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Pinellas County’s cumulative total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is up to 31,137, according to a report released Monday from the state Department of Health. The county’s death toll increased to 872.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County have passed the 31,000 mark with Florida Department of Health adding 259 more on Nov. 23, bringing the count to 31,137. Five more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 872.

From Nov. 16-22, 1,769 more cases and 13 deaths have been reported 438 more cases than the week prior. Weekly case counts and the number of deaths have been steadily increasing. From Nov. 9-15, 1,331 new cases and 23 more deaths were reported. From Nov. 2-8, 1,434 new cases and eight deaths were reported — 350 more cases than the week before.

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.

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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 944,745 with 18,310 deaths on Nov. 23. Cases in the United States totaled 12,349,443 with 257,274 deaths. Globally, more than 59 million cases have been reported with nearly 1.39 million deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 30,772 residents and 365 non-residents. More cases were in females, 16,491 (54%), to 14,260 in males. Gender was unknown in 21. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Fifteen percent were Black, and 11% were Hispanic.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,774 residents and 30 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 (1,000 of 3,232) on Monday with 23% capacity (75 of 328) in ICU beds. All hospitals had at least one ICU bed available except Morton Plant. According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 10:30 a.m. Nov. 22, 158 beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient with 37 in ICU and 17 on a ventilator.

Testing in Pinellas

DOH reported that 5.95% of 3,876 test results on Nov. 22 were positive, 5.62% of 4,399 results on Nov. 21, 4.73% of 6,283 on Nov. 20, 6.32% of 4,284 on Nov. 19, 5.24% of 5,025 on Nov. 18, 6.21% of 3,608 results on Nov. 17, 5.77% of 3,397 on Nov. 16, 5.76% of 2,749 on Nov. 15, 5.53% of 4,154 on Nov. 14, 7.60% of 1,458 on Nov. 13, 5.92% of 3,844 on Nov 12, 7.27% of 3,091 on Nov. 11, 5.46% of 3,583 on Nov. 10, 6.79% of 2,514 on Nov. 9, 9.51% of 1,684 on Nov. 8, 5.98% of 4,831 on Nov. 7, 8.36% of 1,919 on Nov. 6, 7.40% of 3,739 on Nov. 5, 6.17% of 3,192 on Nov. 4, 7.16% of 2,670 on Nov. 3, 5.45% of 2,392 on Nov. 2 and 6.20% of 1,542 on Nov. 1.

County officials have been reporting long lines at local testing sites lately.

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 on Nov. 23 that 11 more students and 11 employees had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Nov. 20.

No impact was reported to classrooms or buses from two students at East Lake High School, one student at Northeast High School, one student at Lake St. George Elementary, one student at Orange Grove Elementary, one at Largo Middle, Largo High or Gibbs High School or Westgate Elementary School.

No impact was reported from one employee and one student that tested positive at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, or one employee at New Heights Elementary, Bay Pointe Elementary, Administration or Safety Harbor Middle School.

Pinellas County Schools reported on Nov. 20 that 13 students and three employees had tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 19.

No impact to classrooms or buses was reported from one student testing positive at Clearwater High School, one employee testing positive at McMullen-Booth Elementary School or one employee at San Jose Elementary School.

No impact was reported from one student at Tarpon Springs High School, Pinellas Park High School, East Lake High School or Oak Grove Middle School.

Six partial classrooms were affected by one employee at Lakewood High School, six partial classrooms were affected by one student at Dunedin Highland Middle School and one classroom and one partial bus were affected by one student at Nina Harris ESE.

Seven partial classrooms were affected by one student at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School, nine partial classrooms by three students at Plato Academy charter school in Tarpon Springs and two partial classrooms at Plato Academy charter school in Largo.

Pinellas County Schools reported on Nov. 18 that 14 students and four employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

No impact was reported to classrooms or buses from two students and one employee testing positive at John Hopkins Middle School, one student from McMullen-Booth Elementary School, one employee at Bayside High School or one employee from Anona Elementary School.

No impact was reported from one student at Dunedin Highland Middle School, one student at Clearwater High School, one student at Bear Creek Elementary School and one student at Forest Lakes Elementary School or one student at James B. Sandlin PK-8.

Three partial classrooms were affected by one student testing positive at Northeast High School, six partial classrooms and one partial bus were affected from one student at Palm Harbor University High School, one classroom and four partial classrooms from one student at Pinellas Park High School, and one partial classroom from one student at Sunset Hills Elementary School, one classroom from one employee at Lealman Avenue Elementary School and two partial classrooms from two students at Plato Academy charter school in Pinellas Park.

Pinellas County Schools reported Nov. 18 that 13 students and two employees had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Nov. 17.

No impact was reported to classrooms or buses from students testing positive at Tarpon Springs High School, Tarpon Springs Middle School, Pinellas Technical College Clearwater, Azalea Elementary School or Osceola Fundamental High School.

No impact was reported from an employee testing positive at Douglas Jamerson Elementary School or from an employee and student at Pinellas Primary/Prep Academy.

Eleven partial classrooms were affected by two students who tested positive at Madeira Beach Fundamental K-8 School, six partial classrooms were affected by one student at St. Petersburg High School, seven partial classrooms and the varsity football team was affected by one student at Clearwater High School. Six partial classrooms and one partial bus were affected by two students at James B. Sanderlin PK-8, and one partial classroom was affected by one student at Ridgecrest Elementary School.

For more information, visit https://www.pcsb.org/COVID19Cases.

Case counts in municipalities and long-term care facilities

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for cases in Pinellas on Monday, Nov. 22. St. Petersburg has the most with 12,174 cases, 6,061 are Clearwater residents, 3,196 from Largo, 1,932 from Palm Harbor, 1,623 from Seminole, 1,526 from Pinellas Park, 1,028 from Tarpon Springs, 902 from Dunedin, 582 from Oldsmar, 452 from Safety Harbor, 255 from Clearwater Beach, 223 from Gulfport, 149 from Kenneth City, 150 from South Pasadena, 127 from Indian Rocks Beach, 80 from Belleair, 68 from Madeira Beach, 44 from Belleair Beach, 43 from Crystal Beach, 30 from St. Pete Beach, 27 from North Redington Beach, 26 from Tierra Verde, 21 from Bay Pines, 19 from Treasure Island, six from Lealman, five from Belleair Bluffs, five from Redington Shores, five from Ozona, three from Indian Shores and Redington Beach, one listed as homeless and 310 as missing.

Since March, 4,540 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 15% of cases in the county.

COVID-19 deaths in Pinellas

DOH reported five more COVID-19 related deaths on Nov. 23, upping the death toll to 872. No further details were available.

To date, one death has been reported in the 15-24 age group, three deaths in the 25-34 age group, eight in the 35-44 group (1%), 25 in 45-54 (3%), 76 in 55-64 (9%), 173 in 65-74 (20%), 267 in 75-84 (31%) and 319 (37%) in ages 85 and up.

At least 598 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 857 deaths, or 12%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 748 deaths, or 10%.

DOH reported one COVID-19 related death on Nov. 21, a 105-year-old woman. DOH reported four COVID-19 related deaths on Nov. 19. No details were available. DOH reported three more COVID-19 related deaths on Nov. 18 and confirmed the death of an 86-year-old man.

DOH reported four COVID-19 related deaths on Nov. 17, including two women ages 88 and 82 and two men ages 55 and 53. DOH reported one COVID-19 related death on Nov. 16: a 72-year-old man.

DOH reported one more COVID-19 related death on Nov. 15 and DOH three more on Nov. 14. The Nov. 14 line list listed five deaths: two women ages 94 and 80, and three men ages 85, 77 and 56.

DOH reported one more COVID-19 related death on Nov. 13. DOH reported 11 deaths on Nov. 12, including five women ages 97, 83, 71, 72 and 66 and six men ages 79, 75, 71, 71, 63 and 49. DOH reported five COVID-19 related deaths on Nov. 11, including two women ages 43 and 42 and two men ages 58 and 55.

DOH reported the deaths of a 66-year-old woman and 67-year-old man on Nov. 10. No new COVID-19 related deaths were reported on Nov. 9 or 8. DOH reported the death of a 70-year-old man on Nov. 6, upping the death toll to 831.

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

Local state of emergency, face mask order

Pinellas County Commissioners voted unanimously Nov. 17 to extend the local state of emergency through Nov. 27.

Since case numbers and deaths have been steadily rising, County Administrator Barry Burton is expected to extend the state of emergency until Dec. 4 before it expires.

On Nov. 17, Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, reported a continued increase in 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 940,000 with 18,310 deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 930,728 on Monday. Another 14,017 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the total to 944,745 — 6,331 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 18,085 deaths, which is 94 more than the number reported Sunday. DOH also reported that 225 non-residents have died, bringing the state’s death toll to 18,310.

DOH reports that 53,499 residents have been hospitalized statewide, which is 96 more than the number reported on Saturday. No information was available about non-residents.

Testing statewide

DOH reported that 7.01% of 80,677 test results on Nov. 22 were positive, 6.65% of 91,014 results on Nov. 21, 6.79% of 112,964 on Nov. 20, 7.64% of 107,398 on Nov. 19, 7.58% of 109,723 results on Nov. 18, 8.16% of 87,553 on Nov. 17, 8.64% of 77,756 on Nov. 16, 7.95% of 52,450 on Nov. 15, 7.57% of 121,155 on Nov. 14, 9.95% of 40,309 on Nov. 13, 7.95% of 78,559 on Nov. 12, 7.35% of 69,809 on Nov. 11, 7.82% of 67,416 on Nov. 10, 8.34% of 47,437 test results on Nov. 9 were positive, 8.07% of 44,165 results on Nov. 8, 6.23% of 99,876 on Nov. 7, 8.28% of 48,766 results on Nov. 6, 6.36% of 75,475 on Nov. 5, 6.20% of 93,277 on Nov. 4, 7.75% of 52,331 on Nov. 3, 7.58% of 56,063 on Nov. 2 and 6.47% of 39,169 results on Nov. 1.

National cases up to 12.34 million with 257,274 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 5 p.m. Monday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 12,349,443 with 257,274 deaths compared to 12,177,301 with 256,442 deaths at 4 p.m. Sunday. The number of global cases increased to 59,004,131 with 1,393,736 deaths compared 58,456,049 with 1,385,163 deaths on Sunday.

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.