October 7 update: 23 new positive tests, one death

According to the state dashboard, Alachua County reported an increase of 23 positive COVID-19 tests since yesterday, with an official test positivity rate of 2.91%. One new death was reported.

The new death is a 78-year-old male who tested positive on August 17. The record shows “UNKNOWN” for emergency room visit and hospitalization.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 3 were 65 or older, and 8 (38%) were college-aged.

A total of 64 deaths have been reported in the county, 27 of which were in long-term care. Paul Myers told the county commission yesterday 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 decreased from 49 to 47.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased to 2,121 today.

The state has 2,582 new cases and a net increase of 137 deaths since yesterday, 58 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 70 different dates, going back to June 19. Changes by month: June (+1-1), July (+18-1); August (+45); September (+46-1); October (+30). 19 were from Miami-Dade County.

The peaks are on July 23 (221), July 30 (224), and August 4 (225), and the 7-day moving average is nearly flat from July 25 (211) through the August 5 (215) peak.

The first 7-day average peak at July 25 has been steady since I started reporting it on August 27. The second peak appeared on Sept 11, and 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 4.15%.

In Alachua County, the official positivity rate yesterday was 2.91%.

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

The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 47.7 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days: