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June 28 update: 91 new positive tests, no new hospitalizations, no new deaths

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

According to the state dashboard, Alachua County has a cumulative total of 1124 people with COVID-19-positive test results, an increase of 91 from yesterday on 971 test results for a test positivity rate of 9.4%. The median age of positive tests (overall) in Alachua County remains at 29; it was 31 three days ago and 47 a few weeks ago.

This graph is for Alachua County:

These charts show the age distribution of cases in Alachua County and a comparison of the ages of cases before and after June 10. The migrant worker tests first started coming in on June 10, and protests with large numbers of participants occurred on the weekend of June 13.

The top chart shows the number of cases overall in each age group; the bottom one shows the percentage of cases in each age group before and after June 10.

Comparing the 18 days before June 10 with the 18 days starting June 10 (hospitalizations and deaths are for people whose tests came back positive on these dates, not who were hospitalized or died on these dates):

  • Before June 10: 57 cases, 7 hospitalizations, 1 death
  • After June 10: 713 cases, 9 hospitalizations, 0 deaths

Paul Myers from the Department of Health said the important thing is that the new cases have not led to a significant increase in hospitalizations. He said Tuesday at the Alachua County Commission meeting that some of those who are testing positive may have been sick weeks ago: “We cannot differentiate between current infection with this test and, basically, a person who is continuing to excrete viral debris, which is not infectious. This test is very sensitive but not very specific, in that regard.”

A total of twelve deaths have been reported in the county. Ten of the deaths were reportedly from one long-term care facility, Parklands Care Center. The 12 deaths were first reported as positive cases on April 9 (4), April 18 (2), April 20, April 21, April 23, May 10, May 12, and May 24.

93 people (total) have been hospitalized, no increase since yesterday. Seven people have been added to the hospitalization total in the past week. Note that hospitalizations are not necessarily people who seek care for COVID; everyone who is admitted to the hospital for any reason is now tested.

Out of the 720 people who have tested positive since June 10, only 9 have been hospitalized (or are in the hospital), or 1.25%.

There is a lag between positive tests and hospitalizations, so if we look at the positive tests in Alachua County between June 10 and June 18, there are 196 positive tests and 5 hospitalizations, or 2.6%. The overall hospitalization rate so far in Alachua County is 8.3% of cases, so the hospitalization rate is clearly trending down.

The website with current numbers of long-term care cases in Alachua County hasn’t been updated since Friday; it shows 75 cases, no change from the previous report. 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 74 cases in long-term care (no change in the past 4 days) 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 18.86%. You may have seen stories about hospital capacity around the state, tying the increased number of patients to COVID. The truth is that the increased number of patients is from elective procedures that were delayed during the pandemic.

The state has 141,075 cases (an increase of 8,530 from yesterday on 52,453 new test results for a positive rate of 16.3%) and 3,419 deaths (an increase of 29 from yesterday, 25 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 12.4%. (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 24% of the state’s cases. Broward has 10%; Palm Beach 10%; Hillsborough has 7%; and Orange has 7%. Alachua County represents about 1.2% of the state’s population and 0.8% of the state’s cases.

40,476 test results have come back so far in Alachua County (up 971 from yesterday), and 39,341 tests have come back negative. 2.8% of the local tests have come back positive so far, and 91 tests came back positive since yesterday’s report, for a positive test rate of 9.4%.

The University of Florida is reporting 20 positive tests out of 15,853 employees tested since May 6. This is a positive rate of 0.13%; it is unclear whether these negative test results are included in the overall numbers for Alachua County (positive test results are required to be reported). If they’re not included, the overall positivity rate for Alachua County (assuming these employees are Alachua County residents) drops to 1.9%. We are trying to get more information about this, but officials at UF are unsure whether their negative test results are included in the DOH results, and DOH hasn’t answered our question about the number of tests they’ve done in Alachua County.

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%). Note that although more people are being seen in emergency rooms for influenza-like and COVID-like illnesses, the admissions rate has stayed low.

According to the daily report, there are 943 cases in Gainesville, 45 in Alachua, 42 in Newberry, 20 in High Springs, 13 in Archer, 9 in Hawthorne, 7 in Waldo, 6 in Micanopy, 5 in Santa Fe, 4 in Tioga, and 1 in LaCrosse. 4 cases are 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 61.4 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days.

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 drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 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.

  • Again, can’t thank you enough for your tireless dedication to reporting on this. You break everything down so well and consistently report on every useful bit of information that the Department of Health is sharing with the public in a way that is very easy to understand and follow as this outbreak unfolds.

  • Flu Vaccine Mortality Rate (0.6%) is More Deadly Than Covid-19 (0.26%) – This may be why Fauci reversed his recommendation on masks from “don’t wear” to “wear” in order to increase mortality. The spike of deaths in New York was created by Gov. Cuomo who increased deaths by forcing compromised patients back into nursing homes infected with a virus. He also ordered no heroic DNR (Do Not Resucitate) for cardiac arrest patients — https://bit.ly/2AOyHoH

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