October 8 update: 91 new positive tests, 2 deaths


According to the state dashboard, Alachua County reported an increase of 91 positive COVID-19 tests since yesterday, with an official test positivity rate of 6.07%. 2 new deaths were reported.

The new deaths are an 86-year-old female who tested positive on August 3 and who visited an emergency room and was hospitalized; and an 82-year-female who tested positive on July 30, did not visit an emergency room, and was not hospitalized. One of them was in long-term care.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 12 were 65 or older, and 33 (38%) were college-aged.

A total of 66 deaths have been reported in the county, 28 of which were in long-term care. Paul Myers told the county commission on 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 47 to 51.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased to 2,141 today.

The state has 3,306 new cases and a net increase of 164 deaths since yesterday, 67 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 57 different dates, going back to July 3. Changes by month: July (+47-1); August (+73); September (+33-2); October (+15-1). 19 were from Miami-Dade County.

The peaks are on July 30 (230) and August 4 (232), and the 7-day moving average peak is August 5 (221).

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

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 4.57%.

In Alachua County, the official positivity rate yesterday was 6.07%.

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