Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported two more cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County on Friday, bringing the count to 377. DOH also reported that a total of 13 residents had now died.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 54,497 with 2,413 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,729,185 with 101,963 deaths. Globally, more than 5.87 million cases have been reported with 362,554 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco County include 367 residents and 10 non-residents. Women accounted for 54% of cases and 46% were in men. Ages ranged from 1-94. Median age was 49.

Seventy-nine people have been hospitalized as of May 28, which includes 76 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 29 that 14,826 had been tested in Pasco. Six tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 19. DOH say 2.5% of test results were positive.

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 364 of the cases in Pasco on Thursday. Sixty-two are residents of Wesley Chapel, 59 from Land O’ Lakes, 55 each from Dade City and New Port Richey, 39 from Zephyrhills, 30 from Port Richey, 22 each from Holiday and Hudson, six from Spring Hill, five from Trinity, four from Odessa, and three each from Lutz and San Antonio.

As of May 27, 51 cases had been reported in residents and staff by 10 long-term care facilities, including, 33 by Royal Oak Nursing Center in Dade City, four by Heartland of Zephyrhills, three each by Angels Center at Connerton Court in Land O’ Lakes and Sun Coast Retreat in New Port Richey, two each by Orchard Ridge in Port Richey and Life Care Center of New Port Richey, and one each by American House Zephyrhills, Consulate Health of New Port Richey, Wellspring Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills, and Solaris Healthcare Bayonet Point in Hudson.

DOH reported the death of a 40-year-old man on May 28, bringing the death toll to 13.

Pinellas County

Florida Department of Health reported 20 more cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas on Friday, bringing the count to 1,238. In addition, two more persons have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 82.

So far this week, 65 new cases have been reported and seven deaths. The county’s first two COVID-19 cases were reported on March 11. The first death was confirmed on March 23.

DOH reported 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.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 1,188 Florida residents and 50 non-residents. More cases were in females, 56%, to 44% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 58.

DOH reported that 399 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 379 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 32% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported 31% available bed capacity on Friday with 23% capacity for adult ICU beds.

Testing in Pinellas

As of May 29, 40,204 coronavirus tests had been done in Pinellas, 1,182 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 3.1% of test results were positive. Twelve tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 113.

A summary report for Pinellas County released May 28 shows 1.2% of test results from May 27 were positive, 0.6% from May 26, 0.8% from May 25, 1.5% from May 24, 2.2% from May 23, 2.7% of tests from May 22, 0.7% from May 21 and 2.1% from May 20. The numbers do not include people who have previously tested positive.

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.

For online information on testing and location of sites, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

St. Petersburg persists as county’s hot spot

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 1,162 of the cases in Pinellas on Thursday. St. Petersburg has the most with 458 cases (39%), 170 are Clearwater residents, 149 from Largo, 129 from Seminole, 73 from Palm Harbor, 48 from Pinellas Park, 35 from Tarpon Springs, 21 from Dunedin, 16 from Safety Harbor, 11 from Clearwater Beach, 10 each from Indian Rocks Beach and Oldsmar, six from South Pasadena, four each from Kenneth City, Madeira Beach and Gulfport, three from Belleair, two each from Bay Pines, Belleair Beach and Belleair Bluffs, and one each from Indian Shores, North Redington Beach, Crystal Beach, Treasure Island and Tierra Verde.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

At least one case has been reported at 42 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of May 27. DOH reported 272 cases in residents and 100 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

DOH reported on May 27 that 83 cases had been reported by Gulf Shore Care Center, 63 cases by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 50 cases had been reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 33 by St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 30 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 22 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 22 by Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View at South Pasadena and 13 by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 death count

DOH reported two more deaths in Pinellas on Friday, bringing the count to 82.

At least 57 of the county’s 82 deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. According to a weekly report from DOH released May 22, 25 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; five from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; four from Gulf Shore Care Center; three from Patrick Manor; and two from the Inn at Freedom Square. In addition, one death each was reported at Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo and from Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor.

District Six Medical Examiner’s office released three death investigation reports on May 29, including a 77-year-old woman who died May 27 from Moffitt Cancer Center, an 86-year-old woman who died May 27 from Gulf Shore Care Center and a 69-year-old woman who died May 28 from Palm Garden assisted living facility.

DOH reported the death of a 76-year-old woman on May 28 and four deaths on May 27, including two 80-year-old men and a 66-year-old woman. No further information was available on the fourth person.

The medical examiner’s office released five death investigation reports on May 27, including three residents from Gulf Shore Care Center: an 85-year-old woman who died May 22; a 66-year-old woman who died May 25; and an 80-year-old man who died May 24.

The medical examiner also released reports on a 65-year-old woman who died May 22 from St. Petersburg Health and Rehab and a 70-year-old man who had been under care in his home.

DOH reported on May 21 that an 85-year-old man had died due to COVID-19. The medical examiner’s office released two death investigation reports on May 22, including an 85-year-old man who died May 18 from Gulf Shore Rehab and Nursing Center and a 51-year-old woman who died May 21.

Local state of emergency extended

Pinellas County Commission voted May 28 to extend the local state of emergency through June 5. Commissioners also voted to lift restrictions at beaches, hotel swimming pools and on playgrounds at daycare centers. Restrictions at other public playgrounds and community pools will be lifted on Monday, June 1. The statewide orders remain in effect, which includes social distancing and sanitation.

State cases surpass 54,500

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 53,114 on Friday. Another 1,383 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 54,597 — 1,212 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 2,364, which is 49 more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 9,982 have been hospitalized statewide.

As of May 29, 984,160 had been tested statewide. DOH says 5.5% of results have been positive. As of May 28, 1,705 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,158.

Of the 54,497 cases, 2,114 were travel-related, 24,850 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,002 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 17,713 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a May 15 press conference 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.

Pinellas County announced May 18 that all businesses could reopen with restrictions, except bar, pubs and nightclubs. Permission has been granted to open the county’s short-term vacation rentals.

DeSantis announced May 22 that organized youth activities can resume, including summer camps and athletics.

National cases top 1.72 million, nearly 102,000 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 2 p.m. Friday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,729,185 with 101,963 deaths compared to 1,702,911 with 100,576 deaths at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. The number of global cases increased to 5,871,347 with 362,554 deaths compared to 5,727,629 with 356,435 deaths on Thursday.

Note: All information is subject to change.