March 1 COVID data update


[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 17 positive COVID-19 tests today (including 1 added to June) with an official test positivity rate of 1.72% on a day with a very low number of test results. The 7-day average positivity rate is down to 1.72%. Two new deaths were reported.

The new deaths:

  • 82-year-old male who did not visit an emergency room and was not hospitalized; he tested positive on January 25
  • 94-year-old female with unknown emergency room visit and hospitalization; she tested positive on January 27

One was in long-term care.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, one was 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 234 deaths have been reported in the county, 70 of which were in long-term care.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 stayed at 61. This is down from a peak of 256 on January 13.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased slightly from 3,679 to 3,686 today. This is down from a peak of 7,763 on January 13.

The state reported 1,700 new positive tests (official positivity rate of 6.32% on a day with a very low number of test results) and an increase of 147 deaths, 34 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in deaths were reported on 42 different dates, going back to November 29.

Changes in the number of deaths by month: November (+1), December (+3-2), January (+11), February (+133), March (+1)

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 22 (208); the 7-day moving average peak is January 18 (192). 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 30.6 through yesterday, down from a peak of 188.1 on January 11. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days:

The state has vaccinated a total of 3,034,636 people (1,691,213 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.

Alachua County has vaccinated a total of 47,064 people, almost 17.5% of the population (34,328, over 12.5% of the population, have received the complete series).

This chart shows the percentage of the populations of Alachua County and Florida by age that have been vaccinated. 65% of seniors in Alachua County have received at least one dose, and 46% of seniors in Alachua County have received both doses. By comparison, about 52% of the state’s seniors have received at least one dose, with 28% receiving both doses.

  • Thanks Jen and Len for the explanation above the pie charts on vaccinations for Alachua County and the State of Florida. Let’s consider this comparison between the two; distribution priorities for those 65 years old or more.

    The difference is in the vaccinations that are complete based on two doses and first doses. Would one think that these should be essentially equal. To prevent Covid infection to this group, the more logical way is using vaccine to inoculate this group in a more systematic approach?


  • Jerry, what do you think should should be essentially equal? The percentages of people with first and second dose? The people who get their second dose move out of the first dose category and into the second dose category. So over 2/3 of those who have received a vaccination have received both doses; less than 1/3 are waiting for their 2nd dose – and perhaps that’s because it’s not time yet.

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