Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

The Florida Department of Health reported 677 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County during the week of Feb. 28-March 6, bringing the total to 34,054. Fifteen more deaths due to the novel coronavirus were confirmed, upping the death toll to 664.

Last week, Feb. 21-27, DOH reported 795 new cases and 17 deaths, an increase in cases but a decline in deaths from the previous week, Feb. 14-20, when DOH reported 648 new cases and 30 deaths.

DOH reported 990 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths during the week of Feb. 7-13.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,944,995 with 32,266 deaths as of March 6. According to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems for Science and Engineering, as of 4:30 p.m. March 7 in the United States, cases totaled 28.984 million with 524,794. Globally, 116.71 million cases and 2.52 million deaths were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco included 33,751 residents and 303 non-residents. More cases were in females, 18,032 (53%) to 15,640 males. Gender was unknown in 79. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 44. Six percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

As of March 6, 2,235 residents and 39 nonresidents have been hospitalized in Pasco since, or 7% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 20% capacity in staffed adult beds (283 of 1,383) on Sunday and 20% (28 of 141) in ICU beds.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 6.75% of 1,092 test results on March 6 were positive, 5.39% of 1,404 on March 5, 5.47% of 1,934 on March 4, 6.74% of 1,895 on March 3, 5.77% of 1,665 on March 2, 7.35% of 1,689 on March 1, and 8.29% of 520 on Feb. 28.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on March 6. New Port Richey had the most, 7,795, with 4,943 from Wesley Chapel, 4,751 from Land O’ Lakes, 3,567 from Zephyrhills, 2,770 from Hudson, 2,756 from Dade City, 2,752 from Port Richey, 2,076 from Holiday, 715 from Spring Hill, 713 from Trinity, 262 from San Antonio, 154 from Odessa, 134 from Lutz, 93 from Saint Leo, 39 from Lacoochee, 38 from Bayonet Point, 22 from Ridge Manor, 19 from Crystal Springs, 16 from Shady Hills, 13 from Trilby, nine from Elfers, seven from Aripeka, two from Seven Springs and 53 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,936 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of March 6, DOH had reported 664 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County — 15 more than the week before.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, zero deaths in the age 25-34 group, eight in the 35-44 age group, 18 in the 45-54 group, 63 in the 55-64 group, 150 in 65-74 (23%), 233 in 75-84 (35%) and 191 in the age group 85 and up (29%). At least, 218 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

Vaccination summary

In Pasco, 78,673 doses have been administered including 42,605 receiving the first dose and 36,068 completing the one or two-shot series. Of those who have received at least one shot, the majority was female, 46,466 to 32,034 male with 42 unknown, and 58,921 were white, 1,843 were Black and 3,065 were Hispanic.

The most vaccine has been administered in Dade County, 410,569 doses, followed Broward with 305,822 doses and Palm Beach with 301,504. DOH also reported that 90,870 from out-of-state have received the vaccine.

Statewide, the age group receiving the most vaccinations was 65-74 with 806,756 completing the series, followed by ages 75-84 with 467,014 receiving both doses and ages 85 and older with 170,863. Next were age groups 55-64, 45-54, 35-44, 25-34 and ages 16-24.

In Pasco, 13,729 ages 65-74 have completed the series, 8,100 ages 75-84 and 2,850 ages 85 and older.

Pinellas County

So far this week, March 1-6, DOH has reported 1,198 new cases in Pinellas, bringing the total to 67,844. Twenty-nine deaths have been confirmed, upping the count to 1,480.

If the trend continues, Pinellas County seems to on a track toward fewer COVID-19 cases but more deaths this week. For the first six days last week, Feb. 22-27, DOH reported 1,380 new cases and 22 deaths. Last week, Feb. 15-21, DOH reported 1,866 new cases and 57 deaths, 270 cases and 29 deaths more than the week before.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 66,189 residents and 1,655 non-residents. More cases were in females, 35,297 (53%), to 30,844 in males. Gender was unknown in 48. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Thirteen percent were Black, and 11% were Hispanic.

About 7% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized. DOH reported that 4,313 residents and 56 nonresidents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 5.35% of 2,248 test results were positive on March 6, 4.09% of 3,896 on March 5, 3.62% of 5,346 on March 4, 4.67% of 5,793 on March 3, 5.53% of 2,820 on March 2, 6.14% of 3,794 on March 1 and 7.51% of 924 on Feb. 28.

So far this week, March 1-6, DOH has reported 29 new COVID-19 related deaths, upping the death toll to 1,480.

As of March 6, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, five deaths in the 25-34 age group, 17 in the 35-44 group (1%), 43 in 45-54 (3%), 121 in 55-64 (8%), 301 in 65-74 (20%), 436 in 75-84 (29%) and 5563 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 867 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. Palm Beach County is No. 1 in the state with 1,025 deaths or 10% and Dade County is No. 2 with 991 deaths, or 9%.

In Pinellas, 171,183 vaccine doses have been administered, including 83,897 first doses and 87,286 completing the one- or two-dose series.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.