September 5 update: 89 new positive tests, no new deaths


According to the state dashboard, Alachua County has a cumulative total of 5,498 people with COVID-19-positive test results, an increase of 89 from yesterday, with an official test positivity rate of 5.33%. The median age of positive tests (overall) in Alachua County is 33. No new deaths were reported.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 7 were 65 or older, and 44 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 Idylwild Elementary, Irby Elementary, Lake Forest Elementary, and Ft. Clarke Middle and 1 staff at the District Office.

The weekly report on emergency room visits for COVID-like illness shows that Alachua County continues downward (less than 50 people went to the ER for COVID-like illness between 8/17 and 8/23), definitively meeting the criteria for 14-day declining ED visits:

A total of 33 deaths have been reported in the county, 15 of which were in long-term care. Nine of the deaths were reportedly from one long-term care facility, Parklands Care Center, and 6 were from other long-term care facilities. The 33 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 23, June 29, July 1, July 6 (2), July 7, July 8, July 9 (2), July 13, July 16, July 21, July 22, July 24 (2), July 27, August 2, August 4, August 8, August 10, and August 21.

335 people (total) have been hospitalized, an increase of 7 from yesterday; the total hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 (which includes non-residents) is 88, the same as yesterday.

The website with current numbers of institutional care cases in Alachua County has not been updated today but shows 184 cases. 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 275 cases in long-term care (an increase of 5 since yesterday) and 121 cases in a correctional facility (an increase of 1 from yesterday).

Available hospital bed capacity in Alachua County is 17.38%, and ICU capacity is 14.61%.

North Florida Regional has 5 ICU beds available (10.4% of capacity), and Shands has 40 available (15.4% 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 stayed at 88.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped from 3,799 a week ago to 3,229 today.

The state has 643,867 cases (an increase of 3,656 from yesterday, 27% of which were in the 15-24 age group) and 11,811 deaths (an increase of 61 from yesterday, 23 of which were from long-term care facilities).

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 30 different dates, going back to June 26. The peak is July 23 (204), and the 7-day moving average peak is July 25 (194).

9/4 – 5
9/3 – 11
9/2 – 5
9/1 – 2
8/31 – 2
8/29 – 2
8/28 – 1
8/27 – 1
8/26 – 1
8/25 – 3
8/24 – 1
8/21 – 1
8/20 – 1
8/18 – 1
8/16 – 4
8/15 – 2
8/14 – 1
8/12 – 2
8/11 – 2
8/10 – 1
8/8 – 1
8/7 – 2
7/31 – 1
7/28 – 1
7/26 – 1
7/18 – 1
7/15 – 1
7/13 – 1
7/11 – 2
6/26 – 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 5.99%. (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 5.33%.

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

The University of Florida reported zero positives out of 4 new tests on faculty and staff, 4 positives out of 135 new tests on students (without symptoms), and no new tests on students (with or without symptoms) at the Student Health Care Center.

According to the daily report, there are 4,357 cases in Gainesville, 348 in Alachua, 248 in Newberry, 139 in High Springs, 97 in Archer, 93 in Hawthorne, 46 in Micanopy, 23 in Waldo, 15 in Santa Fe, 12 in Tioga, 12 in LaCrosse, 3 in Evinston, 2 in Earleton, 2 in Jonesville, 2 in “University of Fl.”, and 1 in Island Grove. 24 cases are listed in the city of “Missing” in Alachua County, 1 case is erroneously listed in “Wesley Chapel” in Alachua County, 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 47.7 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.