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April 21 morning update: 223 cases in Alachua County
April 21, 2020
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
According to the state dashboard, Alachua County now has 223 COVID-19-positive cases, up from 215 at this time yesterday. No deaths have been reported. 29 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 patients have died in local hospitals, but they have been residents of other counties.
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21 residents or staff in long-term care facilities have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the same number as 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 27,495 cases (an increase of 835 from this time yesterday) and 839 deaths (an increase of 50 from this time yesterday).
Dade County has 36% 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 0.81% of the state’s cases.
5,367 people have been tested so far in Alachua County (up 156 from this time yesterday), and 5,136 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.) 3 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 169 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.