Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

The Florida Department of Health reported 1,142 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County during the week of Jan. 24-30, bringing the tally to 29,346. Another 45 have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 539.

DOH reported 1,501 new cases and 41 deaths from Jan. 17-23, 1,846 new cases and 47 deaths from Jan. 11-16 and 2,052 new cases and 15 deaths from Jan. 4-10.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,721,377 and 26,915 deaths as of Jan. 30. According to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems for Science and Engineering, as of 4 p.m. Jan. 31 in the United States, cases totaled 26,147,162 with 440,843 deaths. Globally, 102.84 million cases and 2.225 million deaths were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 29,346 residents and 262 non-residents. More cases were in females, 15,654 (53%) to 13,538 males. Gender was unknown in 154. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 44. Six percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

As of Jan. 30, 1,957 residents and 27 non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 7% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 19% capacity in staffed adult beds (267 of 1,390) on Sunday and 12% (17 of 138) in ICU beds.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 6.41% of 2,542 test results on Jan. 30 were positive, 6.94% of 3,420 on Jan. 29, 11.85% of 1,071 on Jan. 28, 7.15% of 2,960 on Jan. 27, 11.20% of 1,404 on Jan. 26, and 7.59% 1,791 on Jan. 25.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Jan. 31. New Port Richey had the most, 6,803, with 4,246 from Wesley Chapel, 4,231 from Land O’ Lakes, 3,067 from Zephyrhills, 2,460 from Hudson, 2,443 from Dade City, 2,354 from Port Richey, 1,770 from Holiday, 616 from Spring Hill, 600 from Trinity, 241 from San Antonio, 129 from Odessa, 107 from Lutz, 57 from Saint Leo, 34 from Bayonet Point, 30 from Lacoochee, 22 from Ridge Manor, 19 from Crystal Springs, 12 from Shady Hills, 12 from Trilby, eight from Elfers, seven from Aripeka, two from Seven Springs and 32 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,790 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Jan. 30, DOH had reported 539 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, zero deaths in the age 25-34 group, five in the 35-44 age group, 13 in the 45-54 group, 52 in the 55-64 group, 122 in 65-74 (23%), 192 in 75-84 (36%) and 154 in the age group 85 and up (29%). At least, 189 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

Vaccination summary

As of Jan. 30, statewide, 1,364,416 people had received a first-dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 314,528 had completed the two-shot series. DOH did not report how many were overdue for their second dose.

The state began administering the vaccine on Dec. 14.

In Pasco, 29,158 doses have been administered including 22,713 receiving the first dose and 6,445 completing the two-shot series. Of those who have completed the two-dose series, more were females, 17,818 to 11,273 males, and 19,338 were white, 711 were Black and 1,110 were Hispanic.

The most vaccine has been administered in Dade County, 175,271 doses, followed by Palm Beach with 157,893 and Broward with 142,422 doses. DOH also reported that 54,673 from out-of-state have received the vaccine.

Statewide, the age group receiving the most vaccinations was 65-74 with 664,420 completing the series, followed by 75-84 and ages 85 and older. Next were ages 55-64, 45-54, 35-44, 25-34 and 16-24 with 21,469 receiving both shots.

Pinellas County

As of Jan. 30, Florida Department of Health has reported 2,278 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County since Jan. 25, bringing the tally to 58,013. Another 37 have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 1,289.

The numbers so far are an improvement from the previous week. From Jan. 18-24, 2,668 new cases and 68 deaths were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 58,013 residents and 1,462 non-residents. More cases were in females, 31,010 (54%), to 26,953 in males. Gender was unknown in 50. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 44. Thirteen percent were Black, (down from 13%) and 11% were Hispanic.

About 7% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 3,838 residents and 45 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 3.96% of 6,435 test results were positive on Jan. 30, 6.12% of 9,455 on Jan. 29, 10.91% of 3,763 on Jan. 28, 5.59% of 5,859 on Jan. 27, 10.30% of 2,448 on Jan. 26, 7.46% of 3,694 on Jan. 25 and 8.82% of 2,720 on Jan. 24.

DOH reported one more COVID-19 related death on Jan. 30, upping the death toll to 1,289. Thirty-seven deaths have been reported since Jan. 25.

Sixty-eight deaths were reported from Jan. 18-24. Ninety-five new deaths were reported from Jan. 11-17.

As of Jan. 24, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, four deaths in the 25-34 age group, 13 in the 35-44 group (1%), 36 in 45-54 (3%), 106 in 55-64 (8%), 256 in 65-74 (19%), 379 in 75-84 (29%) and 494 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 783 of the county’s deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. Pinellas is No. 3 in the state with reporting 8% of deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 949 deaths, or 10%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 919 deaths, or 10%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.