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Pinellas County’s cumulative total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is up to 21,081, according to the report released Tuesday from the state Department of Health. The county’s death toll increased to 710.

Florida Department of Health reported 93 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Sept. 15, bringing the count to 21,081. Nine more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 710.

Since Sept. 14, DOH has reported 159 additional COVID-19 cases and nine deaths.

From Sept. 7-13, 497 cases and 29 deaths were reported. The case count was a decrease compared to last week, but an increase from Aug. 24-30. The death count was higher than the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6.

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 668,846 with 12,787 deaths. Cases in the United States totaled 6,570,889 with 194,674 deaths. Globally, more than 29.36 million cases have been reported with 929,613 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 20,933 residents and 148 non-residents. More cases were in females, 11,321 (54%), to 9,611 in males. Gender was unknown in one. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Nineteen percent were Black, and 12% were 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.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,177 residents and 23 non-residents had been hospitalized in Pinellas.

Local hospitals had 27% capacity in staffed adult beds (851 of 3,145) on Tuesday with 22% capacity (64 of 293) in ICU beds. All 11 hospitals had at least one ICU bed available. According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, as of 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14, 105 beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient with 31 in ICU and 16 on a ventilator.

Case counts begin 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.

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

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, 3.19% of 3,277 test results on Sept. 14 were positive, 3.60% of 2,038 results on Sept. 13, 2.27% of 2,500 on Sept. 12, 2.45% of 3,418 on Sept. 11, 4.97% of 2,866 on Sept. 10, 3.71% of 1,996 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 on Sept. 4, 2.5% of 3,472 on Sept. 3, 3.81% of 2,673 on Sept. 2 and 2.30% of 2,384 test results on Sept. 1.

DOH reported that 207,271 tests have been done in Pinellas since March, and as of Sept. 14, the average rate of positive results was compared to 10.10%, compared to 10.11% on Sept. 13-12, 10.12% on Sept. 11, 10.14% on Sept. 10, 10.12% on Sept. 9-7, 10.13% on Sept. 6-5, and 10.14% on Sept. 4-1. Results were pending for nine and 135 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. 13, 1,413, or 10.7%, of 13,214 tests of those younger than 18 in Pinellas were positive. Statewide, 54,406, or 14.2% of 384,437 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. 15 that as of Sept. 14, two students and two employees had tested positive for COVID-19, affecting 21 classrooms.

One student tested positive at Palm Harbor Middle School effecting seven partial classrooms and one student tested positive at St. Petersburg Collegiate South. No classrooms were impacted.

One employee at Countryside High School tested positive affecting seven partial classrooms and one employee at Palm Harbor University High School affecting seven classrooms.

The district reported on Sept. 14 that as of Sept. 11, two more employees and three students had tested positive for COVID-19.

One employee worked at the administration building in Largo and no classrooms were affected. One employee worked at Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor and a small group of students were affected.

One student attended Frontier Elementary School in Clearwater, and one classroom was affected. One student attended Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School in St. Petersburg. No classrooms were impacted. One student attended Bauder Elementary School in Seminole, and one classroom was affected.

The 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.

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 Tuesday. St. Petersburg has the most with 8,548 cases, 4,159 are Clearwater residents, 2,204 from Largo, 1,203 from Palm Harbor, 1,067 from Pinellas Park, 997 from Seminole, 641 from Tarpon Springs, 518 from Dunedin, 373 from Oldsmar, 285 from Safety Harbor, 146 from Clearwater Beach, 139 from Gulfport, 128 from Kenneth City, 108 from South Pasadena, 66 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, 3,733 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 18% 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. 11 with 928 cases in residents and 389 in staff at the facilities. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

According to DOH, 91 cases were reported by Lexington Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, 90 cases by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare Center in Palm Harbor, 89 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 76 by Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 69 by Jacaranda Manor in St. Petersburg, 65 by Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, 62 by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 61 by Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg, 50 by The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 43 by Gateway Care Center in Pinellas Park, 42 by Oak Manor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 40 by Gulf Shore Care Center, 35 at Bayside Care Center in St. Petersburg. The rest had fewer than 35.

COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities

At least 499 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 763 deaths, or 15%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 525 deaths, or 10%.

According to a weekly report from DOH released Sept 14, 28 deaths were reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 25 by Countryside Rehab and Healthcare; 25 by Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center; 25 by Jacaranda Manor, including two under investigation; 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; 13 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.

Eight were reported by Carrington Place of St. Pete, Gulfport Rehabilitation Center, West Bay of Tampa and The Care Center at Pinellas Park, including one staff member.

Seven were reported by Tierra Pines Nursing Home in Largo, Grand Villa of Largo, Kensington Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View, Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion in St. Petersburg and Arbor Oaks of Tyrone.

Six were reported by Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Consulate Health Care of St. Petersburg, Regal Palms, Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor Patrick Manor, Stratford Court of Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Five were reported by Palm Garden of Largo and Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center.

Four deaths were reported by Alpine Health and Rehabilitation, Baytree Lakeside in Kenneth City, Angel Care Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg, Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab Center, Gateway Care Center of Pinellas, North Rehabilitation Center, Seasons Belleair Memory Care in Clearwater and Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, including one staff member.

Three were reported by Palm Garden of Pinellas, Seasons Largo, Grand Villa of Pinellas Park, Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Marion and Bernard L. Samson Center, Evergreen Manor Retirement Home in Safety Harbor, Country Inn, Egret Cove Center in St. Petersburg, Belleair Health Center and Lakeside Oaks Care Center, including one under investigation.

Two deaths were reported by 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, 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 Health Center 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 nine more COVID-19 related deaths in Pinellas on Sept. 15, including three women ages 96, 85 and 77, and six men ages 91, 80, 79, 76, 67 and 61. The death toll rose to 710.

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%. Highlands County is No. 2 with a rate of 3.9%. Hernando is at No. 3 with a death rate of 3.7%. Indian River County is No. 4 with a rate of 3.6%.

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%), 139 in 65-74 (20%), 218 in 75-84 (31%) and 268 (38%) in ages 85 and up.

No new deaths were reported on Sept. 13 or 14. DOH reported three more COVID-19 related deaths on Sept. 12, including a 74-year-old woman and two men, ages 74 and 66. DOH reported the death of an 85-year-old woman on Sept. 11 and four deaths were reported 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, about 20 residents spoke against continuing the face mask order. Commissioners agreed it was not yet time to make any changes. They plan 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 668,000 with 12,787 deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 660,946 on Tuesday. Another 7,900 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the total to 668,846 — 3,116 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.

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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 increased to 12,787 deaths, which is 145 more than the number reported on Monday. DOH also reported that 159 non-Florida residents have died, which is one more than the number reported on Monday.

DOH reports that 41,654 residents have been hospitalized statewide, which is 280 more than the number reported on Monday. No information was available about non-residents.

Testing statewide

Looking at daily results, 4.22% of 61,228 test results on Sept. 14 were positive, 3.91% of 44,959 results on Sept. 13, 4.26% of 54,602 on Sept. 12, 4.44% of 69,417 on Sept. 11, 5.53% of 63,740 on Sept. 10, 5.54% of 44,077 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 4,975,926 tests done statewide with 13.44% coming back as positive as of Sept. 14, compared to 13.45% on Sept. 13, 13.47% on Sept. 12, 13.48% on Sept. 11-6, 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 7,079 and pending for 3,760.

National cases exceed 6.57 million with 194,674 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 6,570,889 with 194,674 deaths compared to 6,539,483 with 194,203 deaths at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The number of global cases increased to 29,365,289 with 929,613 deaths compared to 29,127,436 with 925,596 deaths on Monday.

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.