The number of COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County continues to climb with 52 new cases reported Sunday morning, bringing the count to 1,584. The death toll remains at 95.
Florida Department of Health reported 286 new cases and 13 deaths in the county during the week, June 1-7, including 81 on June 5, the day the state moved into phase two of its recovery plans.
In comparison, DOH reported 124 new cases and seven deaths from May 25-31, 151 new cases and eight deaths from May 18-24, 159 new cases and seven deaths from May 11-17, and 95 new cases and 19 deaths from May 4-10, which was the first week of phase one of the state’s recovery plan.
The county’s first two cases were reported on March 11, and the first death was confirmed on March 23.
Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 63,938 with 2,700 deaths on Sunday. Cases in the United States totaled 1,922,054 with 109,811 deaths. Globally, more than 6.9 million cases have been reported with 400,375 deaths.
COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 1,533 Florida residents and 51 non-residents. More cases were in females, 57%, to 43% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 57.
DOH reported that 427 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 411 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 28% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.
Local hospitals reported 34% available bed capacity on Sunday with nearly 28% 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
DOH reported on June 7 that 52,805 COVID-19 tests had been done in Pinellas, 2,322 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 3% of test results were positive. Fourteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 169.
A summary report for Pinellas County released June 6 shows 2.1% of tests done on June 5 were positive, 4.5% from June 4, 2.1% from June 3, 1.2% from June 2, 2.4% from June 1, 1.2% from May 31, 1.9% from May 30 and 2.1% from May 29. The numbers do not include people that have previously tested positive.
For information on testing, 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 available 24/7.
For online information on testing and location of sites, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.
St. Petersburg is still county’s hot spot
DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 1,475 of the cases in Pinellas on Saturday. St. Petersburg has the most with 638 cases (43%), 223 are Clearwater residents, 174 from Largo, 143 from Seminole, 76 from Palm Harbor, 73 from Pinellas Park, 37 from Tarpon Springs, 25 from Dunedin, 16 from Safety Harbor, 13 from Oldsmar, 12 from Clearwater Beach, 10 from Indian Rocks Beach, seven from Kenneth City, six from South Pasadena, , four each from Madeira Beach and Gulfport, three from Belleair, two each from Bay Pines, Belleair Beach and Belleair Bluffs, and one each from Indian Shores, North Redington Beach, Crystal Beach, Treasure Island and Tierra Verde.
Case numbers at long-term care facilities
At least one case has been reported at 50 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of June 5. Since March, 476 cases have been reported at these facilities, or 32% of cases in Pinellas.
DOH reported 263 cases in residents and 138 in staff at the facilities as of June 5. The numbers do not reflect current infections.
DOH reported June 5 that 82 cases had been reported by Gulf Shore Care Center, 72 cases by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 55 cases had been reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 28 by St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 34 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 23 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 24 by Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View in South Pasadena and 10 each by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg and Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center in St. Petersburg. The rest had less than 10 cases.
These numbers are provisional and subject to change.
At least 70 of the county’s 95 deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities.
According to a weekly report from DOH released June 6, 25 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 13 from Gulf Shore Care Center; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; six from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; four from Patrick Manor; three from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab and three from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View; two from the Inn at Freedom Square. In addition, one death each was reported at Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor, Palm Garden in Clearwater and Palm Garden of Pinellas.
Palm Garden in Clearwater tells Tampa Bay Newspapers it has no deaths. The facility disappeared from the list of facilities with cases on June 5; but remained on the list of deaths at facilities released on June 6.
DOH reported on June 5 that four more county residents had died, bringing the death toll to 95. According to the detail report, the deaths included an 85-year-old man, an 87-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man. No information was available for the fourth.
District Six Medical Examiner’s office released one death report on June 5 for an 85-year-old man who died June 4 from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphin View. DOH reported June 4 the death of an 89-year-old woman.
DOH reported June 2 the deaths of an 85-year-old woman, a 74-year-old old woman, an 80-year-old man, a 68-year-old man, a 74-year-old man, an 85-year-old man and an 84-year-old man.
The medical examiner’s office released five death investigation reports on June 2, including two residents of Gulf Shore Care Center: an 80-year-old man who died May 30 and an 84-year-old man who died June 1.
The medical examiner’s office also confirmed the death of an 85-year-old man who died May 31 from The Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View, and an 85-year-old woman who died May 31 from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion. The fifth death was a 67-year-old man who had lived at home.
DOH confirmed the death of a 67-year-old man on June 1. The medical examiner’s office released three death investigation reports on June 1, including a 68-year-old man who died May 28, a 74-year-old man who died May 29 from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View and a 75-year-old woman who died May 30 from Gulf Shore Care Center.
Local state of emergency extended
Pinellas County Commission voted June 5 to extend the local state of emergency through June 19. Commissioners have lifted local restrictions at beaches, swimming pools and playgrounds; however, statewide orders remain in effect, which include social distancing, capacity and sanitation requirements. Commissioners urge the public to wear cloth masks when in large groups, such as the recent protests, and in enclosed public spaces.
For more information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.
State cases climb to nearly 64,000 with 2,700 deaths
The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 62,416 on Sunday. Another 1,522 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 63,938— 1,180 more than the number reported on Saturday.
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 2,700, which is 12 more than the number reported the day before.
DOH reports that 10,942 have been hospitalized statewide.
DOH reported on June 7 that 1,217,105 people had been tested statewide. DOH says 5.3% of results have been positive. As of June 6, 921 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,265.
Of the 63,938 cases, 2,180 were travel-related, 29,310 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,091 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 21,504 were under investigation.
Statewide recovery plans
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a June 3 press conference that the state is moving into phase 2 of its recovery plan. Bars and pubs were allowed to reopen on June 5 with 50% indoor capacity and no restrictions on outdoor seating except to maintain social distancing. All customers must be seated to be served. The new rules do not apply to nightclubs.
Restaurants were allowed to seat customers at their bars starting on Friday and can continue to operate at 50% capacity.
DeSantis also changed the rules to allow gatherings of up to 50 people, instead of 10.
Retail establishments and gyms were allowed to open at full capacity. In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, must still adhere to social distancing guidelines keeping 6 feet apart. Sanitation protocols also are a requirement.
Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and concert halls, were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity.
In addition, the governor said other personal services could reopen, such as tattoo parlors, tanning, massage and acupuncture, but they must use Florida Department of Health guidance.
Pari-mutuel facilities can submit reopening plans. The state’s universities have until June 23 to submit reopening plans.
Persons age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions are still urged to avoid crowds and exposure to COVID-19. The governor also urged others to be careful when interacting with those more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus virus.
In the written order, it says that all persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis. Visitation by family and friends is still prohibited.
National cases top 1.9 million with 109,811 deaths
According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,922,054 with 109,811 deaths compared to 1,897,239 with 109,127 deaths at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The number of global cases increased to 6,935,047 with 400,375 deaths compared to 6,731,824 with 394,787 deaths on Saturday.
For more information on the coronavirus, visit www.floridahealth.gov/index.html.
Suzette Porter is TBN’s Pinellas County editor. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Note: All information is subject to change.