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Pinellas County’s cumulative total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has increased to 7,249, according to the report released Thursday from the state Department of Health. The county’s death toll increased to 180.

Pinellas County’s COVID-19 case count grew by 388 to total 7,249 on Thursday. Florida Department of Health also reported that eight more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 180.

So far this week, DOH has reported 1,229 new cases and 25 deaths.

For the week of June 22-28, 2,353 new cases and 40 deaths were reported in Pinellas. Three record-high days occurred with 614 new cases on June 27, 430 on June 26 and 354 on June 23.

In comparison, 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 last week with 285. June 19 was a record day with 266 cases, as was June 18 with 203 new cases.

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. DOH 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.

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 169,106 with 3,617 deaths on Thursday. Cases in the United States totaled 2,699,658 with 128,064 deaths. Globally, more than 10.7 million cases have been reported with 517,052 deaths.

Cases in Pinellas

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 7,173 residents and 76 non-residents. More cases were in females, 3,916 (56%), to 3,237 in males. Gender was unknown for 20. Ages range from 0-104. Median age was 38. Twenty percent were Black and 7% 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.

Hospital capacity

DOH reported on July 2 that 702 had been hospitalized since March, which included 685 residents (16 more than Wednesday) and 17 nonresidents. About 10% of residents with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported about 17% in available bed capacity (498 of 2,879) at noon Thursday compared to 22% on Wednesday with 9.32% capacity for adult ICU beds (29 of 311 beds). On Wednesday, the county had 9.6% capacity for adult ICU beds, 15% capacity on Tuesday, 22% on Monday, 22% on Sunday, 18% on Saturday, 15.6% capacity on Friday.

An uptick has been observed at emergency rooms with people complaining of COVID-19 symptoms since about June 1.

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The county specific report shows an uptick in people at local emergency rooms with COVID-19 symptoms.

Testing in Pinellas

DOH reported July 2 that 97,263 tests had been done in Pinellas as of July 1 with an average rate of positive results at 7.4%, up from 7.2% on June 30, 7% on June 29, 6.8% on June 28, 6.5% on June 27, 6% on June 26, 5.6% on June 25 and 5.5% on June 24. Thirty-three results were inconclusive and pending for 50.

According to the county specific report released July 2, 11.7% of 2,702 rests on July 1 were positive, 16% of 2,013 tests on June 30, 12.1% of 1,670 tests on June 29, 10.7% of 2,097 tests on June 28, 10.2% of 2,576 tests on June 27, 13.3% of 3,960 tests on June 26, 11.3% of 3,378 tests from June 25 and 8.8% of 2,937 on June 24.

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, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

Case counts in local municipalities

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 7,171 of the cases in Pinellas on Thursday. St. Petersburg has the most with 3,354 cases (47%), 1,234 are Clearwater residents, 703 from Largo, 390 from Seminole, 360 from Pinellas Park, 343 from Palm Harbor, 183 from Tarpon Springs, 164 from Dunedin, 107 from Oldsmar, 91 from Safety Harbor, 54 from Clearwater Beach, 32 from Gulfport, 23 each from Indian Rocks Beach and South Pasadena, 18 from Kenneth City, 11 from Madeira Beach, 10 from Belleair Beach, eight from Crystal Beach, seven from Belleair, five from North Redington Beach, four each from St. Pete Beach and Tierra Verde, three each from Belleair Bluffs and Treasure Island, two each from Bay Pines and Lealman, one each from Indian Shores and Redington Beach, and 31 listed as missing.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

Since March, 1,028 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 14% of cases in the county.

At least one case has been reported at 103 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of June 30 with 559 cases in residents and 361 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

Ninety cases had been reported by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center in St. Petersburg, 76 cases by Gulf Shore Care Center, 58 cases by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 57 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 45 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 36 by Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, 29 by Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center in Clearwater, 28 by Walton Place in Tarpon Springs, 25 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 25 by Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, 25 by Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center in St. Petersburg, 23 by Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, 21 by Sunset Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Clearwater, 20 by North Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 20 by Westminster Suncoast nursing home in St. Petersburg, 19 by Cross Terrace Rehabilitation Center in Dunedin, 18 by Grand Villa of Largo, 16 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center at Tarpon Springs and 15 by Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg. The rest had fewer than 15.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported eight more deaths in Pinellas on July 2, including an 83-year-old man, 54-year-old man, 85-year-old man, 89-year-old woman, 101-year-old woman, 79-year-old woman, 88-year-old man and a 95-year-old woman. The death toll was up to 180.

At least 139 of the county’s deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. According to a weekly report from DOH released June 27, 26 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 20 from Gulf Shore Care Center; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; eight from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; six from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation; five from Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center, five from Patrick Manor; four from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; four from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View; four from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; and three from Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater.

In addition, two were reported by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center, two from Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor, two from the Inn at Freedom Square and two from Jacaranda Manor. One death each was Addington Place of East Lake in Tarpon Springs, Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, Care Center at Pinellas Park, Carrington Place of St. Pete, Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center, Palm Garden in Clearwater, Palm Garden of Pinellas and Sable Palms Health Care Center in Largo, South Heritage Health and Rehabilitation in St. Petersburg and Walton Place.

DOH reported six deaths on July 1, including an 88-year-old man, 97-year-old woman, 67-year-old man, 90-year-old man, 83-year-old woman, 77-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man. The death toll increased to 172.

The District Six Medical Examiner released 10 death investigation reports on July 1, including two women from Grand Villa of Largo: an 83-year-old who died June 30 and a 101-year-old who died July 1.

In addition, a 77-year-old woman died June 29 from Bon Secours Maria Manor, an 88-year-old man died June 29 from Westminster Suncoast, a 97-year-old woman died June 30 from Grand Villa of Dunedin, a 90-year-old man who died June 30 from Carrington Place of St. Pete, an 85-year-old man who died June 27 from Abbey Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of St. Petersburg and a 79-year-old woman who died June 30 from North Rehabilitation Center.

Two more died at the hospital after being admitted from home, including an 89-year-old woman who died on June 29 and a 76-year-old man who died June 28.

DOH confirmed the deaths of 12 on June 30, including a 92-year-old woman, 90-year-old woman, 79-year-old woman, 90-year-old woman, 79-year-old woman, 76-year-old man, 79-year-old man, 103-year-old man, 67-year-old man, 77-year-old man, 91-year-old man and a 95-year-old man.

The District Six Medical Examiner released five death investigations on June 30 including two from Bon Secours Maria Manor who died June 29: an 88-year-old man and 90-year-old woman. In addition, a 77-year-old man died June 27 from Apollo Health and Rehabilitation, a 90-year-old man died June 28 from Gulf Shore Care Center and a 79-year-old man died June 29 from Highlands Pines Rehabilitation in Clearwater.

The medical examiner released 13 death investigation reports on June 29, including three from Bon Secours Maria Manor: a 92-year-old woman who died June 26, a 92-year-old woman who died June 28 and a 67-year-old man who died June 28.

In addition, three deaths were reported from Walton Place: an 80-year-old man who died June 26, a 91-year-old man who died June 28 and a 79-year-old woman who died June 27. The medical examiner also released reports on an 82-year-old man who died June 27 from Apollo Health and Rehabilitation, an 81-year-old woman who died June 27 from Peninsula Care & Rehabilitation Center in Tarpon Springs and an 80-year-old woman who died June 27 from Carrington Place.

Four others died who had been at home, including a 76-year-old man who died June 27, a 62-year-old woman who died June 24, a 73-year-old man who died June 26 and a 71-year-old man who died June 26.

Other deaths include five reported on June 28, including a 92-year-old woman, 81-year-old woman, 82-year-old man, 73-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman.

Nine deaths were reported on June 27: a 73-year-old woman, 54-year-old woman, 75-year-old woman, 71-year-old man, 68-year-old man, 70-year-old woman, 71-year-old woman, 90-year-old man and 82-year-old woman.

DOH confirmed four on June 26: a 90-year-old woman, 78-year-old woman, 96-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man, which was the youngest death ever reported in Pinellas.

The Medical Examiner’s office released 10 investigation reports on June 26. Two were from Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation: a 66-year-old woman who died June 24 and a 75-year-old woman show died June 25.

In addition, the medical examiner released reports on a 90-year-old woman who died June 24 from Freedom Square, a 96-year-old woman who died June 24 from Bon Secours Maria Manor, a 76-year-old man who died June 23 from Health & Rehabilitation Center at Dolphin View, a 73-year-old woman who died June 20 from Encompass Rehabilitation, a 70-year-old woman who died June 22 from Jacaranda Manor ALF and a 71-year-old woman who died June 25. She had been admitted to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg and transferred to Kindred Healthcare in Tampa.

The last two, a 54-year-old woman who died June 24 and a 68-year-old man who died June 25 had been taken to the hospital from home.

DOH confirmed the deaths of four women on June 25: a 62-year-old, 66-year-old, 87-year-old and 84-year-old. The medical examiner’s office released 17 death investigation reports on June 25, including a 77-year-old woman who died June 20 and a 72-year-old man who died June 21 from Gulf Shore Care Center.

Two others, a 86-year-old and 93-year old, both men who died June 21 were from Seasons Bellleair Memory Care, and two from Bon Secours Maria Manor, a 91-year-old man who died June 16 and a 84-year-old woman who died June 23.

Two more men, a 90-year-old who died June 23 and a 75-year-old who died June 20, were from Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Six others were from long-term care facilities, including a 91-year-old woman who died June 21 from Marion & Bernard Samson Nursing Center, a 74-year-old man who died June 19 from Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, a 90-year-old man who died June 21 from Walton Place ALF in Tarpon Springs, an 87-year-old woman who died June 23 from Carrington Place, a 91-year-old man who died June 24 from The Care Center at Pinellas Park, and a 91-year-old man who died June 20 from Freedom Square Village.

Two were admitted to the hospital from their home, a 76-year-old woman who died June 21 and an 82-year-old woman who died June 22. In addition, a 65-year-old male transient died on June 20 after being admitted to the hospital and then being transferred to hospice care.

Mandatory face masks order countywide

The Pinellas County Commission voted June 30 to extend the local state of emergency through July 10. Commissioners also voted to enact a countywide ordinance requiring that face masks be worn in indoor public places except when social distancing, keeping 6 feet apart, is possible. Bars 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.

Those not obeying the law can be fined.

The commission will meet on Tuesday, June 30, to consider extending the state of emergency another seven days.

For more information, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.

Florida case count tops 169,000

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 166,303 on Thursday. Another 2,803 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 169,106 — 10,109 more than the number reported on Wednesday.

The numbers are cumulative going back to March 4. DOH has not provided information on how many people have recovered.

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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. Note: the block for the number of positive residents did not load.

The number of deaths in Florida increased to 3,617, which is 67 more than the number reported the day before. In addition, DOH reported that 101 non-Florida residents have died.

DOH reports that 15,150 residents have been hospitalized statewide. No number was provided for non-residents.

Testing statewide

DOH reported that 2,033,794 had been tested statewide as of July 1 with an average of 8.3% coming back as positive, up from 8% on June 30, 7.8% on June 29, 7.6% on June 28, 7.5% on June 27, 7.2% on June 26, 6.9% on June 25, 6.6% average on June 24 and 6.5% on June 23. As of July 1, 1,611 results were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,683.

Looking at daily results, 16.78% of 57,271 tests were positive on July 1, 16.7% of 37,875 on June 30, 16.95% of 36,159 on June 29, 15.72% of 35,096 on June 28, 13.98% of 62,098 on June 27, 14.38% of 67,109 on June 26, 14.8% of 60,900 on June 25, 10.31% of 53,270 on June 24 and June 23, 18.51% of 29,667 on June 23.

Of the 169,106 cases, 2,572 were travel-related, 55,882 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,510 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 93,297 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced June 3 that the state was 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.

That order has since been modified with sales of alcohol suspended at many bars and pubs, unless they are also licensed to sell food.

Restaurants were allowed to seat customers at their bars as of June 5 and can operate at 50% capacity.

DeSantis 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.

The state’s universities had until June 23 to submit reopening plans. The governor announced plans during a June 11 press conference to reopen schools in August.

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.

Florida stops liquor sales at bars not licensed to sell food

All vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises who derive more than 50% of gross revenue from those sales had to suspend sales on Friday, June 26, due to an order from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued that same day.

Vendors may still sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off premises.

However, DBPR amended its order on July 1 to allow alcohol sales at bars that are also licensed to sell food, as long as they comply with guidelines in phase two of the state’s recovery plan for restaurants.

Bars and restaurants may operate at 50% of their indoor capacity as long as they provide service to only to seated customers. Social distancing of 6 feet also is required.

In DBPR’s order, it said some of the cases involving younger people “are suspected to come from visits to bars, pubs or nightclubs who have disregarded the restrictions” in phase two of the state’s recovery plan.

“Noncompliance by bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises is suspected through the state to such a degree as to make individualized enforcement efforts impractical and insufficient at this time,” the order said.

National cases exceed 2.69 million with 128,064 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at noon Thursday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 2,699,658 with 128,064 deaths compared to 2,637,380 with 127,457 deaths at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. The number of global cases increased to 10,742,416 with 517,052 deaths compared to 10,509,749 with 512,114 deaths on Wednesday.

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.