Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Monday, bringing the count to 388. The death toll stands at 13.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 56,830 with 2,460 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,792,512 with 104,435 deaths. Globally, more than 6.2 million cases have been reported with 372,657 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 378 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 June 1, which includes 76 residents and three non-residents. Local hospitals reported almost 27% available bed capacity on Monday with nearly 15% 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 June 1 that 15,794 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 375 of the cases in Pasco on Sunday. Sixty-two are residents of Wesley Chapel, 59 from Land O’ Lakes, 58 from New Port Richey, 57 from Dade City, 42 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. DOH reported three new deaths on May 19, including two women, ages 73 and 74 and a 73-year-old man.

District 6 Medical Examiner’s Office released two death investigation reports on May 18 of residents from Royal Oak Nursing Center: A 73-year-old woman who died May 14 and 73-year-old is a 73-year-old man who died May 18.

DOH reported one death on May 7: a 79-year-old man. The medical examiner’s office released an investigation report on May 6 on a 56-year-old woman, who had died May 4 at Medical Center of Trinity.

According to the medical examiner’s office, a 72-year-old woman died April 29. She was a resident of Royal Oak Nursing Center. A 71-year-old man also died April 29.

DOH reported the death of a 92-year-old woman on April 28 and the death of a 64-year-old man on April 27, who had traveled to Ohio. DOH confirmed the death of an 85-year-old man on April 24.

The three prior deaths attributed to COVID-19, included an 82-year-old woman, which was not travel-related, a 67-year-old male who traveled in Florida and to New York, and a 71-year-old female, who had traveled to Virginia.

Pinellas County

Florida Department of Health reported another 16 cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County on Monday, upping the count to 1,313. One more county resident has died due to the novel coronavirus. The death toll increased to 83.

The county’s first two COVID-19 cases were reported on March 11. The first death was confirmed on March 23.

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.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 1,263 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 412 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 396 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 32% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported nearly 33% available bed capacity on Monday with 25% capacity for adult ICU beds.

Testing in Pinellas

As of June 1, 43,701 COVID-19 tests had been done in Pinellas, 1,163 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 136.

A summary report for Pinellas County released May 31 shows 1.9% of tests from May 30 were positive, 2.1% from May 29, 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 and 2.2% from May 23. 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 1,241 of the cases in Pinellas on Sunday. St. Petersburg has the most with 498 cases (40%), 191 are Clearwater residents, 153 from Largo, 133 from Seminole, 73 from Palm Harbor, 54 from Pinellas Park, 35 from Tarpon Springs, 23 from Dunedin, 16 from Safety Harbor, 12 from Oldsmar, 11 from Clearwater Beach, 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 45 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 30. Since March, 428 cases have been reported at these facilities, or 34% of cases in the county.

DOH reported 279 cases in residents and 93 in staff at the facilities as of May 30. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

DOH reported on May 30 that 92 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 rest had less than 10 cases.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 death count

DOH reported one more death in Pinellas on June 1, bringing the county to 83. No additional information was available.

At least 60 of the county’s 83 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.

District Six Medical Examiner’s office released three death investigation reports on June 1, including a 68-year-old man who died May 28, a 74-year-old man who died May 29 from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View and a 75-year-old woman who died May 30 from Gulf Shore Care Center.

DOH reported two deaths in Pinellas on May 29. The 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.

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.

Commissioners will vote on another extension during a June 2 virtual meeting.

State cases surpass 56,800 with 2,460 deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 54,415 on Monday. Another 1,415 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 56,830 — 667 more than the number reported on Sunday.

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 2,460, which is nine more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 10,231 have been hospitalized statewide.

As of June 1, 1,041,318 had been tested statewide. DOH says 5.5% of results have been positive. As of May 31, 916 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,332.

Of the 56,830 cases, 2,131 were travel-related, 25,959 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,030 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 18,567 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 1.79 million with 104,435 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11:30 a.m. Monday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,792,512 with 104,435 deaths compared to 1,778,515 with 104,051 deaths at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The number of global cases increased to 6,203,385 with 372,657 deaths compared to 6,112,902 with 370,416 deaths on Sunday.

Note: All information is subject to change.