Florida Coronavirus Update: Cases by County

Pinellas: 102 coronavirus cases, 34 hospitalizations

Pasco: 33 cases, 6 hospitalizations

Hillsborough: 211 cases, 36 hospitalizations

*this Florida coronavirus update includes figures as of 4 PM March 29th

With more than 900 new positive test results added since Saturday evening, Florida is rapidly approaching 5,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Here is the Florida Department of Health dashboard as of last night:

Florida coronavirus update dashboard DOH

Florida Coronavirus Updates: Executive Orders

The governor issued two new orders:

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-86, directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

The Governor also issued Executive Order 20-87, ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.

Healthcare Updates

The hospitalization rate of cases is about 13%. About half of those in ICU require ventilator assistance.

The Florida Surgeon General has outlined Florida’s five steps for COVID-19 prevention:

Florida coronavirus updates priorities from surgeon general

AHCA has been working closely with long term care communities to change their processes dramatically on communal activities, visitors, and use of PPE to keep COVID-19 out of these facilities. EMS is also making visits to facilities to help with emergency preparation efforts.

Hillsborough County is among the areas receiving Hydroxychloroquine for help with coronavirus treatment, says Governor DeSantis.

Coronavirus Testing

Updated information on Baycare Urgent Care and COVID-19 testing sites as of Monday, March 30th:

Patients with mild to moderate symptoms are encouraged to remain at home and manage their symptoms and seek care through BayCare Anywhere telemedicine as the first line of defense. For patients seeking care in person, Baycare has reduced to 14 clinics, splitting operations into upper respiratory clinics and non-upper respiratory clinics, and reducing operating hours during the week (weekend hours will remain as-is for now).

  • Clinics converted into upper respiratory clinics are rerouting all urgent care and occupational health patients to the next closest clinic.
  • 14 locations will be operating with limited hours: Monday – Friday (9 AM – 6:00 PM) and all clinics will open Saturday – Sunday. Scroll down, for a list of locations.
  • Out of the 14 locations, Baycare Urgent Care is splitting operations into upper respiratory clinics (URI) and non-upper respiratory clinics (Non-URI). Patients showing any upper respiratory symptoms will be rerouted to respiratory clinics.
  • 4 locations will be closed: Carillon (COVID screenings site), St. Pete Beach, Waters, and Bloomingdale. For a list of temporary closed locations, go to https://baycare.org/coronavirus/closures
  • Select locations in each county are performing coronavirus screenings. For a list of COVID 19 screenings sites, please go to https://baycare.org/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-centers
  • Online self-screening for COVID 19 is available at https://baycare.clearstep.health/covid19

Please note that testing sites, hours, requirements, etc. are changing regularly due to allocation of resources and guidance.  Check for updated information and contact your health provider, Department of Health or visit the Baycare Coronavirus Resource Center.

Coronavirus Resources for Elders and Caregivers

How to Make Sure Your Elderly Relatives Stay Safe at Home

Free Wellness Questions Checklist for Older Loved Ones at Home Alone

10 Things to Do with an Aging Relative at Home Under Coronavirus Isolation

What to Do if Your Loved One Lives in a Care Facility and You Can’t Visit

Free Checklist of Questions to Ask the Care Facility

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