Florida Department of Health reported on July 31 that 14 more Pinellas County residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 432. In addition, 242 new COVID-19 cases were added to the count, bringing the total to 16,356.
Since July 27, 1,209 new cases and 59 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 16,240 residents and 116 non-residents. More cases were in females, 8,720 (54%), to 7,511 in males. Gender was unknown for nine. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 42. Seventeen percent were Black and 10% Hispanics.
Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 470,386 with 6,843 deaths on Friday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,496,737 with 152,074 deaths. Globally, more than 17.3 million cases have been reported with 674,038 deaths.
Case counts surged as businesses reopened
DOH reported 95 new cases and 19 deaths from May 4-10, which was the first week of phase one of the state’s recovery plan. Pinellas had 159 new cases and seven deaths from May 11-17, 151 new cases and eight deaths from May 18-24, and 124 new cases and seven deaths from May 25-31.
DOH reported 286 new cases and 13 deaths during the week, June 1-7, including 81 on June 5, the day the state moved into phase two of its recovery plans.
From June 8-14, 659 new cases and seven deaths were reported. DOH reported 162 new cases on June 13, which at the time had been the one-day high.
From June 15-21, 1,332 new cases and 13 deaths were reported in Pinellas. June 20 was the third consecutive day of record case counts that week with 285. June 19 was a record day with 266 cases, as was June 18 with 203 new cases.
For the week of June 22-28, 2,353 new cases and 40 deaths were reported. Three record-high days occurred with 614 new cases on June 27, 430 on June 26 and 354 on June 23. From June 29-July 5, DOH reported 2,513 new cases and 43 deaths, and 2,353 new cases.
From July 6-12, 2,312 cases were reported and 33 deaths. From July 13-19, 2,638 cases were reported and 85 deaths — the most new cases and deaths in any seven-day period so far. Pinellas set a new second highest one-day case count on July 13, adding 598. July 9 with 431 new cases and July 10 with 467 had been the previous second highest one-day count records.
The county’s first two cases were reported on March 11, and the first death was confirmed on March 23.
DOH reported on July 31 that 1,499 have been hospitalized, including 1,478 residents (31 more than Thursday) and 21 non-residents. About 9% of all cases have been hospitalized since March.
Local hospitals reported 19% capacity in staffed adult beds (545 of 2,881) on Friday, compared to 18% in (514 of 2,863) on Thursday, compared to 18.4% capacity (529 of 2,868) on Wednesday, 19.6% capacity (573 of 2,930) on Tuesday, 17.7% capacity (514 of 2,906) on Monday, 19.2% (545 of 2,834) on Sunday and 18.6% (528 of 2,840) on Saturday.
According to Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 5:30 a.m. July 30, 397 regular beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient, 88 were in ICU with 45 on a ventilator.
Capacity of adult ICU beds countywide was 14% (42 of 295) on Friday, compared to 12% (33 of 297) on Thursday, 12.7% (38 of 300) on Wednesday, 17% (43 of 305) on Tuesday, 15% (46 of 303) on Monday, 17% (50 of 294) on Sunday and 12.8% (37 of 289) on Saturday.
Two hospitals reported zero capacity in ICU beds, St. Petersburg General and Northside. Bayfront Health had 11, Morton Plant had seven, Largo Medical Center had five, Mease Dunedin, Kindred Hospital and AdventHealth North Pinellas each had four, Palms of Pasadena had three, and St. Anthony’s and Mease Countryside each had two.
Three hospitals reported zero capacity on Thursday, AdventHealth North Pinellas, Northside, and St. Petersburg General. Morton Plant had nine, Bayfront Health had seven, Mease Dunedin and Largo Medical Center each had six, St. Anthony’s had two, Mease Countryside, Palms of Pasadena and Kindred Hospital each had one.
Four hospitals reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Wednesday. St. Petersburg General Hospital reported zero capacity in ICU beds on Tuesday.
Testing in Pinellas
DOH reported that 159,965 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 30 with an average rate of positive results at 10%, the same as July 29, 28, 27, 26, 25 and 24, but up from 9.9% on July 23, 22 and 21, and 9.8% on July 20, 9.7% on July 19 and July 18, and 9.6% on July 17. Results were pending for 21 and 130 tests were inconclusive.
According to the county specific report, 7.7% of 2,926 tests on July 30 were positive, 8.3% of 3,541 tests on July 29, 8.2% of 2,922 on July 28, 7.3% of 2,758 on July 27, 5.9% of 3,182 on July 26, 4.9% of 3,175 on July 25, 5.7% of 4,478 on July 24, 7.7% of 4,381 on July 23, 8.4% of 2,021 on July 22, 6.2% of 4,064 on July 21 were positive, 8.4% of 2,460 tests on July 20, 8.1% of 2,771 on July 19, 8.1% of 5,376 on July 18 and 9.2% of 3,057 on July 17.
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.
DOH also reported that as of July 24, 987 of those ages 18 or younger had tested positive, or 12.9%.
State-supported testing sites, including the one at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg closed at 7 p.m. July 30 due to the threat from Hurricane Isaias. The site will resume operations on Saturday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
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 https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.
Case counts in local municipalities
DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pinellas on Friday. St. Petersburg has the most with 6,842 cases, 3,195 are Clearwater residents, 1,660 from Largo, 910 from Palm Harbor, 847 from Pinellas Park, 763 from Seminole, 482 from Tarpon Springs, 405 from Dunedin, 279 from Oldsmar, 209 from Safety Harbor, 123 from Clearwater Beach, 104 from Gulfport, 71 from Kenneth City, 53 from Indian Rocks Beach, 52 from South Pasadena, 28 from Madeira Beach, 24 from Belleair, 20 from Belleair Beach, 17 from Crystal Beach, 11 from Bay Pines, nine from Tierra Verde, North Redington Beach and Treasure Island, eight from St. Pete Beach, three from Belleair Bluffs and Ozona, two from Lealman, Redington Shores and Redington Beach, one from Indian Shores, one listed as homeless and 93 as missing.
Case numbers at long-term care facilities
Since March, 2,265 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 14% of cases in the county.
At least one case has been reported at 113 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of July 28 with 1,092 cases in residents and 493 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.
According to DOH, 113 were reported by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare Center in Palm Harbor, 89 by Gulf Shore Care Center, 86 by Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center in Clearwater, 83 were reported by Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, 78 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 75 by Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 75 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center at Tarpon Springs, 67 by Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, 58 cases by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 44 by Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg, 42 by Gateway Care Center in Pinellas Park, 38 by Sunset Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Clearwater, 35 by Lakeside Oaks Care Center in Dunedin, 35 by West Bay of Tampa in Oldsmar, 32 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 31 by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center in St. Petersburg, 30 by The Oaks of Clearwater, 23 by Regal Palms in Largo, 20 by Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, 20 by Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg and 20 by The Oaks of Clearwater. The rest had fewer than 20.
DOH reported on July 31 that 14 more county residents had died due to COVID-19, including eight women, age 91, 87, 86, 85, 84, 81, 65 and 59; and six men, age 88, 84, 77, 67, 54 and 48. The death toll rose to 432.
At least 296 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 10% of the deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 604 deaths, or 20%, and Palm Beach County is No. 3 with 335 deaths, or 11%.
According to a weekly report from DOH released July 25, 27 deaths were reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 22 by Gulf Shore Care Center, including one staff member; 20 by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center; 15 by Jacaranda Manor and Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center; 11 deaths by St. Mark Village and Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center; 10 by Boca Ciega Center; eight by Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services and Walton Place; seven by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare; six by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation, Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View; and five by Patrick Manor.
In addition, four deaths were reported by Grand Villa of Largo, North Rehabilitation Center and Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center. Three were reported by Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater, Regal Palms, Palm Garden of Largo, Arbor Oaks of Tyrone, Carrington Place of St. Pete and Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg.
Two deaths were reported by Egret Cove Center in St. Petersburg, Baytree Lakeside in Kenneth City, Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor, Palm Garden of Clearwater, Sabal Palms Health Care Center in Largo, Royal Oaks Manor, Marion and Bernard L. Samson Center, The Inn at Freedom Square, The Inn at Lake Seminole Square, Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg, Westminster Suncoast, West Bay of Tampa and Sunset Point.
One death was reported by Seabreeze Siesta Manor in Clearwater, Sylvan Terrace in Pinellas Park, Union House in Clearwater, Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, Heather Haven in Dunedin, Heather Haven II in Dunedin, Heron House of Largo, Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center, Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, Palm Garden of Pinellas, Oak Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg, Brentwood Senior Living at St. Pete, Addington Place of East Lake, Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Grand Villa of Dunedin, The Care Center at Pinellas Park, Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor, County Inn in Pinellas Park and Cross Terrace Rehabilitation Center.
DOH reported on July 30 that 18 residents had died, including six women, age 93, 86, 83, 82, 81 and 69; and 12 men, age 85, 84, 83, 80, 84, 79, 76, 68, 67, 66, 66 and 64. DOH reported on July 29 that five had died due to COVID-19, including three women, age 92, 77 and 73; and two men, age 75 and 51.
DOH confirmed 17 deaths on July 28, including eight women, age 87, 85, 84, 79, 75, 73, 72 and 68; and nine men, age, 87, 83, 80, 80, 79, 77, 73, 68 and 59. The District Six Medical Examiner’s Office released 17 death investigation reports on July 28, including 11 from long-term care facilities.
Two were men from Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg: an 89-year-old that died July 21 and a 70-year-old that died July 16. Two were men from Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg: a 76-year-old man who died July 21 and a 59-year-old man who died July 20.
Three others died July 23, including a 65-year-old woman from Alpine Health and Rehabilitation, a 79-year-old man from Belleair Health Care Center in Clearwater and an 84-year-old man who died July 23 from Arbor Oaks Senior Living Facility.
A 93-year-old man died July 22 from Baytree assisted living facility. Two died July 21, including a 91-year-old woman from Fountains of Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg and a 74-year-old woman died July 21 from Countryside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Palm Harbor.
The 11th report was on an 81-year-old woman who died July 20 from Palm Garden Assisted Living Facility. She fell and went to hospital on June 23. She later started having respiratory issues and had to be intubated. She tested positive for COVID-19 on July 15.
The other reports were on those who went from their home to the hospital, including a 76-year-old woman who died July 15 and a 60-year-old woman who died July 18. Two women died on July 21: a 52-year-old and an 85-year-old woman. Two men died on July 23: a 76-year-old man and a 78-year-old man.
DOH reported five deaths in Pinellas on July 27, including two women, age 81 and 89; and three men, age 92, 75 and 73.
DOH confirmed the youngest death in the county on June 26: a 22-year-old man. 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.
In Pinellas, two deaths also has been reported in the 25-34 age group, three in the 35-44 group (1%), 14 in 45-54 (3%), 29 in 55-64 (7%), 80 in 65-74 (19%), 141 in 75-84 (33%) and 162 (38%) in ages 85 and up.
Local state of emergency extended, face mask order stands
The Pinellas County Commission voted July 30 to extend the local state of emergency through Aug. 7.
The countywide ordinance requiring that face masks be worn in indoor public places when social distancing is not possible remains in effect. Bars with a food license and restaurants can only serve people who are seated and social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained. Staff also must wear face masks when preparing or serving food or beverages indoors and outdoors.
Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Department of Health in Pinellas County, said the seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 cases was down to 256 a day, and the seven-day rolling average for percentage of positive tests was down to 7%. He attributes the decreases to more people wearing masks, practicing social distancing and the closure of bars.
For information on where to get a free face mask, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/free-face-masks/.
For more information on the county’s response to the coronavirus, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.
Florida’s case count tops 470,000
The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 465,030 on Friday. Another 5,356 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 470,386 — 9,007 more than the number reported on Friday.
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 6,843, which is 257 more than the number reported the day before. DOH also reported that 123 non-Florida residents have died.
DOH reports that 26,533 residents have been hospitalized statewide, which is 516 more than the number reported on Friday. No information was available about non-residents.
DOH reported that 3,633,393 had been done statewide as of July 30 with 12.9% coming back as positive, the same as July 29, which was up from 12.8% on July 28, 12.7% on July 27, 12.6% on July 26, 12.5% on July 25, 12.4% on July 24, 12.3% on July 23, 12.1% on July 22, up from 12% on July 21, 11.9% on July 20, 11.8% on July 19, up from 11.6% on July 18 and 11.5% on July 17. Results were inconclusive for 5,305 and pending for 3,363.
Looking at daily results, 10.57% of 75,996 tests on July 30 were positive, 12% of 72,912 tests on July 29, 12.26% of 67,598 on July 28, 11.69% of 69,804 on July 27, 11.39% of 69,277 tests on July 26, 11.06% of 75,110 on July 25, 11.43% of 94,356 on July 24 were positive, 13.31% of 81,151 on July 23, 12.31% of 72,923 on July 22, 10.55% of 82,644 on July 21, 13,62% of 59,431 on July 20, 14.74% of 60,787 on July 19, 11.83% of 93,122 on July 18 and 12.17% of 74,247 on July 17.
National cases top 4.49 million with 152,074 deaths
According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at noon Friday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 4,496,737 with 152,074 deaths compared to 4,431,399 with 150,765 deaths at noon Thursday. The number of global cases increased to 17,334,539 with 674,038 deaths compared to 17,061,855 with 667,935 on Thursday.
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 numbers are provisional and subject to change.