Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported another 169 COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Friday, bringing the total to 2,443. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 23.

So far this week, 683 new cases and six deaths have been reported.

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

From June 22-28, 971 new cases were reported, which at that time was almost 51% of all cases reported since March. From June 15-21, DOH reported 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 178,594 with 3,684 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 2,740,353 with 128,741 deaths. Globally, more than 10.9 million cases have been reported with 521,940 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 2,429 residents and 14 non-residents. More cases were in females, 1,246 (51%), to 1,177 males. Gender was unknown in six. Ages ranged from 0-99. Median age was 38. Seven percent were Black and 17% Hispanic.

As of July 3, 151 have been hospitalized since March, or 6% of all cases.

Pasco had about 21.5% hospital capacity for adult beds (305 of 1,413) as of 12:30 p.m. Friday, and nearly 22% (29 of 133) in adult ICU beds, compared to 5.4% in ICU beds on Thursday and 3.9% on Wednesday.

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 July 3 that 37,694 had been tested in Pasco with an average of 6.48% positive, up from 6% on July 2, 5.9% on July 1, 5.7% on June 30, 5.5% on June 29, 5% on June 28, 4% on June 27 and June 26, and 3.8% on June 25, 3.7% on June 24 and 3.3% on June 23. Thirteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 36.

In a summary report on testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 14.1% of 1,052 tests on July 2 were positive,

11.7% of 979 tests on July 1, 14% of 834 tests on June 30, 12% of 622 tests on June 29, 14.6% of 818 tests on June 28, 12.6% of 1,066 tests on June 27, 15.5% of 1,676 on June 26, 15.2% of 938 on June 25, 6.6% of 1,221 tests on June 24 and 18.6% of 602 tests on June 23.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 2,429 of the cases in Pasco on Friday. New Port Richey had the most, 578, with 395 from Wesley Chapel, 378 from Land O’ Lakes, 195 from Zephyrhills, 185 from Port Richey, 178 from Dade City, 154 from Hudson, 153 from Holiday, 45 from Spring Hill, 36 from Trinity, 11 from San Antonia, eight from Odessa, four from Bayonet Point, three from Lutz, two from Saint Leo, and one each from Crystal Springs, Elfers, Lacoochee, and Seven Springs, and 100 listed as missing.

Since March, 131 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 5% of all cases. As of July 2, 51 cases had been reported in residents and 46 in staff by 25 long-term care facilities, including 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City and 22 Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported another death in Pasco on July 3, upping the death toll to 23. No further information was available.

DOH reported the death of a 72-year-old man on July 2 and two deaths on July 1, including two men ages 55 and 35. DOH confirmed the deaths of two men June 30: an 86-year-old and a 66-year-old.

The District Six Medical Examiner’s office released a report on July 1 for a 72-year-old man who died June 28 who had gone to the emergency room from his home. The medical examiner also released a report on June 30 for a 66-year-old who died June 28 who had gone to the hospital from his home in Holiday.

The medical examiner’s office released a death report June 29 for an 86-year-old man who died June 27 from Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey.

DOH announced on June 20 that a 17-year-old male had died. He is the youngest in the county to die. Statewide only seven deaths have been reported in the 15-24 age group, as of July 2.

Twelve 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.

For more information about COVID-19, visit pasco.floridahealth.gov. For information from Pasco County government, visit https://www.pascocountyfl.net/4146/Coronavirus-Information-Pasco-County-Ope.

Pinellas County

DOH reported 448 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Friday, bringing the count to 7,697. Three more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 183.

So far this week, DOH has reported 1,677 new cases and 28 deaths.

For the week of June 22-28, 2,353 new cases and 40 deaths were reported in Pinellas. Three record-high days occurred with 614 new cases on June 27, 430 on June 26 and 354 on June 23.

In comparison, 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.

From June 8-14, 659 new cases and seven deaths were reported. 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.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas on Friday included 7,622 residents and 75 non-residents. More cases were in females, 4,148 (54%), to 3,451 in males. Gender was unknown for 23. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 39. Nineteen percent were Black and 7% Hispanics.

Hospital capacity

DOH reported on July 3 that 726 have been hospitalized, which included 709 residents (24 more than Thursday) and 17 nonresidents. About 9% of residents with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported nearly 18% adult bed capacity (514 of 2,916) as of 10:48 a.m. Friday compared to 17% on Thursday with almost 11% capacity for adult ICU beds (33 of 305). On Thursday, the county had 9.32% capacity for adult ICU beds, 9.6% capacity on Wednesday, 15% capacity on Tuesday, 22% on Monday, 22% on Sunday and 18% on Saturday.

An uptick has been observed at emergency rooms with people complaining of COVID-19 symptoms since about June 1.

Testing in Pinellas

DOH reported July 3 that 99,747 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 2 with an average rate of positive results at 7.7%, up from 7.4% on July 1, 7.2% on June 30, 7% on June 29, 6.8% on June 28, 6.5% on June 27, 6% on June 26, 5.6% on June 25 and 5.5% on June 24. Thirty-five results were inconclusive and pending for 50.

According to the county specific report released July 3, 12.4% of 3,202 tests on July 1 were positive, compared to 11.7% of 2,702 tests on July 1, 16% of 2,013 tests on June 30, 12.1% of 1,670 tests on June 29, 10.7% of 2,097 tests on June 28, 10.2% of 2,576 tests on June 27, 13.3% of 3,960 tests on June 26, 11.3% of 3,378 tests from June 25 and 8.8% of 2,937 on June 24.

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. For online information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

Case counts in local municipalities

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 7,619 of the cases in Pinellas on Friday. St. Petersburg has the most with 3,547 cases (47%), 1,312 are Clearwater residents, 750 from Largo, 402 from Seminole, 379 from Pinellas Park, 368 from Palm Harbor, 194 from Tarpon Springs, 177 from Dunedin, 116 from Oldsmar, 100 from Safety Harbor, 56 from Clearwater Beach, 41 from Gulfport, 34 from Kenneth City, 24 from Indian Rocks Beach, 23 from South Pasadena, 11 from Madeira Beach, 11 from Belleair Beach, nine from Crystal Beach, seven from Belleair, five from North Redington Beach, four each from St. Pete Beach and Tierra Verde, three each from Belleair Bluffs and Treasure Island, two each from Bay Pines and Lealman, one each from Indian Shores and Redington Beach, and 33 listed as missing.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

Since March, 1,081 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 14% of cases in the county.

At least one case has been reported at 107 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of July 2 with 632 cases in residents and 382 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

Eighty-nine cases had been reported by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center in St. Petersburg, 77 cases by Gulf Shore Care Center, 72 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 59 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 58 cases by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 40 by Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, 31 by Sunset Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Clearwater, 32 by Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center in Clearwater, 28 by Walton Place in Tarpon Springs, 27 by Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center in St. Petersburg, 25 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 23 by Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, 23 by Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, 21 by North Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 21 by Westminster Suncoast nursing home in St. Petersburg, 19 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center at Tarpon Springs, 17 by Grand Villa of Largo, 17 by Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, 15 by Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg, 14 by Cross Terrace Rehabilitation Center in Dunedin and 14 by Bayside Care Center in St. Petersburg. The rest had fewer than 14.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported on July 3 that three more residents have died due to COVID-19, including a 61-year-old man, 69-year-old woman and an 84-year-old man, bringing the county’s death toll to 183.

At least 139 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.

DOH reported eight deaths in Pinellas on July 2, including an 83-year-old man, 54-year-old man, 85-year-old man, 89-year-old woman, 101-year-old woman, 79-year-old woman, 88-year-old man and a 95-year-old woman.

DOH reported six deaths on July 1, including an 88-year-old man, 97-year-old woman, 67-year-old man, 90-year-old man, 83-year-old woman, 77-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man.

The District Six Medical Examiner released 10 death investigation reports on July 1, including two women from Grand Villa of Largo: an 83-year-old who died June 30 and a 101-year-old who died July 1.

Mandatory face masks order countywide

The Pinellas County Commission voted June 30 to extend the local state of emergency through July 10. 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.

The commission will meet on Tuesday, June 30, to consider extending the state of emergency another seven days.

For more information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.

Florida case count tops 178,500

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 175,718 on Friday. Another 2,876 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 178,594 — 9,488 more than the number reported on Thursday.

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 3,684, which is 67 more than the number reported the day before. In addition, DOH reported that 101 non-Florida residents have died.

DOH reports that 15,491 residents have been hospitalized statewide, which is 341 more than DOH reported on Thursday. No information was provided for non-residents.

Testing statewide

DOH reported that 2,083,056 had been tested statewide as of July 2 with an average of 8.6% coming back as positive, up from 8.3% on July 1, 8% on June 30, 7.8% on June 29, 7.6% on June 28, 7.5% on June 27, 7.2% on June 26, 6.9% on June 25 and 6.6% on June 24.

As of July 2, 1,696 results were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,717.

Looking at daily results, 17.17% of 55,574 tests were positive on July 2, 16.78% of 57,271 tests on July 1, 16.7% of 37,875 on June 30, 16.95% of 36,159 on June 29, 15.72% of 35,096 on June 28, 13.98% of 62,098 on June 27, 14.38% of 67,109 on June 26, 14.8% of 60,900 on June 25, 10.31% of 53,270 on June 24 and June 23, 18.51% of 29,667 on June 23.

Of the 178,594 cases, 2,606 were travel-related, 57,895 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,531 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 100,594 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced June 3 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.

That order has since been modified with sales of alcohol suspended at many bars and pubs, unless they are also licensed to sell food.

Restaurants were allowed to seat customers at their bars as of June 5 and can operate at 50% capacity.

DeSantis changed the rules to allow gatherings of up to 50 people, instead of 10. The governor is advising the public to avoid large crowds, especially in indoor places.

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 allowed other personal services to reopen, such as tattoo parlors, tanning, massage and acupuncture, but they must use Florida Department of Health guidance.

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 not licensed to sell food

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, June 26, 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.

However, DBPR amended its order on July 1 to allow alcohol sales at bars that are also licensed to sell food, as long as they comply with guidelines in phase two of the state’s recovery plan for restaurants.

Bars and restaurants may operate at 50% of their indoor capacity as long as they provide service to only to seated customers. Social distancing of 6 feet also is required.

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 recovery plan.

“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.

National cases exceed 2.7 million with 128,741 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11 a.m. Friday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 2,740,353 with 128,741 deaths compared to 2,699,658 with 128,064 deaths at noon Thursday. The number of global cases increased to 10,902,347 with 521,940 deaths compared to 110,742,416 with 517,052 deaths on Thursday.

For more information on the coronavirus, visit www.floridahealth.gov/index.html.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.