Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

The COVID-19 case count in Pasco County has increased over the previous week. From Sept. 14-20, Florida Department of Health reported 338 new cases and four deaths. The case count increased to 8,865 with 199 deaths.

From Sept. 7-13, 211 new cases were reported with 12 deaths. It was the lowest weekly case count since the numbers began surging in mid-June.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 8,805 residents and 60 non-residents. More cases were in females, 4,598 (52%) to 4,201 males. Gender was unknown in six. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 24% Hispanic.

As of Sept. 20, 788 residents and five non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 9% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 25% capacity in staffed adult beds (324 of 1,305) on Sunday and 21% (28 of 131) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least one ICU bed available.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 683,754 with 13,296 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 6,777,026 with 199,352 deaths. Globally, more than 30.83 million cases have been reported with 958,090 deaths.

Case counts were going down

From Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 288 new cases and nine deaths were reported. It was the first time the weekly case count increased since Aug. 24-30. The increase may be due in part to the Aug. 31 data dump by Quest Diagnostics of almost 75,000 test results dating back to April. The state severed all ties with Quest because it failed to follow the state’s law and report results of COVID-19 tests in a timely manner.

From Aug. 24-30, 270 cases and 17 deaths were reported in Pasco. It was the sixth consecutive week that the number of daily cases decreased. However, nine more deaths were reported than last week.

Testing in Pasco

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 4.92% of 985 test results on Sept. 19 were positive, 5.95% of 1,313 results on Sept. 18, 3.58% of 1,401 on Sept. 17, 2.54% of 1,686 on Sept. 16, 4.27% of 896 on Sept. 15, 4.07% of 1,226 on Sept. 14 and 2.62% of 1,039 on Sept. 13.

DOH reported that results of 87,603 tests done since March in Pasco had an average rate of 10.05% coming back as positive as of Sept. 19. Fifty-seven tests were inclusive and results were pending for 134.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Sept. 20. New Port Richey had the most, 1,920, with 1,252 from Land O’ Lakes, 1,206 from Wesley Chapel, 755 from Dade City, 743 from Hudson, 737 from Zephyrhills, 731 from Port Richey, 575 from Holiday, 193 from Spring Hill, 116 from Trinity, 62 from San Antonio, 32 from Odessa, 13 from Lutz, 11 from Bayonet Point, eight from Lacoochee, six from Trilby, five from Ridge Manor, three from Crystal Springs, Elfers, St. Leo and Shady Hills, one from Seven Springs, one listed as homeless and 420 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 858 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 10% of all cases. As of Sept. 17, 119 cases had been reported in residents and 58 in staff by 19 long-term care facilities, including 34 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 42 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 28 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 14 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes and 13 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South. The rest had fewer than 13.

COVID-19 deaths

No new deaths were reported in Pasco on Sept. 20; however, DOH reported the death of an 86-year-old woman on Sept. 19, upping the death toll to 199.

DOH reported the death of a 42-year-old woman on Sept. 18. No new deaths were reported on Sept. 17.

DOH reported the deaths of two men on Sept. 16, ages 79 and 28.

No new deaths were reported in Pasco County from Sept. 15-12, but DOH reported six on Sept. 11, including two women ages 83 and 73 and four men ages 91, 76, 73 and 72.

DOH reported the deaths of two men on Sept. 10 ages 82 and 51. DOH reported three COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 9, including two women ages 88 and 86, and one man age 59.

DOH reported the death of an 84-year-old woman on Sept. 8. It was the first death reported since Sept. 2. DOH reported three COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 2, including an 84-year-old woman and two men age 66 and 64. No new deaths were reported on Sept. 1.

One death has been reported in Pasco in the 15-24 age group, two death in the age 25-34 group, four in the 35-44 age group, six in the 45-54 group, 19 in the 55-64 group, 53 in 65-74, 55 in 75-84 and 59 in the age group 85 and up (30%).

At least, 93 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. DOH released a new weekly report on deaths at long-term care facilities, and as of Sept. 3, 15 deaths were reported by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 13 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home and nine by Bear Creek Nursing Center, including on under investigation.

Eight deaths were reported by Royal Oak Nursing Center and Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point. Six were reported by Orchard Ridge, five by Sunshine Christian Homes, four by Heartland of Zephyrhills and Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Two deaths were reported by Windsor Woods Rehab and Healthcare Center and one was reported by Trinity Regional Rehab Center, Sun Coast Retreat, Grand Villa of New Port Richey, Madison Pointe Care Center, Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch, Brookdale New Port Richey and Consulate Health Care of New Port Richey.

As of Sunday afternoon, DOH had not released a new report on deaths at long-term care facilities.

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.

Pinellas County

Pinellas County’s COVID-19 case count is on the rise. DOH reported 58 more on Sept. 20, bringing the count to 21,498. The death toll stands at 721.

From Sept. 14-20, DOH reported 576 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths, which was the highest weekly case count since Aug. 24-30, when 457 cases and 59 deaths were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 21,350 residents and 148 non-residents. More cases were in females, 11,543 (54%), to 9,802 in males. Gender was unknown in five. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Nineteen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanic.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,213 residents and 23 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

According to testing information on the county specific report, 2.82% of 2,208 test results on Sept. 19 were positive, 2.48% of 3,606 results on Sept. 18.

No new deaths were reported on Sept. 20. DOH reported the death of an 84-year-old man due to COVID-19 on Sept. 19. The death toll rose to 721.

Pinellas is tied with St. Lucie County for the fifth highest death rate in the state at 3.4%. Charlotte County has the highest at 4.4%. Highlands County is No. 2 with a rate of 3.9%. Hernando is at No. 3 with a death

rate of 3.7%. Indian River County is No. 4 with a rate of 3.6%.

At least 504 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 9% of deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 775 deaths, or 14%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 554 deaths, or 10%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.