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March 30 morning update: 79 Alachua County cases

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

According to the state dashboard, Alachua County now has 79 COVID-19-positive cases, up from 71 at this time yesterday. No deaths have been reported. 11 people have been hospitalized. The average age of those with positive tests is 41.

The state has 5473 cases (an increase of 1227 from this time yesterday; remember that testing volume has increased significantly) and 63 deaths (up from 56 yesterday). The new deaths are in DeSoto, Okaloosa, and Palm Beach counties.

51% of the state’s cases are in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and another 8% are in Palm Beach County. Governor DeSantis issued a “safer-at-home” order this morning for those three counties plus Monroe County. The order is through mid-May.

15 COVID-19 tests are pending in Alachua County. 1314 people have been tested so far in Alachua County, and 1219 tests have come back negative, so 92.8% of the tests so far have been negative (1.1% are pending). Only 6% of the local tests have come back positive so far.

According to the daily report (note that the data in that report and the dashboard don’t always match up because they are published at different times), there are 60 cases in Gainesville, 5 in Alachua, 4 in Newberry, 2 in Tioga, 2 in Micanopy, and 1 in High Springs. Location data is not available for all cases.

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