Pasco & Pinellas Coronavirus Update

The Florida Department of Health reported yet another week of record-breaking numbers of new COVID-19 numbers, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the state’s transmission rate remains high.

For the week of Aug. 6-12, DOH reported 151,415 new COVID-19 cases, or 21,631 a day, bringing the cumulative count since March 2020 to 2,877,214. That’s up from the week of July 30-Aug. 5 when DOH reported 134,506 new cases, or 19,215 a day.

Case counts have been rising for weeks. In the weekly report for July 23-29, DOH reported 110,477 new COVID-19 cases and DOH added 73,199 more cases to the tally for July 16-22.

According to the CDC, the rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 was up 28% compared to the week before when it increased by 53%. Florida added the nation’s third-highest number of cumulative cases per 100,000 in the last seven days at 697, with Louisiana at No. 1 with 848 and Arkansas at No. 2 with 773.

According to the CDC, the rate of deaths per 100,000 increased by 146% compared to a decrease of 28% last week. DOH reported a death toll of 40,766 — 1,071 more than the week of July 30-Aug. 5. DOH reported 616 new deaths last week and 409 new deaths the week of July 16-22. 

The state’s positivity rate also continues to rise. DOH reported a rate of 19.1% statewide for the week of Aug. 6-12, 18.9% for July 30-Aug. 5, and 18.1% for July 23-29.

Pasco County

In Pasco County, the new case positivity rate for the week also increased. For the week of Aug. 6-12, the rate was 25.6% compared to 24.3% for July 30-Aug. 5, 22.5% for July 23-29 and 18.5% for July 16-22.

Pasco’s new case count went up by 3,871, an average of 553 new cases a day, up from 3,404 reported from July 30-Aug. 5. The cumulative case count since March 2020 was up to

According to the CDC, the transmission rate for Pasco is high with a 17.7% increase in cases in the past seven days and a 21% increase in hospital admissions.

Pinellas County

In Pinellas County, the new case positivity rate increased to 19.2% compared to 18% for July 30-Aug. 5 and 16.7% for July 16-22, 14.2% for July 16-22, 9.2% for July 9-15 and 6.1% for July 2-8.

Pinellas County’s new case count increased by 6,434, or 919 cases a day, for the week of July Aug. 6-12 compared to 5,125, for July 30-Aug. 5. The cumulative count went up to 101,233.

The CDC reports that the transmission rate in Pinellas is high with a 23% increase in new cases over the past seven days the same as last week. New hospital admissions were up by 26% the same as last week.

DOH ended its daily reports of COVID-19 activity on June 2 and removed the dashboard that provided a detailed account of cases, deaths, testing and other information since March 2020.

DOH no longer provides the number of new deaths by county. As of June 2, deaths in Pasco totaled 802 and 1,671 in Pinellas.

For more information about COVID-19 in Pasco, visit https://www.pascocountyfl.net/4146/Coronavirus-Information-Pasco-County-Ope.

Information about COVID in Pinellas is available at https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.

Vaccination rate up to 63%

Health and government officials continue to urge the unvaccinated to get a shot as soon as possible to try to combat the highly contagious delta variant.

CDC says the highest rate of transmission with more serious cases is occurring in areas with low vaccination rates. The vaccine remains the most effective preventive measure available.

The vaccine not only prevents people from getting COVID-19, it also helps keep them from getting as sick. Officials are urging unvaccinated people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

DOH reports that the state’s vaccination rate for the week increased to 65% for ages 12 and older receiving at least one dose, up from 63% last week.

As of Aug. 12, DOH reported that 12,420,704 Floridians had received a COVID-19 vaccination with 2,100,860 receiving a first-dose only and 10,319,844 completing the one- or two-shot series.

According to the DOH, 86% of those 65 and older had completed the one- or two-shot series, 79% of ages 60-64, 71% of ages 50-59, 63% of ages 40-49, 54% of ages 30-39, 45% of ages 20-29 and 44% of ages 12-19.

In Pasco County, DOH reports that 285,539 had received at least one-dose of vaccine out of a population of 552,310, or 62%, an increase of 2% from last week.

In Pinellas County, 541,133 had received at least one dose of vaccine out of a population of 992,298, or 62%, up 1% from last week.

United States and global numbers

Johns Hopkins University of Medicine still maintains a COVID-19 dashboard providing information on national and worldwide cases and deaths. As of 3:21 p.m. Aug. 14, 36.6 million cases and 621,199 deaths had been reported in the United States, and 206.58 million cases had been reported worldwide with 4.35 million deaths. In addition, more than 4.6 billion vaccine doses had been administered.