June 10 update: 8 new positive tests; 1.8% of tests are positive


According to the state dashboard, Alachua County has a cumulative total of 412 people with COVID-19-positive test results, an increase of 8 from yesterday on 449 test results, for a positive test rate of 1.8%.

Eight deaths have been reported in the county. Seven of the eight deaths were reportedly from one long-term care facility, Parklands Care Center. The 8 deaths were first reported as positive cases on April 9 (3), April 18 (2), April 20, April 21, and April 23.

80 people (total) have been hospitalized, no increase from yesterday. The Alachua County Health Department typically reports a higher number that includes non-residents, which are not shown on the dashboard.

The website with current numbers of long-term care cases in Alachua County hasn’t been updated yet today; yesterday it showed 74 cases in these facilities. 58 of the cases are from Parklands Care Center. 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 69 cases in long-term care (same as the last report) and 2 cases in a correctional facility (I’ve been told that both of these are related to correctional facilities in other counties).

Available bed capacity in Alachua County is 32.3%.

The state has 67,371 cases (an increase of 1,371 from yesterday on 20,720 new test results for a positive rate of 6.6%) and 2,801 deaths (an increase of 36 from yesterday, 21 of which were from long-term care facilities).

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 5.53%. (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.)

Dade County has 30% of the state’s cases. Broward has 12%; Palm Beach 12%; Hillsborough has 5%; Orange has 4%, and Lee has 4%. Alachua County represents about 1.2% of the state’s population and 0.61% of the state’s cases.

27,126 test results have come back so far in Alachua County (up 449 from yesterday), and 26,707 tests have come back negative. Only 1.5% of the local tests have come back positive so far, and 8 tests came back positive since yesterday’s report, for a positive test rate of 1.8%.

Here is the official graph for Alachua County:

Also, here is the graph for the percentage of emergency department visits for cough, fever, and shortness of breath (normal baseline is around 2%):

According to the daily report, there are 319 cases in Gainesville, 20 in Newberry, 19 in Alachua, , 8 in Hawthorne, 8 in High Springs, 4 in Waldo, 4 in Tioga, 4 in Micanopy, 3 in Archer, 1 in LaCrosse, and 1 in Santa Fe. 1 case is listed in the city of “Missing” in Alachua County. Location data is not available for all cases.

The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 3.7 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days. Note that when the average is around 2-4 new cases per day, as it is now (the 7-day moving average has not been over 4 since May 13 and has not been over 5 since April 26), it’s unlikely that we’ll see sustained declines from that number, particularly when we’re doing a lot of testing, as we have been.

Also, we are learning more about the prevalence of false positives in COVID-19 PCR testing; this paper (not yet peer-reviewed) calculates a conservative false positive rate (FPR) of 0.8% and states “The reliability of positive results dropped to near zero in these cases when test positivity approached the estimated FPR.” Our test positivity (see bar chart above) has hovered in the 1% range.

Cases by zip code

I’m not going to type out the cases by zip code any more. If you’re interested, you can find them on the “Cases by Zip Code” tab of the dashboard.

Testing information

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (DOH-Alachua) is offering evening drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Wednesdays, from 4-7 p.m. This is in addition to their regular testing schedule. 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.

  • Congrats on reporting positive test results instead of the media scare tactic of reporting them as “cases”. We should all know by now that positive test results are more a measure of immunity of individuals and “herd immunity” among a healthy population. A sharp increase in positive tests results as more tests are administered is good news, but the media will report them as a reason to fear a so-called “second wave” . — One of the reasons to expect more hospital admissions is due to the upcoming Flu shot schedule in the Fall. — Using the CDC’s own numbers the CV-19 death rate is at 0.29% (and dropping) while the Flu shot death rate holds steady at 0.6%. — According to the technocracy deep state clowns the Flu shot is reason enough to call for a lockdown….sounds funny? ..don’t laugh…they already convinced you to wear a mask that could increase your chances of contracting some type of coronavirus or pneumonia. https://justpaste.it/65k6c

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