Pasco County has a second record day of COVID-19 cases, adding 304 to its total of 1,630, according to the report released Saturday by Florida Department of Health. The death toll stands at 17.
June 26 was the previous record high with 156 new cases. The previous record was 130 cases reported in one day on Wednesday. Since Monday, June 22, 821 new cases have been reported, or 50% of all cases reported since March. From June 15-21, DOH reported 288 new cases, more than 35% of cases at that time, and two deaths.
Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 132,545 with 3,390 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 2,469,441 with 125,081 deaths. Globally, nearly 9.84 million cases have been reported with 495,079 deaths.
COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 1,314 residents and 12 non-residents. More cases were in females, 685, to 629 males. Ages ranged from 0-96. Median age was 40. Eight percent were Black and 18% Hispanic.
As of June 25, 116 have been hospitalized since March, or 9% of all cases.
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 June 27 that that 32,931 had been tested in Pasco with an average of 4% positive, the same as June 26, but up from 3.8% on June 25, 3.7% on June 24 and 3.3% on June 23. Twelve tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 38. The county’s average of positive tests on Saturday, June 20 was 3%.
In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 15.5% of 1,676 on June 26 were positive, 15.2% of 938 on June 25, 6.6% of 1,221 tests on June 24, 18.6% of 602 tests on June 23, 11.9% of 650 tests on June 22, 6.9% of 837 tests from June 21, 10.9% of 653 tests from June 20, 9.3% of 616 tests from June 19, 7% of 588 tests from June 18 and 6.8% of 482 tests on June 17.
Case counts by city of residence
DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 1,617 of the cases in Pasco on Saturday. New Port Richey had the most, 368, with 281 from Wesley Chapel, 254 from Land O’ Lakes, 127 from Port Richey, 122 from Zephyrhills, 108 from Dade City, 107 from Hudson, 106 from Holiday, 32 from Spring Hill, 27 from Trinity, eight each from Odessa and San Antonio, three from Lutz, two from Saint Leo, and one each from Crystal Springs, Bayonet Point, and Seven Springs, and 61 listed as missing.
Since March, 108 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 7% of all cases. As of June 25, 38 cases had been reported in residents and 29 in staff by 16 long-term care facilities, including 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City.
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.
Eleven 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.
Pinellas County added 614 COVID-19 cases to its count on Saturday, which was a second record day of increases. Total cases are up to 5,713. DOH also reported that nine more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 150.
Since Monday, June 22, 2,046 new cases and 35 deaths have been reported in Pinellas. June 26 was the previous record with 430 new cases. June 23 was also a record-high day with 354 cases reported.
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.
In comparison, 659 new cases and seven deaths were reported from June 8-14. DOH reported 162 new cases on June 13, which at the time had been the one-day high. DOH reported 286 new cases and 13 deaths in the county during the week, June 1-7, including 81 on June 5, the day the state moved into phase two of its recovery plans.
DOH reported 124 new cases and seven deaths from May 25-31, 151 new cases and eight deaths from May 18-24, 159 new cases and seven deaths from May 11-17, and 95 new cases and 19 deaths from May 4-10, which was the first week of phase one of the state’s recovery plan.
The county’s first two cases were reported on March 11, and the first death was confirmed on March 23.
Cases in Pinellas
COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 5,641 residents and 72 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,141, to 2,481 in males. Gender was unknown for 19. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 39. Twenty percent were Black and 7% Hispanics.
DOH reported on June 27 that 640 had been hospitalized since March, which included 623 residents (34 more than Friday) and 17 nonresidents. About 11% of residents with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March, which is down from 12% on June 25.
Local hospitals reported 29% available bed capacity at 11:45 a.m. Saturday with nearly 18% capacity for adult ICU beds (58 of 323 beds). On Friday, the county had 15.6% capacity in adult ICU beds, 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 June 7.
Testing in Pinellas
The detail report from June 27 indicated that 87,939 tests had been done in Pinellas as of June 26 with an average rate of positive results at 6.5%, up from 6% reported on June 26, 5.6% on June 25, 5.5% on June 24 and 5.1% on June 23. Twenty-nine results were inconclusive and pending for 66.
According to the county specific report released June 27, 13.3% of 3,960 tests on June 26 were positive, 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, 9.6% of 1,999 tests from June 22, 7.2% of 2,580 tests from June 21, 15.2% of 1,835 tests from June 20, and 14.5% of 1,556 tests from June 19.
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.
Case counts in local municipalities
DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 5,641 of the cases in Pinellas on Saturday. St. Petersburg has the most with 2,720 cases (48%), 918 are Clearwater residents, 563 from Largo, 310 from Seminole, 273 from Palm Harbor, 259 from Pinellas Park, 149 from Tarpon Springs, 122 from Dunedin, 79 from Oldsmar, 58 from Safety Harbor, 44 from Clearwater Beach, 22 from Gulfport, 20 from Indian Rocks Beach, 18 from South Pasadena, 13 from Kenneth City, 11 from Madeira Beach, eight from Belleair Beach, seven from Crystal Beach, five 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 from Indian Shores, and 21 listed as missing.
Case numbers at long-term care facilities
Since March, 914 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 16% of cases in the county.
At least one case has been reported at 93 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of June 25 with 467 cases in residents and 326 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.
DOH reported on June 25 that 94 cases had been reported at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center in St. Petersburg, 77 cases by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 69 cases by Gulf Shore Care Center, 58 cases by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 45 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 39 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 25 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 24 by Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, 22 by Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, 20 by Grand Villa of Largo, 20 by Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center in St. Petersburg, 22 by Walton Place in Tarpon Springs, 20 by North Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, and 19 by Westminster Suncoast nursing home in St. Petersburg. The rest had fewer than 13.
These numbers are provisional and subject to change.
DOH confirmed nine more deaths on June 27 including a 73-year-old woman, 54-year-old woman, 75-year-old woman, 71-year-old man, 68-year-old man, 70-year-old woman, 71-year-old woman, 90-year-old man and 82-year-old woman. The county’s death count is up to 150.
At least 111 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.
Other deaths since June 22 include four reported by DOH on June 26: a 90-year-old woman, 78-year-old woman, 96-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man, which was the youngest death ever reported in Pinellas.
District Six Medical Examiner’s office Medical Examiner’s office released 10 investigation reports on June 26. Two were from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation: a 66-year-old woman who died June 24 and a 75-year-old woman show died June 25.
In addition, the medical examiner released reports on a 90-year-old woman who died June 24 from Freedom Square, a 96-year-old woman who died June 24 from Bon Secours Maria Manor, a 76-year-old man who died June 23 from Health & Rehabilitation Center at Dolphin View, a 73-year-old woman who died June 20 from Encompass Rehabilitation, a 70-year-old woman who died June 22 from Jacaranda Manor ALF and a 71-year-old woman who died June 25. She had been admitted to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg and transferred to Kindred Healthcare in Tampa.
The last two, a 54-year-old woman who died June 24 and a 68-year-old man who died June 25 had been taken to the hospital from home.
DOH reported the deaths of four women on Thursday, June 25: a 62-year-old, 66-year-old, 87-year-old and 84-year-old. The medical examiner’s office released 17 death investigation reports on June 25, including a 77-year-old woman who died June 20 and a 72-year-old man who died June 21 from Gulf Shore Care Center.
Two others, a 86-year-old and 93-year old, both men who died June 21 were from Seasons Bellleair Memory Care, and two from Bon Secours Maria Manor, a 91-year-old man who died June 16 and a 84-year-old woman who died June 23.
Two more men, a 90-year-old who died June 23 and a 75-year-old who died June 20, were from Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Six others were from long-term care facilities, including a 91-year-old woman who died June 21 from Marion & Bernard Samson Nursing Center, a 74-year-old man who died June 19 from Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, a 90-year-old man who died June 21 from Walton Place ALF in Tarpon Springs, an 87-year-old woman who died June 23 from Carrington Place, a 91-year-old man who died June 24 from The Care Center at Pinellas Park, and a 91-year-old man who died June 20 from Freedom Square Village.
Two were admitted to the hospital from their home, a 76-year-old woman who died June 21 and an 82-year-old woman who died June 22. In addition, a 65-year-old male transient died on June 20 after being admitted to the hospital and then being transferred to hospice care.
DOH reported three deaths in Pinellas on June 24, including a 76-year-old man, 84-year-old man and 63-year-old man, and confirmed 13 deaths in on June 23, including a 95-year-old man, 62-year-old woman, 77-year-old woman, 67-year-old woman, 72-year-old man, 93-year-old man, 91-year-old man, 86-year-old man, 86-year-old woman, 74-year-old man, 75-year-old man, 90-year-old man and 76-year-old woman.
DOH confirmed the deaths of two women on June 22: an 86-year-old and a 91-year-old. The Medical Examiner’s office released two death reports the same day: a 102-year-old woman who died June 13 from Largo Health and Rehabilitation Center and a 78-year-old man who died June 18 from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mandatory face masks order countywide
The Pinellas County Commission voted June 23 to extend the local state of emergency through July 3. 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.
Florida reports new one-day high of 9,585 new cases
The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 130,092 on Saturday. Another 2,453 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 132,545 — 9,585 more than the number reported on Friday.
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 3,366, which is 24 more than the number reported the day before.
DOH reports that 14,136 residents have been hospitalized statewide.
In the detailed report it shows that 1,830,791 had been tested statewide as of June 26 with an average of 7.2% of results coming back as positive, which is up from 6.9% on June 25, 6.6% on June 24, 6.5% on June 23, and 6% on June 22 and June 23. DOH says 1,266 results inconclusive and results were pending for 1,731.
An average of 5.8% of tests was positive on June 19 and 20, 5.7% on June 18, 5.6% on June 17 and 5.5% on June 16. The state reported that an average of 5.4% had tested positive on June 14 and 15.
Looking at daily results on the detail report, 14.36% of results from 67,091 tests were positive on June 26, 14.74% of 60,905 tests on June 25, 10.2% of 53,270 tests on June 24, 18.43% of 29,642 tests on June 23, 13.19% of 32,469 tests on June 22, 8.98% of 33,831 on June 21, 13.59% of 35,452 on June 20, 14.09% of 29,545 tests on June 19, 11.66% of 30,768 tests on June 18 and 10.72% of 28,837 tests on June 17.
Of the 132,545 cases, 2,460 were travel-related, 48,586 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,408 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 65,727 were under investigation.
Statewide recovery plans
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a June 3 press conference 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. 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.
Pari-mutuel facilities were allowed to submit reopening plans. 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, 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 Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step 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 2.46 million with 125,081 deaths
According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 2,469,441 with 125,081 deaths compared to 2,424,054 with 124,468 deaths at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The number of global cases increased to 9,838,205 with 495,079 deaths compared to 9,643,999 with 490,055 deaths on Friday.
Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.