Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported five more cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Sunday, bringing the count to 386. The death toll stands at 13.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 56,163 with 2,451 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,778,515 with 104,051 deaths. Globally, more than 6.1 million cases have been reported with 370,416 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 376 residents and 10 non-residents. Women accounted for 53% of cases and 47% were in men. Ages ranged from 1-94. Median age was 49.

Seventy-nine people have been hospitalized as of May 31, which includes 76 residents and three non-residents. Local hospitals reported nearly 32% available bed capacity on Sunday with 23% capacity for adult ICU beds.

“Hospitalizations is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness, DOH said. “These people may no longer be hospitalized. This number does not represent the number of COVID-19 positive persons currently hospitalized. We do not have a figure for that information at this time.”

DOH reported on May 31 that 15,512 had been tested in Pasco. Six tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 16. DOH say 2.5% of test results were positive.

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 370 of the cases in Pasco on Saturday. Sixty-two are residents of Wesley Chapel, 59 from Land O’ Lakes, 56 from New Port Richey, 55 from Dade City, 41 from Zephyrhills, 30 from Port Richey, 24 from Holiday, 22 from Hudson, six from Spring Hill, five from Trinity, four from Odessa, and three each from Lutz and San Antonio.

As of May 29, 30 cases had been reported in residents and 21 in staff by 10 long-term care facilities, including 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City. Eight 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 May 29. Six deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center and one from Heartland of Zephyrhills.

DOH reported the death of a 40-year-old man on May 28, bringing the death toll to 13.

Pinellas County

DOH reported another 35 cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County on Sunday, upping the count to 1,297. The death toll remains at 82.

This week, 124 new cases have been reported and seven deaths. The county’s first two COVID-19 cases were reported on March 11. The first death was confirmed on March 23.

DOH reported 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 the state began its phase one recovery plan.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 1,247 Florida residents and 50 non-residents. More cases were in females, 56%, to 44% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 58.

DOH reported that 411 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 395 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 32% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported nearly 35% available bed capacity on Saturday with 24% capacity for adult ICU beds.

Testing in Pinellas

As of May 31, 42,538 COVID-19 tests had been done in Pinellas, 1,538 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 3% of test results were positive. Thirteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 90.

A summary report for Pinellas County released May 30 shows 2.1% of test results from May 29 were positive, 1.4% from May 28, 1.2% from May 27 were positive, 0.6% from May 26, 0.8% from May 25, 1.5% from May 24, 2.2% from May 23 and 2.7% of tests from May 22. The numbers do not include people who 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.

For online information on testing and location of sites, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

St. Petersburg is still county’s hot spot

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 1,197 of the cases in Pinellas on Saturday. St. Petersburg has the most with 482 cases (40%), 176 are Clearwater residents, 153 from Largo, 133 from Seminole, 73 from Palm Harbor, 52 from Pinellas Park, 35 from Tarpon Springs, 22 from Dunedin, 16 from Safety Harbor, 11 each from Clearwater Beach and Oldsmar, 10 from Indian Rocks Beach, six from South Pasadena, four each from Kenneth City, Madeira Beach and Gulfport, three from Belleair, two each from Bay Pines, Belleair Beach and Belleair Bluffs, and one each from Indian Shores, North Redington Beach, Crystal Beach, Treasure Island and Tierra Verde.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

At least one case has been reported at 39 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 30. Since March, 423 cases have been reported at these facilities, or 35% of cases in the county.

DOH reported 274 cases in residents and 97 in staff at the facilities as of May 28. According to DOH, 94 cases had been reported by Gulf Shore Care Center, 63 cases by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 50 cases had been reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 31 by St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 28 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 23 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 21 by Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View at South Pasadena and 10 by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg.

The numbers do not reflect current infections, and are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 death count

At least 60 of the county’s 82 deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. According to a weekly report from DOH released May 29, 25 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; eight from Gulf Shore Care Center; five from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; three from Patrick Manor; three from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab; and two from the Inn at Freedom Square. In addition, one death each was reported at Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor and Palm Garden in Clearwater.

DOH reported two deaths in Pinellas on May 29, bringing the count to 82. District Six Medical Examiner’s office released three death investigation reports the same day, including a 77-year-old woman who died May 27 from Moffitt Cancer Center, an 86-year-old woman who died May 27 from Gulf Shore Care Center and a 69-year-old woman who died May 28 from Palm Garden in Clearwater.

DOH reported the death of a 76-year-old woman on May 28, and four deaths on May 27, including two 80-year-old men and a 66-year-old woman. No further information was available on the fourth person.

The medical examiner’s office released five death investigation reports on May 27, including three residents from Gulf Shore Care Center: an 85-year-old woman who died May 22; a 66-year-old woman who died May 25; and an 80-year-old man who died May 24.

The medical examiner also released reports on a 65-year-old woman who died May 22 from St. Petersburg Health and Rehab and a 70-year-old man who had been under care in his home.

Local state of emergency extended

Pinellas County Commission voted May 28 to extend the local state of emergency through June 5. Commissioners also voted to lift restrictions at beaches, hotel swimming pools and on playgrounds at daycare centers. Restrictions at other public playgrounds and community pools will be lifted on Monday, June 1. The statewide orders remain in effect, which includes social distancing and sanitation.

State cases surpass 56,000 with 2,451 deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 54,764 on Sunday. Another 1,399 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 56,163 — 739 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 2,451, which is four more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 10,190 have been hospitalized statewide.

As of May 31, 1,022,265 had been tested statewide. DOH says 5.5% of results have been positive. As of May 30, 918 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,391.

Of the 56,163 cases, 2,128 were travel-related, 25,709 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,026 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 18,205 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a May 15 press conference that phase one of his recovery plan was complete. Social distancing is still required. Persons ages 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions are advised to stay home as much as possible as that population is most vulnerable and at risk from COVID-19.

Pinellas County announced May 18 that all businesses could reopen with restrictions, except bar, pubs and nightclubs. Permission has been granted to open the county’s short-term vacation rentals.

DeSantis announced May 22 that organized youth activities can resume, including summer camps and athletics.

National cases top 1.77 million with 104,051 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,778,515

with 104,051 deaths compared to 1,750,203 with 102,906 deaths at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The number of global cases increased to 6,112,902 with 370,416 deaths compared to 5,974,938 with 365,976 deaths on Saturday.

Note: All information is subject to change.