Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

From Nov. 9-15, Florida Department of Health added 759 cases of COVID-19 to Pasco County’s tally, bringing the count to 12,547. Nine more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 259.

Case counts have been on the rise in recent weeks. From Nov. 2-8, 725 new cases and six deaths were added. From Oct. 26-Nov. 1, DOH reported 543 new cases and eight deaths. From Oct. 19-25, 384 new cases and 11 more deaths were reported.

From Oct. 12-18, DOH reported 385 new cases and nine deaths. From Oct. 5-11, DOH reported 355 cases and six deaths. From Sept. 28-Oct. 4, DOH reported 272 new cases and two deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 12,425 residents and 122 non-residents. More cases were in females, 6,503 (52%) to 5,904 males. Gender was unknown in 18. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 23% Hispanic.

As of Nov. 15, 1,121 residents and seven non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 9% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 19% capacity in staffed adult beds (261 of 1,349) on Sunday and 10% (14 of 142) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least once ICU bed available.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 7.50% of 1,764 test results on Nov. 14 were positive, 10.03% of 691 on Nov. 13, 7.12% of 1,513 on Nov. 12, 8.38% of 1,225 on Nov. 11, 7.56% of 1,431 on Nov. 10, 6.27% of 1,511 on Nov. 9, 9.04% of 714 on Nov. 8, 5.12% of 2,151 test results on Nov. 7 were positive, 12.50% of 798 on Nov. 6, 7.23% of 1,476 on Nov. 5, 7.53% on Nov. 4, 8.09% on Nov. 3, 7.35% on Nov. 2 and 8.92% of 643 on Nov. 1.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 885,201 with 17,734 deaths on Nov. 15. Cases in the United States totaled 10,975,004 with 245,979 deaths. Globally, more than 54.22 million cases have been reported with nearly 1.31 million deaths.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Nov. 15. New Port Richey had the most, 2,623, with 1,736 from Wesley Chapel, 1,720 from Land O’ Lakes, 1,028 from Zephyrhills, 1,014 from Hudson, 1,006 from Dade City, 953 from Port Richey, 752 from Holiday, 254 from Spring Hill, 200 from Trinity, 91 from San Antonio, 58 from Odessa, 33 from Lutz, 26 from Saint Leo, 15 from Lacoochee, 12 from Bayonet Point, eight from Ridge Manor, six from Trilby, six from Shady Hills, four from Crystal Springs, three from Elfers, two from Seven Springs and 864 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,000 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 8% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Nov. 15, DOH has reported 259 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County, nine 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, seven in the 45-54 group, 26 in the 55-64 group, 72 in 65-74, 75 in 75-84 and 74 in the age group 85 and up (29%).

At least, 110 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. According to DOH’s weekly report on deaths at long-term care facilities, as of Nov. 6, 16 deaths had been reported by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 16 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home and 12 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point.

Nine deaths were reported by Bear Creek Nursing Center, eight by Royal Oak Nursing Center and seven by Sunshine Christian Homes and Orchard Ridge.

Four had been reported by Heartland of Zephyrhills and Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center. Three had been reported by Madison Pointe Care Center and Trinity Regional Rehab Center.

Two deaths had been reported by Windsor Woods Rehab and Healthcare Center, and Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch.

One death had been reported by Rosecastle of Zephyrhills, Southern Pines Healthcare Center, Sun Coast Retreat, Grand Villa of New Port Richey, Forest Glen Lodges, Brookdale New Port Richey and Consulate Health Care of New Port Richey.

Pinellas County

Pinellas County’s COVID-19 case count climbed to 29,106 on Nov. 15 with Florida Department of Health adding 241 more to the tally. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 854.

From Nov. 9-15, 1,331 new cases and 23 more deaths were reported. Weekly case counts have been steadily rising and last week more deaths were reported than previous weeks.

From Nov. 2-8, 1,434 new cases and eight deaths were reported — 350 more cases than the week before. From Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 1,084 new cases and seven deaths were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 28,833 residents and 273 non-residents. More cases were in females, 15,474 (54%), to 13,327 in males. Gender was unknown in 32. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Sixteen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanic.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,679 residents and 28 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 5.53% of 4,154 test results on Nov. 14 were positive, 7.60% of 1,458 results on Nov. 13, 5.92% of 3,844 on Nov 12, 7.27% of 3,091 on Nov. 11, 5.46% of 3,583 on Nov. 10, 6.79% of 2,514 on Nov. 9, 9.51% of 1,684 on Nov. 8.

DOH reported one more COVID-19 related death on Nov. 15, upping the death toll to 854. No further information was available.

In Pinellas, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, three deaths in the 25-34 age group, eight in the 35-44 group (1%), 24 in 45-54 (3%), 74 in 55-64 (9%), 171 in 65-74 (20%), 262 in 75-84 (31%) and 311 (36%) in ages 85 and up.

Since March, 4,364 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 15% of cases in the county. At least 590 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 856 deaths, or 12%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 733 deaths, or 10%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.