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January 31 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 89 positive COVID-19 tests today (one from July), with an official test positivity rate of 3.04%. Five new deaths were reported.

The new deaths:

  • 77-year-old female with unknown emergency room visit and unknown hospitalization, tested positive 12/5
  • 66-year-old male who visited an emergency room and was hospitalized, tested positive 12/23
  • 72-year-old male who visited and emergency room and was hospitalized, tested positive 12/26
  • 93-year-old female with unknown emergency room visit and unknown hospitalization, tested positive 12/28
  • 88-year-old female with unknown emergency room visit and unknown hospitalization, tested positive 12/30

One was in long-term care.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 10 were 65 or older (this is the important number to track because those are the people who are more likely to have bad outcomes).

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A total of 171 deaths have been reported in the county, 53 of which were in long-term care.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 decreased from 148 to 145. This is down from a peak of 256 on January 13.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased from 6,153 to 6,101 today. This is down from a peak of 7,763 on January 13.

The state reported 7,788 new positive tests (official positivity rate of 5.54%) and a net increase of 119 deaths, 23 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in deaths were reported on 29 different dates, going back to September 26.

Changes in the number of deaths by month: September (+1), Jan (+120-2)

The first-wave peaks were on July 30/31 (235) and August 4 (239), and the 7-day moving average peak was August 5 (227).

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 130.7 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 1,678,944 people (314,528 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 31,914 people, about 11.8% of the population (11,189, about 4.1% 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.

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