October 31 update: 49 new positive tests, one new death


According to the state dashboard, Alachua County reported an increase of 49 positive COVID-19 tests, with an official test positivity rate of 4.14%. One new death was reported.

The new death was an 87-year-old female who tested positive on September 29. The case line list says it is unknown whether she visited an emergency room. She is not listed as a long-term care resident.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, zero were 65 or older, and 19 (48%) were college-aged.

A total of 76 deaths have been reported in the county, 33 of which were in long-term care.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 decreased from 66 to 65.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased to 2,297 today.

The state reported 2,331 new positive tests (official positivity rate of 6.32%) and a net increase of 41 deaths, 11 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 25 different dates, going back to June 16. Changes by month: June (+1-1), July (-1), August (-1), September (-1), October (+45-1)

The peaks are on July 30 (235) and August 4 (237), and the 7-day moving average peak is August 5 (225).

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 6.32%.

In Alachua County, the official positivity rate was 4.14%.

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

The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 81.6 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days: