Pasco Coronavirus Update: Fire Rescue Team Member Tests Positive

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — A member of Pasco County Fire Rescue has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is the first Pasco County government employee to test positive.

The team member began experiencing symptoms consistent with the coronavirus on April 4 while at work, and was sent home. The employee was working with six other team members on that day, and all six were placed on paid leave, in accordance with Florida Department of Health recommendations.

None of the six is showing any symptoms and all are expected to return to work pending negative coronavirus test results or the end of their 14-day quarantine, whichever comes first.

The Pasco County government is following all DOH guidelines and safety precautions, and has been taking aggressive action to minimize potential exposure to employees and customers, including:

  • closing facilities, including all libraries, parks and senior centers
  • offering more services online, by mail, via phone and video conferencing
  • encouraging employees (who are able) to work remotely
  • reducing or eliminating in-person contact at all customer service locations
  • thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in all government-owned buildings
  • screening employees and visitors who enter the Emergency Operations Center
  • requiring employees who are showing or experiencing symptoms, or who live with someone who is experiencing symptoms, to stay home.

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Latest Pasco Coronavirus Numbers

As of Monday, April 13, the Florida Department of Health reported 166 positive cases in Pasco County. Seven were not residents of Pasco County.

Three people have died from the coronavirus in Pasco County and 30 residents have been hospitalized.

Those who tested positive range from 1 year old to 94 years old. The median age is 47. Half are male and half are female.

People with positive cases of the coronavirus are from these towns:

  • 33 from Lake O’ Lakes
  • 31 from Wesley Chapel
  • 23 from New Port Richey
  • 17 from Dade City
  • 12 from Zephyrhills
  • 11 from Holiday
  • 11 from Hudson
  • 7 from Port Richey
  • 4 from Trinity
  • 3 from Lutz
  • 3 from Spring Hill
  • 2 from San Antonio

The DOH didn’t know the cities of two other residents who tested positive.

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Pasco Commission Meeting

The Pasco County Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. in the West Pasco Government Center will be held online and broadcast live. For details and how to participate, click here.

For information on symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you think you’ve contracted the virus, visit the Department of Health Pasco County website.

For coronavirus information and resources in Pasco County, click here.

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