Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 795 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasco County during the week of Feb. 21-27, bringing the total to 33,377. Seventeen more deaths due to the novel coronavirus were reported, upping the death toll to 649.

The week had an increase in cases, but a decline in deaths. During the week of Feb. 14-20, DOH reported 648 new cases and 30 deaths.

The numbers had been improving. DOH reported 990 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths during the week of Feb. 7-13, and from Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 1,033 new cases and 37 deaths were reported.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 1,909,221 with 31,406 deaths as of Feb. 27. According to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems for Science and Engineering, as of 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the United States, cases totaled 28.585 million with 512,706 deaths. Globally, 113.97 million cases and 2.52 million deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 33,078 residents and 299 non-residents. More cases were in females, 17,632 (53%) to 15,291 males. Gender was unknown in 155. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 44. Six percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

As of Feb. 27, 2,191 residents and 38 nonresidents have been hospitalized in Pasco, or 7% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 22% capacity in staffed adult beds (311 of 1,440) on Sunday and 18% (26 of 142) in ICU beds.

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 8.05% of 1,302 test results on Feb. 27 were positive, 6.25% of 1,874 results on Feb. 26, 5.54% of 1,722 on Feb. 25, 6.52% of 2,063 on Feb. 24, 6.45% of 2,146 on Feb. 23, 6.29% of 1,401 on Feb. 22, and 9.88% of 766 on Feb. 21.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Feb. 28. New Port Richey had the most, 7,640, with 4,829 from Wesley Chapel, 4,691 from Land O’ Lakes, 3,484 from Zephyrhills, 2,717 from Hudson, 2,714 from Dade City, 2,699 from Port Richey, 2,022 from Holiday, 699 from Trinity, 690 from Spring Hill, 261 from San Antonio, 152 from Odessa, 127 from Lutz, 86 from Saint Leo, 39 from Lacoochee, 38 from Bayonet Point, 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 51 listed as missing.

Since March, 1,939 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 6% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Feb. 27, DOH had reported 649 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County — 17 more than the week before.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, zero deaths in the age 25-34 group, eight in the 35-44 age group, 18 in the 45-54 group, 59 in the 55-64 group, 146 in 65-74 (22%), 227 in 75-84 (35%) and 190 in the age group 85 and up (29%). At least, 220 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

For more information about COVID-19, visit pasco.floridahealth.gov

Vaccination summary

As of Feb. 27, statewide, 1,337,431 people had received a first-dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 1,680,230 had completed the two-shot series.

The state began administering the vaccine on Dec. 14.

In Pasco, 66,773 doses have been administered including 36,940 receiving the first dose and 29,833 completing the two-shot series. Of those who have received at least one shot, the majority was female, 39,458 to 27,178 male with 29 unknown, and 50,100 were white, 1,571 were Black and 2,634 were Hispanic.

The most vaccine has been administered in Dade County, 331,633 doses, followed by Palm Beach with 264,385 and Broward with 256,151 doses. DOH also reported that 78,330 from out-of-state have received the vaccine.

Statewide, the age group receiving the most vaccinations was 65-74 with 689,730 completing the series, followed by ages 75-84 with 397,310 receiving both doses and ages 85 and older with 149,227. Next were age groups 55-64, 45-54, 35-44, 25-34 with only 20,894 ages 16-24 completing the two-dose series.

In Pasco, 10,950 ages 65-74 have received two doses, 6,280 ages 75-84 and 2,361 ages 85 and older have completed the series.

Pinellas County

If the trend continues, Pinellas County seems to be on a track toward fewer COVID-19 cases and deaths this week. For the first six days, Feb. 22-27, DOH reported 1,380 new cases, bringing the total to 66,571. Twenty-two more died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 1,441.

Last week, Feb. 15-21, DOH reported 1,866 new cases and 57 deaths, 270 cases and 29 deaths more than the week before.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 64,782 residents and 1,630 non-residents. More cases were in females, 34,577 (53%), to 30,162 in males. Gender was unknown in 43. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Thirteen percent were Black, and 11% were Hispanic.

About 7% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 4,240 residents and 52 nonresidents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 4.71% of 3,200 test results on Feb. 27 were positive, 4.97% of 4,091 results on Feb. 26, 4.51% of 5,753 on Feb. 25, 3.74% of 7,674 on Feb. 24, 5.48% of 4,209 on Feb. 23, 6.58% of 2,569 on Feb. 22 and 7.31% of 3,016 on Feb. 21.

So far this week, Feb. 22-27, DOH has reported 22 new COVID-19 related deaths, upping the death toll to 1,441. From Feb. 15-21, DOH reported 57 new deaths.

Deaths had been declining in recent weeks. DOH reported only 28 new COVID-19 related deaths from Feb. 8-14. Forty-one deaths were reported from Feb. 1-9.

As of Feb. 27, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, five deaths in the 25-34 age group, 17 in the 35-44 group (1%), 40 in 45-54 (3%), 116 in 55-64 (8%), 293 in 65-74 (20%), 426 in 75-84 (30%) and 543 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 854 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 1,010 deaths or 10% and Dade County is No. 2 with 986 deaths, or 9%.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.