For the first time in nearly three weeks, Florida Department of Health reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas on Sept. 11. The count grew by 140 to total, 20,795. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 698.
Since Sept. 7, 370 cases and 26 deaths have been reported.
From Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 537 cases and 22 deaths were reported. It was the first time the weekly case count increased since Aug. 24-30. The increase may be due in part to the Aug. 31 data dump by Quest Diagnostics of almost 75,000 test results dating back to April. The state severed all ties with Quest because it failed to follow the state’s law and report results of COVID-19 tests in a timely manner.
Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 658,381 with 12,502 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 6,431,885 with 191,842 deaths. Globally, more than 28.29 million cases have been reported with 910,460 deaths.
COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 20,646 residents and 149 non-residents. More cases were in females, 11,166 (54%), to 9,477 in males. Gender was unknown in three. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Nineteen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanics.
About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,149 residents and 23 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.
Local hospitals had 26.5% capacity in staffed adult beds (829 of 3,120) on Friday with 19% capacity (53 of 283) in ICU beds. All 11 hospitals had at least one ICU bed available except Morton Plant and Northside. According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11, 121 beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient with 29 in ICU and 17 on a ventilator.
Case count trending downward
From Aug. 24-30, 457 cases and 59 deaths were reported. It was the sixth consecutive week DOH reported fewer cases compared to the week before. Eight more deaths occurred; however, Aug. 30 was the first date that no deaths were reported in the county since Aug. 10.
From Aug. 17-23, 669 cases were reported and 51 deaths. It was the fifth consecutive week that fewer cases were reported than the week before; however, three more deaths occurred than last week.
From Aug. 10-16, 815 COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths were reported. It was the fourth consecutive week that the case count decreased and the first time since June 8-14 that less than 1,000 cases had been reported in one week. In addition, it was the second week that fewer deaths were reported compared to the week before.
From Aug. 3-9, 1,069 new cases were reported and 61 deaths. It was the third consecutive week that the case count decreased and the lowest weekly case count since June 15-21.
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.
Case counts surged as Florida initiated recovery plan
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.
The county’s first two cases were reported on March 11, and the first death was confirmed on March 23.
Testing in Pinellas
According to testing information on the county specific report, 4.97% of 2,866 test results on Sept. 10 were positive, 3.71% of 1,996 results on Sept. 9, 3.89% of 1,631 on Sept. 8, 2.70% of 1,875 on Sept. 7, 3.09% of 1,785 on Sept. 6, 3.12% of 2,456 on Sept. 5, 3.53% of 2,760 results on Sept. 4, 2.5% of 3,472 results on Sept. 3 were positive, 3.81% of 2,673 on Sept. 2 and 2.30% of 2,384 test results on Sept. 1.
DOH reported that 203,683 tests have been done in Pinellas since March, and as of Sept. 10, the average rate of positive results was 10.14%, up from 10.12% on Sept. 9-7, compared to 10.13% on Sept. 6 and 5, and 10.14% on Sept. 4-1. Results were pending for nine and 136 tests were inconclusive.
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.
As of Sept. 9, 1,390, or 11%, of 12,677 tests of those younger than 18 in Pinellas were positive. Statewide, 53,356, or 14.4% of 370,882 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 https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.
Cases in Pinellas County schools
Pinellas County School District reported on Sept. 11 that as of Sept. 10, three employees and one student had tested positive for COVID-19.
One employee worked at Curlew Creek Elementary School in Palm Harbor. No classrooms were impact. One employee worked at Richard O. Jacobsen Technical High School in Seminole. Six classrooms were affected.
One employee worked at Shore Acres Elementary School in St. Petersburg. One classroom plus an additional small group of students were affected. The student attended Osceola Middle School. No classrooms were impacted.
The district announced on Sept. 10 that as of Sept. 9 three more employees and five students had tested positive for COVID-19.
One employee worked at Kings Highway Elementary School in Clearwater. No quarantine was issued. The second employee worked at Clearwater Intermediate School. No quarantine was issued.
One employee and one student tested positive at Douglas Jamerson Elementary School in St. Petersburg. One classroom was quarantined. One student tested positive at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport. No quarantine was issued.
Two students tested positive at McMullen Booth Elementary School in Clearwater. One classroom and one bus were affected. Two students at Westgate Elementary School in St. Petersburg with one classroom affected.
The district released a report on Sept. 9 including information from Sept. 5-8. Two employees and three more students have tested positive.
One employee worked at Tarpon Springs Elementary School and one classroom was quarantined. The second employee worked at Tarpon Springs Elementary School and no quarantine was required.
Seven classrooms were quarantined at East Lake High School, one classroom at Blanton Elementary School in St. Petersburg and one classroom at Curtis Fundamental Elementary School in Dunedin.
The district reported on Sept. 8 that one employee and four students had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 4. The employee worked at Highland Lakes Elementary School in Palm Harbor. No quarantine was required.
Two classrooms were quarantined at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Elementary School. One classroom was quarantined at Maximo Elementary School in St. Petersburg and one classroom at Tarpon Springs Elementary School. No classrooms were quarantined after a student at Palm Harbor University High School tested positive; however, the varsity football team was affected.
The district reported on Sept. 4 that four more employees had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sept 3. One each worked at Maximo Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Clearwater Intermediate School, Walsingham Elementary School in Largo and Safety Harbor Elementary School. No new quarantines were required.
The district reported on Sept. 3 that as of Sept. 2, four more students had tested positive, including one student at Largo High School, which resulted in five classrooms and one bus being quarantined. One student was positive at St. Petersburg High and seven classrooms were quarantined; one student at James B. Sanderlin PK-8 in St. Petersburg and one classroom was quarantined; and one student at Sutherland Elementary School in Palm Harbor and one classroom was quarantined.
The district reported on Aug. 31 that eight more employees and three students had tested positive for COVID-19. Eight classrooms were quarantined.
One employee was from Pinellas Park High School, three from Walter Pownall Service Center, one from Bardmoor High School, two from Clearwater Intermediate School and one from Ozona Middle School. Four classrooms were quarantined at Clearwater Intermediate School.
The students were from Boca Ciega High School, Largo High School and Pinellas Park Elementary. Three classrooms were quarantined at Boca Ciega High School and one at Pinellas Park Elementary School.
The district reported on Aug. 27 that one student at Bear Creek Elementary School in St. Petersburg had tested positive for COVID-19. One classroom was quarantined by DOH. In addition, one employee at Walter Pownall Service Center and one employee at Fuguitt Elementary School tested positive.
The district reported on Aug. 26 that one employee at Osceola Middle School had tested positive for COVID-19. Six classrooms were quarantined by DOH. Another employee tested positive at Walter Pownall Service Center in Largo, but no quarantine was ordered.
On Aug. 25, the district reported three students had tested positive. One at Clearwater High School was never on campus, so no quarantine order was issued. One student tested positive at Carwise Middle School, and seven classrooms have been quarantined by DOH. One student tested positive at Pinellas Academy of Math and Science Charter in Clearwater, and four classrooms were quarantined.
Pinellas County schools opened Aug. 24. The district reported that three employees and three students had tested positive for COVID-19. One student at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg and one student at Pinellas Park Elementary School had been ordered to quarantine by DOH. One staff member from Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor, one student from Shore Acres Elementary School in St. Petersburg and two staff members from Walter Pownall Service Center had self-isolated prior to the start of school.
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 8,431 cases, 4,109 are Clearwater residents, 2,181 from Largo, 1,177 from Palm Harbor, 1,056 from Pinellas Park, 980 from Seminole, 625 from Tarpon Springs, 509 from Dunedin, 367 from Oldsmar, 279 from Safety Harbor, 145 from Clearwater Beach, 138 from Gulfport, 127 from Kenneth City, 106 from South Pasadena, 65 from Indian Rocks Beach, 37 from Belleair, 32 from Madeira Beach, 25 from Belleair Beach, 21 from Crystal Beach, 15 from Tierra Verde, 16 from St. Pete Beach, 14 from Bay Pines, 13 from North Redington Beach, 11 from Treasure Island, four from Redington Shores, three from Belleair Bluffs, Indian Shores, Lealman and Ozona, two from Redington Beach, one listed as homeless and 146 as missing.
Case numbers at long-term care facilities
Since March, 3,639 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 17% of cases in the county.
At least one case has been reported at 100 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of Sept. 3 with 885 cases in residents and 406 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.
According to DOH, 97 cases were reported by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare Center in Palm Harbor, 90 cases by Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 72 by Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, 67 by Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, 63 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 63 by Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg, 61 by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 49 by The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 45 by Oak Manor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 41 by Gateway Care Center in Pinellas Park, 34 by Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 32 by Lakeside Oaks Care Center in Dunedin, 28 by Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center in Clearwater, 25 by Gulf Shore Care Center, 24 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 22 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center at Tarpon Springs, 22 by Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab Care Center in St. Petersburg, 22 by Angel Care Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg and 20 by Regal Palms in Largo. The rest had fewer than 20.
COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities
At least 490 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 753 deaths, or 15%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 517 deaths, or 10%.
According to a weekly report from DOH released Sept 5, 28 deaths were reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 25 by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center; 25 by Jacaranda Manor, including two under investigation; 23 by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare; 23 by Gulf Shore Care Center; 18 by Oak Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; 18 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center, including two under investigation; 17 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center; 12 by Boca Ciega Center; 11 deaths by St. Mark Village; and 10 by Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center, including one under investigation.
Nine deaths were reported by Walton Place, Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg, The Oaks of Clearwater and Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing.
Seven were reported by West Bay of Tampa, Grand Villa of Largo, Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View, Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Arbor Oaks of Tyrone, The Care Center at Pinellas Park and Carrington Place of St. Pete.
Six were reported by Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg, Regal Palms, Patrick Manor, Stratford Court of Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Five were reported by Alpine Health and Rehabilitation, Tierra Pines Nursing Home in Largo, Palm Garden of Largo, Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor, Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg and Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center.
Four deaths were reported by Baytree Lakeside in Kenneth City, Angel Care Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg, Gateway Care Center of Pinellas, North Rehabilitation Center, Gulfport Rehabilitation Center and Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater.
Three were reported by Palm Garden of Pinellas, Seasons Largo, Grand Villa of Pinellas Park, Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Marion and Bernard L. Samson Center, Country Inn, Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab Center, Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Egret Cove Center in St. Petersburg.
Two deaths were reported by Belleair Health Center, Evergreen Manor Retirement Home in Safety Harbor, 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, Lakeside Oaks Care Center, 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, South Heritage Health & Rehabilitation Center, PARC of St. Petersburg and Westminster Suncoast.
One death was reported by Oak Manor Senior Living Community, Westminster Palms in St. Petersburg, Wrights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Seminole, The Vineyard Inn in Largo, Union House in Clearwater, Sylvan Terrace in Pinellas Park, Seabreeze Siesta Manor in Clearwater, Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehab Center in St. Petersburg, Harborchase of Palm Harbor, Grand Villa of Clearwater, Grand Villa of Dunedin, Golfview Healthcare Center in St. Petersburg, Heron House of Largo, Heather Haven in Dunedin, Heather Haven II in Dunedin, Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living in Pinellas Park, The Barrington, Addington Place of East Lake, Clearwater Center, Bristol Court Assisted Living Community in St. Petersburg and East Bay Rehabilitation Center in Clearwater.
Note: The Vineyard Inn tells Tampa Bay Newspapers it has no deaths; however, DOH has reported one at that facility since Aug. 8.
COVID-19 deaths countywide
DOH reported the death of an 85-year-old woman on Sept. 11. The death toll rose to 698.
Pinellas is tied with St. Lucie County for the fifth highest death rate in the state at 3.4%. Charlotte County has the highest at 4.3%. Hernando is at No. 2 with a death rate of 3.7%. Highlands County is No. 3 with a rate of 3.6% and Indian River County is No. 4 with a rate of 3.5%.
In Pinellas, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, three deaths in the 25-34 age group, five in the 35-44 group (1%), 19 in 45-54 (3%), 57 in 55-64 (8%), 134 in 65-74 (19%), 214 in 75-84 (31%) and 265 (38%) in ages 85 and up.
DOH reported four more COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 10, including two women ages 97 and 92, and two men ages 83 and 80.
DOH reported 15 deaths on Sept. 9, including nine women and five men. Among the dead were two women age 91 and seven others ages 94, 90, 88, 83, 80, 73 and 67. Two 84-year-old and two 64-year-old men were on the list plus two more ages 74 and 55.
DOH reported five COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 8. The dead included an 87-year-old woman and four men, ages 94, 93, 76 and 67. DOH reported one COVID-19 related death on Sept. 7, a 73-year-old man. DOH reported the death of a 97-year-old woman on Sept. 6.
DOH reported on Sept. 5 that a 94-year-old woman and 88-year-old man had died due to COVID-19. No new deaths were reported on Sept. 4. DOH reported four deaths on Sept. 3, including two women ages 101 and 79, and two men ages 93 and 81.
DOH reported the deaths of two women age 93 and 83 on Sept. 2. DOH reported five deaths on Sept. 1, including two women ages 93 and 85, and three men ages 99, 86 and 82.
Local state of emergency, face mask order
The Pinellas County Commission voted unanimously Sept. 10 to extend the local state of emergency through Friday, Sept. 18.
The countywide ordinance requiring that face masks be worn in indoor public places when social distancing is not possible remains in effect. The face mask ordinance says that retail employees must 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 any area is allowed.
During the public comment period, residents spoke for and against continuing the face mask order. Commissioners agreed it was not yet time to make any changes. They agreed to discuss the matter on Sept. 17.
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/.
Statewide cases top 658,000 with 12,502 deaths
The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 650,381 on Friday. Another 7,459 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the total to 658,381 — 3,650 more than the day before.
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 12,502 deaths, which is 176 more than the number reported on Thursday. DOH also reported that 156 non-Florida residents have died.
DOH reports that 41,021 residents have been hospitalized statewide, which is 214 more than the number reported on Thursday. No information was available about non-residents.
Looking at daily results, 5.53% of 63,740 test results on Sept. 10 were positive, 5.54% of 44,077 results on Sept. 9, 5.94% of 37,231 results on Sept. 8, 4.96% of 35,080 results on Sept. 7, 4.55% of 39,589 on Sept. 6, 5.06% of 49,288 on Sept. 5, 5.99% of 59,181 results on Sept. 4, 5.10% of 60,642 from Sept. 3, 6.23% of 54,875 from Sept. 2 and 5.63% of 43,196 results from Sept. 1.
DOH reported results of 4,883,780 tests done statewide with 13.48% coming back as positive as of Sept. 10, the same as on Sept. 9-6, compared to 13.5% on Sept. 5, 13.7% on Sept. 4, 13.49% on Sept. 3 and 13.48% on Sept. 2-1. Results were inconclusive for 7,024 and pending for 3,617.
National cases exceed 6.4 million with 191,842 deaths
According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 6:30 p.m. Friday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 6,431,885 with 191,842 deaths compared to 6,365,595 with 190,909 deaths at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The number of global cases increased to 28,292,846 with 910,460 deaths compared to 27,911,537 with 904,675 deaths 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.