Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

Florida Department of Health reported 95 new COVID-19 cases in Pasco County on Saturday, bringing the count to 6,394. The death count stands at 96.

Since July 27, DOH has reported 591 new cases and 28 deaths. The deaths reported on two days this week represent 29% of all deaths in the county to date. The most ever was reported in a single day was 26 on July 30.

From July 20-26, 860 cases were reported and 25 deaths, which was the fewest cases since the week of July 6-12. From July 13-19, 1,068 new cases and 16 deaths were reported — the most cases in any seven-day period thus far.

From July 6-12, 909 cases and four deaths were reported, a slight improvement from the two prior weeks. From June 29-July 5, 997 new cases and seven deaths were reported, and 971 new cases were reported from June 22-28.

Pasco set a new one-day high in cases on June 27 with 304. June 26 was the previous record high with 156 new cases, breaking the record of 130 cases reported in one day on June 24.

In comparison, from June 15-21, DOH reported only 288 new cases and two deaths.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 480,028 with 7,022 deaths on Saturday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,566,275 with 153,391 deaths. Globally, more than 17.6 million cases have been reported with 680,165 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pasco include 6,394 residents and 32 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,296 (52%) to 3,039 males. Gender was unknown in 27. The median age was 42. Seven percent were Black and 19% Hispanic.

Hospital capacity

As of Aug. 1, 478 had been hospitalized (7% of all cases), including 474 residents and four non-residents.

Pasco’s hospitals had 26% staffed adult bed capacity (354 of 1,381) on Saturday, compared to 23% capacity (316 of 1,378) on Friday, 21% (289 of 1,394) on Thursday, 21% capacity (301 of 1,426) on Wednesday, 22% (312 of 1,413) on Tuesday, 22.6% (313 of 1,386) on Monday and 23.5% (325 of 1,380) on Sunday.

The county had 21% capacity in ICU beds (27 of 130) on Saturday, compared to 17% capacity (22 of 131) on Friday, 10% capacity (13 of 128) on Thursday, 13% capacity (17 of 131) on Wednesday, 14% capacity (20 of 134) on Tuesday, 17% (24 of 138) on Monday and 14% (19 of 136) on Sunday.

All the county’s hospitals reported ICU bed capacity. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had nine, Medical Center of Trinity had six, AdventHealth Dade City had five, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel had four, AdventHealth Zephyrhills had two and Morton Plan North Bay had one.

All the county’s hospitals reported ICU bed capacity on Friday. Medical Center of Trinity and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point each had six, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel had four, AdventHealth Zephyrhills, Morton Plan North Bay and AdventHealth Dade City each had two.

One hospital reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Thursday, AdventHealth Dade City. Two hospitals reported zero capacity on Wednesday, Morton Plant North Bay and AdventHealth Dade City.

Testing in Pasco

DOH reported on Aug. 1 that 62,546 tests had been done in Pasco with an average rate of 10.2% coming back as positive, the same as July 31, but up from 10% on July 30, 29, 28, 27, 26, 9.9% on July 25, 9.8% on July 24, 9.6% on July 23 and July 22, but up from 9.5% on July 21, 9.4% on July 20, 9.3% on July 19 and 9.2% on July 18. Forty-five tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 74.

In a summary report on daily testing in Pasco, DOH reported that 5.7% of 1,529 tests on July 31 had been positive, 7.4% of 1,469 tests on July 30, 7.1% of 1,350 on July 29, 9.6% of 1,014 on July 28, 7.1% of 1,066 on July 27, 6.7% of 1,456 on July 26, 11.7% of 1,047 on July 25, 8.4% of 1,656 on July 24, 10.3% of 1,403 on July 23, 8.9% on July 22, 8.1% of 1,091 on July 21, 12.7% of 747 on July 20, 8.9 of 1,060 on July 19 and 8.7% of 1,854 on July 18.

Case counts by city of residence

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pasco on Saturday. New Port Richey had the most, 1,489, with 913 from Land O’ Lakes, 866 from Wesley Chapel, 535 from Zephyrhills, 535 from Hudson, 534 from Port Richey, 508 from Dade City, 443 from Holiday, 118 from Spring Hill, 73 from Trinity, 41 from San Antonio, 21 from Odessa, 10 from Bayonet Point, eight from Lutz, five from Crystal Springs, four from Ridge Manor and Trilby, three from Elfers, Lacoochee and St. Leo, one from Shady Hills and Seven Springs, and 242 listed as missing.

Case counts in long-term care facilities

Since March, 570 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities, 9% of all cases. As of July 31, 163 cases had been reported in residents and 89 in staff by 30 long-term care facilities, including 48 by Consulate Health Care of Bayonet Point, 40 by Madison Pointe Care Center in New Port Richey, 38 by Orchard Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New Port Richey, 28 by AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South, 26 by Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, 13 by Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City. The rest had fewer than 13.

COVID-19 deaths

No new deaths were reported on Aug. 1. The death toll stands at 96.

At least 43 of the county’s deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. DOH released a weekly report on deaths at long-term care facilities on July 25. Eight deaths were reported from Royal Oak Nursing Center, four from Orchard Ridge and from Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, three from Bear Creek Nursing Center, two from Heartland of Zephyrhills and one from Sunshine Christian Homes, Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center and AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South.

DOH reported COVID-19 related deaths on July 31. Both were men, age 88 and 77. The District Six Medical Examiner’s Office released four death investigations on July 31. All were residents of long-term care facilities, including two women who died July 18 from Bear Creek Nursing Center, an 89-year-old and a 57-year-old. There also was a report for an 84-year-old man from AdventHealth Care Center Zephyrhills South who died July 18 and a 75-year-old woman who died July 28 from Heritage Park in Dade City.

DOH confirmed the deaths of 26 on July 30, including 13 women, age, 95, 89, 87, 86, 86, 85, 82, 77, 76, 75, 72, 66 and 57; and 13 men age 97, 89, 87, 86, 83, 83, 81, 79, 78, 76, 71, 70 and 47.

DOH removed one death from the county’s count in the age group 75-84 on July 27. The death toll stands at 68. No new deaths were reported on July 28 or 29.

The medical examiner’s office released seven death investigation reports on July 28. All had gone to the hospital from their home except an 86-year-old woman who died July 23 from Sunshine Christian Homes and an 89-year-old woman who died July 23 from a Trinity rehabilitation facility.

The other deaths included a 75-year-old man who died July 11, an 84-year-old man who died July 15, from home in Port Richey to hospital, an 86-year-old woman who died July 17, a 77-year-old woman who died July 22 and a 97-year-old man who died July 23.

DOH announced on June 20 that a 17-year-old male had died. He is the youngest in the county to die. Only 17 deaths have been reported statewide in the 15-24 year-old age group, as of July 29, which is two more than reported on July 26.

Three deaths in Pasco were in the 35-44 age group, four in the 45-54 group, nine in the 55-64 group, 28 in 65-74, 26 in 75-84 and 25 in the age group 85 and up.

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, effective immediately.

Pinellas County

DOH reported 248 more COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Aug. 1, bringing the count to 16,604. Five more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 437.

Since July 27, 1,457 new cases and 64 deaths have been reported. From July 20-26, 1,675 new cases were reported and 59 deaths — the lowest weekly case count since June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 16,488 residents and 116 non-residents. More cases were in females, 8,856 (54%), to 7,625 in males. Gender was unknown for seven. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 42. Seventeen percent were Black and 10% Hispanics.

DOH reported on Aug. 1 that 1,538 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, including 1,517 residents (39 more than Friday) and 21 non-residents. About 9% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March.

DOH reported that 161,653 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 31 with an average rate of positive results at 10.2%, the same as on July 30, but up from 10% on July 29, 28, 27, 26, 25 and 24.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.