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August 2 update: 72 new positive tests, no new hospitalizations, 2 new deaths

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

According to the state dashboard, Alachua County has a cumulative total of 3,662 people with COVID-19-positive test results, an increase of 72 from yesterday on 500 test results with an official test positivity rate of 6.7%. The median age of positive tests (overall) in Alachua County is 31. No new hospitalizations were reported, and 2 new deaths were reported.

The new deaths are a 68-year-old male who first tested positive on July 16, was hospitalized but has no contact tracing information; and a 67-year-old male who first tested positive on July 6 and is not listed as hospitalized or with any contact tracing information.

Of the 72 people whose tests came back yesterday, 9 were 65 or older (the chart shows 70 new cases because 2 were on previous dates):

A total of 23 deaths have been reported in the county. Nine of the deaths were reportedly from one long-term care facility, Parklands Care Center, and two were from other long-term care facilities. The 20 deaths were first reported as positive cases on April 9 (4), April 18 (2), April 20, April 21, April 23, May 10, May 12, May 24, June 23, June 29, July 1, July 6 (2), July 7, July 8, July 9, July 13, July 16, and July 24.

148 people (total) have been hospitalized, no increase from yesterday. 20 people have been added to the hospitalization total in the past week.

The website with current numbers of institutional care cases in Alachua County shows 144 cases, a decrease of 2 from the previous report. The chart says, “The data is not cumulative but reflects the information available for current residents and staff with cases as of yesterday’s date.” (The top line shows totals for the state.)

The county report shows a cumulative total of 116 cases in long-term care (no increase from yesterday) and 26 cases in a correctional facility (no increase from yesterday).

Available hospital bed capacity in Alachua County is 18.14%, and ICU capacity is 10.06%.

North Florida Regional has no ICU beds available, and Shands has 31 available (12% of capacity). ICU beds are used for all intensive-care patients, not just COVID patients.

The state has 487,132 cases (an increase of 7,104 from yesterday on 41,687 new test results) and 7,084 deaths (an increase of 62 from yesterday, 21 of which were from long-term care facilities).

The current peak date was 144 deaths on July 17.

Here are the dates of the new deaths:

8/1 – 5
7/31 – 5
7/30 – 4
7/29 – 4
7/28 – 6
7/27 – 7
7/24 – 1
7/22 – 1
7/21 – 2
7/19 – 6
7/18 – 2
7/17 – 4
7/16 – 3
7/15 – 2
7/14 – 1
7/13 – 2
7/12 – 1
7/11 – 1
7/10 – 1
7/8 – 3
7/4 – 1

The state also publishes a chart of the percentage of new tests that are positive by day (this chart is for the whole state), and yesterday’s positive rate was 9.28%. (The state charts only count people who test positive for the first time, and they may assign results to a different date than the day the test result came back. Our calculations are just positives/total tests for new results.)

67,268 test results have come back so far in Alachua County (up 500 from yesterday). The official positivity rate yesterday was 6.7%.

The University of Florida has temporarily stopped reporting test data.

According to the daily report, there are 2,941 cases in Gainesville, 221 in Alachua, 157 in Newberry, 83 in High Springs, 68 in Archer, 61 in Hawthorne, 27 in Micanopy, 13 in Waldo, 11 in Santa Fe, 7 in Tioga, 7 in LaCrosse, 2 in Earleton, 2 in Jonesville, and 1 in Evinston. 7 cases are listed in the city of “Missing” in Alachua County, 1 case is erroneously listed in “Wesley Chapel” in Alachua County, 1 case is in “Unk” in Alachua County, and 1 case is in “Ocala” in Alachua County. Location data is not available for all cases.

The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 74 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days.

Testing information

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (DOH-Alachua) is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. DOH-Alachua is offering COVID-19 testing to Alachua County residents, regardless of symptoms. Residents who want a COVID-19 test are asked to call 352-334-8810 for an appointment. A referral from a doctor is not required. If your insurance covers this, it will be billed (no copay is required). If not, it is free.

COVID-19 Testing Results Phone Line
The Department of Health in Alachua County has set up a dedicated line for residents to call for COVID-19 test results. The phone number is 352-334-8828, and it is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Why has no Hunters Crossing Memory Care cases been shown on the list? I personally know of at least 4 cases there!!!!
    The one case that was on the list back in July has been removed!!!????

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