Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported three deaths associated with the novel coronavirus on Tuesday and three more cases of COVID-19. The death toll is up to 12 and the case count is 327.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 46,944 with 2,052 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,490,195 with 89,636 deaths. Globally, more than 4.7 million cases have been reported with 315,822 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 317 residents and 12 non-residents. Women accounted for 52% of cases and 48% were in men. Ages ranged from 1-94. Median age was 49.

Seventy people have been hospitalized as of May 19, which includes 67 residents and three non-residents.

“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 19 that 10,451 had been tested in Pasco. Six tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 16. DOH say 3.1% of test results were positive.

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 309 of the cases in Pasco on Monday. Fifty-five are residents of Land O’ Lakes, 50 each from Wesley Chapel and Dade City, 43 from New Port Richey, 35 from Zephyrhills, 22 from Port Richey, 18 each from Holiday and Hudson, five from Springhill, four from Trinity, and three each from Lutz, San Antonio and Odessa.

As of May 17, 35 cases had been reported in residents or staff by three long-term care facilities, including three at Heartland of Zephyrhills, 30 at Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City and one each Home Sweet Home Assisted Living of New Port Richey and Wellspring Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills.

DOH reported three new deaths on May 19. No further information was available. Pasco County’s death toll increased to 12, including four from Royal Oaks Nursing Center and one from Heartland of Zephyrhills reported by DOH as of May 17.

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

Three more people in Pinellas have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 71. Florida Department of Health also reported 11 more cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday morning, bringing the case count to 1,062.

So far this week, 40 new cases have been reported and four deaths.

The county’s case count increased by 159 the week of May 11-17 with seven deaths. DOH reported 95 new cases and 19 deaths in Pinellas from May 4-10.

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

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 1,018 Florida residents and 44 non-residents. More cases were in females, 56%, to 44% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 57.

DOH reported that 320 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 304 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 29% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported 30% available bed capacity on Tuesday with nearly 24.5% capacity for adult ICU beds.

Testing in Pinellas

As of May 19, 27,906 coronavirus tests had been done in Pinellas, 2,705 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 3.8% of test results were positive. Twelve tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 80, as of May 18.

A summary report for Pinellas County for the past week released May 18 shows that 1.6% of test results from May 17 were positive, 1.5% from May 16, 3.8% from May 15, 2.4% from May 14, 5.5% from May 13, 8.3% from May 12. The numbers do not include people who have previously tested positive.

If you think you might need to be tested, 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 open 24/7.

For online information on testing, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

St. Petersburg persists as county’s hot spot

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 1,003 of the cases in Pinellas on Monday. St. Petersburg has the most with 381 cases (38%), 139 are Clearwater residents, 134 from Largo, 120 from Seminole, 65 from Palm Harbor, 45 from Pinellas Park, 33 from Tarpon Springs, 20 from Dunedin, 13 from Safety Harbor, nine each from Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and Oldsmar, four each from Kenneth City and Gulfport, three each from Belleair and Madeira Beach, two each from Bay Pines, Belleair Beach and Belleair Bluffs, and one each from North Redington Beach, Crystal Beach, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde and South Pasadena, and one listed as homeless.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

At least one case has been reported at 34 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 17.

DOH reported 309 cases in residents and staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

DOH reported on May 17 that 77 cases had been reported by Gulf Shore Rehab, 50 cases had been reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 43 by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 41 by St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 21 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 17 by Carrington House of St. Pete, 14 by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg and five by Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehab Center in St. Petersburg.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 death count keeps on rising

DOH reported on May 19 that three more people have died, bringing the death toll to 71. No further information was available.

At least 48 of the county’s 71 deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. Twenty-five deaths have been reported from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; five from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services, two from the Inn at Freedom Square and two from Gulf Shore Care Center, according to a weekly report from DOH released on May 15. In addition, one death each was reported at Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor and Patrick Manor.

DOH reported on May 18 that a 98-year-old man had died. District Six Medical Examiner’s office released five death investigation reports the same day. Two were women that had been at Gulf Shore Care Center: an 89-year-old who died May 9 and an 81-year-old who died May 16. Two were men who had been at Patrick Manor: an 82-year-old man who died May 15 and a 75-year-old man who died May 17. The fifth was a 73-year-old woman from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab who died May 14.

DOH reported on May 16 that a 73-year-old woman had died, and on May 15, confirmed the death of an 80-year-old woman. The medical examiner’s office released a death investigation report on May 15 for an 80-year-old woman who died May 14 from St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor.

DOH reported on May 14 that a 59-year-old woman and an 89-year-old woman had died. The medical examiner’s office released a death investigation report on May 14 for a 59-year-old woman who died May 13. She had attended an adult daycare, Louise Graham Regeneration Center in St. Petersburg

DOH confirmed the death of a 78-year-old woman on May 13. The medical examiner’s office released three death investigation reports on May 13, including two that died on May 8: an 81-year-old man from St. Mark Village and a 78-year-old man, who was a transient living out of his vehicle. The third died May 9: a 91-year-old man from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion.

Local state of emergency extended

Pinellas County has extended its local state of emergency through May 22. The local safer-at-home order was rescinded and the county is following statewide orders that began May 4. Commissioners voted on April 28 to reopen public swimming pools with restrictions and playgrounds are open at daycare centers. Beaches opened on May 4. Social distancing is required.

Commissioners will vote on extending the local state of emergency another week at a meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2 p.m.

For more information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.

State cases number grow to nearly 47,000

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 45,684 on Tuesday. Another 1,260 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 46,944 — 502 more than the number reported on Monday.

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 2,049, which is 76 more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 8,494 have been hospitalized statewide as of May 19.

As of May 19, 717,162 had been tested statewide. DOH says 6.5% of results have been positive. As of May 18, 1,289 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,479.

Of the 44,811 statewide cases reported May 17, 1,964 were travel-related, 19,230 had contact with a confirmed case, 1,847 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 20,557 were under investigation. DOH’s current situation report was unavailable.

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 Monday that all businesses could reopen with restrictions, except bar, pubs and nightclubs. Officials are requesting permission to open vacation rentals.

National cases top 1.5 million, more than 90,000 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,510,988 with 90,432 deaths compared to 1,490,195 with 89,636 deaths reported at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The number of global cases increased to 4,832,329 with 319,213 deaths compared to 4,748,356 with 315,822 deaths on Monday.

For more information on the coronavirus, visit www.floridahealth.gov/index.html.

Note: All information is subject to change.