Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported two more cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Sunday, bringing the case count to 316. The death toll stands at nine.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 45,588 with 1,973 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,471,674 with 88,836 deaths. Globally, nearly 4.67 million cases have been reported with 312,381 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 306 residents and 10 non-residents. Women accounted for 52% of cases and 48% were in men. Ages ranged from 1-94. Median age was 49.

Sixty-seven people have been hospitalized as of May 17, which includes 64 residents and three non-residents.

“Hospitalizations is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness, DOH said. “These people may no longer be hospitalized. This number does not represent the number of COVID-19 positive persons currently hospitalized. We do not have a figure for that information at this time.”

DOH reported on May 17 that 9,738 had been tested in Pasco. Six tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 19. DOH say 3.2% of test results were positive.

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 304 of the cases in Pasco on Saturday. Fifty-four are residents of Land O’Lakes, 50 from Wesley Chapel, 49 from Dade City, 43 from New Port Richey, 35 from Zephyrhills, 21 from Port Richey, 17 each from Holiday and Hudson, five from Springhill, four from Trinity, and three each from Lutz, San Antonio and Odessa.

As of May 16, 35 cases had been reported in residents or staff by three long-term care facilities, including three at Heartland of Zephyrhills, 30 at Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City and two at Wellspring Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills.

Pasco County’s death toll stands at nine, including five from long-term care facilities. The count does not include a May 6 report from the District 6 Medical Examiner’s Office. Four deaths were from Royal Oak Nursing Center and one from Heartland of Zephyrhills.

DOH reported one death on May 7: a 79-year-old man. The medical examiner’s office released an investigation report on May 6 on a 56-year-old woman, who had died May 4 at Medical Center of Trinity.

According to the medical examiner’s office, a 72-year-old woman died April 29. She was a resident of Royal Oak Nursing Center. A 71-year-old man also died April 29.

DOH reported the death of a 92-year-old woman on April 28 and the death of a 64-year-old man on April 27, who had traveled to Ohio. DOH confirmed the death of an 85-year-old man on April 24.

The three prior deaths attributed to COVID-19, included an 82-year-old woman, which was not travel-related, a 67-year-old male who traveled in Florida and to New York, and a 71-year-old female, who had traveled to Virginia.

Pinellas County

DOH reported 14 more cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas on Sunday, bringing the count to 1,022. The death toll remains at 67. The county’s case count has grown by 159 since May 11 with seven deaths.

DOH reported 95 new cases and 19 deaths in Pinellas from May 4-10. The county’s first two COVID-19 cases were reported on March 11. The first death was confirmed on March 23.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 978 Florida residents and 44 non-residents. More cases were in females, 56%, to 44% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 57.

DOH reported that 309 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 293 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 30% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported 31% available bed capacity on Sunday with nearly 24% capacity for adult ICU beds.

Testing in Pinellas

As of May 17, 25,201 coronavirus tests had been done in Pinellas, 1,577 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 4.1% of test results were positive. Twelve tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 122.

A summary report for Pinellas County for the past week released May 16 shows that 3.8% of test results from May 15 were positive, 2.4% from May 14, 5.5% from May 13, 8.3% from May 12 were positive, 1.1% from May 11 and 1.9% from May 10. The numbers do not include people who have previously tested positive.

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St. Petersburg persists as county’s hot spot

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 961 of the cases in Pinellas on Saturday. St. Petersburg has the most with 358 cases (37%), 138 are Clearwater residents, 126 from Largo, 116 from Seminole, 64 from Palm Harbor, 41 from Pinellas Park, 32 from Tarpon Springs, 20 from Dunedin, 13 from Safety Harbor, nine each from Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and Oldsmar, four each from Kenneth City and Gulfport, three each from Belleair and Madeira Beach, two each from Bay Pines, Belleair Beach and Belleair Bluffs, and one each from North Redington Beach, Crystal Beach, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde and South Pasadena, and one listed as homeless.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

At least one case has been reported at 36 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 16.

DOH reported 271 cases in residents and staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

Seventy-seven cases have been reported by Gulf Shore Care Center, 50 cases had been reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 43 by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 40 by St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 21 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 17 by Carrington House of St. Pete, 16 by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg and five by Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehab Center in St. Petersburg.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 death count

No new deaths were reported on Sunday. The death toll stands at 67.

At least 48 of the county’s 67 deaths were residents or staff from one of the county’s long-term care facilities. Twenty-five deaths have been reported from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; five from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services, two from the Inn at Freedom Square and two from Gulf Shore Care Center, according to a weekly report from DOH released on May 15. In addition, one death each was reported at Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor and Patrick Manor.

DOH reported on May 16 that a 73-year-old woman had died, and on May 15, confirmed the death of an 80-year-old woman. District Six Medical Examiner’s office released a death investigation report on May 15 for an 80-year-old woman who died May 14 from St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor.

DOH reported on May 14 that a 59-year-old woman and an 89-year-old woman had died. The medical examiner’s office released a death investigation report on May 14 for a 59-year-old woman who died May 13. She had attended an adult daycare, Louise Graham Regeneration Center in St. Petersburg

Local state of emergency extended

Pinellas County has extended its local state of emergency through May 22. The local safer-at-home order was rescinded and the county is following statewide orders that began May 4. Commissioners voted on April 28 to reopen public swimming pools with restrictions and playgrounds are open at daycare centers. Beaches opened on May 4. Social distancing is required.

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State cases number more than 44,500

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 44,369 on Sunday. Another 1,219 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 44,811 — 777 more than the number reported on Saturday.

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 1,973, which is nine more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 8,230 have been hospitalized statewide as of May 14.

As of May 17, 629,895 had been tested statewide, which is 23,186 more than the day before. DOH says 7% of results have been positive as of May 17. As of May 16, 748 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,676.

Of the 44,811 statewide cases, 1,964 were travel-related, 19,230 had contact with a confirmed case, 1,847 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 20,557 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a press conference on May 15 that phase one of his recovery plan was complete.

Social distancing is still required. Persons ages 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions are advised to stay home as much as possible as that population is most vulnerable and at risk from COVID-19.

Some of the changes effective May 4 included allowing retail establishments to open at 25% capacity. Restaurants were allowed to open their indoor dining rooms at 25% capacity and serve food and drink in outdoor areas with tables spaced 6 feet apart.

The governor announced on May 8 that barber shops, hair and nail salons could reopen on May 11, using enhanced safety protocols, which include requirements to do business by appointment only, no group appointments, wearing masks and additional recommendations.

Gyms and fitness centers can reopen on May 18, and restaurants and retail businesses can increase their capacity to 50%. Libraries and museums also can increase capacity to 50%. Amusement parks can begin submitting reopening plans and counties can ask to have vacation rental accommodations in homes and condominiums reopened.

Movie theaters and bars remain closed.

National cases top 1.45 million, more than 88,500 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,471,674 with 88,836 deaths compared 1,444,875 with 87,697 deaths reported at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. The number of global cases increased to 4,667,109 with 312,381 deaths compared to 4,577,988 with 308,899 deaths on Saturday.

For more information on the coronavirus, visit If you think you might need to be tested, 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 open 24/7.

Note: All information is subject to change.