Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 32 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Sept. 4, bringing the total to 8,230. The death toll stands at 183.

Since Aug. 31, 202 new cases and nine deaths have been reported.

From Aug. 24-30, 270 cases and 17 deaths were reported in Pasco. It was the sixth consecutive week that the number of daily cases decreased. However, nine more deaths were reported than last week.

From Aug. 17-23, 303 cases and eight deaths were reported. It was the fifth consecutive week that the number of daily cases decreased. And the fewest deaths were reported than the four previous weeks.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 8,177 residents and 53 non-residents. More cases were in females, 4,275 (52%) to 3,894 males. Gender was unknown in eight. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 42. Eight percent were Black and 25% Hispanic.

As of Sept. 4, 748 residents and four non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 9% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 22% capacity in staffed adult beds (307 of 1,393) on Friday and 10% (13 of 127) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least one ICU bed except AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 640,211 with 11,750 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 6,164,267 with 186,984 deaths. Globally, nearly 26.4 million cases have been reported with 870,126 deaths.

Case counts going down

Case counts have been trending downward since early August. From Aug. 10-16, 377 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths were reported in Pasco. It was the fourth consecutive week that the number of cases decreased. The week also had fewer deaths than the three previous.

From Aug. 3-9, 621 new cases and 31 deaths were reported. It was the third consecutive week that the case count has decreased; however, it was the most deaths ever reported in a single week thus far.

Testing in Pasco

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 2.44% of 1,360 tests results from Sept. 3 were positive, 3.28% of 1,004 test results from Sept. 2 and 2.60% of 1,198 test results from Sept. 1 were positive, compared to 5.09% of 1,754 test results on Aug. 31; however, the data from Aug. 31 includes “historical” information going back to April. The state says if the outdated information is excluded the positivity rate for Aug. 31 would be 4.52%.

DOH previously reported that 2.98% of 619 test results on Aug. 30 were positive, 3.89% of 939 results on Aug. 29, 2.37% of 1,722 on Aug. 28 and 3.29% of 1,001 tests on Aug. 27.

DOH reported that 80,186 tests had been done overall in Pasco as of Sept. 3 with an average rate of 10.2% coming back as positive, compared to 10.19% on Sept. 2, 10.2% on Sept. 1, 10.22% on Aug. 31, 10.23% on Aug. 30, 10.25% on Aug. 29, 10.27% on Aug. 29, compared to 10.30% on Aug. 27, 10.32% on Aug. 26-25, 10.31% on Aug. 24-23. Fifty-six tests were inclusive and results were pending for 172.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Friday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,799, with 1,148 from Wesley Chapel, 1,147 from Land O’ Lakes, 714 from Dade City, 692 from Zephyrhills, 688 from Hudson, 661 from Port Richey, 545 from Holiday, 177 from Spring Hill, 104 from Trinity, 60 from San Antonio, 25 from Odessa, 10 from Bayonet Point, nine from Lutz, eight from Lacoochee, five from Crystal Springs and Trilby, four from Ridge Manor, three from Elfers and St. Leo, two from Shady Hills, one from Seven Springs, and 364 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 815 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 10% of all cases. As of Aug. 29, 127 cases had been reported in residents and 58 in staff by 23 long-term care facilities, including 53 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 34 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 20 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 16 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 13 by Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel and 11 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South. The rest had fewer than 11.

COVID-19 deaths

No new deaths were reported on Sept. 4 or 3. DOH reported three more COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 2, including an 84-year-old woman and two men age 66 and 64. The death toll rose to 183.

No new deaths were reported on Sept. 1. DOH reported six more deaths on Aug. 31, including three women, ages 81, 64 and 58, and two men, ages 72 and 69, plus one 75-year-old gender unknown.

The death of a 64-year-old man was reported on Aug. 30. No new deaths were reported on Aug. 29. DOH reported on Aug. 28 that a 71-year-old man had died.

One death has been reported in Pasco in the 15-24 age group, one death in the age 25-34 group, three in the 35-44 age group, five in the 45-54 group, 18 in the 55-64 group, 50 in 65-74, 50 in 75-84 and 55 in the age group 85 and up (30%).

At least, 87 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. DOH released a new weekly report on deaths at long-term care facilities, and as of Aug. 29, 14 deaths were reported by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 12 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home and nine by Bear Creek Nursing Center, including on under investigation.

Eight deaths were reported by Royal Oak Nursing Center and Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point. Six were reported by Orchard Ridge, five by Sunshine Christian Homes, four by Heartland of Zephyrhills and three by Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center.

One death was reported by Windsor Woods Rehab and Healthcare Center, Trinity Regional Rehab Center, Sun Coast Retreat, Grand Villa of New Port Richey, Madison Pointe Care Center, Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch, Brookdale New Port Richey and Consulate Health Care of New Port Richey.

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles issued an executive order June 23 requiring everyone in the county to use face coverings while indoors at a public business or county government facility, effective immediately.

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

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

Pinellas County

DOH reported 82 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Friday, bringing the count to 20,259. The death toll stands at 669.

Since Aug. 31, 371 cases and 19 deaths have been reported.

From Aug. 24-30, 457 cases and 59 deaths were reported. It was the sixth consecutive week DOH reported fewer cases compared to the week before. Eight more deaths occurred; however, Aug. 30 was the first date that no deaths were reported in the county since Aug. 10.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 20,111 residents and 148 non-residents. More cases were in females, 10,864 (54%), to 9,245 in males. Gender was unknown in two. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Nineteen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanics.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,101 residents and 23 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

According to testing information on the county specific report, 2.5% of 3,472 tests results reported on Sept. 3 were positive, 3.81% of 2,673 tests results reported on Sept. 2.

No new deaths were reported on Sept. 4. DOH reported four more COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 3, including two women ages 101 and 79, and two men ages 93 and 81. The death toll rose to 699.

Pinellas has the fifth highest death rate in the state at 3.3%. Charlotte County has the highest at 4.2%. Highlands County is No. 2 with 3.7%. Indian River and Hernando counties are tied for is No. 3 with 3.6%. St. Lucie is ranked No. 4 with a death rate of 3.4%.

At least 468 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 10% of deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 725 deaths, or 15%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 494 deaths, or 10%.

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

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.