Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

During the week of Feb. 14-20, Florida Department of Health reported 648 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County, bringing the total to 32,582. Thirty more deaths due to the novel coronavirus were reported, upping the death toll to 632.

The numbers have been improving. DOH reported 990 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths during the week of Feb. 7-13. From Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 1,033 new cases and 37 deaths were reported and 1,309 new cases and 45 deaths from Jan. 24-30.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,868,772 with 30,434 deaths as of Feb. 20. According to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems for Science and Engineering, as of 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the United States, cases totaled nearly 28.12 million with 498,514 deaths compared to 28 million cases and 497,345 deaths at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Globally, 111.26 million cases were reported with almost 2.464 million deaths compared to nearly 111 million cases were reported with almost 2.46 million deaths on Feb. 19.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 32,581 residents and 292 non-residents. More cases were in females, 17,228 (53%) to 14,905 males. Gender was unknown in 156. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 44. Six percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

As of Feb. 20, 2,144 residents and 35 nonresidents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 7% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 23% capacity in staffed adult beds (328 of 1,426) on Sunday and 25% (35 of 139) in ICU beds.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 7.51% of 1,688 test results on Feb. 20 were positive, 7.13% of 1,928 on Feb. 19, 8.31% of 1,489 on Feb. 18, 6.71% of 1,571 on Feb. 17, 6.98% of 2,238 on Feb. 16, 7.24% of 1,562 on Feb. 15, and 9.47% of 1,061 on Feb. 14.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Feb. 21. New Port Richey had the most, 7,476, with 4,720 from Wesley Chapel, 4,600 from Land O’ Lakes, 3,366 from Zephyrhills, 2,674 from Hudson, 2,647 from Dade City, 2,635 from Port Richey, 1,949 from Holiday, 685 from Trinity, 663 from Spring Hill, 257 from San Antonio, 150 from Odessa, 122 from Lutz, 84 from Saint Leo, 38 from Bayonet Point, 38 from Lacoochee, 22 from Ridge Manor, 19 from Crystal Springs, 16 from Shady Hills, 13 from Trilby, eight from Elfers, seven from Aripeka, two from Seven Springs and 48 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,932 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Feb. 20, DOH had reported 632 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County — 30 more than the week before.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, zero deaths in the age 25-34 group, eight in the 35-44 age group, 15 in the 45-54 group, 58 in the 55-64 group, 145 in 65-74 (23%), 223 in 75-84 (35%) and 182 in the age group 85 and up (29%). At least, 214 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

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.

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

Vaccination summary

As of Feb. 20, statewide, 1,305,034 people had received a first-dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 1,388,919 had completed the two-shot series.

The state began administering the vaccine on Dec. 14.

In Pasco, 59,313 doses have been administered including 34,923 receiving the first dose and 24,390 completing the two-shot series. Of those who have received at least one shot, the majority was female, 35,109 to 24,077 male with 16 unknown, and 43,724 were white, 1,378 were Black and 2,246 were Hispanic.

The most vaccine has been administered in Dade County, 267,232 doses, followed by Palm Beach with 248,855 and Broward with 228,585 doses. DOH also reported that 73,230 from out-of-state have received the vaccine.

Statewide, the age group receiving the most vaccinations was 65-74 with 543,367 completing the series, followed by ages 75-84 with 312,222 receiving both doses and ages 85 and older with 123,789. Next were ages 55-64, 45-54, 35-44, 25-34 and 16-24.

In Pasco, 8,043 ages 65-74 have received two doses, 4,656 ages 75-84 and 1,989 ages 85 and older have completed the series.

Pinellas County

DOH reported 1,626 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County from Feb. 15-20, bringing the total to 64,951. Forty-two have died due to the novel coronavirus. The death toll stands at 1,414.

So far this week, the county is on track to show an increase in cases and deaths. For the week of Feb. 8-14, Florida Department of Health reported 1,596 new cases and 28 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 63,362 residents and 1,589 non-residents. More cases were in females, 33,810 (53%), to 29,508 in males. Gender was unknown in 44. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43, which is down from 44 reported previously. Thirteen percent were Black, and 11% were Hispanic.

About 7% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 4,179 residents and 51 nonresidents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 5.85% of 2,720 test results on Feb. 20 were positive, 6.04% of 4,916 results on Feb. 19, 6.28% of 5,510 on Feb. 18, 6.45% of 3,349 on Feb. 17, 5.88% of 4,734 on Feb. 16 and 8.38% of 2,603 on Feb. 15.

From Feb. 15-20, DOH reported 42 new COVID-19 related deaths, upping the death toll to 1,414.

Deaths had been declining in recent weeks. DOH reported only 28 new COVID-19 related deaths from Feb. 8-14. Forty-one deaths were reported from Feb. 1-9. Fifty-two deaths were reported from Jan. 25-31 and 68 deaths were reported from Jan. 18-24. Ninety-five new deaths were reported from Jan. 11-17.

As of Feb. 20, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, five deaths in the 25-34 age group, 15 in the 35-44 group (1%), 39 in 45-54 (3%), 112 in 55-64 (8%), 287 in 65-74 (20%), 423 in 75-84 (30%) and 532 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 845 of the county’s deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. Pinellas is No. 3 in the state with reporting 8% of deaths at these facilities. Palm Beach County is No. 1 in the state with 995 deaths or 10% and Dade County is No. 2 with 977 deaths, or 9%.

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

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.