Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 1,686 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County during the week of Dec. 14-20, bringing the tally to 19,496. Twenty-one more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 339.

Case counts have been steadily rising in recent weeks. DOH reported 1,657 new cases the week of Dec. 7-13 and 17 deaths, 1,370 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6 and 30 deaths. DOH reported 1,104 new cases from Nov. 23-29 and seven deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 19,316 residents and 180 non-residents. More cases were in females, 10,089 (52%) to 9,074 males. Gender was unknown in 153. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 44. Six percent were Black and 20% Hispanic.

As of Dec. 20, 1,446 residents and 12 non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 8% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 21% capacity in staffed adult beds (298 of 1,409) on Sunday and 13% (19 of 150) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least one ICU bed available except AdventHealth Dade City.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 11.71% of 1,508 test results on Dec. 19 were positive, 10.98% of 2,222 results on Dec. 18, 11.52% on Dec. 17, 10.01% of 2,796 on Dec. 16, 8.16% of 2,241 on Dec. 14, 7.30% of 2,109 on Dec. 13, 9.85% of 2,151 on Dec. 12, 9.38% of 2,594 on Dec. 11, 10.72% of 2,658 on Dec. 10, 7.42% of 3,371 on Dec. 9, 10.82% of 1,417 on Dec. 8, 9.67% of 1,570 on Dec. 7, 9.40% of 1,734 on Dec. 6, 10.88% of 1,646 on Dec. 5, 8.26% of 2,664 results on Dec. 4, 10.63% of 1,791 on Dec. 3, 10.69% of 1,955 on Dec. 2, 9.78% of 1,927 on Dec. 1, and 10.09% of 1,230 test results on Nov. 30 were positive.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,201,566 with 20,855 deaths as of Dec. 20. In the United States, cases totaled 17,805,599 with 317,043 deaths. Globally, more than 76.69 million cases have been reported with over 1.69 million deaths.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Dec. 20. New Port Richey had the most, 4,258, with 2,843 from Wesley Chapel, 2,830 from Land O’ Lakes, 2,060 from Zephyrhills, 1,731 from Dade City, 1,607 from Hudson, 1,517 from Port Richey, 1,155 from Holiday, 399 from Spring Hill, 356 from Trinity, 165 from San Antonio, 90 from Odessa, 66 from Lutz, 32 from Saint Leo, 18 from Bayonet Point, 17 from Lacoochee, 13 from Crystal Springs, 11 from Ridge Manor, nine from Trilby, eight from Shady Hills, four from Elfers, two from Seven Springs and 71 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,182 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 7% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Dec. 20, DOH has reported 339 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County, 21 more than last week.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, zero deaths in the age 25-34 group, four in the 35-44 age group, nine in the 45-54 group, 33 in the 55-64 group, 86 in 65-74 (25%), 115 in 75-84 (34%) and 91 in the age group 85 and up (27%). At least, 127 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

Pinellas County

Florida Department of Health reported 261 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County on Dec. 20, bringing the count to 40,560. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 997.

Since Dec. 14, 2.807 new cases have been reported and 46 deaths. So far this month, DOH has reported 7,314 cases of COVID-19 and 95 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 39,676 residents and 884 non-residents. More cases were in females, 21,227 (54%), to 18,370 in males. Gender was unknown in 79. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Fourteen percent were Black, and 11% were Hispanic.

About 8% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 3,152 residents and 34 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that DOH reported that 6.38% of 3,741 test results on Dec. 19 were positive, 7.27% of 5,626 results on Dec. 18, 7.74% of 6,111 results on Dec. 17, 6.42% of 7,610 on Dec. 16, 7.51% of 3,720 on Dec. 15, 8.80% of 3,575 on Dec. 14.

DOH reported one new COVID-19 related death in Pinellas on Dec. 20, upping the death toll to 997. One death was reported on Dec. 19, five on Dec. 18 and 24 on Dec. 17.

To date, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, four deaths in the 25-34 age group, nine in the 35-44 group (1%), 26 in 45-54 (3%), 82 in 55-64 (8%), 199 in 65-74 (20%), 305 in 75-84 (31%) and 371 (37%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 660 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. Dade County is No. 1 with 893 deaths, or 11%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 800 deaths, or 10%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.