Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health added 384 cases of COVID-19 to Pasco County’s total since Oct. 19, bringing the count to 10,600. Eleven more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 236.

Form Oct. 12-18, DOH reported 385 new cases and nine deaths, which was 30 cases and three deaths more than the week before.

From Oct. 5-11, DOH reported 355 cases and six deaths. From Sept. 28-Oct. 4, DOH reported 272 new cases and two deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 10,520 residents and 80 non-residents. More cases were in females, 5,497 (52%) to 5,017 males. Gender was unknown in six. Ages ranged from 0-105. Median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 24% Hispanic.

As of Oct. 25, 1,014 residents and five non-residents have been hospitalized in Pasco since March, or 9% of all cases. Pasco’s hospitals had 19% capacity in staffed adult beds (260 of 1,336) on Sunday and 16.5% (23 of 139) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least once ICU bed available except AdventHealth Zephyrhills.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 778,636 with 16,632 on Oct. 25. Cases in the United States totaled 8,607,419 with 224,995 deaths. Globally, more than 42.85 million cases have been reported with over 1.15 million deaths.

Testing in Pasco

DOH’s report on daily testing showed that 5.33% of 1,066 test results on Oct. 24 were positive compared to 4.93% of 1,002 on Oct. 17.

DOH reported the cumulative results of 105,416 tests done since March on Oct. 24. Pasco had an average rate of 9.98% coming back as positive compared to 10.05% as of Oct. 17.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Oct. 25. New Port Richey had the most, 2,273, with 1,459 from Land O’ Lakes, 1,423 from Wesley Chapel, 889 from Hudson, 882 from Dade City, 844 from Zephyrhills, 835 from Port Richey, 664 from Holiday, 223 from Spring Hill, 150 from Trinity, 80 from San Antonio, 42 from Odessa, 27 from Lutz, 21 from Saint Leo, 12 from Bayonet Point, 12 from Lacoochee, seven from Ridge Manor, six from Trilby, five from Shady Hills, three from Crystal Springs and Elfers, two from Seven Springs and 648 listed as missing.

Since March, 928 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases.

COVID-19 deaths

As of Oct. 25, DOH had reported 236 COVID-19 related deaths in Pasco County.

One death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, none death in the age 25-34 group, four in the 35-44 age group, five in the 45-54 group, 25 in the 55-64 group, 63 in 65-74, 68 in 75-84 and 70 in the age group 85 and up (30%).

At least, 106 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. According to DOH’s weekly report on deaths at long-term care facilities, as of Oct. 23, 16 deaths had been reported by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 16 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, 11 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point and nine by Bear Creek Nursing Center.

Eight deaths were reported by Royal Oak Nursing Center and seven by Sunshine Christian Homes and Orchard Ridge.

Four had been reported by Heartland of Zephyrhills and Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center. Three had been reported by Madison Pointe Care Center.

Two deaths had been reported by Windsor Woods Rehab and Healthcare Center, and Trinity Regional Rehab Center.

One death had been reported by Rosecastle of Zephyrhills, Southern Pines Healthcare Center, Sun Coast Retreat, Grand Villa of New Port Richey, Forest Glen Lodges, Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch, Brookdale New Port Richey and Consulate Health Care of New Port Richey.

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles issued an executive order June 23 requiring everyone in the county to use face coverings while indoors at a public business or county government facility.

Pinellas County

DOH added 144 new COVID-19 cases to Pinellas County’s total on Oct. 25, bringing the count to 25,130. The death toll stands at 816.

From Oct. 19-25, DOH reported 1,031 new cases and 16 deaths. It was the first week since Aug. 3-9 more than 1,000 cases were reported in one week. Last week, Oct. 12-18, 938 new cases and 18 deaths were reported. It was the first week since Aug. 10-16 that more than 800 cases were reported.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 24,941 residents and 189 non-residents. More cases were in females, 13,408 (54%), to 11,505 in males. Gender was unknown in 28. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Seventeen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanic.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,488 residents and 26 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

DOH reported that 5.81% of 2,384 test results on Oct. 24 were positive. DOH reported that 249,298 tests have been done in Pinellas in since March, and as of Oct. 24, the average rate of positive results was 10%.

At least 570 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 9% of deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 839 deaths, or 13%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 713 deaths, or 11%.

In Pinellas, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, three deaths in the 25-34 age group, six in the 35-44 group (1%), 23 in 45-54 (3%), 67 in 55-64 (8%), 160 in 65-74 (20%), 252 in 75-84 (31%) and 304 (37%) in ages 85 and up.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.