Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported another 150 cases in Pasco County on Sunday, bringing the total to 1,780. The death toll remains at 17.

Pasco set a new one-day high in cases on Saturday with 304 cases. June 26 was the previous record high with 156 new cases.

Since Monday, June 22, 971 new cases have been reported, almost 55% of all cases reported since March. From June 15-21, DOH reported 288 new cases, more than 35% of cases at that time, and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 141,075 with 3,419 deaths on Sunday. Cases in the United States totaled 2,511,725 with 125,559 deaths. Globally, more than 10 million cases have been reported with 499,486 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 1,767 residents and 13 non-residents. More cases were in females, 893, to 869 males. Gender was unknown in five. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 39. Seven percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

As of June 25, 126 have been hospitalized since March, or 7% of all cases.

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 June 28 that 33,807 had been tested in Pasco with an average of 5% positive, up from 4% on June 27 and June 26, and 3.8% on June 25, 3.7% on June 24 and 3.3% on June 23. Eleven tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 37.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 12.6% of 1,066 tests on June 27 were positive, 15.5% of 1,676 on June 26, 15.2% of 938 on June 25, 6.6% of 1,221 tests on June 24, 18.6% of 602 tests on June 23, 11.9% of 650 tests on June 22, 6.9% of 837 tests from June 21, 10.9% of 653 tests from June 20, 9.3% of 616 tests from June 19 and 7% of 588 tests from June 18.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 1,766 of the cases in Pasco on Sunday. New Port Richey had the most, 414, with 299 from Wesley Chapel, 274 from Land O’ Lakes, 135 from Port Richey, 130 from Zephyrhills, 123 from Holiday, 119 from Hudson, 115 from Dade City, 34 from Spring Hill, 27 from Trinity, nine from San Antonia, eight from Odessa, three from Lutz, two from Saint Leo, two from Bayonet Point, and one each from Crystal Springs, Elfers, and Seven Springs, and 69 listed as missing.

Since March, 113 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases. As of June 25, 38 cases had been reported in residents and 29 in staff by 16 long-term care facilities, including 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City.

COVID-19 deaths

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.

Eleven 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 June 27. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center and two from Heartland of Zephyrhills.

Pinellas County

DOH added 307 COVID-19 cases to Pinellas County’s count on Sunday, bringing the total to 6,020. Five more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 155.

Since Monday, June 22, 2,353 new cases and 40 deaths have been reported in Pinellas. Three record-high days occurred with 614 new cases on June 27, 430 on June 26 and 354 on June 23.

From June 15-21, 1,332 new cases and 13 deaths were reported in Pinellas. June 20 was the third consecutive day of record case counts last week with 285. June 19 was a record day with 266 cases, as was June 18 with 203 new cases.

In comparison, 659 new cases and seven deaths were reported from June 8-14. DOH reported 162 new cases on June 13, which at the time had been the one-day high. DOH reported 286 new cases and 13 deaths in the county during the week, June 1-7, including 81 on June 5, the day the state moved into phase two of its recovery plans.

DOH reported 124 new cases and seven deaths from May 25-31, 151 new cases and eight deaths from May 18-24, 159 new cases and seven deaths from May 11-17, and 95 new cases and 19 deaths from May 4-10, which was the first week of phase one of the state’s recovery plan.

The county’s first two cases were reported on March 11, and the first death was confirmed on March 23.

Cases in Pinellas

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 5,947 residents and 73 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,299, to 2,629 in males. Gender was unknown for 19. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 39. Twenty percent were Black and 7% Hispanics.

DOH reported on June 28 that 651 had been hospitalized since March, which included 634 residents (11 more since Saturday) and 17 nonresidents. About 11% of residents with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported nearly 31% available bed capacity at 11:45 a.m. Sunday with 22% capacity for adult ICU beds (71 of 320 beds). On Saturday, the county had nearly 18% capacity in adult ICU beds, 15.6% capacity on Friday, 11% on Thursday, 10% on Wednesday and 13% on Tuesday.

An uptick has been observed at emergency rooms with people complaining of COVID-19 symptoms since about June 7.

Testing in Pinellas

The detail report from June 28 indicated that 89,934 tests had been done in Pinellas as of June 27 with an average rate of positive results at 6.7%, up from 6.5% on June 27, 6% reported on June 26, 5.6% on June 25, 5.5% on June 24 and 5.1% on June 23. Twenty-eight results were inconclusive and pending for 69.

According to the county specific report released June 28, 10.6% of tests on June 27 were positive, 13.3% of 3,960 tests on June 26, 11.3% of 3,378 tests from June 25, 8.8% of 2,937 on June 24, 18.5% of 1,552 tests from June 23, 9.6% of 1,999 tests from June 22, 7.2% of 2,580 tests from June 21 and 15.2% of 1,835 tests from June 20.

The numbers do not include people that have previously tested positive.

For information on testing, contact your health provider, or call the state DOH’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-779-6121 or the Pinellas County DOH’s hotline at 727-824-6900. Both numbers are available 24/7.

Case counts in local municipalities

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 5,947 of the cases in Pinellas on Sunday. St. Petersburg has the most with 2,846 cases (48%), 988 are Clearwater residents, 590 from Largo, 325 from Seminole, 292 from Palm Harbor, 266 from Pinellas Park, 158 from Tarpon Springs, 130 from Dunedin, 89 from Oldsmar, 65 from Safety Harbor, 45 from Clearwater Beach, 24 from Gulfport, 20 each from Indian Rocks Beach and South Pasadena, 13 from Kenneth City, 11 from Madeira Beach, nine from Belleair Beach, seven from Crystal Beach, five from Belleair, four each from St. Pete Beach and North Redington Beach, three each from Belleair Bluffs and Tierra Verde, two each from Bay Pines and Lealman and Treasure Island, one from Indian Shores, and 23 listed as missing.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

Since March, 923 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 16% of cases in the county.

At least one case has been reported at 93 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of June 25 with 467 cases in residents and 326 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

DOH reported on June 25 that 94 cases had been reported at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center in St. Petersburg, 77 cases by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 69 cases by Gulf Shore Care Center, 58 cases by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 45 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 39 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 25 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 24 by Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, 22 by Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, 20 by Grand Villa of Largo, 20 by Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center in St. Petersburg, 22 by Walton Place in Tarpon Springs, 20 by North Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, and 19 by Westminster Suncoast nursing home in St. Petersburg. The rest had fewer than 13.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported five more deaths related to COVID-19 on June 28, including a 92-year-old woman, 81-year-old woman, 82-year-old man, 73-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman. The death toll increased to 155.

At least 115 of the county’s deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. According to a weekly report from DOH released June 27, 26 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 20 from Gulf Shore Care Center; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; eight from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; six from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation; five from Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center, five from Patrick Manor; four from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; four from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View; four from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; and three from Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater.

In addition, two were reported by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center, two from Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor, two from the Inn at Freedom Square and two from Jacaranda Manor. One death each was Addington Place of East Lake in Tarpon Springs, Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, Care Center at Pinellas Park, Carrington Place of St. Pete, Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center, Palm Garden in Clearwater, Palm Garden of Pinellas and Sable Palms Health Care Center in Largo, South Heritage Health and Rehabilitation in St. Petersburg and Walton Place.

Other deaths since June 22 include nine reported on June 27: a 73-year-old woman, 54-year-old woman, 75-year-old woman, 71-year-old man, 68-year-old man, 70-year-old woman, 71-year-old woman, 90-year-old man and 82-year-old woman.

DOH confirmed four on June 26: a 90-year-old woman, 78-year-old woman, 96-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man, which was the youngest death ever reported in Pinellas.

District Six Medical Examiner’s office Medical Examiner’s office released 10 investigation reports on June 26. Two were from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation: a 66-year-old woman who died June 24 and a 75-year-old woman show died June 25.

In addition, the medical examiner released reports on a 90-year-old woman who died June 24 from Freedom Square, a 96-year-old woman who died June 24 from Bon Secours Maria Manor, a 76-year-old man who died June 23 from Health & Rehabilitation Center at Dolphin View, a 73-year-old woman who died June 20 from Encompass Rehabilitation, a 70-year-old woman who died June 22 from Jacaranda Manor ALF and a 71-year-old woman who died June 25. She had been admitted to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg and transferred to Kindred Healthcare in Tampa.

The last two, a 54-year-old woman who died June 24 and a 68-year-old man who died June 25 had been taken to the hospital from home.

Mandatory face masks order countywide

The Pinellas County Commission voted June 23 to extend the local state of emergency through July 3. Commissioners also voted to enact a countywide ordinance requiring that face masks be worn in indoor public places except when social distancing, keeping 6 feet apart, is possible. Bars and restaurants can only serve people who are seated and social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained. Staff also must wear face masks when preparing or serving food or beverages indoors and outdoors.

Those not obeying the law can be fined.

The commission will meet on Tuesday, June 30, to consider extending the state of emergency another seven days.

Florida case count climbs past 141,000

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 138,567 on Sunday. Another 2,508 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 141,075 — 8,530 more than the number reported on Saturday.

The numbers are cumulative going back to March 4. DOH has not provided information on how many people have recovered.

The number of deaths in Florida increased to 3,419, which is 53 more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 14,244 residents have been hospitalized statewide.

Testing statewide

In the detail report it shows that 1,883,244 had been tested statewide as of June 27 with an average of 7.5% coming back as positive, up from 7.2% on June 26, 6.9% on June 25, 6.6% average on June 24, 6.5% on June 23 and 6% on June 22. DOH says 1,347 results inconclusive and results were pending for 1,726.

Looking at daily results, 13.97% of 62,107 tests from June 27 were positive, 14.36% of results from 67,091 tests were positive on June 26, 14.74% of 60,905 tests on June 25, 10.2% of 53,270 tests on June 24, 18.43% of 29,642 tests on June 23 and 13.19% of 32,469 tests on June 22.

Of the 141,075 cases, 2,471 were travel-related, 49,656 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,423 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 73,106 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a June 3 press conference that the state was moving into phase 2 of its recovery plan. Bars and pubs were allowed to reopen on June 5 with 50% indoor capacity and no restrictions on outdoor seating except to maintain social distancing. All customers must be seated to be served. Restaurants were allowed to seat customers at their bars as of June 5 and can operate at 75% capacity.

DeSantis changed the rules to allow gatherings of up to 50 people, instead of 10.

Retail establishments and gyms were allowed to open at full capacity. In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, must still adhere to social distancing guidelines keeping 6 feet apart. Sanitation protocols also are a requirement.

Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and concert halls, were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity.

In addition, the governor said other personal services could reopen, such as tattoo parlors, tanning, massage and acupuncture, but they must use Florida Department of Health guidance.

Pari-mutuel facilities were allowed to submit reopening plans. The state’s universities had until June 23 to submit reopening plans. The governor announced plans during a June 11 press conference to reopen schools in August.

Persons age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions are still urged to avoid crowds and exposure to COVID-19. The governor also urged others to be careful when interacting with those more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus virus.

In the written order, it says that all persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis. Visitation by family and friends is still prohibited.

Florida stops liquor sales at bars, pubs and nightclubs

All vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises who derive more than 50% of gross revenue from those sales had to suspend sales on Friday, due to an order from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued that same day.

Vendors may still sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off premises.

In DBPR’s order, it said some of the cases involving younger people “are suspected to come from visits to bars, pubs or nightclubs who have disregarded the restrictions” in phase two of the state’s recovery plan.

In phase two, bars, pubs and nightclubs, were allowed to operate at 50% of their indoor capacity as long they provided service to seated customers only.

“Noncompliance by bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises is suspected through the state to such a degree as to make individualized enforcement efforts impractical and insufficient at this time,” the order said.

The order does not apply to restaurants.

“Vendors who are also licensed as public food service establishments or restaurants may continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables as long as they follow the rules and derive 50% or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages,” according to the order.

National cases exceed 2.5 million with 125,559 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 2,511,725 with 125,559 deaths compared to 2,469,441 with 125,081 deaths at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The number of global cases increased to 10,015,904 with 499,486 deaths compared to 9,838,205 with 495,079 deaths on Saturday.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.