Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported the second-highest one-day count of COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Friday, adding 229 to bring the total to 3,539. The death toll stands at 27.

Since July 6, 793 cases and three 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.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 244,151 with 4,102 deaths on Friday. Cases in the United States totaled 3,131,953 with 133,291 deaths. Globally, nearly 12.3 million cases have been reported with 555,531 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 3,539 residents and 20 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,778 to 1,725 males. Gender was unknown in 36. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 39. Six percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of July 10, 236 have been hospitalized since March, or 7% of all cases. The total includes 231 residents and five non-residents.

Pasco had 15% capacity in adult beds (202 of 1,384) on Friday, compared to 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 5% capacity in adult ICU beds (six of 128), compared to 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.

Three hospitals were reporting zero capacity in ICU beds, the same as on Thursday. One hospital reported zero ICU beds on Wednesday. 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 10 that that 44,098 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 8% coming back as positive, up from 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, 5.7% on June 30 and 5.5% on June 29. Nineteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 42.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 10.7% of 1,881 tests of July 9 were positive, 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, 14% of 834 tests on June 30, 12% of 622 tests on June 29 and 14.6% of 818 tests on June 28.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 3,538 of the cases in Pasco on Friday. New Port Richey had the most, 860, with 556 from Land O’ Lakes, 545 from Wesley Chapel, 290 from Zephyrhills, 262 from Dade City, 261 from Port Richey, 245 from Hudson, 219 from Holiday, 62 from Spring Hill, 51 from Trinity, 19 from San Antonio, 11 from Odessa, seven from Bayonet Point, four from Lutz, three from Elfers and Ridge Manor, two from Saint Leo and Lacoochee, and one from Crystal Springs, Seven Springs and Trilby, and 133 listed as missing.

Since March, 170 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 84-year-old woman on July 9, bringing the county’s death toll to 27.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s office released two death investigation reports on July 8, including an 89-year-old man who died June 28 from Baldemar Lopez nursing home and a 71-year-old man who went to the emergency room from his home.

Fifteen 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

Pinellas County also reported a second-highest one-day count of COVID-19 cases on Friday, adding 467 to bring the count to 10,293. Two more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 223.

Since July 6, 1,760 cases have been reported and 25 deaths. Thursday had been the new second highest one-day count with 431, breaking the previous record 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 10,212 residents and 81 non-residents. More cases were in females, 5,428 (53%), to 4,722 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 10 that 880 have been hospitalized, which included 833 residents (30 more than Thursday) and 17 non-residents. About 8% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported July 10 that 115,481 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 9 with an average rate of positive results at 8.9%.

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.