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January 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 148 positive COVID-19 tests today, with an official test positivity rate of 5.38% as UF testing ramped up again, contributing 2302 negatives. No new deaths were reported.

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Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 12 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 136 deaths have been reported in the county, 41 of which were in long-term care.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 decreased from 222 to 218.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased to 7,342 today.

The state reported 15,431 new positive tests (official positivity rate of 12.74%) and a net increase of 98 deaths, 25 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in deaths were reported on 33 different dates, going back to October 25.

Changes in the number of deaths by month: October (-1), November (-1), December (+77-17), January (+40)

The peaks are on July 31 (235) and August 4 (239), and the 7-day moving average peak is August 5 (227).

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 144.1 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days:

The state has administered a total of 289,773 vaccinations (1,997 have received the complete series), and Alachua County has administered 9,954 (378 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; age distribution for the county is not available:

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