Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 11 more cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Monday, bringing the count to 360. The death toll stands at 12.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 51,746 with 2,252 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,646,495 with 97,794 deaths. Globally, more than 5.4 million cases have been reported with 345,589 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 350 residents and 10 non-residents. Women accounted for 55% of cases and 45% were in men. Ages ranged from 1-94. Median age was 49.

Seventy-six people have been hospitalized as of May 25, which includes 73 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 25 that 13,401 had been tested in Pasco. Seven tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 15. DOH say 2.7% of test results were positive.

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 337 of the cases in Pasco on Sunday. Fifty-seven are residents of Land O’ Lakes, 55 from, Wesley Chapel, 54 from Dade City and, 47 from New Port Richey, 37 from Zephyrhills, 27 from Port Richey, 20 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 23, 39 cases had been reported in residents by four long-term care facilities, including one at Angels Senior Living at Connerton Court in Land O’ Lakes, three at Heartland of Zephyrhills, one at Orchard Ridge in Port Richey, 31 at Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City and one each Home Sweet Home Assisted Living of New Port Richey. In addition, one staff member tested positive at Wellspring Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills.

Pasco County’s death toll stands at 12. 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.

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

DOH reported 14 more cases in Pinellas on Monday, bringing the total to 1,187. The death toll remains at 75.

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.

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 1,138 Florida residents and 49 non-residents. More cases were in females, 56%, to 44% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 57.

DOH reported that 377 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 361 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 31% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported 32.5% available bed capacity on Monday with nearly 26% capacity for adult ICU beds.

Testing in Pinellas

As of May 25, 36,004 coronavirus tests had been done in Pinellas, 1,043 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 3.3% of test results were positive. Thirteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 45.

A summary report for Pinellas County released May 24 shows 2.2% from May 23 were positive, 2.7% of tests from May 22, 0.7% from May 21, 2.1% from May 20, 0.3% % from May 19, 1.2% from May 18 and 1.6% from May 17 were positive. 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 1,123 of the cases in Pinellas on Sunday. St. Petersburg has the most with 445 cases (40%), 162 are Clearwater residents, 143 from Largo, 125 from Seminole, 70 from Palm Harbor, 47 from Pinellas Park, 33 from Tarpon Springs, 21 from Dunedin, 14 from Safety Harbor, 11 from Clearwater Beach, 10 each from Indian Rocks Beach and Oldsmar, five 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, and one listed as homeless.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

At least one case has been reported at 41 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 23. DOH reported 253 cases in residents and 87 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

DOH reported on May 23 that 72 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, 30 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, 12 by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg and 12 by Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View at South Pasadena.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 death count

No new deaths were reported in Pinellas on Monday. The county’s death toll stands at 75.

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.

May death reports

DOH reported on May 21 that an 85-year-old man had died due to COVID-19. District Six 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.

DOH reported on May 18 that a 98-year-old man had died. The 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.

The county’s first death attributed to the coronavirus reported on March 23 was a 52-year-old male. He had traveled to Bulgaria, Germany and Utah.

Local state of emergency extended

Pinellas County has extended its local state of emergency through May 28. 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.

State cases surpass 51,500

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 50,414 on Monday. Another 1,332 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 51,746 — 1,332 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 2,252, which is 20 more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 9,424 have been hospitalized statewide.

As of May 25, 909,928 had been tested statewide. DOH says 5.7% of results have been positive. As of May 24, 1,681 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,337.

Of the 51,746 cases, 2,097 were travel-related, 23,153 had contact with a confirmed case, 1,967 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 17,323 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 1.6 million, more than 97,500 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 1,646,495 with 97,794 deaths compared to 1,613,476 with 96,662 deaths at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The number of global cases increased to 5,439,559 with 345,589 deaths compared to 5,271,047 with 340,196 deaths on Sunday.

Note: All information is subject to change.