October 12 update: 54 new positive tests, one death


According to the state dashboard, Alachua County reported an increase of 54 positive COVID-19 tests, with an official test positivity rate of 5.76%. One new death was reported.

The newly-reported death was a 98-year-old male who tested positive on June 29.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 7 were 65 or older, and 23 (58%) were college-aged.

A total of 69 deaths have been reported in the county, 30 of which were in long-term care. Paul Myers told the county commission last Tuesday that they’ve determined two of our deaths were non-Florida residents, so they will be removed from the total, but that hasn’t happened yet.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 increased from 54 to 64.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased to 2,206 today.

The state reported 1,533 new positive tests over the and a net increase of 48 deaths, 21 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 38 different dates, going back to July 21. Changes by month: July (+2); August (+17); September (+20); October (+9). 6 were from Miami-Dade County.

The peaks are on July 30 (232) and August 4 (235), and the 7-day moving average peak is August 5 (223).

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 4.28%.

In Alachua County, the official positivity rate over the past 2 days was 5.76%.

This chart shows the number of negative tests reported in Alachua County by day:

The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 57.6 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days: