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Pinellas County’s cumulative total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is up to 29,509, according to a report released Tuesday from the state Department of Health. The county’s death toll increased to 859.

Pinellas County’s COVID-19 case count increased to 29,509 with Florida Department of Health adding 209 more on Nov. 17. Four more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 859.

Since Nov. 16, 400 more cases and five deaths have been reported.

Florida Department of Health reported 191 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Nov. 16, bringing the total to 29,297. One more resident has died

Weekly case counts have been steadily rising and last week more deaths were reported than previous weeks. 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 897,323 with 17,861 deaths on Nov. 17. Cases in the United States totaled 11,320,337 with 248,227 deaths. Globally, more than 55.47 million cases have been reported with nearly 1.33 million deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas included 28,196 residents and 313 non-residents. More cases were in females, 15,662 (54%), to 13,506 in males. Gender was unknown in 28. Ages range from 0-105. Median age was 43. Sixteen percent were Black, and 12% were Hispanic.

About 10% of all cases in the county have been hospitalized since March. DOH reported that 2,696 residents and 28 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 29% capacity in staffed adult beds (935 of 3,261) on Tuesday with 23% capacity (75 of 329) 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. 17, 168 beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient with 34 in ICU and 20 on a ventilator.

Testing in Pinellas

DOH reported that 5.77% of 3,397 test results on Nov. 16 were positive, 5.76% of 2,749 results on Nov. 15, 5.53% of 4,154 on Nov. 14, 7.60% of 1,458 results 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 test results 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 results on Nov. 2 and 6.20% of 1,542 on Nov. 1.

As of Nov. 7, 2.022, or 9.8%, of 20,671 tests of those younger than 18 in Pinellas were positive. Statewide, 72,956, or 11.9% of 614,148 tests were positive.

DOH has not provided information on cumulative testing in Pinellas or statewide since Oct. 26.

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 on Nov. 17 that 15 more students and eight employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

No impact was reported to classrooms or buses from students testing positive at Gulfport Elementary School, Pinellas Technical College St. Petersburg, Largo Middle School, Pinellas Park Elementary School, Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary School or Osceola Middle School.

No impact was reported from a student and employee at Tarpon Springs Elementary School or Dunedin High School. No impact was reported from employees testing positive at Palm Harbor High School, Southern Oak Elementary School, Paul B. Stephens School, Gibbs High School, Pinellas Secondary School or Seminole High School.

Five partial classrooms were affected by a student at St. Petersburg High School, three partial classrooms by a student at Highland Lakes Elementary School and seven partial classrooms by two students at Northeast High School.

One classroom and one partial classroom were affected by a student testing positive at Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary School and one partial classroom by one student at Plumb Elementary School.

Pinellas County Schools reported that five more students and two employees tested positive for COVID-19 as of Nov. 13. Schools were closed Nov. 12 due to Tropical Storm Eta.

One employee worked at San Jose Elementary School and one classroom affected. One employee worked at the Walter Pownall Serviace Center and no impact was reported to classrooms or buses.

One student attended Palm Harbor University High School and four partial classrooms affected. One student attended Richard Jacobsen Technical School and no impact to classrooms or buses reported.

Two students attended Curtis Fundamental Elementary School and two partial classrooms affected. One student attended Pinellas Park Elementary School and one partial classroom affected.

Pinellas County Schools reported that six students and one employee had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Nov. 12.

The employee worked at Curlew Creek Elementary School and no impact to classrooms or buses was reported.

One student Palm Harbor University High School and four partial classrooms were affected. One student attended Bayside High School and one partial classroom was affected. One student attended Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater and no impact to classrooms or buses was reported. One student attended 74th Street Elementary School one no impact was reported. One student attended Safety Harbor Middle School and no impact was reported. One student attended Tarpon Springs 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 Tuesday, Nov. 16. St. Petersburg has the most with 11,452 cases, 5,716 are Clearwater residents, 2,989 from Largo, 1,792 from Palm Harbor, 1,514 from Seminole, 1,458 from Pinellas Park, 967 from Tarpon Springs, 827 from Dunedin, 558 from Oldsmar, 420 from Safety Harbor, 239 from Clearwater Beach, 204 from Gulfport, 145 from Kenneth City, 143 from South Pasadena, 111 from Indian Rocks Beach, 75 from Belleair, 65 from Madeira Beach, 39 from Crystal Beach, 38 from Belleair Beach, 29 from St. Pete Beach, 24 from Tierra Verde, 24 from North Redington Beach, 20 from Bay Pines, 18 from Treasure Island, five from Belleair Bluffs, five from Redington Shores, five from Lealman, four from Ozona, three from Indian Shores and Redington Beach, one listed as homeless and 302 as missing.

Cases and deaths at long-term care facilities

Since March, 4,410 cases have been reported at long-term care facilities, or 15% of cases in the county. At least 592 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 856 deaths, or 12%, and Palm Beach County is No. 2 with 739 deaths, or 10%.

According to a weekly report from DOH, as of Nov. 6, 30 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; 26 by Gulf Shore Care Center; 25 by Jacaranda Manor; 24 by Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center; 21 by Oak Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; 19 by Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center; 16 by Boca Ciega Center; 14 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 and Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center reported 10 deaths. Nine were reported by Tierra Pines Nursing Home in Largo, West Bay of Tampa and The Care Center at Pinellas Park.

Eight deaths were reported by Carrington Place of St. Pete. 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, Gateway Care Center of Pinellas, Princeton Village of Largo and Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab Center.

Four deaths were reported by Seasons Largo, Marion and Bernard L. Samson Center, Evergreen Manor Retirement Home in Safety Harbor, Angel Care Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg, Harbourwood Care Center in Clearwater, North Rehabilitation Center, South Heritage Health & Rehabilitation Center, Egret Cove Center in 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, Grand Villa of St. Petersburg and Westminster Suncoast.

Two deaths were reported by Bayou Gardens Dunedin, 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, 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 four more COVID-19 related deaths on Nov. 17, including two women ages 88 and 82 and two men ages 55 and 53.

In Pinellas, 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%), 75 in 55-64 (9%), 172 in 65-74 (20%), 263 in 75-84 (31%) and 312 (36%) in ages 85 and up.

DOH reported one more COVID-19 related death on Nov. 16: a 72-year-old man. The death toll rose to 855.

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.

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

Dr. Ulyee Choe 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 895,000 with 17,861 deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Florida residents was up to 884,625 on Tuesday. Another 12,698 cases were reported in non-residents, bringing the total to 897,323 — 7,459 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 17,664 deaths, which is 85 more than the number reported on Monday. DOH also reported that 217 non-residents have died, bringing the state’s death toll to 17,861.

DOH reports that 52,329 residents have been hospitalized statewide. No information was available about non-residents.

Testing statewide

DOH reported that 8.64% of 77,756 test results on Nov. 16 were positive, 7.95% of 52,450 results 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 11.32 million with 248,227 deaths

According to information from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, posted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States were up to 11,320,337 with 248,227 deaths compared to 11,147,299 with 246,854 deaths at 5 p.m. Monday. The number of global cases increased to 55,472,374 with 1,335,211 deaths compared 54,750,781 with 1,322,020 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.