Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 154 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Tuesday, bringing the count to 3,004. The death toll stands at 26.

So far this week, 247 cases and two deaths have been reported.

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 cases. 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 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 213,794 with 3,841 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 2,948,397 with 130,430 deaths. Globally, more than 11.66 million cases have been reported with 539,058 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 2,989 residents and 15 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,504 to 1,455 males. Gender was unknown in 30. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 39. Seven percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

As of July 7, 198 have been hospitalized since March, or 6% of all cases. Pasco had almost 14% capacity in adult beds (196 of 1,412) on Tuesday, compared to nearly 26% capacity (370 of 1,440) on Monday and 27% capacity (377 of 1,399) on Sunday.

The county had 4.66% (six of 129) capacity in adult ICU beds on Tuesday compared to 15% capacity (21 of 138) on Monday just over 9% capacity (12 of 130) on Sunday.

Three hospitals were reporting zero ICU beds on Tuesday. All hospitals had at least one available ICU bed on Monday. Two hospitals reported zero capacity on Sunday.

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.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on July 7 that that 40,937 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 7.3% positive, up from 7% on July 6 and July 5, 6.7% on July 4, up from 6.5% on July 3, 6% on July 2, 5.9% on July 1, 5.7% on June 30, 5.5% on June 29, 5% on June 28 and 4% on June 27 and June 26. Seventeen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 39.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 15% of 852 tests of July 6 were positive, 10.9% of 761 tests from July 5, 15.4% of 820 tests on July 4, 12.7% of 1,140 tests on July 3, 14.1% of 1,051 tests on July 2, 11.7% of 979 tests on July 1, 14% of 834 tests on June 30, 12% of 622 tests on June 29, 14.6% of 818 tests on June 28 and 12.6% of 1,066 tests on June 27.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 2,987 of the cases in Pasco on Tuesday. New Port Richey had the most, 732, with 479 from Land O’ Lakes, 468 from Wesley Chapel, 230 from Port Richey, 230 from Zephyrhills, 209 from Dade City, 203 from Hudson, 178 from Holiday, 57 from Spring Hill, 44 from Trinity, 19 from San Antonio, 10 from Odessa, five from Bayonet Point, four from Lutz, two from Saint Leo and Elfers, and one each from Crystal Springs, Lacoochee, Seven Springs and Trilby, and 111 listed as missing.

Since March, 154 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 5% of all cases. As of July 5, 58 cases had been reported in residents and 63 in staff by 25 long-term care facilities, including 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City, 24 Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey and Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported two deaths on July 6, including two men ages, 68 and 66, bringing the death toll to 26. DOH reported the death of an 89-year-old man on July 5 and the death of a 74-year-old man on July 3.

DOH confirmed the death of a 72-year-old man on July 2, and two deaths on July 1, including two men ages 55 and 35.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s office released a report on July 5 for a 68-year-old woman who died July 2 after going from her home to a hospital in Zephyrhills, and a 54-year-old man who died July 4. He had gone to Medical Center of Trinity and then was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he died.

The medical examiner’s office released a report on July 1 for a 72-year-old man who died June 28 who had gone to the emergency room from his home. The medical examiner also released a report on June 30 for a 66-year-old who died June 28 who had gone to the hospital from his home in Holiday.

DOH announced on June 20 that a 17-year-old male had died, bringing the death toll to 17. He is the youngest in the county to die. Statewide only five deaths have been reported in the 15-24 age group, as of June 26.

Fourteen 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 4. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills and one from Orchard Ridge.

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 another 273 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the count to 9,032. In addition, seven more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 206.

So far this week, 499 cases have been reported and eight deaths.

For the week of June 29-July 5, DOH has reported 2,513 new cases and 43 deaths, and 2,353 new cases and 40 deaths were reported from June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 8,955 residents and 77 non-residents. More cases were in females, 4,763 (53%), to 4,130 in males. Gender was unknown for 62. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 39. Eighteen percent were Black and 7% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 7 that 815 have been hospitalized, which included 798 residents (34 more than Monday) and 17 non-residents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.

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