TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Health’s official count of the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pasco County has now reached a total of 15, according to its report released Tuesday, March 24, with the most recent cases now confirmed in the Holiday and Hudson areas.
The county is now reporting eight males and seven females, ranging from 32 to 73, have tested positive for COVID-19 as of late Sunday night. One of the cases is listed as a “nonresident.”
Four of the cases have required hospitalization and there are no deaths reported.
There have been 219 tests reported administered in Pasco County with 204 having negative results. There remain 15 cases awaiting a test intended for people with symptoms and known exposure or severe symptoms.
Eight of the Pasco cases are categorized as “travel-related,” and the report now adds Texas to the list of New York, California, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Mexico and Spain from where travel is suspected to be involved.
Those Pasco cities where the information is now available are: Land O’Lakes, 4 up from 2; Dade City, 2 with no increase; Wesley Chapel, 2 with no increase; Trinity, 1 with no increase; New Port Richey, 1 with no increase; Hudson 1; and Holiday, 1.
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 is reporting an increase of seven cases, bringing that county’s total to 45 positive cases, 28 males and 17 females, with ages ranging from 21 to 83. Thirty-three of those cases are categorized as “travel-related” and there have been 13 hospitalizations. St. Petersburg has now reached the same level of cases as Clearwater at eight, and are now the two Pinellas cities with the most reported cases.
A 67-year-old man has become Pinellas County’s first coronavirus-related fatality, according to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.
Polk County’s numbers have risen to 13, seven males and six females ranging in age from 8 to 88. Five are considered “travel-related” and there are six hospitalizations. Davenport is the Polk city with the most reported cases in that county increasing by one to a total of six cases.
Hernando County is reporting no new cases, maintaining a total of five confirmed cases, two males and three females, ranging in ages from 19 to 73. Two are considered “travel-related” and there have been no hospitalizations. The Spring Hill area still has the most recorded Hernando cases numbering four.
No deaths have been reported from any of the four counties.
DOH information on the COVID-19 outbreak is updated twice daily at www.FloridaHealth.gov.