Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Pasco County’s death toll climbed to 122 on Aug. 7 with Florida Department of Health reporting that 18 more residents have died from the novel coronavirus. In addition, 91 more COVID-19 cases were added to the count to total 6,893.

Since Aug. 3, 434 new cases and 25 deaths have been reported.

From July 27-Aug. 2, DOH reported 676 new cases and 29 deaths. It was the second consecutive week that the number of cases had gone down. However, the most deaths ever reported on a single day in Pasco occurred that week — 26 on July 30.

From July 20-26, 860 cases were reported and 25 deaths, which was 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 cases in any seven-day period thus far.

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

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 518,421 with 7,927 deaths on Friday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,888,070 with 160,157 deaths. Globally, more than 19 million cases have been reported with 715,802 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 6,856 residents and 37 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,549 (52%) to 3,270 males. Gender was unknown in 37. The median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 20% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of Aug. 7, 534 residents had been hospitalized (8% of all cases). The number of non-residents was unavailable.

Pasco’s hospitals had 20% in staffed adult bed capacity (283 of 1,390) on Friday, compared to 21% capacity (296 of 1,399) on Thursday, 19% capacity (268 of 1,392) on Wednesday, 20% (276 of 1,396) on Tuesday, 23% (319 of 1,388) on Monday, 26% capacity (353 of 1,375) on Sunday and 26% capacity (354 of 1,381) on Saturday.

The county had 10% capacity in ICU beds (13 of 129), compared to 9% capacity (12 of 132) on Thursday, 4% capacity (5 of 138) on Wednesday, 6% (8 of 138) on Tuesday, 13% (17 of 129) on Monday, 18% capacity (24 of 133) on Sunday and 21% capacity (27 of 130) on Saturday.

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

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

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported that 66,124 tests had been done in Pasco as of Aug. 6 with an average rate of 10.4% coming back as positive, the same as on Aug. 5, but up from 10.3% on Aug. 4, 3 and 2, and 10.2% on Aug. 1 and July 31, and 10% on July 30, 29, 28, 27, 26, 9.9% on July 25, 9.8% on July 24 and 9.6% on July 23. Forty-seven tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 101.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 6.8% of 1,203 tests on Aug. 6 were positive, 5.5% of 1,596 tests on Aug. 5, 7.7% of 859 on Aug. 4, 8.4% of 932 on Aug. 3, 9% of 804 on Aug. 2, 4.6% of 1,679 on Aug. 1, 5.7% of 1,529 on July 31, 7.4% of 1,469 on July 30, 7.1% of 1,350 on July 29, 9.6% of 1,014 on July 28, 7.1% of 1,066 on July 27, 6.7% of 1,456 on July 26, 11.7% of 1,047 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 Friday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,581, with 973 from Land O’ Lakes, 933 from Wesley Chapel, 594 from Zephyrhills, 584 from Hudson, 572 from Port Richey, 570 from Dade City, 464 from Holiday, 126 from Spring Hill, 82 from Trinity, 47 from San Antonio, 22 from Odessa, 10 from Bayonet Point, eight from Lutz, five from Crystal Springs, four from Ridge Manor, four from Trilby, three from Elfers, Lacoochee and St. Leo, two from Shady Hills, one from Seven Springs, and 262 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 615 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases. As of Aug. 5, 125 cases had been reported in residents and 83 in staff by 27 long-term care facilities, including 42 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 36 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 29 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 26 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South and 18 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes. The rest had fewer than 18.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported 18 more COVID-19 related deaths on Aug. 7, including seven women, ages 94, 93, 91, 87, 86, 82 and 73, and 10 men, ages 97, 87, 85, 85, 82, 74, 75, 68, 61 and 60. The death toll rose to 122.

No new deaths were reported on Aug. 6. DOH reported three deaths on Aug. 5. All were men, ages 88, 85 and 64.

At least, 61 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. 2. Eight deaths were reported by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South and Royal Oak Nursing Center. Seven were reported by Bear Creek Nursing Center, including one under investigation.

Five were reported by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, four by Orchard Ridge and two each from Heartland of Zephyrhills and Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center. One each was reported by Sunshine Christian Homes, Trinity Regional Rehab C enter, Madison Pointe Care Center, AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills and Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point.

DOH reported two more COVID-19 related deaths on Aug. 4: a woman age 75 and a man age 78. The District Six Medical Examiner released 10 death investigation reports on Aug. 4, including seven from long-term care facilities.

Three deaths in Pasco were in the 35-44 age group, four in the 45-54 group, 12 in the 55-64 group, 31 in 65-74, 34 in 75-84 and 37 in the age group 85 and up.

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

Pinellas County’s death toll climbed to 481 on Aug. 7 with Florida Department of Health reporting that 12 more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus. In addition, 183 more COVID-19 cases were added to the count to total 17,541.

Since Aug. 3, 731 new cases have been reported and 42 deaths.

From July 27-Aug. 2, 1,627 new cases and 66 deaths were reported. It was the second consecutive week that the number of daily cases reported had gone down. From July 20-26, 1,675 new cases were reported and 59 deaths, which had been the lowest weekly case count since June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 17,418 residents and 123 non-residents. More cases were in females, 9,362 (54%), to 8,056 in males. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 42. Seventeen percent were Black and 11% Hispanics.

DOH reported on Aug. 7 that 1,650 residents have been hospitalized in Pinellas, (37 more than Thursday). No information was available for non-residents. About 9% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 169,431 tests had been done in Pinellas as of Aug. 6 with an average rate of positive results at 10.4%, up from 10.3% reported from Aug. 1-5, and 10.2% on July 31 and 30.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.

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