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Pinellas County’s cumulative total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has increased to 1,679, according to the report released Tuesday from the state Department of Health. The county’s death toll increased to 99.

Florida Department of Health reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas on Tuesday, upping the count to 1,679. Four more have died due to the novel Coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 99.

So far this week, 95 new cases have been reported and four deaths. 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.

In comparison, 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 66,000 with 2,765 deaths on Monday. Cases in the United States totaled 1,961,646 with 111,014 deaths. Globally, more than 7.1 million cases have been reported with 407,145 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas include 1,627 Florida residents and 52 non-residents. More cases were in females, 58%, to 42% in males. Ages range from 1-101. Median age was 57.

DOH reported that 440 have been hospitalized in Pinellas, which includes 424 residents and 16 nonresidents. About 28% people with confirmed cases have been hospitalized since March.

Local hospitals reported 30% available bed capacity on Tuesday with nearly 24% capacity for adult ICU beds.

“Hospitalizations is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness,” DOH said. “These people may no longer be hospitalized. This number does not represent the number of COVID-19 positive persons currently hospitalized. We do not have a figure for that information at this time.”

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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.

Testing in Pinellas

DOH reported on June 9 that 56,297 COVID-19 tests had been done in Pinellas, 3,492 more than the day before. DOH says an average of 3% of test results were positive. Fourteen tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 176.

A summary report for Pinellas County released June 8 shows 2.9% of tests from June 7 were positive, 1.6% from June 6, 3.1% from June 5, 4.5% from June 4, 2.1% from June 3, 1.2% from June 2, 2.4% from June 1 and 1.2% from May 31. 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 on testing and location of sites, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

St. Petersburg is still county’s hot spot

DOH provided updated and revised information on the city of residence for 1,579 of the cases in Pinellas on Monday. St. Petersburg has the most with 698 cases (44%), 237 are Clearwater residents, 188 from Largo, 143 from Seminole, 80 from Pinellas Park, 76 from Palm Harbor, 38 from Tarpon Springs, 25 from Dunedin, 17 from Safety Harbor, 15 from Clearwater Beach, 14 from Oldsmar, 11 from Indian Rocks Beach, eight from Kenneth City, six from South Pasadena, five from Gulfport, four from Madeira Beach, three from Belleair, two each from Bay Pines, Belleair Beach and Belleair Bluffs, and one each from Indian Shores, North Redington Beach, Crystal Beach, Treasure Island and Tierra Verde.

Case numbers at long-term care facilities

At least one case has been reported at 54 of the county’s long-term care facilities as of June 7. Since March, 486 cases have been reported at these facilities, or 31% of cases in the county.

DOH reported 262 cases in residents and 148 in staff at the facilities as of June 7. The numbers do not reflect current infections.

DOH reported on June 7 that 82 cases had been reported by Gulf Shore Care Center, 72 cases by St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab, 55 cases had been reported by Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 28 by St. Mark Village nursing home in Palm Harbor, 34 by Carrington Place of St. Pete, 23 by Freedom Square Health Care Center in Seminole, 24 by Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View in South Pasadena and 11 Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center in St. Petersburg and 10 by Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg. The rest had less than 10 cases.

These numbers are provisional and subject to change.

COVID-19 deaths

DOH reported four new deaths in the county on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 99. No further information was available.

At least 70 of the county’s 95 deaths were residents or staff at one of the county’s long-term care facilities. According to a weekly report from DOH released June 6, 25 deaths were from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, including one staff member; 13 from Gulf Shore Care Center; 11 deaths from St. Mark Village; six from Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services; four from Patrick Manor; three from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab and three from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View; two from the Inn at Freedom Square. In addition, one death each was reported at Bardmoor Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Largo, Bay Tree Center in Palm Harbor, Palm Garden in Clearwater and Palm Garden of Pinellas. Palm Garden in Clearwater tells Tampa Bay Newspapers it has no deaths.

DOH reported on June 5 that four more county residents had died, bringing the death toll to 95. According to the detail report, the deaths included an 85-year-old man, an 87-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man. No information was available for the fourth.

District Six Medical Examiner’s office released one death report on June 5 for an 85-year-old man who died June 4 from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphin View. DOH reported June 4 the death of an 89-year-old woman.

DOH reported June 2 the deaths of an 85-year-old woman, a 74-year-old old woman, an 80-year-old man, a 68-year-old man, a 74-year-old man, an 85-year-old man and an 84-year-old man.

The medical examiner’s office released five death investigation reports on June 2, including two residents of Gulf Shore Care Center: an 80-year-old man who died May 30 and an 84-year-old man who died June 1.

The medical examiner’s office also confirmed the death of an 85-year-old man who died May 31 from The Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View, and an 85-year-old woman who died May 31 from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion. The fifth death was a 67-year-old man who had lived at home.

DOH confirmed the death of a 67-year-old man on June 1. The medical examiner’s office released three death investigation reports on June 1, including a 68-year-old man who died May 28, a 74-year-old man who died May 29 from Health and Rehabilitation Centre at Dolphins View and a 75-year-old woman who died May 30 from Gulf Shore Care Center.

Local state of emergency extended

Pinellas County Commission voted June 5 to extend the local state of emergency through June 19. Commissioners have lifted local restrictions at beaches, swimming pools and playgrounds; however, statewide orders remain in effect, which include social distancing, capacity and sanitation requirements. Commissioners urge the public to wear cloth masks when in large groups, such as the recent protests, and in enclosed public spaces.

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

State cases up to 66,000 with 2,765 deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 64,448 on Tuesday. Another 1,552 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the state’s total to 66,000— 1,096 more than the number reported on Monday.

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 2,765, which is 53 more than the number reported the day before.

DOH reports that 11,185 have been hospitalized statewide.

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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.

DOH reported on June 9 that 1,259,283 people had been tested statewide. DOH says 5.2% of results have been positive. As of June 8, 963 tests were inconclusive and results were pending for 1,024.

Of the 64,904 cases reported Monday, 2,189 were travel-related, 29,707 had contact with a confirmed case, 2,099 had travel and contact with a confirmed case and 21,987 were under investigation.

Statewide recovery plans

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a June 3 press conference that the state is 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. The new rules do not apply to nightclubs.

Restaurants were allowed to seat customers at their bars starting on Friday and can continue to operate at 50% capacity.

DeSantis also 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.

Pari-mutuel facilities can submit reopening plans. The state’s universities have until June 23 to submit reopening plans.

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.

National cases top 1.96 million with 111,014 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 1,961,646 with 111,014 deaths compared to 1,946,144 with 110,514 deaths at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The number of global cases increased to 7,151,267 with 407,145 deaths compared to 7,049,047 with 403,267 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 information is subject to change.