COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

(UPDATED 10:35 a.m. 4/1/2021)

Special Message from Lead Agency – FDOH in Pasco County:

Pasco County has vaccinated 134,827 people as of Tuesday, March: 63,781 people have received their first doses and 71,046 people have completed their second doses. At this time, DOH-Pasco is only providing COVID-19 vaccination for residents who are 40 years of age or older, health care providers and first responders. Beginning April 5th the eligibility criteria will include 18 and older. However, per the Governor’s Executive Order 21-79, all providers administering COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 40 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact

Such physician determinations shall include a statement that the patient meets the defined eligibility criteria and established by a form prescribed by the Florida Department of Health.

Pasco County Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Locations (by appointment only):

  • T-Th: Sears Auto Center at the Gulf View Square Mall – 9409 US Hwy. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668
  • M-W-F: Saint Leo University – 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574

The statewide COVID-19 vaccine registration system is also available. Florida residents can go online to MyVaccine.FL.gov or call 866-201-7092 to be put on a waitlist that is being run by state sponsored sites. More COVID-19 vaccine is becoming available, and community partners – including retail pharmacies, hospital systems and physician’s offices – are beginning to receive COVID-19 vaccine and put infrastructure in place to vaccinate Pasco County residents. Florida residents can also find vaccination sites by county or city on the Florida Department of Health Vaccine Locator webpage.

COVID-19-Related:

  • Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 21-79, which outlines an expansion of phase 1 of vaccine administration. During this phase, vaccinations will be made available to:
    • Long-term care facility residents and staff
    • Persons 40 years of age and older
    • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
    • Additionally, Licensed physicians may vaccinate persons whom they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
    • Effective April 5, 2021, all Floridians shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is encouraging anyone 65 and older who needs the COVID-19 vaccination to call 844-770-8548 or go to patientportalfl.com and create an account with CDR Maguire. Vaccination appointments will be provided to the public based on the vaccine supply allocation received. Limited availability of vaccines is anticipated over the next several weeks. All recipients are required to bring proper identification that shows proof of residency and qualifications to their vaccine appointment.
  • Pasco County’s Local State of Emergency has been extended through April 8, 2021.

*Reminder: Pasco County’s Executive Order issued in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remains in effect. Face coverings are still required in most indoor public places in Pasco County, where social distancing cannot be maintained. Pasco County’s Face Coverings Order was issued in June and will remain in effect through Pasco’s Local State of Emergency, or until the county rescinds the order, whichever comes first. Please visit mypasco.net or call Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411 for more information.

  • FDOH in Pasco County and Pasco County Schools are collaborating and have established a joint command center for a unified COVID-19 response in schools.
  • Region 4/6 Incident Management Team (IMT) has been activated and is located in the EOC to assist in several long-term care facilities within the region.
  • Pasco County is offering Pasco a new Helping with Emergency Assistance Relief for Tenants (H.E.A.R.T.) program to help renters in Pasco pay bills directly if they have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. Please visit mypasco.net/4523/Pasco-HEART-Assistance for program updates and application information.
  • Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) will resume regular weekday and weekend bus service on most routes beginning Monday, March 1, 2021. Service will not resume on Route 41. For a complete list of PCPT Route and Schedule Changes, please visit: bit.ly/PCPTRiderAlerts

Pasco County and FDOH in Pasco County continue to coordinate with BayCare on their drive-up testing site at Gulfview Square Mall.

  • The drive-thru testing site at Gulfview Square Mall has reduced its hours of operation to three days per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 0800-1000 hours.
  • All Central Permitting locations will be allowing one person at a time to come in to do their payment transactions.
  • Pasco County BOCC’s cost-to-date for COVID-19 is $8,053,308.57.

(UPDATED 11:21 a.m. 3/18/2021)

Special Message from Lead Agency – FDOH in Pasco County:

As of Tuesday, March 16, Pasco County has vaccinated 96,618 people: 47,959 people have received their first doses and 48,659 people have completed their second doses. DOH-Pasco continues to work with Pasco County Schools to vaccinate employees who are 50 years of age and older, as well as eligible employees with Pasco County private schools and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

DOH-Pasco is now asking physicians and pharmacists in Pasco County to help protect our communities by partnering with us to provide COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Florida residents. To become a Vaccine for Adult (VFA) provider, physicians and pharmacists need to sign up for the Florida SHOTS program.

Per Gov. DeSantis, more than 1,500 homebound seniors have been vaccinated by State strike teams. Now, the State is launching a new way for homebound seniors to sign up to have the vaccine brought directly to them. Please email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com for requests.

Beginning Monday, March 15, per the Governor’s Executive Order 21-62, all providers administering COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:

• Long-term care facility residents and staff

• Persons 60 years of age and older – NEW

• Health care personnel with direct patient contact

• K-12 school employees 50 years of ages and older – NEW

• Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of ages and older – NEW

• Firefighters 50 years of age and older – NEW

• Individuals deemed extremely vulnerable by a licensed physician – NEW

Providers may also vaccinate persons age 18 or older whom a physician deems to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. The patient must meet the defined eligibility criteria and present a COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability Form completed by a hospital provider or their physician.

Pasco County Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Locations (by appointment only):

• T-Th: Sears Auto Center at the Gulf View Square Mall – 9409 US Hwy. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668

• M-W-F: Saint Leo University – 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574

Here are some additional options to try to get the COVID-19 vaccine:

• Publix: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida

• Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

• Winn-Dixie: https://www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine

• Walgreens: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp

• FDOH Vaccine Locator: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/

Department of Emergency Management

8744 Government Dr, New Port Richey, FL 34654

Ph: 727-847-8137

Fax: 727-847-8004

COVID-19-Related:

• The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is encouraging anyone 60 and older who needs the COVID-19 vaccination to call 844-770-8548 or go to patientportalfl.com and create an account with CDR Maguire. Vaccination appointments will be provided to the public based on the vaccine supply allocation received. Limited availability of vaccines is anticipated over the next several weeks. All recipients are required to bring proper identification that shows proof of residency and qualifications to their vaccine appointment.

• Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244, which begins Phase 3 of his Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Restrictions to restaurant indoor capacity have been removed and COVID-19 related fines and penalties enforced on individuals have been suspended.

• Pasco County’s Local State of Emergency has been extended through March 25, 2021. *Reminder: Pasco County’s Executive Order issued in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remains in effect. Face coverings are still required in most indoor public places in Pasco County, where social distancing cannot be maintained. Pasco County’s Face Coverings Order was issued in June and will remain in effect through Pasco’s Local State of Emergency, or until the county rescinds the order, whichever comes first. Please visit mypasco.net or call Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411 for more information.

• FDOH in Pasco County and Pasco County Schools are collaborating and have established a joint command center for a unified COVID-19 response in schools.

• Region 4/6 Incident Management Team (IMT) has been activated and is located in the EOC to assist in several long-term care facilities within the region.

• Pasco County is offering Pasco a new Helping with Emergency Assistance Relief for Tenants (H.E.A.R.T.) program to help renters in Pasco pay bills directly if they have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. Please visit mypasco.net/4523/Pasco-HEART-Assistance for more.

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(UPDATED 9:50 a.m. 2/18/2021)

Special Message from Lead Agency – FDOH in Pasco County: 

Pasco County has vaccinated 48,381 people as of Friday, Feb. 12: 28,909 people have received their first doses and 19,472 people have completed their second doses. The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County (DOH-Pasco) will continue to increase the number of vaccinations being given as more vaccine is received. For now, DOH-Pasco will continue to use CDR Maguire Health & Medical for clients to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Pasco County Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Locations (by appointment only):

  • T-Th: Sears Auto Center at the Gulfview Square Mall – 9409 US Hwy. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668
  • M-W-F: Saint Leo University – 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574

For vaccination appointments and eligibility information visit: Publix Covid Page 

Overview

  • Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-315, which outlines the first phase of vaccine administration. During this phase, vaccinations will be made available to:
    • Long-term care facility residents and staff
    • Persons 65 years of age and older
    • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is encouraging anyone 65 and older who needs the COVID-19 vaccination to call 844-770-8548 or go to patientportalfl.com and create an account with CDR Maguire. Vaccination appointments will be provided to the public based on the vaccine supply allocation received. Limited availability of vaccines is anticipated over the next several weeks.
  • Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244, which begins Phase 3 of his Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Restrictions to restaurant indoor capacity have been removed and COVID-19 related fines and penalties enforced on individuals have been suspended.
    • Pasco County’s Face Coverings Order issued in June will remain in effect through Pasco County’s Local State of Emergency, or until rescinded, whichever comes first.
  • Pasco County’s Local State of Emergency has been extended through February 25, 2021.
  • FDOH in Pasco County and Pasco County Schools are collaborating and have established a joint command center for a unified COVID-19 response in schools.
  • Region 4/6 Incident Management Team (IMT) has been activated and is located in the EOC to assist in several long-term care facilities within the region.
  • Pasco County is offering the new Pasco Helping with Emergency Assistance Relief for Tenants (H.E.A.R.T.) program to help renters in Pasco pay bills directly if they've experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19. The first round of assistance opened Wednesday, February 17, 2021, and received 501 qualified applicants in 1 hour, 25 minutes. Please monitor MyPasco.net for program updates.
  • Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) began a modified bus schedule to limit the number of riders on each bus beginning Thursday, December 17, 2020. These changes include a temporary suspension of service on Routes 18, 25 and 41, with partial suspension on Routes 21 and 23 and will be in effect until further notice. For a complete list of PCPT Route and Schedule changes, please visit: PCPT Rider Alerts
  • Pasco County BOCC’s cost-to-date for COVID-19 is $7,700,688.55.

We encourage all members of the public to:

  • Practice good hygiene including washing hands frequently and routine environmental cleaning.
  • Limit social groups to a total of 10 or less people.
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines by remaining at least six feet from others.
  • Stay home if you are ill.

Zephyrhills Utility Customers

In an effort to follow public health recommendations and limit face-to-face contact, we would like to remind you that there are alternatives to coming into City Hall and paying your utility bill at the counter. Customers can:

1) Go online to zephyrhillsfl.watersmart.com and register your account. You can pay with debit or credit card and can also enter checking account information for eChecks.

2) Pay over the phone by calling 833-360-7528. You will need your account number, as the automated system will ask you to enter the entire account number. You can use credit or debit cards, or enter your checking account number.

3) Mail your payment to the address on your bill in the payment envelope enclosed with your bill. The envelope is addressed to 415 Pisgah Church Road, Suite #374, Greensboro, NC 27455.

4) Place check payment in the drop box in front of City Hall, 5335 Eighth Street. The metal box attached to the building is labeled “Place Payments Here”. Please do not place cash in the box. Place your check and payment stub in an envelope.

In addition, if you want to connect or disconnect service, you can accomplish this by going here.

Our community’s health is very important to us. Please check the links below frequently, for the most up-to-date information.