Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 1,657 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County during the week of Dec. 7-13, bringing the tally to 17,810. Seventeen more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 318.

Case counts have been steadily rising in recent weeks. DOH reported 1,370 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6 and 30 deaths. DOH reported 1,104 new cases from Nov. 23-29 and seven deaths. From Nov. 16-22, Florida Department of Health added 1,132 new cases of to the tally, and five more residents died.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 17,628 residents and 182 non-residents. More cases were in females, 9,193 (52%) to 8,297 males. Gender was unknown in 138. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 43. Six percent were Black and 21% Hispanic.

As of Dec. 13, 1,369 residents and 13 non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 8% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 24% capacity in staffed adult beds (331 of 1,423) on Sunday and 11% (16 of 145) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least one ICU bed available except AdventHealth Zephyrhills, AdventHealth Dade City and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 9.85% of 2,151 test results on Dec. 12 were positive, 9.38% of 2,594 on Dec. 11, 10.72% of 2,658 on Dec. 10, 7.42% of 3,371 on Dec. 9, 10.82% of 1,417 on Dec. 8, 9.67% of 1,570 on Dec. 7, 9.40% of 1,734 on Dec. 6, 10.88% of 1,646 on Dec. 5, 8.26% of 2,664 results on Dec. 4, 10.63% of 1,791 on Dec. 3, 10.69% of 1,955 on Dec. 2, 9.78% of 1,927 on Dec. 1, and 10.09% of 1,230 test results on Nov. 30 were positive.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,125,931 with 20,133 deaths as of Dec. 13. In the United States, cases totaled 16,184,350 with 298,465 deaths. Globally, more than 72 million cases have been reported with over 1.6 million deaths.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Dec. 13. New Port Richey had the most, 3,840, with 2,598 from Wesley Chapel, 2,597 from Land O’ Lakes, 1,883 from Zephyrhills, 1,606 from Dade City, 1,470 from Hudson, 1,385 from Port Richey, 1,053 from Holiday, 369 from Spring Hill, 317 from Trinity, 150 from San Antonio, 86 from Odessa, 61 from Lutz, 30 from Saint Leo, 17 from Bayonet Point, 16 from Lacoochee, 12 from Crystal Springs, nine from Ridge Manor, seven from Trilby, seven from Shady Hills, four from Elfers, two from Seven Springs and 55 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,182 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 7% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Dec. 13, DOH has reported 308 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County, 17 more than last week.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, zero deaths in the age 25-34 group, four in the 35-44 age group, eight in the 45-54 group, 30 in the 55-64 group, 85 in 65-74 (27%), 102 in 75-84 (32%) and 88 in the age group 85 and up (28%). At least, 123 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

Pinellas County

DOH reported another 366 cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County on Dec. 13, bringing the tally to 37,753. Six more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 951.

Since Dec. 7, 2,854 new cases and 26 deaths have been reported. So far this month, DOH has reported 4,507 cases of COVID-19 and 40 deaths.

Weekly case counts and the number of deaths have been steadily increasing. From Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 1,841 cases of COVID-19 were reported and 23 deaths. From Nov. 23-29, 1,930 cases and 32 deaths were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 37,004 residents and 749 non-residents. More cases were in females, 19,788 (53%), to 17,172 in males. Gender was unknown in 44. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Fourteen percent were Black, and 11% were Hispanic.

About 8% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 3,061 residents and 32 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 6.57% of 4,907 test results were positive, 6.26% of 6,294 results on Dec. 11, 7.38% of 6,511 on Dec. 10, 6.91% of 7,260 on Dec. 9, 8.46% of 2,738 on Dec. 8 and 8.35% of 2,723 on Dec. 7.

DOH reported six more COVID-19 related deaths on Dec. 13, upping the death toll to 951.

To date, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, four deaths in the 25-34 age group, nine in the 35-44 group (1%), 26 in 45-54 (3%), 80 in 55-64 (9%), 186 in 65-74 (20%), 290 in 75-84 (30%) and 355 (37%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 638 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 882 deaths, or 11%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 779 deaths, or 10%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.