Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported another 165 COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Saturday, bringing the total to 2,608. The death toll stands at 23.

Since Monday, June 29, 848 new cases and six deaths have been reported.

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.

From June 22-28, 971 new cases were reported, which at that time was almost 51% of all cases reported since March. From June 15-21, DOH reported 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 190,052 with 3,702 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 2,809,108 with 129,476 deaths. Globally, more than 11.1 million cases have been reported with 526,003 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 2,593 residents and 15 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,320 (51%), to 1,267 males. Gender was unknown in six. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 38. Seven percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

As of July 4, 160 have been hospitalized since March, or 6% of all cases.

Pasco had nearly 27% capacity for adult beds (374 of 1,405) as of 2:15 p.m. Saturday, and nearly 15% capacity (19 of 126 beds) in adult ICU beds compared to 22% on Friday, 5.4% Thursday and 3.9% on Wednesday.

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 4 that 38,654 had been tested in Pasco with an average of 6.7% positive results, up from 6.5% on July 3, 6% on July 2, 5.9% on July 1, 5.7% on June 30, 5.5% on June 29, 5% on June 28 and 4% on June 27 and June 26. Thirteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 36.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 14.1% of 1,141 tests on July 3 were positive, 14.1% of 1,052 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 2,593 of the cases in Pasco on Saturday. New Port Richey had the most, 620, with 419 from Land O’ Lakes, 407 from Wesley Chapel, 203 from Zephyrhills, 197 from Port Richey, 186 from Dade City, 175 from Hudson, 160 from Holiday, 47 from Spring Hill, 39 from Trinity, 13 from San Antonia, nine from Odessa, five from Bayonet Point, three from Lutz, two from Saint Leo and Elfers, and one each from Crystal Springs, Lacoochee, and Seven Springs, and 103 listed as missing.

Since March, 133 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 5% of all cases. As of July 2, 51 cases had been reported in residents and 46 in staff by 25 long-term care facilities, including 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City and 22 Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported the death of a 74-year-old man on July 3, upping the death toll to 23.

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 1 for a 72-year-old man who died June 28 who had gone to the emergency room from his home.

DOH reported the deaths of two men on June 30: an 86-year-old and a 66-year-old. The medical examiner also released a report the same day for a 66-year-old who died June 28 who had gone to the hospital from his home in Holiday.

The medical examiner’s office released a death report June 29 for an 86-year-old man who died June 27 from Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey.

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 five deaths have been reported in the 15-24 age group, as of June 26.

Twelve 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.

Pinellas County

Pinellas County added another 419 COVID-19 cases to its count on Saturday, bringing the total to 8,041.

DOH reported that more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 184.

So far this week, DOH has reported 2,096 new cases and 29 deaths.

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