Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

The Florida Department of Health reported 1,843 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County during the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3, bringing the count to 22,879. Thirty-eight more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 391.

DOH reported 1,540 new cases and 14 deaths during the week of Dec. 21-27; 1,686 new cases and 21 deaths during the week of Dec. 14-20; 1,657 new cases and 17 deaths the week of Dec. 7-13; and 1,370 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 deaths during the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 22,660 residents and 219 non-residents. More cases were in females, 11,968 (53%) to 10,530 males. Gender was unknown in 162. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 44. Six percent were Black and 20% Hispanic.

As of Jan. 2, 1,568 residents and 15 non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco, or 7% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 21% capacity in staffed adult beds (296 of 1,409) on Sunday and 6% (nine of 143) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least one ICU bed available except AdventHealth Dade City and AdventHealth Zephyrhills.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 12.55% of 1,623 test results on Jan. 2 were positive, 11.20% of 1,681 on Jan. 1, 11.28% of 3,847 on Dec. 31, 13.38% of 2,111 on Dec. 30, 9.31% of 2,114 on Dec. 29, and 23.72% of 476 on Dec. 28.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,365,436 with 22,310 deaths as of Jan. 3. In the United States, cases totaled 20,566,479 with 351,233 deaths. Globally, nearly 85 million cases have been reported with over 1.84 million deaths.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Jan. 3. New Port Richey had the most, 5,138, with 3,341 from Land O’ Lakes, 3,295 from Wesley Chapel, 2,352 from Zephyrhills, 1,967 from Hudson, 1,939 from Dade City, 1,782 from Port Richey, 1,369 from Holiday, 460 from Spring Hill, 429 from Trinity, 191 from San Antonio, 97 from Odessa, 70 from Lutz, 32 from Saint Leo, 21 from Bayonet Point, 20 from Lacoochee, 15 from Crystal Springs, 14 from Ridge Manor, 10 from Trilby, nine from Shady Hills, four from Elfers, two from Seven Springs and 71 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,458 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Jan. 3, DOH has reported 391 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County, 38 more than last week.

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, 10 in the 45-54 group, 38 in the 55-64 group, 92 in 65-74 (24%), 138 in 75-84 (35%) and 107 in the age group 85 and up (27%). At least, 148 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.