Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 81 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Tuesday, bringing the count to 5,992. No new deaths were reported. The death toll stands at 68.

So far this week, DOH has reported 189 new cases and no deaths. From July 20-26, 860 cases were reported and 25 deaths, which is the fewest cases since the week of July 6-12.

From July 13-19, 1,068 new cases and 16 deaths were reported — the most in any seven-day period thus far. From July 6-12, 909 cases and four deaths were reported, a slight improvement from the two prior weeks. From June 29-July 5, 997 new cases and seven deaths were reported, and 971 new cases were reported from June 22-28.

Pasco set a new one-day high in cases on June 27 with 304. June 26 was the previous record high with 156 new cases, breaking the record of 130 cases reported in one day on June 24.

In comparison, from June 15-21, DOH reported only 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 441,977 with 6,117 deaths on Tuesday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,307,542 with 148,076 deaths. Globally, nearly 16.5 million cases have been reported with 654,860 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 5,963 residents and 29 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,082 (52%) to 2,853 males. Gender was unknown in 28. The median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 18% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

Pasco’s hospitals had 22% staffed adult bed capacity (312 of 1,413) on Tuesday, compared to 22.6% (313 of 1,386) on Monday, 23.5% (325 of 1,380) on Sunday, 22.3% capacity (309 or 1,384) on Saturday, compared to 19.4% capacity (266 of 1,370) on Friday, nearly 19% capacity (261 of 1,375) on Thursday and 19% capacity (271 of 1,425) on Wednesday.

The county had 14% ICU bed capacity (20 of 134) on Tuesday, compared to 17% (24 of 138) on Monday, 14% (19 of 136) on Sunday, 10% (13 of 130) on Saturday, 5.26% (7 of 133) of Friday, 7.46% (10 of 134) on Thursday and 11.5% capacity (15 of 130) on Wednesday.

One hospital reported zero capacity, AdventHealth Dade City. Medical Center of Trinity had 11, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel had four, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and AdventHealth Zephyrhills each had two and Morton Plant North Bay had one.

All the county’s hospitals were reporting at least one ICU bed on Monday. Medical Center of Trinity had 10, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel had 7, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had three, AdventHealth Zephyrhills had two, and Morton Plant North Bay and AdventHealth Dade City each had one.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on July 28 that 59,543 had been tested in Pasco with an average rate of 10% coming back as positive, the same as July 27 and July 26, but up from 9.9% on July 25, 9.8% on July 24, 9.6% on July 23 and July 22, but up from 9.5% on July 21, 9.4% on July 20, 9.3% on July 19, 9.2% on July 18, 9.1% on July 17 and 8.9% on July 16. Forty-one tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 63.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 7.1% of 1,066 tests on July 27 were positive, 6.7% of 1,456 tests on July 26, 11.7% of 1,047 on July 25, 8.4% of 1,656 on July 24, 10.3% of 1,403 on July 23, 8.9% on July 22, 8.1% of 1,091 on July 21, 12.7% of 747 on July 20, 8.9 of 1,060 on July 19, 8.7% of 1,854 on July 18, 8.3% of 1,319 on July 17 were positive, 10.5% of 1,444 on July 16 and 10.5% of 1,048 on July 15.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Tuesday.

New Port Richey had the most, 1,386, with 868 from Land O’ Lakes, 827 from Wesley Chapel, 516 from Zephyrhills, 502 from Hudson, 493 from Port Richey, 465 from Dade City, 399 from Holiday, 109 from Spring Hill, 71 from Trinity, 38 from San Antonio, 20 from Odessa, nine from Bayonet Point, seven from Lutz, five from Crystal Springs, four from Ridge Manor, three from Elfers, Trilby, Lacoochee and St. Leo, one from Shady Hills and Seven Springs, and 229 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 515 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases. As of July 26, 225 cases had been reported in residents and 117 in staff by 29 long-term care facilities, including 60 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 58 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 52 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 38 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 28 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 23 by Bear Creek Nursing Center in Hudson, 17 by Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City and 12 by Sunshine Christian Homes in Holiday. The rest had fewer than 12.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH removed one death from the county’s count in the age group 75-84 on July 27. The death toll stands at 68. No new deaths were reported on July 28.

At least 28 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 25. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oak Nursing Center, four from Orchard Ridge and from Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, three from Bear Creek Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills and one from Sunshine Christian Homes, Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center and AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South.

DOH confirmed three COVID-19 related deaths on July 26, including two women, age 97 and 70; and one man, age 66. DOH reported one new death on July 25: a man age 59. DOH confirmed six COVID-19 related deaths on July 23, including two women, age 86 and 74; and four men, age 88, 84, 84 and 63. The death toll rose to 65. No new deaths were reported on July 24.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s Office released three death investigation reports on July 24. All had gone to the hospital from their home. The reports included a 61-year-old man who died July 9, a 74-year-old woman who died July 19 and a 63-year-old man who died July 20.

DOH announced on June 20 that a 17-year-old male had died. He is the youngest in the county to die. Only 15 deaths have been reported statewide in the 15-24 year-old age group, as of July 26, which is one more than reported on July 24.

Three deaths in Pasco were in the 35-44 age group, three in the 45-54 group, eight in the 55-64 group, 24 in 65-74, 15 in 75-84 and 14 in the age group 85 and up.

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

DOH reported 202 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Tuesday, bringing the count to 15,541. Seventeen more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 395.

So far this week, 394 new cases and 22 deaths have been reported. From July 20-26, 1,675 new cases were reported and 59 deaths — the lowest weekly case count since June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 15,427 residents and 114 non-residents. More cases were in females, 8,284 (54%), to 7,100 in males. Gender was unknown for 43. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 41. Seventeen percent were Black and 9% Hispanics.

DOH reported on July 28 that 1,395 have been hospitalized, including 1,374 residents (23 more than Monday) and 21 non-residents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 154,693 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 27 with an average rate of positive results at 10%, the same as July 26, 25 and 24, but up from 9.9% on July 23, 22 and 21.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.