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March 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 39 positive COVID-19 tests today, with an official test positivity rate of 2.08%. The 7-day average positivity rate is 3.01%. No new deaths were reported.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, none 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 259 deaths have been reported in the county, 77 of which were in long-term care.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 increased from 51 to 53. This is down from a peak of 256 on January 13.

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State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased slightly from 2,927 to 2,944 today. This is down from a peak of 7,763 on January 13.

The state reported 5,294 new positive tests (official positivity rate of 6.67%) and an increase of 87 deaths, 14 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in deaths were reported on 33 different dates, going back to May 4.

Changes in the number of deaths by month: May (+1), August (+1), January (+3), February (+1), March (+81)

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 (210); the 7-day moving average peak is January 18 (196).

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 38 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 5,871,740 people (3,307,323 have received the complete series of 2 doses or a single-dose vaccine). Vaccines were administered first to healthcare and front-line workers, with vaccines being rolled out to people 40 and older now, along with all K-12 teachers.

Alachua County has vaccinated a total of 78,647 people, over 29% of the population (49,991, over 18.5% 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. About 80% of seniors in Alachua County have received at least one dose, and 66% of seniors in Alachua County have received both doses. By comparison, about 74% of the state’s seniors have received at least one dose, with 52% receiving both doses.

  • What a journey! When will Alachua County find is saturation rate of those willing to take the vaccine or even the second dose? Those 65 and above are doing so. At 80% of these having received the first dose, most likely we are at the end of that group.

    As 23,000 have tested positive in our county by all ages of a county of 240,000 or so, all those have antibodies that have now survived.

    Thanks to our Governor for pushing back on those emerging Immunity Passports. We still do not know the real facts on people that were reported to have died from this virus. People that would have died from many different conditions have been lumped into these numbers.

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