December 5 COVID data update
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
[Editor’s note: This information is provided to put the COVID-19 data in context and show trends. We are presenting the data as reported by Florida Department of Health with the understanding that the data is messy, and each day’s update changes multiple previous days. We believe that individuals should have access to as much information as possible so they can make decisions about their risks; you can find our opinions about government actions in the COVID-19 category on the site.]
According to the state dashboard, Alachua County reported an increase of 124 positive COVID-19 tests with an official test positivity rate of 4.70%. No new deaths were reported.
Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, only 7 were 65 or older (this is the important number to track because those are the people who are more likely to have bad outcomes).
A total of 103 deaths have been reported in the county, 35 of which were in long-term care.
The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 stayed at 93.
State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased slightly to 4,339 today.
The state reported 10,431 new positive tests (official positivity rate of 7.32%) and a net increase of 90 deaths, 29 of which were from long-term care facilities.
Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 43 different dates, going back to August 17. Changes by month: August (+16), September (+13), November (+41-3), December (+23)
The peaks are on July 30 (234) and August 4 (237), and the 7-day moving average peak is August 5 (226).
The 7-day average plateau between July 25 and August 7 has been stable since I started reporting the peaks on August 27.
Here is the full chart for context:
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 the official positive rate yesterday was 7.32%.
In Alachua County, the official positivity rate was 4.70%.
This chart shows the number of negative tests reported in Alachua County by day, which gives an idea of the volume of testing:
The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 78.4 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days:
This disease is tragic, but the greater tragedy is how many cold, flu and other deaths we could have prevented if only we’d been wearing masks in years past. How many of us were eating in restaurants, shopping at supermarkets, going to school, and worshipping in churches in the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond? How selfish we were. Only under the leadership of Fauci and Birx have we been able to really get serious about public safety and health. Under the potential administration of Harriscanoe, with Joe Biden too, will this world keep people at home where they belong, getting proper subsidies, and safe, contactless deliveries from only large, safe retailers. Oh, the humanity! Where is Hunter? He’s at home being safe, while thousands of Trump voters went to Valdosta and transmitted this virus. Maskless, virtueless people who send rude tweets.