Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 148 new COVID-19 cases and one more death in Pasco County on Saturday, bringing the count to 5,674. The death toll is up to 66.

Since July 20, 731 cases have been reported and 22 deaths.

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. June 26 was the previous record high with 156 new cases, breaking the record of 130 cases reported in one day on June 24.

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

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 414,511 with 5,777 deaths on Saturday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,130,783 with 145,700 deaths. Globally, more than 15.55 million cases have been reported with 634,231 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 5,647 residents and 27 non-residents. More cases were in females, 2,896 (51%) to 2,713 males. Gender was unknown in 38. The median age was 42. Six percent were Black and 18% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

Pasco’s hospitals had 22.3% capacity (309 or 1,384) in adult beds 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, 18.46% capacity (257 of 1,392) on Tuesday, 20% capacity (279 of 1,372) on Monday and 19.5% capacity (267 of 1,368) on Sunday.

The county had 10% in adult ICU beds (13 of 130) on Saturday, compared to 5.26% (7 of 133) of Friday, 7.46% (10 of 134) on Thursday, 11.5% capacity (15 of 130) on Wednesday, 9.3% capacity (12 of 129) on Tuesday, compared to 11% capacity (14 of 125) on Monday and 9.6% capacity (12 of 125) on Sunday.

AdventHealth Dade City reported zero capacity in ICU beds. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had five, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel had four, Medical Center of Trinity had two, and AdventHealth Zephyrhills and Morton Plant North Bay each had one.

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

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on July 25 that 57,385 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 9.9% coming back as positive, up from 9.8% on July 24, 9.6% on July 23 and July 22, but up from 9.5% on July 21, 9.4% on July 20, 9.3% on July 19, 9.2% on July 18, 9.1% on July 17, 8.9% on July 16, 8.8% on July 15 and 8.7% on July 14. Thirty-six tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 56.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 8.4% of 1,656 tests on July 24 were positive, 10.3% of 1,403 tests on July 23, 8.9% on July 22, 8.1% of 1,091 on July 21, 12.7% of 747 on July 20, 8.9 of 1,060 on July 19, 8.7% of 1,854 on July 18, 8.3% of 1,319 on July 17 were positive, 10.5% of 1,444 on July 16, 10.5% of 1,048 on July 15 and 11.5% of 1,314 on July 14.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Saturday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,316, with 848 from Land O’ Lakes, 781 from Wesley Chapel, 491 from Zephyrhills, 465 from Port Richey, 462 from Hudson, 441 from Dade City, 371 from Holiday, 100 from Spring Hill, 65 from Trinity, 35 from San Antonio, 17 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 214 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 470 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 8% 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 reported one new death on July 25: a man age 59. The death toll rose to 66.

At least 26 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 reported six more COVID-19 related deaths on July 23, including two women, age 86 and 74; and four men, age 88, 84, 84 and 63. The death toll rose to 65. No new deaths were reported on July 24.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s Office released three death investigation reports on July 24. All had gone to the hospital from their home. The reports included a 61-year-old man who died July 9, a 74-year-old woman who died July 19 and a 63-year-old man who died July 20.

DOH reported on July 22 that an 88-year-old man had died, and confirmed the deaths of two women both age 51 on July 21. The medical examiner’s office released nine death investigation reports on July 21. All had gone to the hospital from their home.

The medical examiner reports include a 55-year-old man who died June 23, and two who died July 5: a 66-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman, plus a 71-year-old man who died July 14.

Two died on July 15: a 60-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man; and one died on July 16, an 81-year-old man. Two 71-year-old women died on July 17.

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

Pinellas County’s COVID-19 case count grew to 14,985 on Saturday with DOH reporting 259 more. Five more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 372.

Since July 20, 1,513 new cases have been reported and 58 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 14,874 residents and 111 non-residents. More cases were in females, 8,000 (54%), to 6,801 in males. Gender was unknown for 73. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 41. Seventeen percent were Black and 9% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 25 that 1,300 have been hospitalized, including 1,280 residents (64 more than Thursday) and 20 non-residents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 150,121 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 24 with an average rate of positive results at 10%, up from 9.9% on July 23, July 22 and 21.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.