October 9 update: 84 new positive tests, 2 deaths


According to the state dashboard, Alachua County reported an increase of 84 positive COVID-19 tests since yesterday, with an official test positivity rate of 4.95%. 2 new deaths were reported.

The new deaths are a 96-year-old female who tested positive on September 12 with “UNKNOWN” in the fields for emergency room and hospitalization and a 97-year-old male who tested positive on August 13 and was hospitalized. Both were in long-term care.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 5 were 65 or older, and 42 (53%) were college-aged.

A total of 68 deaths have been reported in the county, 30 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 decreased from 51 to 47.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations increased slightly to 2,143 today.

The state has 2,908 new cases and a net increase of 118 deaths since yesterday, 43 of which were from long-term care facilities.

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 61 different dates, going back to July 1. Changes by month: July (+11-1); August (+30-1); September (+53-1); October (+27). 22 were from Miami-Dade County.

The peaks are on July 30 (231) 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 4.13%.

In Alachua County, the official positivity rate yesterday was 4.95%.

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

The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 53.1 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days: