Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Pasco County’s COVID-19 case count grew by 180 to total 3,193, according to the report released by Florida Department of Health on Wednesday. The death toll stands at 26.

Since July 6, 427 cases and two deaths have been reported.

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 cases. June 26 was the previous record high with 156 new cases, breaking the record of 130 cases reported in one day on June 24.

In comparison, from June 15-21, DOH reported only 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 223,783 with 3,889 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 2,998,177 with 131,521 deaths. Globally, more than 11.86 million cases have been reported with 544,996 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 3,175 residents and 18 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,590 to 1,551 males. Gender was unknown in 34. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 39. Six percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of July 8, 207 have been hospitalized since March, or 6% of all cases. Pasco had 15% capacity in adult beds (206 of 1,366) on Wednesday, compared to 14% capacity (196 of 1,412) on Tuesday, nearly 26% capacity (370 of 1,440) on Monday and 27% capacity (377 of 1,399) on Sunday.

The county had 8.66% capacity in adult ICU beds (11 of 131) on Wednesday, compared to 4.66% (six of 129) on Tuesday, 15% capacity (21 of 138) on Monday and just over 9% capacity (12 of 130) on Sunday.

One hospital was reporting zero ICU beds on Wednesday. Three hospitals reported zero ICU beds on Tuesday. All hospitals had at least one available ICU bed on Monday. Two hospitals reported zero capacity on Sunday.

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles issued an executive order June 23 requiring everyone in the county to use face coverings while indoors at a public business or county government facility, effective immediately.

Testing in Pasco

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 12.2% of 1,336 tests on July 7 were positive, 15% of 852 tests of July 6, 10.9% of 761 tests from July 5, 15.4% of 820 tests on July 4, 12.7% of 1,140 tests on July 3, 14.1% of 1,051 tests on July 2, 11.7% of 979 tests on July 1, 14% of 834 tests on June 30, 12% of 622 tests on June 29, 14.6% of 818 tests on June 28 and 12.6% of 1,066 tests on June 27.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 3,175 of the cases in Pasco on Wednesday. New Port Richey had the most, 764, with 510 from Land O’ Lakes, 496 from Wesley Chapel, 251 from Zephyrhills, 239 from Port Richey, 230 from Dade City, 214 from Hudson, 193 from Holiday, 58 from Spring Hill, 49 from Trinity, 19 from San Antonio, 11 from Odessa, five from Bayonet Point, four from Lutz, three from Elfers, two from Saint Leo, Lacoochee and Ridge Manor, and one from Crystal Springs, Seven Springs and Trilby, and 120 listed as missing.

Since March, 159 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 5% of all cases. As of July 7, 51 cases had been reported in residents and 72 in staff by 25 long-term care facilities, including 35 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City, and 17 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey and Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported two deaths on July 6, including two men ages, 68 and 66, bringing the death toll to 26. DOH reported the death of an 89-year-old man on July 5 and the death of a 74-year-old man on July 3.

DOH confirmed the death of a 72-year-old man on July 2, and two deaths on July 1, including two men ages 55 and 35.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s office released a report on July 5 for a 68-year-old woman who died July 2 after going from her home to a hospital in Zephyrhills, and a 54-year-old man who died July 4. He had gone to Medical Center of Trinity and then was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he died.

The medical examiner’s office released a report on July 1 for a 72-year-old man who died June 28 who had gone to the emergency room from his home. The medical examiner also released a report on June 30 for a 66-year-old who died June 28 who had gone to the hospital from his home in Holiday.

DOH announced on June 20 that a 17-year-old male had died, bringing the death toll to 17. He is the youngest in the county to die. Statewide only eight deaths have been reported in the 15-24 age group, as of July 8.

Fourteen 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 4. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills and one from Orchard Ridge.

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.

Pinellas County

Pinellas County continues to see a steady increase in COVID-19 cases with 363 more reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 9,395. Florida Department of Health also announced that three more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 209.

Since July 6, 862 cases have been reported and 11 deaths.

For the week of June 29-July 5, DOH has reported 2,513 new cases and 43 deaths, and 2,353 new cases and 40 deaths were reported from June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 9,318 residents and 77 non-residents. More cases were in females, 4,970 (53%), to 4,290 in males. Gender was unknown for 58. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 39. Eighteen percent were Black and 7% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 8 that 839 have been hospitalized, which included 24 more than Tuesday) and 17 non-residents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported July 8 that 110,371 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 7 with an average rate of positive results at 8.5%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.

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