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Pinellas County’s cumulative total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is up to 27,192, according to a report released Friday from the state Department of Health. The county’s death toll increased to 831.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County climbed to 27,192 on Nov. 6 with Florida Department of Health adding 308 more. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 831.

Since Nov. 2, 951 new cases and eight deaths have been reported.

Weekly case counts have been steadily rising. From Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 1,084 new cases and seven deaths were reported. From Oct. 19-25, DOH reported 1,031 new cases and 16 deaths. It was the first week since Aug. 3-9 more than 1,000 cases were reported in one week.

From Oct. 12-18, 938 new cases and 18 deaths were reported. It was the first week since Aug. 10-16 that more than 800 cases were reported. From Oct. 5-11, 652 cases and 19 deaths were reported in Pinellas. It was the first time since the week of Aug. 17-23 that more than 600 new cases were reported in one week.

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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.

Statewide, the cumulative number of cases increased to 832,625 with 17,224 deaths on Nov. 6. Cases in the United States totaled 9,544,315 with 234,300 deaths. Globally, more than 48.46 million cases have been reported with nearly 1.23 million deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 26,676 residents and 208 non-residents. More cases were in females, 14,321 (54%), to 12,335 in males. Gender was unknown in 20. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Seventeen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanic.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,578 residents and 27 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

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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.

Local hospitals had 31% capacity in staffed adult beds (1,039 of 3,329) on Thursday morning with 22% capacity (72 of 326) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least one ICU bed available. According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4, 139 beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient with 24 in ICU and 11 on a ventilator.

Testing in Pinellas

DOH reported that 6.17% of 3,192 test results on Nov. 4 were positive, 7.16% of 2,670 results on Nov. 3, 5.45% of 2,392 results on Nov. 2, 6.20% of 1,542 on Nov. 1, 5.29% of 4,064 results on Oct. 31, 3.80% of 1,721 results on Oct. 30, 5.26% of 4,646 on Oct. 29, 4.01% of 3,449 on Oct. 28, 3.52% of 3,402 on Oct. 27, 5.61% of 2,929 on Oct. 26, 4.57% of 2,381 on Oct. 25, 5.81% of 2,384 results on Oct. 24, 4.09% of 4,521 on Oct. 23, 3.11% of 4,490 on Oct. 22, 5.27% of 3,987 on Oct. 21, 7.29% of 1,322 on Oct. 20, 6.12% of 2,424 results on Oct. 19.

As of Nov. 1, 1,884, or 9.6%, of 19,686 tests of those younger than 18 in Pinellas were positive. Statewide, 69,498, or 11.9% of 582,789 tests were positive.

DOH has not provided information on cumulative testing in Pinellas or statewide since Oct. 26. Tampa Bay Newspapers requested an explanation, but did not receive a reply.

Pinellas announced Nov. 4 that the state had instructed it to temporarily suspend rapid antigen testing due to the state canceling its contract with rapid test reporting company bioIQ. The county continues to provide PCR testing at current testing sites.

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 Schools reported that seven more students and one employee had tested positive for COVID-19 as on Nov. 4.

One student attended High Point Elementary School and one classroom was affected. One student attended East Lake Middle School and five partial classrooms were affected. One student attended Palm Harbor Middle School and seven partial classrooms were affected.

One student attended Northeast High School, and one classroom and three partial classrooms were affected. One student attended East Lake High School and five partial classrooms were affected. One student attended Tyrone Middle School and no impact to classrooms or buses.

One student attended Pinellas Park High School and two partial classrooms and one partial bus were affected. One employee worked at Bauder Elementary School and one classroom was affected.

Pinellas County Schools reported that eight students and six employees had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Nov. 2.

One student and one employee were from Pinellas Park High School with five partial classrooms affected. Two students attended Hollins High School and nine partial classrooms were affected. One student attended Seminole High School and seven partial classrooms were affected.

One student attended High Point Elementary School and one partial classroom was affected. Two students attended Ozona Elementary School with no impact to classrooms or buses. One student attended Bayside High School with no impact.

One employee worked at Plato Academy charter school in Pinellas Park. One classroom was impacted. One employee worked at Fairmount Park Elementary School. No impact. One employee worked at Lakewood Elementary School. No impact. One employee worked at Bay Point Elementary School. No impact. One employee worked at Azalea Middle School. No impact.

The school district reported on Nov. 3 that seven students and three employees had tested positive, including one student and one employee at Palm Harbor University High School with four partial classrooms affected.

One employee worked at Sexton Elementary School. No impact was reported to classrooms or buses.

One student attended Azalea Elementary School. No impact. Two students attended Ridgecrest Elementary School. No impact

Two students attended Sutherland Elementary School. No impact. One student attended Southern Oak Elementary School. No impact. One employee worked at Curlew Creek Elementary School. No impact.

Pinellas County Schools reported on Nov. 2 that 10 more students and nine employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

One student attended Pinellas Park Middle School and no impact was reported to classrooms or buses. One student attended Pinellas Technical College St. Petersburg and no impact was reported. Three students attended Largo High School and four partial classrooms were affected.

One student attended Lake St. George Elementary School and no impact was reported. One student attended Walsingham Elementary School and one partial classroom was affected. One student attended Safety Harbor Elementary School and no impact was reported.

One student attended Boca Ciega High School and three partial classrooms were affected. One employee and one student were from High Point Elementary School and one partial classroom was affected.

Two employees worked at the Administration Building and no impact was reported. One employee worked at Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy and no impact was reported. One employee worked at Fairmount Park Elementary School and five partial classrooms were affected.

One employee worked at Palm Harbor Middle School and four partial classrooms were affected. One employee worked at Mount Vernon Elementary School and no impact was reported. One employee worked at Sandy Lane Elementary School and no impact was reported. One employee worked at Palm Harbor University High School and no impact was reported.

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 Thursday, Nov. 5. St. Petersburg has the most with 10,599 cases, 5,239 are Clearwater residents, 2,726 from Largo, 1635 from Palm Harbor, 1,367 from Seminole, 1,343 from Pinellas Park, 862 from Tarpon Springs, 711 from Dunedin, 501 from Oldsmar, 375 from Safety Harbor, 211 from Clearwater Beach, 181 from Gulfport, 137 from Kenneth City, 129 from South Pasadena, 90 from Indian Rocks Beach, 66 from Belleair, 58 from Madeira Beach, 37 from Crystal Beach, 33 from Belleair Beach, 24 from Tierra Verde, 24 from North Redington Beach, 23 from St. Pete Beach, 19 from Bay Pines, 15 from Treasure Island, five from Belleair Bluffs, four from Redington Shores, four from Lealman, four from Ozona, three from Indian Shores and Redington Beach, one listed as homeless and 246 as missing.

Cases and deaths at long-term care facilities

Since March, 4,258 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 16% of cases in the county. At least 578 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 8% of deaths at these facilities. Dade County is No. 1 with 848 deaths, or 12%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 725 deaths, or 11%.

According to a weekly report from DOH, as of Oct. 30, 31 deaths had been reported by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare Center; 26 deaths by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 26 by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center; 25 by Jacaranda Manor; 25 by Gulf Shore Care Center; 24 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center; 20 by Oak Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; 19 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center; 16 by Boca Ciega Center; 13 by Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and 12 by Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing.

Eleven deaths were reported by Mark Village, Walton Place, Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg, Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Inn at the Fountains in St. Petersburg, Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center and Gulfport Rehabilitation Center.

The Oaks of Clearwater reported 10 deaths. Nine were reported by Tierra Pines Nursing Home in Largo, West Bay of Tampa and Carrington Place of St. Pete.

Eight deaths were reported by The Care Center at Pinellas Park and Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center. Seven were reported by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation, Arbor Oaks of Tyrone, Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center and Grand Villa of Largo.

Six were reported by Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View, Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg, Regal Palms, Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor, Patrick Manor, Stratford Court of Palm Harbor and Palm Garden of Largo.

Five deaths were reported by Alpine Health and Rehabilitation, Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater, Seasons Largo, Princeton Village of Largo and Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab 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, Gateway Care Center of Pinellas, Harbourwood Care Center in Clearwater, North Rehabilitation Center, 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, Palm Garden of Clearwater, Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Country Inn, Sabal Palms Health Care Center in Largo, Alhambra Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, Belleair Health Center, Harborchase of Palm Harbor, Grand Villa of Pinellas Park, Lakeside Oaks Care Center and Westminster Suncoast.

Two deaths were reported by Grand Villa of Clearwater, East Bay Rehabilitation Center in Clearwater, Cross Terrace Rehabilitation Center, Brentwood Senior Living at St. Pete, Bay Tree Center in 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, PARC of St. Petersburg, Heron House of Largo, The Villas at Lakeside Oaks, Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehab Center in St. Petersburg.

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, Seabreeze Siesta Manor in Clearwater, Grand Villa of Dunedin, Bayou Gardens 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, Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Elmcroft of Pinecrest in Largo and Bayside Care Center in St. Petersburg.

COVID-19 deaths countywide

DOH reported one more COVID-19 related death on Nov. 5, upping the death toll to 830. It also confirmed the deaths of two men, ages 77 and 75.

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%), 23 in 45-54 (3%), 70 in 55-64 (8%), 162 in 65-74 (20%), 255 in 75-84 (31%) and 310 (37%) in ages 85 and up.

DOH reported one more COVID-19 related death on Nov. 4. No further details were available. DOH reported three more COVID-19 related deaths on Nov. 3. No further details were available.

DOH reported two deaths on Nov. 2. DOH added two deaths to Pinellas County’s total on Oct. 31 and also confirmed that three men had died due to COVID-19 ages 77, 72 and 61.

DOH reported the deaths of two men, ages 86 and 62, on Oct. 30 and one death was reported on Oct. 29. No further details were available. DOH confirmed the death of a 93-year-old woman on Oct. 28, but the death count remained the same. DOH reported two deaths on Oct. 27. Both were women, ages 89 and 73. No deaths were reported on Oct. 26.

Local state of emergency, face mask order

Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton has extended the local state of emergency through Friday, Nov. 13, using the delegated authority given to him by county commissioners. Public health officials are closely monitoring the continued increase in the seven-day rolling averages for new COVID-19 cases, percentage of positive tests and hospital capacity.

The countywide ordinance requiring 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.

For more information on the county’s response to the coronavirus, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/.

Statewide cases top 830,000 with 17,224 deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 832,625 on Friday. Another 11,099 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the total to 832,625 — 5,245 more than reported the day before.

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.

The number of deaths in Florida residents increased to 17,014 deaths, which is 53 more than the number reported on Thursday. DOH also reported that 210 non-residents have died, bringing the state’s death toll to 17,224.

DOH reports that 50,265 residents have been hospitalized statewide, which is 188 more than the number reported on Thursday. No information was available about non-residents.

Testing statewide

DOH reported that 6.20% of 93,277 test results on Nov. 4 were positive, 7.75% of 52,331 results on Nov. 3, 7.58% of 56,063 on Nov. 2, 6.47% of 39,169 results on Nov. 1, 4.32% of 106,796 results on Oct. 31, 6.32% of 34,698 results on Oct. 30, 5.89% of 87,022 results on Oct. 29, 4.90% of 81,195 results on Oct. 28, 3.52% of 3,402 on Oct. 27, 6.31% of 63,647 on Oct. 26, 5.94% of 53,199 on Oct. 25, 4.71% of 47,879 on Oct. 24, 3.68% of 116,187 on Oct. 23, 4.0% of 89,381 results on Oct. 22, 5.62% of 92,135 on Oct. 21, 6.74% of 29,890 on Oct. 20 and 6.17% of 54,932 on Oct. 19.

National cases up to 9.64 million with 235,071 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 2 p.m. Friday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 9,643,922 with 235,071 deaths compared to 9,544,315 with 234,300 deaths at 5 p.m. Thursday. The number of global cases increased to 48,996,342 with 1,237,417 deaths compared to 48,561,273 with 1,229,758 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 sporter@tbnweekly.com.

Note: All numbers are provisional and subject to change.