November 23 update: 56 new positive tests, 1 death


According to the state dashboard, Alachua County reported an increase of 56 positive COVID-19 tests with an official test positivity rate of 4.86%. One new death was reported.

The death was a 75-year-old male who tested positive on October 14. He visited an emergency room and was hospitalized. He was not in long-term care.

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Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, only 4 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 97 deaths have been reported in the county, 34 of which were in long-term care.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 increased from 90 to 99.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased to 3,758 today.

The state reported 6,331 new positive tests (official positivity rate of 7.01%) and a net increase of 94 deaths, 38 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 46 different dates, going back to July 13. Changes by month: July (+2), August (+5), September (+14), October (+9), November (+64)

The peaks are on July 30 (235) and August 4 (237), and the 7-day moving average peak is August 5 (226).

The 7-day average plateau between July 25 and August 7 has been stable since I started reporting the peaks on August 27.

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), and the official positive rate yesterday was 7.01%.

In Alachua County, the official positivity rate was 4.86%.

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 84.9 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days: