Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported five more cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Friday, bringing the case count to 313. The death toll stands at nine.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 44,138 with 1,917 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,439,231 with 87,184 deaths. Globally, more than 4.5 million cases have been reported with 306,388 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 303 residents and 10 non-residents. Women accounted for 157 of the cases and 146 were in men. Ages ranged from 1-94. Median age was 49.

Sixty-four people have been hospitalized as of May 14, which includes 61 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 14 that 9,296 had been tested in Pasco. Six tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 17. DOH say 3.3% of test results were positive.

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 303 of the cases in Pasco on Friday. Fifty-four are residents of Land O'Lakes, 50 from Wesley Chapel, 49 from Dade City, 43 from New Port Richey, 35 from Zephyrhills, 20 from Port Richey, 17 each from Holiday and Hudson, five from Springhill, four from Trinity, and three each from Lutz, San Antonio and Odessa.

As of May 15, 35 cases had been reported in residents or staff at three long-term care facilities, including three at Heartland of Zephyrhills, 30 from Royal Oak Nursing Center and two from Wellspring Assisted Living Facility.

Pasco County’s death toll stands at nine, including five from long-term care facilities. The count does not include a May 6 report from the District 6 Medical Examiner’s Office.

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

Pinellas County’s COVID-19 count continues to climb with another 35 cases reported on Friday to total 997. Florida Department of Health also reported another person has died, bringing the death toll to 66.

The county’s case count has grown by 134 since May 11. Six deaths have been reported.

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 954 Florida residents and 43 non-residents. More cases were in females, 534, to 420, in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 56.

DOH reported that 281 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, as of May 14, which includes 263 residents and 15 nonresidents. About 30% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported almost 30% available bed capacity on Friday with 26% capacity for adult ICU beds.

Testing in Pinellas

As of May 15, 23,624 coronavirus tests had been done in Pinellas, 166 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 4.1% of test results were positive. Twelve tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 169.

A summary report for Pinellas County for the past week released May 15 shows that 2.4% of test results from May 14 were positive, 5.5% from May 13, 8.3% from May 12 were positive, 1.1% from May 11, 1.9% from May 10, 1.5% from May 9, 2.3% from May 8 and 1.4% from May 7. The numbers do not include people who have previously tested positive.

Community Health Centers of Pinellas is offering free COVID-19 tests without restrictions at three locations. Residents do not need to have symptoms or be a CHC patient.

Testing sites will provide same day walk-ups and drive ups, but appointments are recommended to decrease wait times. Make an appointment by calling 727-824-8181 and selecting option 0.

The following sites will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• 707 East Druid Road, Clearwater.

• 7550 43rd St. N., Pinellas Park.

• 1344 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg (Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center).

A fourth site is open at the Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th St. N. in St. Petersburg. Free testing will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

A condensed electronic registration will be required at testing sites. Residents are asked to bring a valid ID.

St. Petersburg persists as county’s hot spot

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 952 of the cases in Pinellas on Friday. St. Petersburg has the most with 355 cases (37%), 138 are Clearwater residents, 121 from Largo, 115 from Seminole, 64 from Palm Harbor, 41 from Pinellas Park, 32 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 increasing at long-term care facilities

At least one case has been reported at 31 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 14.

DOH reported 255 cases in residents and staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

According to an email to Pinellas County commissioners sent out the night of May 13, 21 additional residents had tested positive for COVID-19 at Gulf Shore Rehab in Pinellas Park. In an email to commissioners on May 12, it was reported that 15 COVID-19 patients had been transported to local hospitals, including 10 from St. Pete Nursing and Rehab and five from Gulf Shore Rehab.

DOH has reported 50 cases at Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 40 at St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 39 at Gulf Shore Rehab, 27 at St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 21 at Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 17 at Carrington House of St. Pete, 14 at Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg and 13 at Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehab Center in St. Petersburg.

These numbers from May 14 are provisional and subject to change.

DOH in Pinellas along with the Agency for Health Care Administration with assistance from local fire departments are working at the facilities to help with infection control and testing, officials say.

COVID-19 death count continues to climb

DOH reported on May 15 that another county resident had died. The death toll is up to 66.

DOH reported on May 14 that an 80-year-old woman and a 79-year-old woman had died. District Six 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.

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.

State cases number more than 44,000

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 42,940 on Friday. Another 1,198 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 44,138 — 928 more than the number reported on Thursday.

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 1,917, which is 42 more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 7,749 have been hospitalized statewide as of May 14.

As of May 15, 629,895 had been tested statewide, which is 20,321 more than the day before. DOH says 7.1% of results have been positive as of May 14. As of May 15, 747 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,409.

Of the 44,138 statewide cases, 1,949 were travel-related, 18,732 had contact with a confirmed case, 1,823 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 20,436 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis modified his safer-at-home order, effective Monday, May 4. Many of the previous restrictions apply. 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.

Some of the changes in the new order include allowing retail establishments to open at 25% capacity. Restaurants can open their indoor dining rooms at 25% capacity and serve food and drink in outdoor areas with tables spaced 6 feet apart. Bars, gyms and fitness centers remain closed as do businesses that provide personal services.

The governor announced on May 8 that barber shops, hair and nail salons could reopen on May 11, using enhanced safety protocols, which include requirements to do business by appointment only, no group appointments, wearing masks and additional recommendations.

National cases top 1.4 million, more than 87,000 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 5:30 p.m. Friday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,439,231 with 87,184 deaths compared 1,393,890 with 84,239 deaths reported at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The number of global cases increased to 4,523,653 with 306,388 deaths compared to 4,387,438 with 298,295 deaths on Thursday.

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

Note: All information is subject to change. In addition, the dashboard was not updated as of 6:30 p.m. Friday. All information was taken from separate daily reports.