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Eight more residents of Pinellas, Pasco elder care facilities die of COVID-19

The deaths include residents of facilities in Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Dade City that experienced outbreaks.

Eight more residents of elder care facilities in Pinellas and Pasco counties have died from COVID-19, according to recently released medical examiner reports.

At least 83 residents of long-term care facilities in the two counties have died from the fast-spreading, novel coronavirus, according to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office.

Related: Florida coronavirus cases pass 46,000, as state adds 24 deaths

Two of the latest deaths were residents of Gulf Shore Care Center, where a COVID-19 outbreak led to the evacuation of 26 residents to local hospitals last week.

Gulf Shore Care Center, at 6767 86th Ave. N in Pinellas Park, reported its first COVID-19 death on May 11. The latest data from the state shows 34 residents and nine staffers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

None of the latest reports came from Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation at Freedom Square, which has suffered one of the worst death totals in the state. The retirement community at 7800 Liberty Lane recorded 32 deaths among its nursing, assisted living and independent living facilities — including one staff member.

Related: Seminole nursing home surpasess 30 deaths tied to COVID-19 outbreak

Another resident of St. Mark Village of Palm Harbor, one of several Pinellas elder care facilities that has seen a flare-up of the virus in the last couple weeks, died last week. At St. Mark Village, 28 residents and 15 staffers at have tested positive for the virus, according to the state. Eleven residents have died, according to the medical examiner.

Here are the latest coronavirus deaths reported by the medical examiner:

  • Stella Joanne Saporito, 89, was a resident at Gulf Shore Care Center in Pinellas Park. She had a fever and flu-like symptoms on May 8 and was tested for COVID-19. She died a day later, the report said. Her positive test results came back May 10.
  • Jane Cegar, 80, was a resident of St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor, where there was a recent outbreak of COVID-19. Cegar tested positive for COVID-19 on April 19 and was transferred to AdventHealth North Pinellas hospital in Tarpon Springs on April 24 with shortness of breath. She was transferred to hospice on April 29 and died on the morning of May 14.
  • Georgia Mosely, 73, was a resident of Royal Oaks nursing home in Dade City. She was transferred to AdventHealth Zephyrhills hospital on April 22 and tested positive for COVID-19. She was placed into hospice care at the hospital and died May 14.
  • Jeanette Mays, 73, was a resident of St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation where she came down with a fever on May 11 and had difficulty breathing. She was transferred to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg where she tested positive for COVID-19. She died May 14.
  • John Coggeshall, 82, a resident of Patrick Manor Assisted Living Facility, was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital on May 10 with shortness of breath and a fever. He tested positive for COVID-19 and was transferred to Suncoast Hospice North Pinellas where he died Friday.
  • Barbara Boucher, 81, was also a resident of Gulf Shore Care Center, where she tested positive for COVID-19. She was transferred to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg on May 14 with shortness of breath and other symptoms. She died Saturday.
  • Dwight Durflinger, 75, was also a resident at Patrick Manor in St. Petersburg. He was tested twice for COVID-19 at St. Anthony’s Hospital. The tests came back positive on April 26 and May 3. He was transferred to hospice on May 5, where he died Sunday.
  • Dwight Sawinksi, 73, was also a resident of Royal Oaks. He was admitted to AdventHealth Dade City hospital on May 11 with fever and flu-like symptoms. He tested positive for COVID-19 on May 13 and died early Monday morning.

Last week, 10 residents were removed from St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehabilitation at 521 Atwood Ave. N. The St. Petersburg facility has 43 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the state, including three staffers.

At Patrick Manor, 12 residents and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. At Royal Oaks, 22 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 14 staff members, the state said.

The Tampa Bay Times is able to track how many infected people are dying in Pinellas’ long-term care facilities because the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office is releasing its death investigations in response to public records requests.

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