Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported on Sept. 21 that six more Pasco County residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 205. Twenty-eight new cases of COVID-19 were added to the county’s total, bringing the count to 8,893.

From Sept. 14-20, Florida Department of Health reported 338 new cases and four deaths. The case count increased to 8,865 with 199 deaths.

From Sept. 7-13, 211 new cases were reported with 12 deaths. It was the lowest weekly case count since the numbers began surging in mid-June.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 8,833 residents and 60 non-residents. More cases were in females, 4,614 (52%) to 4,213 males. Gender was unknown in six. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 24% Hispanic.

As of Sept. 21, 792 residents and five non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 9% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 21.5% capacity in staffed adult beds (285 of 1,325) on Monday and 17% (21 of 126) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least one ICU bed available.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 685,429 with 13,317 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 6,816,046 with 199,531 deaths. Globally, more than 31.1 million cases have been reported with 961,544 deaths.

From Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 288 new cases and nine deaths were reported. It was the first time the weekly case count increased since Aug. 24-30. The increase may be due in part to the Aug. 31 data dump by Quest Diagnostics of almost 75,000 test results dating back to April. The state severed all ties with Quest because it failed to follow the state’s law and report results of COVID-19 tests in a timely manner.

Testing in Pasco

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 3.57% of 864 test results on Sept. 20 were positive, 4.92% of 985 results on Sept. 19, 5.95% of 1,313 on Sept. 18, 3.58% of 1,401 on Sept. 17, 2.54% of 1,686 on Sept. 16, 4.27% of 896 on Sept. 15, 4.07% of 1,226 on Sept. 14 and 2.62% of 1,039 on Sept. 13.

DOH reported that results of 88,103 tests done since March in Pasco had an average rate of 10.03% coming back as positive on Sept. 20, compared to 10.05% on Sept. 19. 19. Fifty-seven tests were inclusive and results were pending for 136.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Sept. 21. New Port Richey had the most, 1,926, with 1,254 from Land O’ Lakes, 1,207 from Wesley Chapel, 761 from Dade City, 746 from Hudson, 738 from Zephyrhills, 732 from Port Richey, 576 from Holiday, 193 from Spring Hill, 117 from Trinity, 63 from San Antonio, 32 from Odessa, 13 from Lutz, 11 from Bayonet Point, eight from Lacoochee, six from Trilby, five from Ridge Manor, four from Saint Leo, three from Crystal Springs, Elfers and Shady Hills, one from Seven Springs and 424 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 859 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 10% of all cases. As of Sept. 20, 115 cases had been reported in residents and 53 in staff by 21 long-term care facilities, including 44 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 34 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 20 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 15 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South and 14 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes. The rest had fewer than 14.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported six more COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco on Sept. 21, including two 95-year-old women and four men ages 86, 80, 60 and 57. The death toll rose to 205.

No new deaths were reported in Pasco on Sept 20. DOH reported the death of an 86-year-old woman on Sept. 19 and a 42-year-old woman on Sept. 18. No new deaths were reported on Sept. 17. DOH reported the deaths of two men on Sept. 16, ages 79 and 28.

No new deaths were reported in Pasco County from Sept. 15-12, but DOH reported six on Sept. 11, including two women ages 83 and 73 and four men ages 91, 76, 73 and 72.

DOH reported the deaths of two men on Sept. 10 ages 82 and 51. DOH reported three COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 9, including two women ages 88 and 86, and one man age 59.

DOH reported the death of an 84-year-old woman on Sept. 8. It was the first death reported since Sept. 2. DOH reported three COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 2, including an 84-year-old woman and two men age 66 and 64. No new deaths were reported on Sept. 1.

One death has been reported in Pasco in the 15-24 age group, two death in the age 25-34 group, four in the 35-44 age group, six in the 45-54 group, 19 in the 55-64 group, 56 in 65-74, 62 in 75-84 and 59 in the age group 85 and up (30%).

At least, 97 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. DOH released a new weekly report on deaths at long-term care facilities, and as of Sept. 3, 15 deaths were reported by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 13 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home and nine by Bear Creek Nursing Center, including on under investigation.

Eight deaths were reported by Royal Oak Nursing Center and Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point. Six were reported by Orchard Ridge, five by Sunshine Christian Homes, four by Heartland of Zephyrhills and Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Pinellas County

Pinellas County’s COVID-19 case count continues its steady upward pace. DOH reported 63 more on Sept. 21, bringing the count to 21,561. Seven more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 728.

From Sept. 14-20, DOH reported 576 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths. The case count was an increase from the past two weeks.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 21,413 residents and 148 non-residents. More cases were in females, 11,578 (54%), to 9,830 in males. Gender was unknown in five. The median age was 43. Nineteen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanic.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,219 residents and 23 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

According to testing information on the county specific report, 3.94% of 1,586 test results on Sept. 20 were positive, 2.82% of 2,208 results on Sept. 19, 2.48% of 3,606 on Sept. 18.

DOH reported seven more COVID-19 related deaths in Pinellas on Sept. 21, including four women ages 89, 84, 65 and 60, and three men ages 82, 75 and 66. The death toll rose to 728.

Pinellas is tied with St. Lucie County for the fifth highest death rate in the state at 3.4%. Charlotte County has the highest at 4.4%. Highlands County is No. 2 with a rate of 3.9%. Hernando is at No. 3 with a death rate of 3.7%. Indian River County is No. 4 with a rate of 3.6%.

At least 504 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 9% of deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 775 deaths, or 14%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 554 deaths, or 10%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.