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Florida Department of Health reported 117 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Oct. 18, bringing the count to 24,099. Two more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 800.

From Oct. 12-18, 938 new cases and 18 deaths have been reported. DOH reported more than 100 new cases five days this week, including 117 on Oct. 18, 123 on Oct. 16, 113 on Oct. 15, 143 on Oct. 14 and 152 on Oct. 13, and 236 on Oct. 17. This is the first week since Aug. 10-16 that more than 800 cases were reported.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 755,020 with 16,168 on Oct. 18. Cases in the United States totaled 8,123,273 with 219,466 deaths. Globally, more than 39.79 million cases have been reported with 1.11 million deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 23,926 residents and 173 non-residents. More cases were in females, 12,8888 (54%), to 11,022 in males. Gender was unknown in 16. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Eighteen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanic.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,435 residents and 26 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

Local hospitals had 30.5% capacity in staffed adult beds (972 of 3,183) on Sunday with 27% capacity (79 of 295) in ICU beds. Only Northside Hospital reported zero capacity in ICU beds. According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16, 121 beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient with 29 in ICU and 16 on a ventilator.

Reports of new cases and deaths continue

From Oct. 5-11, 652 cases and 19 deaths were reported in Pinellas. The death count was the same as the week before, but the case count increased significantly.

Oct. 5-11 was the first time since the week of Aug. 17-23 that more than 600 new cases were reported in one week. DOH reported 669 new cases from Aug. 17-23 and 51 deaths. Oct. 8 was the first time since Sept. 26 that more than 100 new cases were reported in a single day. DOH reported 125 on Oct. 8 and 119 new cases on Sept. 26.

From Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 505 new cases were reported and 19 deaths — down one case from the week prior with four fewer deaths. From Sept. 21-27, 506 new cases were reported and 23 deaths, which was a decrease in cases but an increase in deaths from the previous week.

Testing in Pinellas

A rise in positivity rates is evident in recent reports. DOH reported that 4.89% of 2,351 test results on Oct. 17 were positive, 6.04% of 3,750 results on Oct. 16, 3.34% of 3,644 results on Oct. 15, 4.05% of 2,866 on Oct. 14, 5.67% of 2,330 on Oct. 13, 6.31% of 2,331 results on Oct. 12 and 4.13% of 1,322 results on Oct. 11.

The state reported on Oct. 11 that 3.22% of 5,083 test results on Oct. 10 were positive and 16.31% of 431 results on Oct. 9; however, due to the data dump of previously reported lab results, which prevented normal processing of results on Oct. 9, the state says the most accurate way to interpret percent positivity for those two days is to average them. The two-day average of results from Oct. 9-10 was 4.39%.

Previous results in October showed 3.23% of 2,847 test results on Oct. 8 were positive, 4.01% of 3,065 results on Oct. 7, 3.95% of 2,309 on Oct. 6, 3.25% of 1,908 on Oct. 5, 2.83% of 1,479 on Oct. 4, 2.91% of 2,302 on Oct. 3, 4.48% of 2,194 on Oct. 2 and 2.47% of 3,235 on Oct. 1.

The positivity rate for cumulative tests also shows an increase. DOH reported that 239,840 tests have been done in Pinellas in since March, and as of Oct. 17, the average rate of positive results was 9.98%, compared to 9.96% on Oct. 16, 9.92% on Oct. 15-13, 9.89% on Oct. 12-10, N/A on Oct. 9, 9.85% on Oct. 8, 9.86% on Oct. 7-6, 9.87% on Oct. 5, 9.88% on Oct. 4, 9.90% on Oct. 3 and 9.91% on Oct. 2-1. Results were inconclusive for 157. DOH is no longer reporting the number pending.

The percent is the number of people who test positive the first time divided by all people tested that day, excluding people who have previously tested positive.

The positivity rate for individuals under the age of 18 remains stable. As of Oct. 13, 1,659, or 9.8%, of 17,013 tests of those younger than 18 in Pinellas were positive. Statewide, 62,148, or 12.7% of 489,452 tests were 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, visit .

Cases in Pinellas County schools

Pinellas County Schools reported on Oct. 16 that as of Oct. 15 six more students and six employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

One student attended Pinellas Park High School and three partial classrooms and one partial bus were affected. One student attended East Lake High School and four partial classrooms and one partial bus was affected.

Two students attended Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo and two partial classrooms were affected. One student attended Northeast High School in St. Petersburg and four partial classrooms were affected. One student attended St. Petersburg High School and two partial classrooms and on partial bus were affected.

No impact to classrooms or buses was reported due to five employees, including one who worked at Osceola Middle School in Seminole, one who worked at Leila Davis Elementary School in Clearwater, one who worked at Lynch Elementary School in St. Petersburg, one who worked at Walter Pownall Service Center and one employee who worked at Mount Vernon Elementary School in St. Petersburg.

One employee who worked at Plato Academy charter school in St. Petersburg also tested positive and three partial classrooms were affected.

The school district reported on Oct. 15 that as of Oct. 14, 10 more students and four employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

One student attended Palm Harbor High School and six partial classrooms were affected. Two students attended Pinellas Technical College in St. Petersburg. One classroom affected.

One student attended Disston Academy in Gulfport. The district said there was no impact to classrooms or buses. One student attended Ponce deLeon Elementary School in Clearwater and a small group of students were affected.

One student attended Hollins High School in St. Petersburg and seven partial classrooms were affected. One student attended Pinellas Park High School. There was no impact to classrooms or buses, and there was no impact when a student attending Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary School tested positive.

One student attended Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary School in St. Petersburg and one classroom and one partial bus were affected. One student attended Discovery Academy of Science charter school in Dunedin and one classroom was affected.

There was no impact to classrooms or buses from employees testing positive. One employee worked at Lakewood Elementary School. One worked at Countryside High School. Two employees worked at Shore Acres Elementary School in St. Petersburg.

For more information, visit https://www.pcsb.org/COVID19Cases.

Case counts in local municipalities

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pinellas on Saturday, Oct. 18. St. Petersburg has the most with 9,656 cases, 4,715 are Clearwater residents, 2,469 from Largo, 1,401 from Palm Harbor, 1,207 from Pinellas Park, 1,198 from Seminole, 780 from Tarpon Springs, 627 from Dunedin, 438 from Oldsmar, 335 from Safety Harbor, 164 from Gulfport, 161 from Clearwater Beach, 134 from Kenneth City, 121 from South Pasadena, 81 from Indian Rocks Beach, 49 from Belleair, 42 from Madeira Beach, 28 from Belleair Beach, 26 from Crystal Beach, 19 from St. Pete Beach, 19 from Tierra Verde, 15 from North Redington Beach, 15 from Bay Pines, 13 from Treasure Island, four from Belleair Bluffs and Redington Shores, three from Indian Shores, Ozona, Lealman and Redington Beach, one listed as homeless and 193 as unspecified.

Cases and deaths at long-term care facilities

Since March, 4,108 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 17% of cases in the county. Carrington Place (64 beds) and Countryside Rehab and Health Care Center (120 beds) are designated COVID-19 isolation Centers.

The state’s emergency rules requiring biweekly testing at staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities expired Sept. 13. Nursing homes must continue staff testing under federal rules.

At least 558 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 834 deaths, or 13%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 672 deaths, or 10%.

According to a weekly report from DOH released Oct. 7, as of Oct. 2, 29 deaths had been reported by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare Center; 28 deaths by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 26 by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center; 25 by Jacaranda Manor, including two under investigation; 23 by Gulf Shore Care Center; 20 by Oak Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; 20 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center, including three under investigation; 17 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center; 13 by Boca Ciega Center; 12 by Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; and 11 deaths by St. Mark Village.

Ten were reported by Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Walton Place, The Oaks of Clearwater, Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg, Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg and Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center, including one under investigation.

Nine deaths were reported by Tierra Pines Nursing Home in Largo, Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing and Gulfport Rehabilitation Center, including one under investigation. Eight were reported by West Bay of Tampa and The Care Center at Pinellas Park.

Seven were reported by Carrington Place of St. Pete, Grand Villa of Largo, Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View, and Arbor Oaks of Tyrone.

Six were reported by Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg, Regal Palms, Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor, Patrick Manor, Stratford Court of Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Five were reported by Palm Garden of Largo, Alpine Health and Rehabilitation and Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center.

Four deaths were reported by Marion and Bernard L. Samson Center, Evergreen Manor Retirement Home in Safety Harbor, Angel Care Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg, Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab Center, Gateway Care Center of Pinellas, Harbourwood Care Center in Clearwater, North Rehabilitation Center, Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater, Seasons Largo, South Heritage Health & Rehabilitation Center, Egret Cove Center in St. Petersburg and Grand Villa of St. Petersburg.

Three were reported by Baytree Lakeside in Kenneth City, Palm Garden of Pinellas, Grand Villa of Pinellas Park, Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg and Country Inn, Belleair Health Center.

Two deaths were reported by Cross Terrace Rehabilitation Center, Alhambra Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, Brentwood Senior Living at St. Pete, Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor, Palm Garden of Clearwater, East Bay Rehabilitation Center in Clearwater, Grand Villa of Clearwater, Harborchase of Palm Harbor, The Inn at Freedom Square, The Inn at Lake Seminole Square, Royal Oaks Manor, Shore Acres Care Center in St. Petersburg, Sunset Point, Sabal Palms Health Care Center in Largo, PARC of St. Petersburg, Heron House of Largo, Westminster Suncoast, Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehab Center in St. Petersburg, and Lakeside Oaks Care Center, including one under investigation.

One death was reported by Westminster Palms in St. Petersburg, Wrights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Seminole, The Vineyard Inn in Largo, Union House in Clearwater, Sylvan Health Center in Clearwater, Sylvan Terrace in Pinellas Park, Princeton Village of Largo, Seabreeze Siesta Manor in Clearwater, Grand Villa of Dunedin, Golfview Healthcare Center in St. Petersburg, Heather Haven in Dunedin, Heather Haven II in Dunedin, Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living in Pinellas Park, The Barrington, Addington Place of East Lake, Addington Place of College Harbor in St. Petersburg, Clearwater Center, Bristol Court Assisted Living Community in St. Petersburg, Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Clearwater, Laurellwood Care Center in St. Petersburg and Bayside Care Center in St. Petersburg.

COVID-19 deaths countywide

DOH reported two more deaths due to COVID-19 on Oct. 18. The death toll rose to 800. DOH reported that five more residents had died due to COVID-19 on Oct. 17. No further details about deaths have been available since Saturday afternoon.

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%), 22 in 45-54 (3%), 66 in 55-64 (8%), 156 in 65-74 (20%), 246 in 75-84 (31%) and 300 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

DOH reported on Oct. 16 that a 67-year-old man had died due to COVID-19. DOH reported four deaths on Oct. 15. All were women, ages 90, 87, 76 and 65. DOH added one more death to the county’s total on Oct. 14. Details were released on two: an 83-year-old woman and a 74-year-old woman.

DOH reported four more COVID-19 related deaths on Oct. 13, including two women ages 90 and 88, and two men ages 71 and 68. DOH reported the death of a 74-year-old woman on Oct. 12.

DOH reported two more COVID-19 related deaths on Oct. 11. However, no details of those deaths were included in the daily line list report. Comparing the summary report on cases and deaths, it appears one of the new deaths was in the 45-54 age group and one in the age 85 and up. No information on gender was available.

DOH reported four deaths in Pinellas on Oct. 9, including two women ages 85 and 64, and two men ages 59 and 53. DOH reported on Oct. 8 that two women age 95 and 90 had died due to COVID-19.

DOH reported six deaths on Oct. 7, including five women ages 92, 84, 68, 68 and 56, and one man age 79. DOH reported four deaths on Oct. 6, but the death toll rose by only two to total 768. However, details were released on four, including two women ages 98 and 89, and two men ages 97 and 88.

DOH reported three more COVID-19 related deaths on Oct. 5, including one woman age 82 and two men ages 74 and 63. No new deaths were reported on Oct. 4. DOH reported four deaths in Pinellas on Oct. 3, and provided details on seven, including one women age 94, and six men ages 92, 86, 75, 75, 65 and 64.

DOH reported four deaths in Pinellas on Oct. 2, including three women ages 100, 78 and 76, and one man age 90. DOH reported two deaths on Oct. 1 and released details on three, including one woman age 90, and two men ages 86 and 84.

Local state of emergency, face mask order

Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton has extended the local state of emergency through Oct. 23. The ordinance requiring that facial covering be worn in indoor places remains in effect.

Commissioners voted Sept. 22 to delegate authority to the administrator to approve future extensions of the local state of emergency when regular meetings are not scheduled. The extensions must be done every seven days per state law.

In a press release officials said they were closely watching a recent increase in the 7-day rolling averages for new COVID-19 cases and the percentage of positive tests.

“We encourage residents to continue to protect themselves from COVID-19 by wearing their face coverings, practicing social distancing when possible, washing hands often, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and following up with their primary care provider for routine checkups,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas.

Burton told commissioner during an Oct. 6 meeting he had met with administrators in Hillsborough and Pasco counties to seek a regional approach to managing community spread. He also said that local hospital executives were working on recommendations for metrics that could be used to consider future actions, such as eliminating or reinstituting a face mask ordinance. That information is expected to be available by the commission’s Oct. 20 meeting.

The commission will discuss the next extension on Tuesday, Oct. 20, during a virtual meeting that begins at 2 p.m.

The countywide ordinance requires that face masks be worn in indoor public places when social distancing is not possible also remains in effect. The ordinance requires that retail employees wear face coverings unless in an area that is not open to the public with social distancing measures in place.

Restaurants and staff at bars can only serve people who are seated. Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained. Staff also must wear face masks when preparing or serving food or beverages indoors and outdoors. Customers do not have to wear masks while eating or drinking. No congregating at the bars or in any area is allowed.

The ordinance includes several exemptions for those that might not be able to wear a face masks; however, private businesses do not have to allow for those exemptions.

Statewide cases top 755,000 with 16,168 deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 745,492 on Sunday. Another 9,528 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the total 755,020 — 2,539 more than reported the day before.

On Oct. 17, 4,044 new cases were reported, the largest number of new cases reported in one day since the end of August.

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 residents increased to 15,967 deaths, which is 50 more than the number reported on Saturday. DOH also reported that 201 non-residents have died, bringing the state’s death toll to 16,168.

DOH reports that 47,053 residents have been hospitalized statewide, 77 more than the number reported on Saturday. No information was available about non-residents.

Testing statewide

DOH reported that 4.68% of 50,887 test results on Oct. 17 were positive, 5.21% of 73,219 results on Oct. 16, 4.28% of 74,689 on Oct. 15, 5.20% of 60,681 on Oct. 14, 5.42% of 50,106 on Oct. 13, 4.99% of 51,540 on Oct. 12 and 4.28% of 35,562 results on Oct. 11.

The state reported on Oct. 11 that 3.47% of 102,982 test results on Oct. 10 were positive and 7.88% of 20,938 results on Oct. 9; however, due to the data dump of previously reported lab results, which prevented normal processing of results on Oct. 9, the state says the most accurate way to interpret percent positivity for those two days is to average them. The two-day average of results from Oct. 9-10 was 4.24%.

Previous results in October showed 4.13% of 67,334 test results on Oct. 8 were positive, 4.57% of 68,792 results on Oct. 7, 4.15% of 58,810 on Oct. 6, 5.26% of 41,129 on Oct. 5, 3.93% of 34,303 on Oct. 4, 3.74% of 48,061 on Oct. 3, 4.79% of 56,109 on Oct. 2 and 3.77% of 68,777 on Oct. 1.

DOH reported results of 5,729, 634 cumulative tests done statewide on residents and nonresidents with 13.18% coming back as positive as of Oct. 17 the same as Oct. 16, compared to 13.17% on Oct. 15-14, 13.19% on Oct. 13-12, 13.20% on Oct. 11, 13.22% on Oct. 10, N/A on Oct. 9, 13.19% on Oct. 8, 13.21% on Oct. 7, 13.22% on Oct. 6, 13.24% on Oct. 5, 13.25% on Oct. 4, 13.26% on Oct. 3, 13.27% on Oct. 2 and 13.28% on Oct. 1. Results were inconclusive for 7,242. DOH is no longer reporting the number of pending test results.

National cases up to 8.12 million with 219,466 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 1 p.m. Sunday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 8,123,273 with 219,466 deaths compared 8,069,856 with 218,625 deaths at 1 p.m. Saturday. The number of global cases increased to 39,792,256 with 1,111,498 deaths compared 39,461,816 with 1,105,751 on Saturday.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.