Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 990 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County during the week of Feb. 7-13, bringing the count to 31,631. Another 26 died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 602.

The numbers have been improving. Last week, Jan. 31-Feb. 6, DOH reported 1,033 new cases and 37 deaths. DOH reported 1,309 new cases and 45 deaths from Jan. 24-30, and 1,501 new cases and 41 deaths from Jan. 17-23.

DOH reported 1,846 new cases and 47 deaths from Jan. 11-16, and 2,052 new cases and 15 deaths from Jan. 4-10.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,827,373 and 29,275 deaths as of Feb. 13. According to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems for Science and Engineering, as of 4 p.m. Feb. 14 in the United States, cases totaled 27,625,859 with 485,029 deaths compared to 27,560,750 and 483,648 deaths as of 5 p.m. Feb. 13. Globally, more than 108.72 million cases and nearly 2.4 million deaths had been reported compared to 108.4 million cases and nearly 2.39 million deaths on Saturday.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 31,348 residents and 283 non-residents. More cases were in females, 16,708 (53%) to 14,488 males. Gender was unknown in 152. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 44. Six percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

As of Feb. 13, 2,092 residents and 33 nonresidents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 7% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 18.5% capacity in staffed adult beds (267 of 1,441) on Sunday and 16% (23 of 144) in ICU beds.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 8.76% of 1,344 test results on Feb. 13 were positive, 5.34% of 2,395 on Feb. 12, 7.56% of 2,152 on Feb. 11, 6.28% of 2,716 on Feb. 10, 5.88% of 1,985 on Feb. 9, 6.85% of 1,850 on Feb. 8, and 9.27% of 1,047 on Feb. 7.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Feb. 13. New Port Richey had the most, 7,269, with 4,594 from Wesley Chapel, 4,465 from Land O’ Lakes, 3,257 from Zephyrhills, 2,597 from Hudson, 2,588 from Dade City, 2,545 from Port Richey, 1,885 from Holiday, 661 from Trinity, 650 from Spring Hill, 250 from San Antonio, 145 from Odessa, 117 from Lutz, 80 from Saint Leo, 37 from Bayonet Point, 34 from Lacoochee, 22 from Ridge Manor, 19 from Crystal Springs, 16 from Shady Hills, 13 from Trilby, eight from Elfers, seven from Aripeka, two from Seven Springs and 40 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,922 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Feb. 13, DOH had reported 602 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County — 26 more than the week before.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, zero deaths in the age 25-34 group, seven in the 35-44 age group, 12 in the 45-54 group, 54 in the 55-64 group, 141 in 65-74 (23%), 214 in 75-84 (36%) and 173 in the age group 85 and up (29%). At least, 210 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

Vaccination summary

As of Feb. 13, statewide, 1,273,651 people had received a first-dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 1,082,141 had completed the two-shot series.

The state began administering the vaccine on Dec. 14.

In Pasco, 47,705 doses have been administered including 28,481 receiving the first dose and 19,224 completing the two-shot series. Of those who have received at least one shot, the majority was female, 28,336 to 19,257 male with 112 unknown, and 34,369 were white, 1,066 were Black and 1,701 were Hispanic.

The most vaccine has been administered in Dade County, 231,396 doses, followed by Palm Beach with 224890 and Broward with 200,486 doses. DOH also reported that 67,405 from out-of-state have received the vaccine.

Statewide, the age group receiving the most vaccinations was 65-74 with 391,082 completing the series, followed by ages 75-84 with 226,675 receiving both doses and ages 85 and older with 96,862. Next were ages 55-64, 45-54, 35-44, 25-34 and 16-24.

In Pasco, 5,493 ages 65-74 have received two doses, 3,151 ages 75-84 and 1,550 ages 85 and older have completed the series.

Pinellas County

So far this week, Feb. 8-13, DOH has reported 1,441 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas, bringing the tally to 63,171. Twenty-seven died due to the novel coronavirus. The death toll stands at 1,371.

From Feb. 1-7, DOH reported 2,014 new cases and 41 deaths, which was an improvement over the week of Jan. 25-31, when 2,519 new cases and 52 deaths were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 61,627 residents and 1,544 non-residents. More cases were in females, 32,912 (53%), to 28,677 in males. Gender was unknown in 38. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 44. Thirteen percent were Black, and 11% were Hispanic.

About 7% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 4,086 residents and 48 nonresidents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 5.40% of 2,646 test results on Feb. 13 were positive, 4.73% of 4,674 results on Feb. 12, 4.99% of 5,383 on Feb. 11, 4.95% of 6,969 on Feb. 10, 4.65% of 3,836 on Feb. 9, 6.35% of 3,32 on Feb. 8 and 5.56% of 3,194 on Feb. 7.

DOH reported 27 new COVID-19 related deaths from Feb. 8-13, upping the death toll to 1,371.

Deaths have been declining in recent weeks. Forty-one deaths were reported from Feb. 1-9. Fifty-two deaths were reported from Jan. 25-31 and 68 deaths were reported from Jan. 18-24. Ninety-five new deaths were reported from Jan. 11-17.

As of Feb. 13, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, five deaths in the 25-34 age group, 15 in the 35-44 group (1%), 38 in 45-54 (3%), 108 in 55-64 (8%), 277 in 65-74 (20%), 410 in 75-84 (30%) and 517 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 825 of the county’s deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. Pinellas is No. 3 in the state with reporting 8% of deaths at these facilities. Palm Beach County is No. 1 in the state with 974 deaths or 10% and Dade County is No. 2 with 970 deaths, or 10%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.