Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 127 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Sunday, bringing the total to 3,875. The death toll stands at 28.

Since July 6, 909 cases and four deaths have been reported, a slight improvement from the past two 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 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 269,811 with 4,242 deaths on Saturday. Cases in the United States totaled 3,269,531 with 134,830 deaths. Globally, more than 12.77 million cases have been reported with 565,917 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 3,855 residents and 20 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,921 to 1,897 males. Gender was unknown in 37. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 39. Six percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of July 12, 263 have been hospitalized since March, or 7% of all cases. The total includes 259 residents and four non-residents.

Pasco’s hospitals had nearly 19% capacity in adult beds (254 or 1,346) on Sunday, compared to 18% capacity (244 of 1,369) on Saturday and 15% capacity (202 of 1,384) on Friday.

The county had 8.5% capacity in ICU beds (25 of 294) compared to 6% capacity (eight of 130) on Saturday and nearly 5% capacity (six of 128) on Friday.

One hospital was reporting zero capacity and the other five all had at least one bed. All six hospitals reported at least one ICU bed on Saturday. Three hospitals reported zero capacity on Wednesday and Thursday.

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

DOH reported on July 12 that 46,180 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 8.4% coming back as positive, up from 8.2% on July 11, 8% on July 10, 7.8% on July 9 and July 8, and 7.3% on July 7, 7% on July 6 and July 5, 6.7% on July 4, 6.5% on July 3, 6% on July 2 and 5.9% on July 1. Twenty-nine tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 45.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 9.8% of 1,229 tests on July 11 were positive, 8.1% of 2,124 tests on July 10, 10.7% of 1,881 tests on July 9, 17.2% of 677 tests on July 8 were positive, 12.2% of 1,336 tests on July 7, 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 and 11.7% of 979 tests on July 1.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 3,853 of the cases in Pasco on Sunday. New Port Richey had the most, 914, with 632 from Land O’ Lakes, 580 from Wesley Chapel, 341 from Zephyrhills, 282 from Port Richey, 278 from Dade City, 264 from Hudson, 241 from Holiday, 65 from Spring Hill, 53 from Trinity, 22 from San Antonio, 11 from Odessa, seven from Bayonet Point, six from Lutz, three from Ridge Manor, two from Elfers, Saint Leo and Lacoochee, and one from Crystal Springs, Seven Springs and Trilby, and 146 listed as missing.

Since March, 223 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases. As of July 10, 77 cases had been reported in residents and 106 in staff by 31 long-term care facilities, including 37 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 35 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City, 27 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey. The rest had fewer than 11.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported the death of an 85-year-old woman on July 11, bringing the county’s death toll to 28.

At least 15 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 11. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills, two from Orchard Ridge and one from Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s office released two death reports on July 10: a 71-year-old man who died July 7 and a 70-year-old woman who died July 8. DOH reported the death of an 84-year-old woman on July 9.

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Pinellas County

DOH reported 248 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County on Sunday, bringing the count to 10,844. The death toll stands at 231.

Since July 6, 2,312 cases have been reported and 33 deaths. July 9 and 10 set new second highest one-day count records, breaking the previous one set on June 26. Still, the numbers for the week show a slight improvement over the past two weeks.

From June 29-July 5, DOH reported 2,513 new cases and 43 deaths, and 2,353 new cases and 40 deaths were reported from June 22-28. Three record-high days occurred with 614 new cases on June 27, 430 on June 26 and 354 on June 23.

DOH reported on July 12 that 925 have been hospitalized, which included 907 residents (74 more than Saturday) and 18 non-residents. About 8% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported July 12 that 10,844 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 11 with an average rate of positive results at 9%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.

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