HomeHealthApril 21 evening update: first death, 224 cases in Alachua County
April 21 evening update: first death, 224 cases in Alachua County
April 21, 2020
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Alachua County has announced the first death from COVID-19, a 67-year-old woman.
According to the state dashboard, Alachua County now has 224 COVID-19-positive cases, up from 218 at this time yesterday. One death has been reported. 30 people to date have been hospitalized (no information about recoveries or current hospitalization counts is available). The median age of those with positive tests is 45.
Paul Myers, the Alachua County Administrator for the Florida Department of Health, clarified today that additional patients have died in local hospitals, but they have been residents of other counties.
22 residents or staff in long-term care facilities have been diagnosed with COVID-19, up from 21 yesterday. According to the latest report, there are two long-term care facilities in Alachua County that have reported positive cases in residents or staff: Oak Hammock and Parklands Care Center.
The state has 27,869 cases (an increase of 811 from this time yesterday) and 867 deaths (an increase of 44 from this time yesterday).
Dade County has 37% of the state’s cases. Broward has 15%; Palm Beach 8%; Orange 4%; and Hillsborough 3%. Alachua County represents about 1.2% of the state’s population and 0.8% of the state’s cases.
5,395 people have been tested so far in Alachua County (up 147 from this time yesterday), and 5,163 tests have come back negative, so 95.7% of the tests so far have been negative. Only 4.2% of the local tests have come back positive so far. (The numbers in the various categories don’t add up to the total number of tests listed on the dashboard, but since we don’t know which number is incorrect, we’re reporting them as they’re given on the dashboard.) 4 COVID-19 tests are pending in Alachua County, and 8 are inconclusive.
According to the daily report (note that the data in that report and the dashboard don’t always match up because they are published at different times), there are 170 cases in Gainesville, 12 in Alachua, 8 in Newberry, 7 in Hawthorne, 5 in High Springs, 3 in Waldo, 3 in Micanopy, 2 in Tioga, 1 in LaCrosse, and 1 in Archer. Location data is not available for all cases.