TALLAHASSEE — Pasco County added three to their confirmed coronavirus case list as of March 26, which brought the county’s total number of cases to 21 according to the data released by the Florida Department of Health.
That number is an increase of 20 since the DOH began releasing twice-daily updates on March 11.
It is also a number that is rising in part due to the significant increase in testing, having had 457 Pasco tests performed – an increase of 97 from the previous day’s totals and 218 more added over a 48-hour time frame.
Twenty cases still await the test intended for people with symptoms and known exposure or severe symptoms.
Those numbers will likely increase again as the DOH also announced the state has ordered another 2,500 test kits “to supplement the adequate resources available to test for COVID-19.”
DOH says the new tests will enable the department to test an additional 625,000 individuals.
The newest report also shows the Pasco count has hit college-age adults for the first time.
A male and a female, both 21, are now the two youngest cases in the county. One had traveled to New York and neither were found to have been in contact with another confirmed case.
They are bookended by a 73-year-old female, categorized as a “non-resident,” who had traveled to Spain but had not been in contact with another confirmed case.
A 71-year-old female, who had traveled to Virginia and had been in contact with a confirmed case, became Pasco’s first pandemic fatality, on March 24.
Pasco’s total number of confirmed cases now includes 11 males and 10 females, with 14 of those being “travel related” and five requiring hospitalizations.
The county’s percentage of hospitalized cases, 23.8, is now slightly ahead of the state average of 16.5 percent.
Pasco County is seeing a much higher percentage, 66.6 percent, of travel related cases compared to the statewide average of 14.8 percent.
The high numbers of “travel related” cases have once again brought an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis. He has ordered a suspension of all non-essential in-state travel and all out-of-state travel for state employees.
DeSantis earlier ordered a mandatory 14-day quarantine for any airline passenger arriving from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Louisiana.
Seven Pasco cities and the number of cases they are reporting have remained fairly stable: Land O’Lakes, 6 (+1); Wesley Chapel, 4 (+1); and Dade City, 3 (+1). Zephyrhills, Port Richey, Trinity, New Port Richey, Hudson and Holiday all have reported only one case as of the latest report.
The site of a 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 its positive case numbers rise from 54 positive cases to 65, 42 males and 23 females, with ages ranging from 21 to 83. Fourty-one of those cases are categorized as “travel-related” and the number of hospitalizations have increased from 18 to 20. Clearwater is reporting a total of 14 while St. Petersburg reports 12 cases. Largo’s number of confirmed cases remains at eight.
Polk County’s numbers rose from 15 to 20, 11 males and nine females ranging in age from 8 to 88. Eight are considered “travel-related.” The number of hospitalizations are up from seven to 11. Davenport remains the Polk city with the most reported cases adding five new cases making a total of 12.
Hernando County’s case count has risen from eight to nine, four males and five females, ranging in ages from 19 to 74. Four cases remain considered “travel-related” and there have been no hospitalizations.
Spring Hill still has reported the most recorded Hernando cases increasing from five to six. Brooksville’s case count remains at three.
Dade County reports the largest number of confirmed cases in the state, with 638 of the total 2,484 statewide cases. Gadsden County reports one case not diagnosed, but isolated in-state. Jackson County is reporting one confirmed case of a non-resident.
DOH information on the COVID-19 outbreak is updated twice daily at www.FloridaHealth.gov.