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October 6 update: 49 new positive tests, no deaths

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

According to the state dashboard, Alachua County reported an increase of 49 positive COVID-19 tests since yesterday, with an official test positivity rate of 5.35%. No new deaths were reported.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 3 were 65 or older, and 14 (40%) were college-aged.

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A total of 63 deaths have been reported in the county, 27 of which were in long-term care.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 decreased from 52 to 49.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased to 2,151 today.

The state has 2,251 new cases and a net increase of 55 deaths since yesterday, 12 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 57 different dates, going back to July 7. Changes by month: July (+11-1); August (+15-20); September (+30-2); October (+22). 15 were from Miami-Dade County.

The peaks are on July 23 (221), July 30 (222), and August 4 (224), and the 7-day moving average peak is July 25/26 (210), with a second peak on August 5 (214).

The peak of July 25 hasn’t moved since we started reporting it on August 27. The 2nd peak appeared on September 11, and it hasn’t moved, either.

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 yesterday’s positive rate was 5.26%. (The state charts only count people who test positive for the first time, and they may assign results to a different date than the day the test result came back. Our calculations are just positives/total tests for new results.)

In Alachua County, the official positivity rate yesterday was 5.35%.

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

The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 53.4 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days: