Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported four more cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Wednesday, bringing the count to 373. The death toll is uncertain.

DOH reported one more death in Pasco on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 13; however, on Wednesday, the report showed only 12 deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 52,634 with 2,319 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,681,793 with 98,933 deaths. Globally, more than 5.6 million cases have been reported with 351,146 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 363 residents and 10 non-residents. Women accounted for 54% of cases and 46% were in men. Ages ranged from 1-94. Median age was 49.

Seventy-eight people have been hospitalized as of May 27, which includes 75 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 27 that 14,022 had been tested in Pasco. Five tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 16. DOH say 2.7% of test results were positive.

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 357 of the cases in Pasco on Tuesday. Sixty-two are residents of Wesley Chapel, 60 from Land O’ Lakes, 54 from Dade City, 53 from New Port Richey, 37 from Zephyrhills, 28 from Port Richey, 21 each from Holiday and Hudson, six from Springhill, four each from Trinity and Odessa, and three each from Lutz and San Antonio.

As of May 25, 43 cases had been reported in residents and staff by six long-term care facilities, including, three at Heartland of Zephyrhills, two at Orchard Ridge in Port Richey, 33 at Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City, three at Sun Coast Retreat in New Port Richey, and one each by Wellspring Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills and Solaris Healthcare Bayonet Point in Hudson.

DOH reported the death of a 70-year-old on May 26, bringing the death toll to 13. According to the report, the gender was unknown. However, on May 27, DOH reported only 12 deaths.

DOH reported three new deaths on May 19, including two women, ages 73 and 74 and a 73-year-old man. 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 22. Six deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center and one from Heartland of Zephyrhills.

For more information about COVID-19, visit pasco.floridahealth.gov. For information from Pasco County government, visit https://www.pascocountyfl.net/4146/Coronavirus-Information-Pasco-County-Ope.

Pinellas County

Four more Pinellas County residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 79. Florida Department of Health also reported nine more COVID-19 cases in the county on Wednesday, bringing the count to 1,205.

So far this week, 32 new cases have been reported and four deaths. The county’s first two COVID-19 cases were reported on March 11. The first death was confirmed on March 23.

DOH reported 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.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 1,156 Florida residents and 49 non-residents. More cases were in females, 56%, to 44% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 58.

DOH reported that 391 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 375 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 32% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported 29% available bed capacity on Wednesday with 29% capacity for adult ICU beds.

Testing in Pinellas

As of May 27, 38,146 coronavirus tests had been done in Pinellas, 2,142 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 3.2% of test results were positive. Thirteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 50.

A summary report for Pinellas County released May 26 shows 0.8% of test results from May 25 were positive, 1.5% from May 24, 2.2% from May 23, 2.7% of tests from May 22, 0.7% from May 21, 2.1% from May 20, 0.3% % from May 19 and 1.2% from May 18. 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 and location of sites, 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 1,145 of the cases in Pinellas on Tuesday. St. Petersburg has the most with 450 cases (39%), 166 are Clearwater residents, 149 from Largo, 126 from Seminole, 71 from Palm Harbor, 47 from Pinellas Park, 33 from Tarpon Springs, 21 from Dunedin, 15 from Safety Harbor, 11 from Clearwater Beach, 10 each from Indian Rocks Beach and Oldsmar, 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 40 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 25. DOH reported 264 cases in residents and 87 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

DOH reported on May 25 that 71 cases had been reported by Gulf Shore Rehab, 63 cases by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 50 cases had been reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 34 by St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 30 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 22 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 20 by Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View at South Pasadena and 11 by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 death count

Four new deaths were reported in Pinellas on Wednesday no further information from DOH was available. The county’s death toll increased at 79.

At least 55 of the county’s 75 deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. According to a weekly report from DOH released May 22, 25 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; five from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; four from Gulf Shore Care Center; three from Patrick Manor; and two from the Inn at Freedom Square. In addition, one death each was reported at Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo and from Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor.

District Six 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.

The medical examiner also released reports on a 65-year-old woman who died May 22 from St. Petersburg Health and Rehab and a 70-year-old man who had been under care in his home.

DOH reported on May 21 that an 85-year-old man had died due to COVID-19. The medical examiner’s office released two death investigation reports on May 22, including an 85-year-old man who died May 18 from Gulf Shore Rehab and Nursing Center and a 51-year-old woman who died May 21.

On May 20, DOH confirmed the death of a 75-year-old woman. The medical examiner’s office released a death investigation report on May 20 on a 75-year-old woman who died May 19 who had been a patient at St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

DOH confirmed the deaths of an 82-year-old man, a 75-year-old man and an 81-year-old woman on May 19.

Local state of emergency extended

Pinellas County has extended its local state of emergency through May 29. Public swimming pools are open at 50% capacity with restrictions, as are playgrounds at daycare centers. Public playgrounds remain closed. Beaches are open with social distancing required.

The commission will meet Thursday, May 28, 9:30 a.m., to consider another seven-day extension.

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

State cases surpass 52,500

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 51,283 on Wednesday. Another 1,351 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 52,634 — 379 more than the number reported on Tuesday.

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 2,319, which is 60 more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 9,639 have been hospitalized statewide.

As of May 27, 935,271 had been tested statewide. DOH says 5.6% of results have been positive. As of May 25, 1,696 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 901.

Of the 52,634 cases, 2,103 were travel-related, 23,842 had contact with a confirmed case, 1,983 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 17,296 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 1.68 million, more than 98,900 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,681,793 with 98,933 deaths compared to 1,665,852 with 98,294 deaths at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The number of global cases increased to 5,618,829 with 351,146 deaths compared to 5,530,341 with 347,085 deaths on Tuesday.

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

Note: All information is subject to change.

Suzette Porter is TBN’s Pinellas County editor. She can be reached at sporter@tbnweekly.com.