Pinellas County’s COVID-19 death count is soaring, up by 12 in the past two days, including six reported by Florida Department of Health on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 56. The number of new cases has increased by 19 to total 820.
The county’s first two COVID-19 cases were reported on March 11. The first death was confirmed on March 23.
Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 38,828 with 1,600 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 1,231,943 with 73,566 deaths. Globally, more than 3.78 million cases have been reported with 264,602 deaths.
COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 777 Florida residents and 43 non-residents. More cases were in females, 55%, to 45% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 56.
DOH reported that 241 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 226 residents and 15 nonresidents. About 30% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.
Local hospitals reported nearly 35% available bed capacity on Thursday with 27% capacity for adult ICU beds.
“Hospitalizations is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness,” DOH said. “These people may no longer be hospitalized. This number does not represent the number of COVID-19 positive persons currently hospitalized. We do not have a figure for that information at this time.”
Testing in Pinellas
As of Thursday, 17,874 people had been tested for the coronavirus in Pinellas, 322 more than the day before. DOH say an average of 4.6% of test results were positive. Ten tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 281.
A summary report for Pinellas County for the past week released May 6 shows that 2.5 of test results from May 5 were positive, 1% from May 4, 2.7% from May 3, 1.9% from May 2, 2.1% from May 1, 3% from April 30, 2.6% from April 29 and 2.8% from April 28. The numbers do not include people who have previously tested positive.
Community Health Centers of Pinellas is offering free COVID-19 tests without restrictions at three locations. Residents do not need to have symptoms or be a CHC patient.
Testing sites will provide same day walk-ups and drive ups, but appointments are recommended to decrease wait times. Make an appointment by calling 727-824-8181 and selecting option 0.
The following sites will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
• 707 East Druid Road, Clearwater.
• 7550 43rd St. N., Pinellas Park.
• 1344 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg (Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center).
A condensed electronic registration will be required at testing sites. Residents are asked to bring a valid ID.
St. Petersburg is county’s hot spot
DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 759 of the cases in Pinellas on Wednesday. St. Petersburg has the most with 263 cases (35%), 118 are Clearwater residents, 93 from Largo, 91 from Seminole, 60 from Palm Harbor, 31 from Tarpon Springs, 25 from Pinellas Park, 19 from Dunedin, 12 from Safety Harbor, nine each from Clearwater Beach and Oldsmar, six from Indian Rocks Beach, three each from Belleair, Gulfport, Kenneth City and Madeira Beach, two each from Bay Pines, Belleair Beach and Belleair Bluffs, and one each from North Redington Beach, Crystal Beach, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde and South Pasadena.
Case numbers at long-term care facilities
DOH reported 212 cases in residents and staff in long-term care facilities as of May 6. The numbers do not reflect current infections. At least one case has been reported at 31 facilities. Eighty-eight cases have been reported at Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 38 at St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor, 17 at Carrington House of St. Pete, 13 at Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services in Seminole, 13 at Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehab Center in St. Petersburg and 12 at Patrick Manor Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg.
COVID-19 death count continues to climb
DOH has reported 15 new deaths in Pinellas since May 4, when the state took its first step toward reopening and recovery. Six new deaths were reported on Thursday, the same number as the day before. Two deaths were reported on Tuesday, and one on Monday.
As of Thursday, the county’s death toll was up to 56. At least 34 were residents or staff from one of the county’s long-term care facilities, according to a report from May 6.
District Six Medical Examiner’s office released investigation reports May 7 on five from long-term care facilities, including an 86-year-old woman, who died May 5 from Patrick Manor Assisted Living Facility; an 86-year-old woman, who died May 5, from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion; an 85-year-old woman, who died May 2, from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion; a 79-year-old woman, who died May 5 from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion; and a 75-year-old man, who died May 5 from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion
DOH confirmed six deaths on May 6: a 75-year-old man, a 79-year-old woman, a 77-year-old man, a 90-year-old woman, an 85-year-old woman and an 83-year-old woman.
The medical examiner’s office released four reports on May 6, including a 77-year-old man, who died May 5 from St. Mark Village; a 90-year-old woman, who died May 4 from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion; an 83-year-old woman, who died May 4 from Bardmoor Oaks nursing home; and an 82-year-old man, who died May 6.
DOH confirmed two deaths on May 4: a 67-year-old woman and an 85-year-old woman. DOH confirmed the death of a 98-year-old woman on May 4 and, on May 2, the deaths of three women, ages 95, 97 and a 98.
The Medical Examiner’s office released investigation reports on May 4 on three women, including a 98-year-old resident of St. Mark Village who died May 1, a 98-year-old patient from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion who died May 2, and 68-year-old woman who died May 2.
A report from the medical examiner’s office on May 3 was for a 95-year-old woman who died April 30. She had been a patient at Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion. The medical examiner also released a report on a 97-year-old woman who died May 1. She had been a resident at St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor.
The medical examiner’s office released a report May 1 on a 75-year-old woman who died on April 29. She was a resident at St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor
DOH reported three deaths on April 30 and three on April 29. The medical examiner’s office released six new death investigation reports on April 30, including one for a 77-year-old man who died on April 27. He had traveled to Columbia.
Four more deaths were reported from Freedom Square. A 93-year-old man died April 28. He was from Freedom Square Memory Center. Three were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including an 89-year-old man, an 80-year-old woman and a 91-year-old man. All died on April 28.
The sixth death was a 99-year-old woman who died April 28. She had been a resident at St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor.
DOH announced the death an 87-year-old man on April 27, who had been a resident at St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The medical examiner’s office also provided six more reports of deaths on April 27. Two of those deaths were residents of St. Mark Village, a 97-year-old man who died April 25 and a 93-year-old woman who died April 24.
Four others had been patients at Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including a 78-year-old man who died April 24, a 102-year-old woman (the oldest victim thus far) who died on April 25, a 94-year-old woman who died April 25 and a 98-year-old woman who died on April 27.
DOH confirmed eight COVID-19 related deaths in the county from April 21-24. The death of a 92-year-old woman was announced April 24. According to the medical examiner’s office she had been a patient from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion.
DOH reported two deaths due to the coronavirus the night of April 23. Both were men. Ages were 95 and 84. According to the medical examiner’s office, the 95-year-old had been a resident of St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor and the 84-year-old man had been a patient at Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion.
Two deaths were confirmed on the night of April 22. They also were men. Ages were 90 and 75. The 75-year-old had been a patient at Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, according to the medical examiner’s report.
DOH reported on the morning of April 22 that a 90-year-old woman had died. According to the medical examiner’s office, she had been a patient at Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion.
Two deaths were reported on April 21: a 79-year-old man and a 96-year-old woman, another patient from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion.
Two deaths were reported on April 17. One was an 84-year-old woman, and the second was a 66-year-old man. Both had been patients at Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion.
Freedom Square sent out a press release April 17 confirming the deaths and also reported that another patient, a 74-year-old man, had died on April 11.
DOH reported on April 14 that an 80-year-old man who had traveled to New York had died due to the coronavirus.
Five deaths were reported from April 7-11. DOH reported the death of a 74-year-old man on April 11 (Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion patient). Two deaths were reported on April 10, a 78-year-old woman who had traveled to Washington, D.C. and in Florida, and a 75-year-old man who had traveled to New York.
DOH reported the death of a 56-year-old woman on April 8 and a 76-year-old woman on April 7. Neither was travel-related.
The county’s first death attributed to the coronavirus reported on March 23 was a 52-year-old male. He had traveled to Bulgaria, Germany and Utah. The county’s second travel-related death was an 82-year-old man who had traveled to Ohio and in Florida.
The six other deaths were not travel-related and include two women: a 40-year-old, the youngest victim so far, and an 83-year-old. The rest were men, ages 85, 67, 64 and 58.
Local state of emergency extended
Pinellas County extended its local state of emergency through May 15. The local safer-at-home order was rescinded and the county will follow the statewide orders that began May 4. Commissioners voted on April 28 to reopen public swimming pools with restrictions and playgrounds are open at daycare centers. Beaches opened on May 4. Social distancing is required.
For more information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.
State cases number more than 38,000
The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 37,813 on Thursday. Another 1,015 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 38,828 — 826 more than the number reported on Wednesday.
The numbers are cumulative going back to March 4. DOH has not provided information on how many people have recovered.
The number of deaths in Florida increased to 1,600, which is 61 more than the number reported the day before.
DOH reports that 6,765 have been hospitalized statewide.
As of Thursday morning, 495,075 had been tested statewide, which is 13,070 more than the day before. DOH says 7.8% of results have been positive. As of May 6, 603 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,351.
Of the 38,002 statewide cases reported Wednesday, 1,825 were travel-related, 14,460 had contact with a confirmed case, 1,659 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 16,361 were under investigation.
Statewide safer-at-home order
Gov. Ron DeSantis modified his safer-at-home order, effective Monday, May 4. Many of the previous restrictions apply. Social distancing is still required.
Persons ages 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions are advised to stay home as much as possible as that population is most vulnerable and at risk from COVID-19.
Some of the changes in the new order include allowing retail establishments to open at 25% capacity. Restaurants can open their indoor dining rooms at 25% capacity and serve food and drink in outdoor areas with tables spaced 6 feet apart. Bars, gyms and fitness centers remain closed as do businesses that provide personal services.
National cases top 1.2 million, more than 71,000 deaths
According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,231,943 with 73,566 deaths compared 1,206,323 with 71,152 deaths reported at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The number of global cases increased to 3,781,896 with 264,602 deaths compared to 3,689,887 with 258,160 deaths on Wednesday.
For more information on the coronavirus, visit www.floridahealth.gov/index.html. If you think you might need to be tested, contact your health provider, or call the state DOH’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-779-6121 or the Pinellas County DOH’s hotline at 727-824-6900. Both numbers are open 24/7.
Suzette Porter is TBN’s Pinellas County editor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: All information is subject to change.