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September 28 update: 55 new positive tests, 1 death

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

According to the state dashboard, Alachua County has a cumulative total of 8,164 people with COVID-19-positive test results, an increase of 55 from yesterday, with an official test positivity rate of 4.5%. The median age of positive tests (overall) in Alachua County is at 27 after 24 straight days of high numbers of positive results in the 15-24 age group. One new death was reported.

The newly-reported death is an 82-year-old female with “unknown” for both the emergency department and hospitalized fields; she tested positive on July 29. She was not in long-term care.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 3 were 65 or older, and 23 (49%) were college-aged.

Alachua County Public Schools now has a dashboard for positive tests in the school system. The section for active cases shows 1 student each at Irby Elementary, Newberry Elementary, Parker Elementary, Wiles Elementary, Oakview Middle, Eastside High, and Santa Fe High; 2 students at Gainesville High; 3 students at Howard Bishop Middle and Buchholz High; and 14 students at Newberry High; 1 staff each at Hidden Oak Elementary, High Springs Community, Littlewood Elementary, Newberry Elementary, Norton Elementary, Talbot Elementary, Buchholz High, and the District Office; and 2 staff at Newberry High and in Transportation.

The weekly report on emergency room visits for COVID-like illness and influenza-like illness shows that we are seeing a slight uptick in visits for COVID-like illness and a sharp increase in visits for influenza-like illness.

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A total of 56 deaths have been reported in the county, 20 of which were in long-term care. Nine of the deaths were reportedly from one long-term care facility, Parklands Care Center, and 11 were from other long-term care facilities. The 56 deaths were first reported as positive cases on April 9 (4), April 18 (2), April 20, April 21, April 23, May 10, May 12, May 24, June 9, June 23, June 28, June 29, July 1, July 6 (2), July 7, July 8, July 9 (2), July 13, July 16, July 20, July 21, July 22, July 24 (3), July 27, July 29, August 2, August 4 (2), August 5, August 8 (2), August 10 (2), August 11, August 12, August 13, August 14, August 15 (2), August 16, August 17, August 20, August 21, August 24 (3), August 27, and September 2.

405 people (total) have been hospitalized, an increase of 1 from the previous count; the total hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 (which includes non-residents) is 77, up 1 from yesterday.

The website with current numbers of institutional care cases in Alachua County shows 163 cases, up 22 from the previous report. The chart says, “The data is not cumulative but reflects the information available for current residents and staff with cases as of yesterday’s date.” (The top line shows totals for the state.)

The county report shows a cumulative total of 329 cases in long-term care (no change from yesterday) and 159 cases in a correctional facility (no change from yesterday).

Available hospital bed capacity in Alachua County is 16.35%, and ICU capacity is 12.34%.

North Florida Regional has 7 ICU beds available (14.6% of capacity), and Shands has 31 available (12% of capacity). ICU beds are used for all intensive-care patients, not just COVID patients.

The overall number of people (from all counties) hospitalized here for COVID-19 increased from 76 to 77.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped from 2,266 a week ago to 2,122 today.

The state has 701,302 cases (an increase of 738 from yesterday, 20% of which were in the 15-24 age group) and 14,037 deaths (a net increase of 5 from yesterday, 1 of which was from long-term care facilities).

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 14 different dates, going back to July 25.

The peaks are on July 23 (213), July 30 (214), July 31 (214), August 4 (214), and August 5 (213), and the 7-day moving average peak is July 25 (203), with a second peak on August 5 (206).

Here are the actual dates of death:

9/27 – 1
9/26 – 2
9/24 – 1
9/23 – 1
9/18 – 1
9/15 – 1
9/14 – 1
8/25 – 1
8/15 – removed 1
8/13 – 1
8/4 – removed 1
7/29 – removed 1
7/26 – removed 1
7/25 – removed 1

These are not totals by day; they’re increments added today.

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 4.23%. (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 4.5%.

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

The University of Florida reported 2 positives out of 14 new tests on faculty and staff, 15 positives out of 107 new tests on students (without symptoms), and 0 positives out of 7 new tests on students (with or without symptoms) at the Student Health Care Center.

According to the daily report, there are 6,704 cases in Gainesville, 404 in Alachua, 312 in Newberry, 176 in High Springs, 115 in Archer, 103 in Hawthorne, 50 in “University of Fl.”, 47 in Micanopy, 38 in Waldo, 16 in Santa Fe, 15 in Tioga, 12 in LaCrosse, 7 in Earleton, 7 in “Univ of Fl Student Dorms,” 6 in Evinston, 2 in Jonesville, and 1 in Island Grove. 68 cases are listed with the city “Missing” in Alachua County, 1 case is erroneously listed in “Wesley Chapel” in Alachua County, 1 case is in “Garden City,” and 1 case is in “Unk” in Alachua County. Location data is not available for all cases.

The 7-day moving average of new cases is at 78 through yesterday’s cases. Here is the 7-day average of new cases for the past 14 days

Testing information

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (DOH-Alachua) is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. DOH-Alachua is offering COVID-19 testing to Alachua County residents, regardless of symptoms. Residents who want a COVID-19 test are asked to call 352-334-8810 for an appointment. A referral from a doctor is not required. If your insurance covers this, it will be billed (no copay is required). If not, it is free.

COVID-19 Testing Results Phone Line
The Department of Health in Alachua County has set up a dedicated line for residents to call for COVID-19 test results. The phone number is 352-334-8828, and it is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.