Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 108 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Monday, bringing the count to 5,911. DOH also removed one from the death toll, reducing it to 68.

From July 20-26, 860 cases have been reported and 25 deaths, which is the fewest cases since the week of July 6-12.

From July 13-19, 1,068 new cases and 16 deaths were reported — the most in any seven-day period thus far. From July 6-12, 909 cases and four deaths were reported, a slight improvement from the two prior weeks. From June 29-July 5, 997 new cases and seven deaths were reported, and 971 new cases were reported from June 22-28.

Pasco set a new one-day high in cases on June 27 with 304.

In comparison, from June 15-21, DOH reported only 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 432,747 with 5,931 deaths on Monday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,238,500 with 146,968. Globally, nearly 16.3 million cases have been reported with 649,662 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 5,883 residents and 28 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,035 (52%) to 2,813 males. Gender was unknown in 35. The median age was 42. Six percent were Black and 18% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

Pasco’s hospitals had 22.6% staffed adult bed capacity (313 of 1,386) on Monday, compared to 23.5% (325 of 1,380) on Sunday, 22.3% capacity (309 or 1,384) on Saturday, compared to 19.4% capacity (266 of 1,370) on Friday, nearly 19% capacity (261 of 1,375) on Thursday, 19% capacity (271 of 1,425) on Wednesday and 18.46% capacity (257 of 1,392) on Tuesday.

The county had 17% in ICU bed capacity (24 of 138) on Monday, compared to 14% (19 of 136) on Sunday, 10% (13 of 130) on Saturday, 5.26% (7 of 133) of Friday, 7.46% (10 of 134) on Thursday, 11.5% capacity (15 of 130) on Wednesday and 9.3% capacity (12 of 129) on Tuesday.

All the county’s hospitals were reporting at least one ICU bed. Medical Center of Trinity had 10, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel had 7, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had three, AdventHealth Zephyrhills had two, and Morton Plant North Bay and AdventHealth Dade City each had one.

Two hospitals reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Sunday, Morton Plant North Bay and AdventHealth Dade City. Medical Center of Trinity and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel each had seven, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had three and AdventHealth Zephyrhills had two.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on July 27 that 58,844 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 10% coming back as positive, the same as on July 26, but up from 9.9% on July 25

Forty-one tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 59.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 6.7% of 1,456 tests on July 26 were positive, 11.7% of 1,047 tests on July 25, and 8.4% of 1,656 on July 24.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Monday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,367, with 863 from Land O’ Lakes, 816 from Wesley Chapel, 507 from Zephyrhills, 494 from Hudson, 486 from Port Richey, 455 from Dade City, 394 from Holiday, 108 from Spring Hill, 71 from Trinity, 37 from San Antonio, 18 from Odessa, nine from Bayonet Point, seven from Lutz, five from Crystal Springs, four from Ridge Manor, three from Elfers, Trilby, Lacoochee and St. Leo, one from Shady Hills and Seven Springs, and 227 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 501 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases. As of July 24, 218 cases had been reported in residents and 119 in staff by 29 long-term care facilities, including 59 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 56 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 50 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 41 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 28 by Bear Creek Nursing Center in Hudson, 28 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 14 by Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City and 12 by Sunshine Christian Homes in Holiday. The rest had fewer than 12.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH removed one death from the county’s count in the 75-84 age group on July 27. The death toll now stands at 69.

At least 28 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 July 25. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oak Nursing Center, four from Orchard Ridge and from Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, three from Bear Creek Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills and one from Sunshine Christian Homes, Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center and AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South.

DOH confirmed three COVID-19 related deaths on July 26, including two women, age 97 and 70; and one man, age 66.

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.

Pinellas County

DOH reported 192 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Monday, bringing the count to 15,339. Five more residents have from the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 378.

From July 20-26, 1,675 new cases were reported and 59 deaths — the lowest weekly case count since June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 15,224 residents and 115 non-residents. More cases were in females, 8,179 (54%), to 6,974 in males. Gender was unknown for 71. The median age was 41. Seventeen percent were Black and 9% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 27 that 1,351 have been hospitalized, including 1,331 residents (15 more than Sunday) and 20 non-residents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 153,004 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 26 with an average rate of positive results at 10%, the same as on July 25 and 24, but up from 9.9% on July 23, July 22 and 21.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.