Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 189 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Saturday, bringing the total to 3,748. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 28.

Since July 6, 782 cases and four 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 only 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 254,511 with 4,197 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 3,188,982 with 134,130 deaths. Globally, nearly 12.5 million cases have been reported with 561,038 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 3,727 residents and 21 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,869 to 1,823 males. Gender was unknown in 35. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 39. Six percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of July 11, 254 have been hospitalized since March, or 7% of all cases. The total includes 249 residents and five non-residents.

Pasco’s hospitals had nearly 18% capacity in adult beds (244 of 1,369) on Saturday, compared to 15% capacity (202 of 1,384) on Friday, 13% capacity (180 of 1,403) on Thursday, 15% (206 of 1,366) on Wednesday, 14% (196 of 1,412) on Tuesday and nearly 26% capacity (370 of 1,440) on Monday.

The county had nearly 6% capacity in ICU beds (eight of 130) compared to nearly 5% capacity (six of 128) on Friday, 2% capacity (three of 126) on Thursday, 8.66% (11 of 131) on Wednesday, 4.66% (six of 129) on Tuesday and 15% capacity (21 of 138) on Monday.

All six hospitals were reporting at least one ICU bed on Saturday. Three hospitals reported zero capacity on Wednesday and Thursday. Three hospitals reported zero ICU beds on Tuesday. All hospitals had at least one available ICU bed on Monday.

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 11 that that 45,305 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 8.2% coming back as positive, up from 8% on July 10, 7.8% on July 9 and July 8, and 7.3% on July 7, 7% on July 6 and July 5, 6.7% on July 4, 6.5% on July 3, 6% on July 2, 5.9% on July 1 and 5.7% on June 30. Twenty-six tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 41.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 8.1% of 2,124 tests on July 10 were positive, 10.7% of 1,881 tests on July 9, 17.2% of 677 tests on July 8 were positive, 12.2% of 1,336 tests on July 7, 15% of 852 tests of July 6, 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 and 14% of 834 tests on June 30.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 3,723 of the cases in Pasco on Saturday. New Port Richey had the most, 888, with 595 from Land O’ Lakes, 565 from Wesley Chapel, 331 from Zephyrhills, 274 from Dade City, 271 from Port Richey, 260 from Hudson, 230 from Holiday, 63 from Spring Hill, 51 from Trinity, 20 from San Antonio, 11 from Odessa, seven from Bayonet Point, five from Lutz, three from Elfers and Ridge Manor, two from Saint Leo and Lacoochee, and one from Crystal Springs, Seven Springs and Trilby, and 142 listed as missing.

Since March, 181 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 5% of all cases. As of July 9, 71 cases had been reported in residents and 91 in staff by 26 long-term care facilities, including 34 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City, 29 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 27 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey and 11 at Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey. The rest had fewer than 11.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported the death of an 85-year-old woman on July 11, bringing the county’s death toll to 28.

At least 15 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 11. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills, two from Orchard Ridge and one from Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s office released two death reports on July 10: a 71-year-old man who died July 7 and a 70-year-old woman who died July 8. DOH reported the death of an 84-year-old woman on July 9.

Pinellas County

DOH reported eight more deaths related to the novel coronavirus in Pinellas County on Saturday, upping the death toll to 231. In addition, 304 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the count to 10,596.

Since July 6, 2,064 cases have been reported and 33 deaths. Thursday and Friday set new second highest one-day count records, breaking the previous one set on June 26.

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. Three record-high days occurred with 614 new cases on June 27, 430 on June 26 and 354 on June 23.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 10,512 residents and 84 non-residents. More cases were in females, 5,600 (53%), to 4,852 in males. Gender was unknown for 60. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 39. Eighteen percent were Black and 7% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 11 that 910 have been hospitalized, which included 833 residents (60 more than Friday) and 17 non-residents. About 8% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported July 11 that 117,965 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 10 with an average rate of positive results at 8.9%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.