TALLAHASSEE — Pasco County’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by one during the last 24-hour reporting period, according to the Florida Department of Health’s official update released March 24.
And, the numbers are also showing more than half of the confirmed cases in the four county area have been connected to either international origins or American states seeing a high count of COVID-19 cases.
DOH reports 48 of the current 81 total confirmed cases in the area are connected in some way to travelers who have been in those regions of the globe. Twenty-five of the travel-related cases involved travel only within the continental United States.
The newest reported Pasco patient is a female, bringing Pasco’s numbers to eight males and eight females, ranging in age from 32 to 73, who have tested positive. One of the cases is listed as a “non-resident.”
The number of cases requiring hospitalization remains at four and there have been no Pasco deaths reported.
There have been 238 tests reported administered in Pasco County with 222 having negative results. There were 20 cases awaiting a test intended for people with symptoms and known exposure or severe symptoms noted on the latest testing update.
Nine of the 16 Pasco cases of the Pasco cases are categorized as “travel-related,” five as “not travel related,” and two as “travel unknown.”
Pasco cities or areas and the number of cases they are reporting are: Land O’Lakes, up 1 to five cases; Wesley Chapel, up 1 to three cases; Dade City, 2 Trinity, 1; New Port Richey, 1; 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’s numbers remain at 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.” However, Pinellas was the first county to report a COVID-19 related death, of a 67-year-old man, on March 24 and the number of hospitalizations have increased from 13 to 14. St. Petersburg and Clearwater both reported new cases bring each city’s total to nine cases. Largo is reporting eight confirmed cases.
Polk County’s numbers remain at 13, seven males and six females ranging in age from 8 to 88. Five are considered “travel-related.” However, the number of hospitalizations are up from six to seven. Davenport remains the Polk city with the most reported cases with a total of six. Lakeland reports two confirmed cases.
Hernando County’s case count has risen from five to seven. The report shows an additional male case making a total of three male cases and three females, ranging in ages from 19 to 73. There was no specific demographic for the seventh reported case. Four cases are now considered “travel-related” and there have been no hospitalizations.
Spring Hill still has reported the most recorded Hernando cases numbering four. Brooksville is reporting three confirmed cases.
Out of the 81 positive cases in the four county area, 25 have required hospitalization.
DOH information on the COVID-19 outbreak is updated twice daily at www.FloridaHealth.gov.