TALLAHASSEE — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pasco County rose by two between March 24 and 25, but the number that stood out was “one.”
That number reflected the first death within the county directly related to COVID-19.
In the latest reporting by the Florida Department of Health, a 71-year-old female was recorded as Pasco’s first pandemic fatality.
DOH said the lady had recently traveled from Virginia, and was known to have been in contact with someone who had a confirmed case of the virus.
“We are expressing our condolences to this person’s family and will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health and our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Melissa Watts, public information officer for the Department of Health in Pasco.
The newest report shows the Pasco patient roll gained both a male and a female, bringing Pasco’s numbers to nine males and nine females, ranging in age from 32 to 73, who have tested positive. One of the cases is listed as a “non-resident.”
The number of cases requiring hospitalization remains at four.
Also reflected in the report is a major spike in the number of tests which have been administered.
There have been 360 tests reported administered in Pasco County, an increase of 122 from the last report submitted March 24, with 344 having negative results and one listed as “inconclusive.” There were 21 cases awaiting a test intended for people with symptoms and known exposure or severe symptoms noted on the latest testing update.
That data reflects there have been 5 percent of those who have been tested confirmed as a positive case, which is a little more than half the statewide number of 9 percent.
On a wider scope, 18 cases out of a population of approximately 540,000 suggests that presently only .0033 percent of Pasco residents have been confirmed as coronavirus cases.
Eleven of the 18 Pasco cases of the Pasco cases are categorized as “travel-related,” five as “not travel related,” and two as “travel unknown.”
With travel increasingly showing up in confirmed cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order March 24 requiring airline passengers who are traveling to the state from the three states with some of the heaviest volume of confirmed cases in the United States – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Seven Pasco cities and the number of cases they are reporting have remained stable: Land O’Lakes, 5; Wesley Chapel, 3; Dade City, 2 Trinity, 1; New Port Richey, 1; Hudson 1; and Holiday, 1.
Port Richey and Zephyrhills have joined the list with one each.
The site of the case is not always received as part of the initial notification and may not be reflected on the list while the case is being investigated.
Pinellas County, which also recorded a fatality earlier this week, saw it positive case numbers rise from 45 positive cases to 54, 34 males and 20 females, with ages ranging from 21 to 83. Thirty-eight of those cases are categorized as “travel-related” and the number of hospitalizations have increased from 14 to 18. St. Petersburg and Clearwater both reported two new cases bring each city’s total to 11 cases. Largo’s number of confirmed cases remains at eight.
Polk County’s numbers rose from 13 to 15, eight males and seven females ranging in age from 8 to 88. Six are considered “travel-related.” The number of hospitalizations are up from six to seven. Davenport remains the Polk city with the most reported cases adding a new case making a total of seven.
Hernando County’s case count has risen from seven to eight, four males and four females, ranging in ages from 19 to 74. Four cases are now considered “travel-related” and there have been no hospitalizations.
Spring Hill still has reported the most recorded Hernando cases increasing from four to five. Brooksville’s case count remains at three.
DOH information on the COVID-19 outbreak is updated twice daily at www.FloridaHealth.gov.