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Pinellas County’s cumulative total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has increased to 17,725, according to the report released Saturday from the state Department of Health. The county’s death toll is up to 497.

Florida Department of Health reported on Saturday that 16 more Pinellas County residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 497. In addition, 184 more COVID-19 cases were added to total 17,725.

Since Aug. 3, 915 new cases have been reported and 58 deaths.

From July 27-Aug. 2, 1,627 new cases and 66 deaths were reported. It was the second consecutive week that the number of daily cases reported had gone down. From July 20-26, 1,675 new cases were reported and 59 deaths, which had been the lowest weekly case count since June 22-28.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 17,602 residents and 123 non-residents. More cases were in females, 9,459 (54%), to 8,143 in males. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 42. Seventeen percent were Black and 11% Hispanics.

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Charts on the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard provide data on ages, number of new cases by day and other county-specific details. This one is for Pinellas. The number hospitalized is for residents only.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 526,577 with 8,109 deaths on Saturday. Cases in the United States totaled 4,957,653 with 161,682 deaths. Globally, more than 19.4 million cases have been reported with 722,303 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.

Pinellas County enacted a mandatory face mask order for indoor places on June 24 and the state closed bars not licensed to sell food on June 26. The goal was to help control community spread of the virus.

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.

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Pinellas County’s website shows a graph of COVID-19 cases reported since March.

The county’s first two cases were reported on March 11, and the first death was confirmed on March 23.

Hospital capacity

DOH reported on Aug. 8 that 1,699 had been hospitalized in Pinellas, including 1,678 residents (28 more than Friday) and 21 non-residents. About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported 23.5% capacity in staffed adult beds (674 of 2,866), compared to 21% capacity (607 of 2,860) of Friday, 18% capacity on Thursday (526 of 2,862), 18% capacity (520 of 2,878) on Wednesday, 19% capacity (546 of 2,906) on Tuesday, 21% (599 of 2,887) on Monday and 22% (642 of 2,901) on Sunday.

According to Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7, 302 regular beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient, 60 were in ICU with 40 on a ventilator.

Capacity of adult ICU beds countywide was 19% (55 of 291) on Saturday, compared to 19% (54 of 287) on Friday, 17% (51 of 295) on Thursday, 12% (35 of 292 beds) on Wednesday, 10% (30 of 287) on Tuesday, 14% (42 of 294) on Monday and 17% (50 of 298) on Sunday.

Two hospitals reported zero capacity, Northside and St. Petersburg General. Largo Medical Center had 17, Bayfront Health had 10, St. Anthony’s had eight, Mease Dunedin had seven, Morton Plant had four, Kindred Hospital and Mease Countryside each had three, AdventHealth North Pinellas had two, and Palms of Pasadena had one.

Two hospitals reported zero capacity on Friday, Northside and St. Petersburg General. Largo Medical Center had 14, Bayfront Health had 10, St. Anthony’s had nine, Mease Dunedin had eight, Kindred Hospital had four, Mease Countryside and AdventHealth North Pinellas each had three, Morton Plant had two, and Palms of Pasadena had one.

Two hospitals reported zero capacity on Thursday, Northside and St. Petersburg General. Three hospitals reported zero capacity on Wednesday, Palms of Pasadena, Northside and St. Petersburg General. Three hospitals reported zero capacity on Tuesday, Palms of Pasadena, Northside and St. Petersburg General. Two hospitals reported zero capacity on Monday, St. Anthony’s and St. Petersburg General. Two hospitals reported zero capacity on Sunday, St. Petersburg General and Northside.

Testing in Pinellas

DOH reported that 171,061 tests had been done in Pinellas as of Aug. 7 with an average rate of positive results at 10.4%, the same as on Aug. 6, but up from 10.3% reported from Aug. 1-5, 10.2% on July 31-30, and 10% on July 29-24. Results were pending for 15 and 143 tests were inconclusive.

According to the county specific report, 5.7% of 3,169 tests on Aug. 7 were positive, 4.5% of 3,891 tests on Aug. 6, 3.7% of 4,235 on Aug. 5, 7.4% of 2,070 on Aug. 4, 7.8% of 2,052 on Aug. 3, 4.4% of 2,747 on Aug. 2, 5.5% of 3,204 on Aug. 1, 7.9% of 2,981 on July 31, 7.7% of 2,926 on July 30, 8.3% of 3,541 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 and 4.9% of 3,175 on July 25.

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 Aug. 6, 1,201 of 9,692 tests on those younger than age 18 had been positive, or 12.4%. Statewide, 41,159 of 273,012 tests, or 15%, have been 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 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 Saturday. St. Petersburg has the most with 7,324 cases, 3,490 are Clearwater residents, 1,805 from Largo, 990 from Palm Harbor, 919 from Pinellas Park, 831 from Seminole, 529 from Tarpon Springs, 433 from Dunedin, 307 from Oldsmar, 223 from Safety Harbor, 127 from Clearwater Beach, 119 from Gulfport, 107 from Kenneth City, 60 from South Pasadena, 55 from Indian Rocks Beach, 30 from Belleair, 29 from Madeira Beach, 23 from Belleair Beach, 18 from Crystal Beach, 13 from Tierra Verde, 11 from Bay Pines, 11 from North Redington Beach, 10 from St. Pete Beach, nine from Treasure Island, three from Belleair Bluffs, Indian Shores and Ozona, two from Lealman, Redington Shores and Redington Beach, one listed as homeless and 111 as missing.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

Since March, 2,637 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 15% of cases in the county.

At least one case has been reported at 108 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of Aug. 7 with 1,069 cases in residents and 426 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

According to DOH, 117 were reported by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare Center in Palm Harbor, 105 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 97 by Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, 84 by Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 76 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center at Tarpon Springs, 71 were reported by Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, 58 cases by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 49 by Gulf Shore Care Center, 48 by Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg, 43 by Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg, 42 by The Care Center at Pinellas Park, 40 by Gateway Care Center in Pinellas Park, 35 by Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center in Clearwater, 34 by Oak Manor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 34 by Lakeside Oaks Care Center in Dunedin, 32 by Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg, 28 by West Bay of Tampa in Oldsmar, 25 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 23 by Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab Care Center in St. Petersburg, 20 by The Oaks of Clearwater and 20 by Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in St. Petersburg. The rest had fewer than 20.

COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities

At least 340 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 deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 628 deaths, or 18%, and Palm Beach County is No. 3 with 377 deaths, or 11%.

According to a weekly report from DOH released Aug. 2, 28 deaths were reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 23 by Gulf Shore Care Center, including one staff member; 21 by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center; 18 by Jacaranda Manor, 16 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center, including three staff members; 13 by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare; 12 by Boca Ciega Center, including two staff members; 12 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center; 11 deaths by St. Mark Village; nine by Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; and eight by Walton Place.

Six by Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, including one staff member; six by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation; six by Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View and six by Arbor Oaks of Tyrone. Five were reported by Patrick Manor, Grand Villa of Largo and Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center, including one staff member.

In addition, four deaths by North Rehabilitation Center, including one staff member; and four by Regal Palms. Three were reported by West Bay of Tampa, Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater, Palm Garden of Largo, Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg, Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg and three by Carrington Place of St. Pete, including one staff member.

Two deaths were reported Royal Oaks Manor, including one staff member, and two 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, Marion and Bernard L. Samson Center, The Inn at Freedom Square, The Inn at Lake Seminole Square, Westminster Suncoast, Sunset Point, Stratford Court of Palm Harbor, Oak Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center and Country Inn.

One death was reported by South Heritage Health & Rehabilitation Center, Seabreeze Siesta Manor in Clearwater, Sylvan Terrace in Pinellas Park, Union House in Clearwater, Pacifica Senior Living of Belleair, Oak Manor Senior Living Community, Gulfport Rehabilitation Center, Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, Heather Haven in Dunedin, Heather Haven II in Dunedin, Heron House of Largo, Palm Garden of Pinellas, Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg, Brentwood Senior Living at St. Pete, Baypointe Nursing Pavilion, Addington Place of East Lake, Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Belleair Health Center, Grand Villa of Dunedin, The Care Center at Pinellas Park, Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor, County Inn in Pinellas Park, Lakeside Oaks Care Center, The Barrington, Clearwater Center, Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab Center and Cross Terrace Rehabilitation Center.

COVID-19 deaths countywide

DOH reported another 16 COVID-19 related deaths on Aug. 8, including eight women, ages 102, 93, 88, 87, 84, 78, 76 and 71, and eight men, ages 90, 85, 83, 83, 82, 82, 69 and 53. The death toll rose to 497.

DOH reported 12 deaths on Aug. 7, including seven women, ages 97, 87, 87, 86, 85, 76 and 60, and five men ages 82, 81, 65, 63 and 53.

DOH reported two deaths on Aug. 6, including a 97-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man. DOH confirmed seven deaths on Aug. 5, including four women, ages 95, 88 and two age 76; and three men, ages 76, 75 and 73.

DOH reported 18 deaths on Aug. 4, including 10 women, ages 100, 98, 96, 92, 86, 86, 83, 74, 69 and 65; eight men, ages 88, 86, 78, 72, 66, 64, 61 and 60. The District Six Medical Examiner’s Office released 31 death investigation reports on Aug. 4, including 18 from long-term care facilities.

Other deaths this month include three reported by DOH on Aug. 3: a woman age 72 and two men, ages 82 and 51. The medical examiner’s office released 26 death investigation reports on Aug. 3, including 14 from long-term care facilities.

DOH reported the deaths of two men on Aug. 2, ages 86 and 70, five deaths on Aug. 1, and confirmed six more on Aug. 1.

DOH confirmed the youngest death in the county on June 26: a 22-year-old man. Only 20 deaths have been reported statewide in the 15-24 year-old age group, as of Aug. 5, which is one more than reported on Aug. 3.

In Pinellas, two deaths also has been reported in the 25-34 age group, three in the 35-44 group (1%), 17 in 45-54 (3%), 37 in 55-64 (8%), 91 in 65-74 (18%), 158 in 75-84 (32%) and 188 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

Local state of emergency, face mask order

The Pinellas County Commission voted Aug. 6 to extend the local state of emergency through Aug. 14.

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 184 a day, compared to 220-230 a day last week, and the seven-day rolling average for percentage of positive tests was down to 6%, compared to 7% last week. He attributes the decreases to more people wearing masks, practicing social distancing and fewer large gatherings at places, such as bars.

He also said there had been a decline in deaths in the past two weeks after increases were reported for the last six-seven weeks. He said it is still important to protect the county’s most vulnerable residents.

Hospital capacity also is stabilizing. But he compared where we are in the fight against COVID-19 to a football game, saying it is only the second quarter.

“Don’t become complacent. Keep social distancing and wearing a mask,” he said.

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 525,000

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 520,846 on Saturday. Another 5,731 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 526,577 — 8,502 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 8,109, which is 182 more than the number reported the day before. DOH also reported that 129 non-Florida residents have died, which is five more than reported on Friday.

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Charts on the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard provide statewide information on ages, number of new cases by day and other details.

DOH reports that 30,251 residents have been hospitalized statewide, which is 521 more than the number reported on Friday. No information was available about non-residents.

Testing statewide

DOH reported that 3,952,028 had been done statewide as of Aug. 7 with 13.3% coming back as positive, the same as on Aug. 6, but up from 13.2% on Aug. 5, 13.16% on Aug. 4, 13.1% on Aug. 3, 13% on Aug. 2, 1 and July 31, and 12.9% on July 30 and 29, 12.8% on July 28, 12.7% on July 27, 12.6% on July 26 and 12.5% on July 25. Results were inconclusive for 6,156 and pending for 3,350.

Looking at daily results, 9.9% of 77,634 tests on Aug. 7 were positive, 10.12% of 68,570 tests on Aug. 6, 8.34% of 84,448 on Aug. 5, 10.89% of 44,968 on Aug. 4, 10.88% of 44,381 on Aug. 3, 9.09% of 48,694 on Aug. 2, 9.28% of 69,977 on Aug. 1, 11.08% of 77,546 on July 31, 10.57% of 75,996 on July 30, 12% of 72,912 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 and 11.06% of 75,110 on July 25.

National cases top 4.95 million with 161,682 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted 11:30 a.m. Saturday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 4,957,653 with 161,682 deaths compared to 4,888,070 with 160,157 deaths at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The number of global cases increased to 19,425,393 with 722,303 deaths compared to 19,141,627 with 715,802 deaths on Friday.

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 sporter@tbnweekly.com.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.