February 17 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 73 positive COVID-19 tests today (2 from September), with an official test positivity rate of 3.00%. Two new deaths were reported.
The new deaths:
- 103-year-old female who did not visit an emergency room and was not hospitalized; she tested positive on December 31
- 65-year-old male with unknown emergency room visit and hospitalization; he tested positive on January 10
One was in long-term care.
Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 5 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 203 deaths have been reported in the county, 60 of which were in long-term care.
The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 increased slightly from 89 to 92. This is down from a peak of 256 on January 13.
State COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased from 4,646 to 4,465 today. This is down from a peak of 7,763 on January 13.
The state reported 7,342 new positive tests (official positivity rate of 6.42%) and a net increase of 157 deaths, 47 of which were from long-term care facilities.
Changes in deaths were reported on 32 different dates, going back to July 24.
Changes in the number of deaths by month: July (+1-1), January (+51), February (+106)
The first-wave peak was on August 4 (240), and the 7-day moving average peak was August 5 (227). The second-wave peak so far is January 15 (204); the 7-day moving average peak is January 18 (189). These are expected to keep changing.
This chart uses different colors to show how the reported deaths stack up by date:
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), showing the trend over the past 14 days.
This chart shows the trend in positivity rate for Alachua County.
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 57.9 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days:
The state has vaccinated a total of 2,487,055 people (1,181,166 have received the complete series). Vaccines were administered first to healthcare and front-line workers, with vaccines being rolled out to people 65 and older now.
Here is the age distribution for the state, with gray bars showing yesterday’s vaccinations and the green bars showing cumulative vaccinations.
Alachua County has vaccinated a total of 43,751 people, over 16% of the population (24,521, over 9% of the population, have received the complete series). Here is the age distribution for the county, with gray bars showing yesterday’s vaccinations and the green bars showing cumulative vaccinations.
This is a comparison of the age distributions of state and county vaccinations.