health reported 1,033 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County during the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6, bringing the total to 30,641. Another 37 died due to the novel coronavirus, increasing the death toll to 576.

DOH reported 1,309 new cases and 45 deaths from Jan. 24-30, and 1,501 new cases and 41 deaths from Jan. 17-23. DOH reported 1,846 new cases and 47 deaths from Jan. 11-16, and 2,052 new cases and 15 deaths from Jan. 4-10.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,777,983 and 28,161 deaths as of Feb. 6. According to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems for Science and Engineering, as of 4 p.m. Feb. 7 in the United States, cases totaled 26,986,827 cases and 463,188 deaths compared to 26,892,481 with 461,725 deaths as of 5 p.m. Feb. 6. Globally, 106 million cases were reported with 2.3 million deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 30,375 residents and 266 non-residents. More cases were in females, 16,191 (53%) to 14,027 males. Gender was unknown in 157. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 44. Six percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

As of Feb. 6, 2,034 residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 7% of all cases. The number of nonresidents was unavailable. Pasco's hospitals had 21% capacity in staffed adult beds (288 of 1,373) on Sunday and 12% (17 of 140) in ICU beds.

DOH's report on daily testing showed that 6.90% of 1,416 test results on Feb. 6 were positive, 5.10% of 2,514 on Feb. 5, 4.77% of 3,655 on Feb. 4, 10.05% of 1,441 on Feb. 3, 7.23% of 1,579 on Feb. 2, 8.79% of 2,137 on Feb. 1, and 9.63% of 910 on Jan. 31.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Feb. 6. New Port Richey had the most, 7,022, with 4,417 from Wesley Chapel, 4,350 from Land O' Lakes, 3,178 from Zephyrhills, 2,527 from Hudson, 2,520 from Dade City, 2,465 from Port Richey, 1,838 from Holiday, 633 from Spring Hill, 626 from Trinity, 248 from San Antonio, 139 from Odessa, 109 from Lutz, 68 from Saint Leo, 35 from Bayonet Point, 31 from Lacoochee, 22 from Ridge Manor, 19 from Crystal Springs, 15 from Shady Hills, 13 from Trilby, eight from Elfers, seven from Aripeka, two from Seven Springs and 38 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,876 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Feb. 6, DOH had reported 576 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, zero deaths in the age 25-34 group, five in the 35-44 age group, 13 in the 45-54 group, 54 in the 55-64 group, 135 in 65-74 (23%), 203 in 75-84 (35%) and 165in the age group 85 and up (29%). At least, 200 of the county's deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

Vaccination summary

As of Feb. 6, statewide, 1,326,136 people had received a first-dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 667,830 had completed the two-shot series. DOH is no longer reporting the number overdue for their second dose.

The state began administering the vaccine on Dec. 14.

In Pasco, 39,131 doses have been administered including 26,042 receiving the first dose and 13,089 completing the two-shot series. Of those who have completed the two-dose series, more were females, 23,323 to 15,721 males, and 27,511 were white, 890 were Black and 1,375 were Hispanic.

The most vaccine has been administered in Dade County, 195,484 doses, followed by Palm Beach with 190,770 and Broward with 160,632 doses. DOH also reported that 60,707 from out-of-state have received the vaccine.

Statewide, the age group receiving the most vaccinations was 65-74 with 810,749 completing the series, followed by ages 75-84 with 468,915 receiving both doses and ages 85 and older with 182,317. Next were ages 55-64, 45-54, 35-44, 25-34 and 16-24 with 23,890 receiving both shots.

In Pasco, 15,226 people ages 65-74 have received two doses, 8,889 ages 75-84 and 3,168 ages 85 and older have completed the series.

Pinellas County

Florida Department of Health has reported 1,831 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas from Feb. 1-6, bringing the total to 61,546. Thirty-one have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 1,335.

For the week of Jan. 25-31, DOH reported 2,519 new cases and 52 deaths, which was a slight improvement from the previous week. From Jan. 18-24, 2,668 new cases and 68 deaths were reported, and from Jan. 11-17, 3,135 new cases and 95 deaths were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 60,043 residents and 1,503 non-residents. More cases were in females, 32,072 (54%), to 27,925 in males. Gender was unknown in 46. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 44. Thirteen percent were Black, and 11% were Hispanic.

About 7% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 3,978 residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas. The number of nonresidents was unavailable.

DOH reported that 5.03% of 3,569 test results on Feb. 6 were positive, 6.69% of 4,773 results on Feb. 5, 3.69% of 9,849 on Feb. 4, 9.22% of 2,925 on Feb. 3, 6.53% of 2,832 on Feb. 2 and 6.69% of 5,609 on Feb. 1.

DOH reported 31 more COVID-19 related deaths from Feb. 1-6, upping the death toll to 1,335. Fifty-two deaths were reported from Jan. 25-31 and 68 deaths were reported from Jan. 18-24. Ninety-five new deaths were reported from Jan. 11-17.

As of Feb. 6, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, five deaths in the 25-34 age group, 14 in the 35-44 group (1%), 37 in 45-54 (3%), 107 in 55-64 (8%), 264 in 65-74 (20%), 398 in 75-84 (30%) and 509 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 808 of the county's deaths were residents or staff at one of the county's long-term care facilities. Pinellas is No. 3 in the state with reporting 8% of deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 957 deaths, or 10%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 944 deaths, or 10%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.