Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 129 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Sunday, bringing the count to 5,803. Three more residents have died from the novel coronavirus. The death toll is up to 69.

Since July 20, 860 cases have been reported and 25 deaths.

From July 13-19, 1,068 new cases and 16 deaths were reported — the most in any seven-day period thus far. From July 6-12, 909 cases and four deaths were reported, a slight improvement from the two prior weeks. From June 29-July 5, 997 new cases and seven deaths were reported, and 971 new cases were reported from June 22-28.

Pasco set a new one-day high in cases on June 27 with 304.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 423,855 with 5,824 deaths on Sunday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,193,103 with 146,574 deaths. Globally, more than 16 million cases have been reported with 645,404 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 5,775 residents and 28 non-residents. More cases were in females, 2,973 (51%) to 2,763 males. Gender was unknown in 39. The median age was 42. Six percent were Black and 18% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

Pasco’s hospitals had 23.5% staffed adult bed capacity (325 of 1,380) on Sunday, compared to 22.3% capacity (309 or 1,384) on Saturday, compared to 19.4% capacity (266 of 1,370) on Friday, nearly 19% capacity (261 of 1,375) on Thursday, 19% capacity (271 of 1,425) on Wednesday, 18.46% capacity (257 of 1,392) on Tuesday and 20% capacity (279 of 1,372) on Monday.

The county had 14% in ICU bed capacity (19 of 136) on Sunday, compared to 10% (13 of 130) on Saturday, 5.26% (7 of 133) of Friday, 7.46% (10 of 134) on Thursday, 11.5% capacity (15 of 130) on Wednesday, 9.3% capacity (12 of 129) on Tuesday and 11% capacity (14 of 125) on Monday.

Two hospitals reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Sunday, Morton Plant North Bay and AdventHealth Dade City. Medical Center of Trinity and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel each had seven, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had three and AdventHealth Zephyrhills had two.

AdventHealth Dade City reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Saturday. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had five, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel had four, Medical Center of Trinity had two, and AdventHealth Zephyrhills and Morton Plant North Bay each had one.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on July 26 that 58,034 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 10% coming back as positive, up from 9.9% on July 25, 9.8% on July 24, 9.6% on July 23 and July 22, but up from 9.5% on July 21, 9.4% on July 20, 9.3% on July 19, 9.2% on July 18, 9.1% on July 17, 8.9% on July 16 and 8.8% on July 15. Thirty-eight tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 57.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 11.7% of 1,047 tests on July 25 were positive, 8.4% of 1,656 tests on July 24, 10.3% of 1,403 on July 23, 8.9% on July 22, 8.1% of 1,091 on July 21, 12.7% of 747 on July 20, 8.9 of 1,060 on July 19, 8.7% of 1,854 on July 18, 8.3% of 1,319 on July 17 were positive, 10.5% of 1,444 on July 16 and 10.5% of 1,048 on July 15.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Sunday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,345, with 854 from Land O’ Lakes, 799 from Wesley Chapel, 502 from Zephyrhills, 485 from Hudson, 476 from Port Richey, 447 from Dade City, 383 from Holiday, 105 from Spring Hill, 65 from Trinity, 37 from San Antonio, 18 from Odessa, nine from Bayonet Point, seven from

Lutz, five from Crystal Springs, four from Ridge Manor, three from Elfers, Trilby, Lacoochee and St. Leo, one from Shady Hills and Seven Springs, and 219 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 492 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases. As of July 24, 218 cases had been reported in residents and 119 in staff by 29 long-term care facilities, including 59 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 56 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 50 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 41 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 28 by Bear Creek Nursing Center in Hudson, 28 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 14 by Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City and 12 by Sunshine Christian Homes in Holiday. The rest had fewer than 12.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH confirmed three more COVID-19 related deaths on July 26, including two women, age 97 and 70; and one man, age 66. The death toll rose to 69.

At least 28 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 July 25. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oak Nursing Center, four from Orchard Ridge and from Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, three from Bear Creek Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills and one from Sunshine Christian Homes, Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center and AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South.

DOH reported one new death on July 25: a man age 59. DOH confirmed six COVID-19 related deaths on July 23, including two women, age 86 and 74; and four men, age 88, 84, 84 and 63. The death toll rose to 65. No new deaths were reported on July 24.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s Office released three death investigation reports on July 24. All had gone to the hospital from their home. The reports included a 61-year-old man who died July 9, a 74-year-old woman who died July 19 and a 63-year-old man who died July 20.

Pinellas County

Florida Department of Health reported 113 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Sunday, bringing the count to 15,147. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 373.

From July 20-26, 1,675 new cases were reported and 59 deaths — the lowest weekly case count since June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 15,034 residents and 113 non-residents. More cases were in females, 8,087 (54%), to 6,879 in males. Gender was unknown for 68. The median age was 41. Seventeen percent were Black and 9% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 26 that 1,336 have been hospitalized, including 1,316 residents (36 more than Thursday) and 20 non-residents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 151,495 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 25 with an average rate of positive results at 10%, the same as on July 24, but up from 9.9% on July 23, July 22 and 21.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.