Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health has added 725 cases of COVID-19 to Pasco County’s total since Nov. 1, bringing the count to 11,788. Six more residents have died as a result of the novel coronavirus, increasing the death toll to 250.

Cases counts have been on the rise in recent weeks. From Oct. 26-Nov. 1, DOH reported 543 new cases and eight deaths. From Oct. 19-25, DOH reported 384 new cases and 11 more deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 11,691 residents and 97 non-residents. More cases were in females, 6,110 (52%) to 5,569 males. Gender was unknown in 12. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 23% Hispanic.

As of Nov. 8, 1,072 residents and five non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco, or 9% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 22% capacity in staffed adult beds (301 of 1,361) on Sunday and 20% (26 of 129) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least once ICU bed available except AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 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 843,897 with 17,333 deaths on Nov. 8. Cases in the United States totaled 9,900,788 with 237,192 deaths. Globally, more than 50 million cases have been reported with nearly 1.25 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. 8. New Port Richey had the most, 2,473, with 1,638 from Wesley Chapel, 1,615 from Land O’ Lakes, 977 from Hudson, 962 from Dade City, 947 from Zephyrhills, 910 from Port Richey, 710 from Holiday, 244 from Spring Hill, 184 from Trinity, 84 from San Antonio, 52 from Odessa, 29 from Lutz, 24 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 785 listed as missing.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Nov. 8, DOH has reported 250 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County.

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, six in the 45-54 group, 26 in the 55-64 group, 71 in 65-74, 70 in 75-84 and 72 in the age group 85 and up (29%).

At least, 109 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

Florida Department of Health reported 303 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County on Nov. 8, bringing the total to 27,675. The death toll stands at 831.

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

Weekly case counts have been steadily rising. From Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 1,084 new cases and seven deaths were reported. From Oct. 19-25, DOH reported 1,031 new cases and 16 deaths. It was the first week since Aug. 3-9 more than 1,000 cases were reported in one week.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 27,452 residents and 223 non-residents. More cases were in females, 14,719 (54%), to 12,703 in males. Gender was unknown in 30. 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 2,594 residents and 27 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 5.98% of 4,831 of test results on Nov. 7 were positive, 8.36% of 1,919 results on Nov. 6, 7.40% of 3,739 on Nov. 5, 6.17% of 3,192 on Nov. 4, 7.16% of 2,670 results on Nov. 3 and 5.45% of 2,392 results on Nov. 2.

In Pinellas, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, three deaths in the 25-34 age group, six in the 35-44 group (1%), 23 in 45-54 (3%), 70 in 55-64 (8%), 163 in 65-74 (20%), 256 in 75-84 (31%) and 309 (37%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 579 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 851 deaths, or 12%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 726 deaths, or 11%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.