Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported another 141 cases in Pasco County on Wednesday, bringing the total to 2,113. Two more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 21.

So far this week, 353 new cases and four 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 158,997 with 3,550 deaths on Wednesday. Cases in the United States totaled 2,637,380 with 127,457 deaths. Globally, more than 10.5 million cases have been reported with 512,114 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 2,119 residents and 14 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,091 (51%), to 1,024 males. Gender was unknown in four. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 38. Seven percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

As of July 1, 146 have been hospitalized since March, or 7% of all cases. As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Pasco had 14.5% hospital capacity for adult beds (202 of 1,191) and 3.94% (five of 127) in adult ICU beds.

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 1 that 35,910 has been tested in Pasco with an average of 5.9% positive, up from 5.7% on June 30, 5.5% on June 29, 5% on June 28, 4% on June 27 and June 26, and 3.8% on June 25, 3.7% on June 24 and 3.3% on June 23. Ten tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 44.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 14% of 834 tests on June 30 were positive, 12% of 622 tests on June 29, 14.6% of 818 tests on June 28, 12.6% of 1,066 tests on June 27, 15.5% of 1,676 on June 26, 15.2% of 938 on June 25, 6.6% of 1,221 tests on June 24 and 18.6% of 602 tests on June 23.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 2,119 of the cases in Pasco on Wednesday. New Port Richey had the most, 494, with 352 from Wesley Chapel, 329 from Land O’ Lakes, 168 from Zephyrhills, 158 from Port Richey, 150 from Dade City, 138 each from Holiday and Hudson, 39 from Spring Hill, 33 from Trinity, 13 from San Antonia, eight from Odessa, three from Lutz, two each from Saint Leo and Bayonet Point, and one each from Crystal Springs, Elfers, Lacoochee, and Seven Springs, and 88 listed as missing.

Since March, 125 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases. As of June 29, 41 cases had been reported in residents and 34 in staff by 19 long-term care facilities, including 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City and 11 Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH confirmed two more deaths in Pasco on July 1, including two men ages 55 and 35, upping the death toll to 21. DOH confirmed the deaths of two men June 30, including and 86-year-old and a 66-year-old.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s office released a death report on June 39 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 also 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 June 27. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oaks Nursing Center and two from Heartland of Zephyrhills.

For more information about COVID-19, visit pasco.floridahealth.gov. For information from Pasco County government, visit https://www.pascocountyfl.net/4146/Coronavirus-Information-Pasco-County-Ope.

Pinellas County

DOH added 374 more COVID-19 cases to Pinellas County’s count on Wednesday, bringing the total to 6,861. Six more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 172.

So far this week, DOH has reported 841 new cases and 17 deaths.

For the week of June 22-28, 2,353 new cases and 40 deaths were reported in Pinellas. Three record-high days occurred with 614 new cases on June 27, 430 on June 26 and 354 on June 23.

In comparison, from June 15-21, 1,332 new cases and 13 deaths were reported in Pinellas. June 20 was the third consecutive day of record case counts last week with 285. June 19 was a record day with 266 cases, as was June 18 with 203 new cases.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 6,788 residents and 73 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,721 (55%), to 3,051 in males. Gender was unknown for 16. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 38. Twenty percent were Black and 7% Hispanics.

Hospital capacity

DOH reported on July 1 that 686 had been hospitalized since March, which included 669 residents (15 more than Tuesday) and 17 nonresidents. About 10% of residents with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported nearly 22% in available bed capacity (699 of 3,197) at noon Wednesday compared to 26% on Tuesday with 9.6% capacity for adult ICU beds (31 of 322 beds). On Tuesday, the county had 15% capacity in adult ICU beds, 22% on Monday, 22% on Sunday, 18% on Saturday, 15.6% capacity on Friday, 11% on Thursday, 10% on Wednesday and 13% on Tuesday.

An uptick has been observed at emergency rooms with people complaining of COVID-19 symptoms since about June 7.

Testing in Pinellas

DOH reported July 1 that 94,918 tests had been done in Pinellas as of June 30 with an average rate of positive results at 7.2%, which is up from 7% on June 29, 6.8% on June 28, 6.5% on June 27, 6% on June 26, 5.6% on June 25, 5.5% on June 24 and 5.1% on June 23. Thirty results were inconclusive and pending for 80.

According to the county specific report released July 1, 16% of 2,013 tests on June 30 were positive, 12.1% of 1,670 tests on June 29 were positive, 10.7% of 2,097 tests on June 28 were positive, 10.2% of 2,576 tests on June 27 were positive, 13.3% of 3,960 tests on June 26, 11.3% of 3,378 tests from June 25, 8.8% of 2,937 on June 24, 18.5% of 1,552 tests from June 23.

The numbers do not include people that have previously tested positive.

For information on testing, contact your health provider, or call the state DOH’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-779-6121 or the Pinellas County DOH’s hotline at 727-824-6900. Both numbers are available 24/7. For online information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

Case counts in local municipalities

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 6,787 of the cases in Pinellas on Wednesday. St. Petersburg has the most with 3,199 cases (47%), 1,162 are Clearwater residents, 670 from Largo, 371 from Seminole, 323 from Pinellas Park, 321 from Palm Harbor, 175 from Tarpon Springs, 160 from Dunedin, 102 from Oldsmar, 85 from Safety Harbor, 48 from Clearwater Beach, 29 from Gulfport, 22 each from Indian Rocks Beach and South Pasadena, 16 from Kenneth City, 11 from Madeira Beach, 10 from Belleair Beach, seven from Crystal Beach, six from Belleair, four each from St. Pete Beach and North Redington Beach, three each from Belleair Bluffs and Tierra Verde, two each from Bay Pines and Lealman and Treasure Island, one each from Indian Shores and Redington Beach, and 26 listed as missing.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

Since March, 966 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 15% of cases in the county.

At least one case has been reported at 100 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of June 29 with 545 cases in residents and 348 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

DOH reported on June 29 that 91 cases had been reported at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center in St. Petersburg, 78 cases by Gulf Shore Care Center, 58 cases by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 45 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 43 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 33 by Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center in Clearwater, 30 by Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, 26 by Walton Place in Tarpon Springs, 25 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 25 by Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, 25 by Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center in St. Petersburg, 23 by Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, 20 by North Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 20 by Westminster Suncoast nursing home in St. Petersburg, 18 by Grand Villa of Largo and 16 at Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center at Tarpon Springs. The rest had fewer than 16.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported six more deaths on July 1, including an 88-year-old man, 97-year-old woman, 67-year-old man, 90-year-old man, 83-year-old woman, 77-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man. The death toll increased to 172.

At least 131 of the county’s deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. According to a weekly report from DOH released June 27, 26 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 20 from Gulf Shore Care Center; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; eight from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; six from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation; five from Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center, five from Patrick Manor; four from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; four from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View; four from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; and three from Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater.

In addition, two were reported by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center, two from Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor, two from the Inn at Freedom Square and two from Jacaranda Manor. One death each was Addington Place of East Lake in Tarpon Springs, Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, Care Center at Pinellas Park, Carrington Place of St. Pete, Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center, Palm Garden in Clearwater, Palm Garden of Pinellas and Sable Palms Health Care Center in Largo, South Heritage Health and Rehabilitation in St. Petersburg and Walton Place.

DOH confirmed the deaths of 12 on June 30, including a 92-year-old woman, 90-year-old woman, 79-year-old woman, 90-year-old woman, 79-year-old woman, 76-year-old man, 79-year-old man, 103-year-old man, 67-year-old man, 77-year-old man, 91-year-old man and a 95-year-old man.

The District Six Medical Examiner released five death investigations on June 30 including two from Bon Secours Maria Manor who died June 29: an 88-year-old man and 90-year-old woman. In addition, a 77-year-old man died June 27 from Apollo Health and Rehabilitation, a 90-year-old man died June 28 from Gulf Shore Care Center and a 79-year-old man died June 29 from Highlands Pines Rehabilitation in Clearwater.

The medical examiner released 13 death investigation reports on June 29, including three from Bon Secours Maria Manor: a 92-year-old woman who died June 26, a 92-year-old woman who died June 28 and a 67-year-old man who died June 28.

In addition, three deaths were reported from Walton Place: an 80-year-old man who died June 26, a 91-year-old man who died June 28 and a 79-year-old woman who died June 27. The medical examiner also released reports on an 82-year-old man who died June 27 from Apollo Health and Rehabilitation, an 81-year-old woman who died June 27 from Peninsula Care & Rehabilitation Center in Tarpon Springs and an 80-year-old woman who died June 27 from Carrington Place.

Four others died who had been at home, including a 76-year-old man who died June 27, a 62-year-old woman who died June 24, a 73-year-old man who died June 26 and a 71-year-old man who died June 26.

Mandatory face masks order countywide

The Pinellas County Commission voted June 30 to extend the local state of emergency through July 10. Commissioners also voted to enact a countywide ordinance requiring that face masks be worn in indoor public places except when social distancing, keeping 6 feet apart, is possible. Bars and restaurants can only serve people who are seated and social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained. Staff also must wear face masks when preparing or serving food or beverages indoors and outdoors.

Those not obeying the law can be fined.

The commission will meet on Tuesday, June 30, to consider extending the state of emergency another seven days.

For more information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.

Florida case count nears 159,000

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 156,288 on Wednesday. Another 2,709 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 158,997— 6,563 more than the number reported on Tuesday.

The numbers are cumulative going back to March 4. DOH has not provided information on how many people have recovered.

The number of deaths in Florida increased to 3,550, which is 45 more than the number reported the day before. In addition, DOH reported that 100 non-Florida residents have died.

DOH reports that 14,825 residents have been hospitalized statewide. No number was provided for non-residents.

Testing statewide

DOH reported that 1,981,915 had been tested statewide as of June 30 with average of 8% coming back as positive, up from 7.8% on June 29, 7.6% on June 28, 7.5% on June 27, 7.2% on June 26, 6.9% on June 25, 6.6% average on June 24, 6.5% on June 23 and 6% on June 22. As of June 30, 1,561 results were inconclusive and results were pending for 2,094.

Looking at daily results, 15% of 37,334 tests from June 30 were positive, 14.1% of 35,649 on June 29, 13.5% of 34,679 tests from June 28, 12.1% of 61,037 tests on June 27, 12.6% of results from 66,334 tests on June 26, 12.8% of 59,862 tests on June 25, 8.9% of 51,021 tests on June 24 and 15.7% of 29,279 tests on June 23. Note: DOH revised all the daily test numbers.

Of the 158,997 cases, 2,527 were travel-related, 53,823 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,483 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 85,897 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced June 3 that the state was moving into phase 2 of its recovery plan. Bars and pubs were allowed to reopen on June 5 with 50% indoor capacity and no restrictions on outdoor seating except to maintain social distancing. All customers must be seated to be served.

That order has since been modified with sales of alcohol suspended at many bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Restaurants were allowed to seat customers at their bars as of June 5 and can operate at 75% capacity.

DeSantis changed the rules to allow gatherings of up to 50 people, instead of 10.

Retail establishments and gyms were allowed to open at full capacity. In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, must still adhere to social distancing guidelines keeping 6 feet apart. Sanitation protocols also are a requirement.

Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and concert halls, were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity.

In addition, the governor said other personal services could reopen, such as tattoo parlors, tanning, massage and acupuncture, but they must use Florida Department of Health guidance.

The state’s universities had until June 23 to submit reopening plans. The governor announced plans during a June 11 press conference to reopen schools in August.

Persons age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions are still urged to avoid crowds and exposure to COVID-19. The governor also urged others to be careful when interacting with those more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus virus.

In the written order, it says that all persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis. Visitation by family and friends is still prohibited.

Florida stops liquor sales at bars, pubs and nightclubs

All vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises who derive more than 50% of gross revenue from those sales had to suspend sales on Friday, June 26, due to an order from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued that same day.

Vendors may still sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off premises.

In DBPR’s order, it said some of the cases involving younger people “are suspected to come from visits to bars, pubs or nightclubs who have disregarded the restrictions” in phase two of the state’s recovery plan.

In phase two, bars, pubs and nightclubs, were allowed to operate at 50% of their indoor capacity as long they provided service to seated customers only.

“Noncompliance by bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises is suspected through the state to such a degree as to make individualized enforcement efforts impractical and insufficient at this time,” the order said.

The order does not apply to restaurants.

“Vendors who are also licensed as public food service establishments or restaurants may continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables as long as they follow the rules and derive 50% or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages,” according to the order.

National cases exceed 2.63 million with 127,457 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 2,637,380 with 127,457 deaths compared to 2,606,211 cases with 126,360 deaths at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The number of global cases increased to 10,509,749 with 512,114 deaths compared to 10,424,992 with 509,706 deaths on Tuesday.

For more information on the coronavirus, visit www.floridahealth.gov/index.html.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.