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September 6 update: 84 new positive tests, no new deaths

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

According to the state dashboard, Alachua County has a cumulative total of 5,582 people with COVID-19-positive test results, an increase of 84 from yesterday, with an official test positivity rate of 8.42%. The median age of positive tests (overall) in Alachua County has dropped to 32 after 2 straight days of high numbers of positive results in the 15-24 age group. No new deaths were reported.

Of the people whose positive tests came back yesterday, 4 were 65 or older, and 46 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, Ft. Clarke Middle, and Oakview Middle, and 1 staff each at Howard Bishop Middle and the District Office.

The weekly report on emergency room visits for COVID-like illness shows that Alachua County leveled out during the week of August 30 (less than 60 people went to the ER for COVID-like illness in the weeks preceding 8/23 and 8/30), 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.

340 people (total) have been hospitalized, an increase of 5 from yesterday; the total hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 (which includes non-residents) is 85, down 3 from yesterday.

The website with current numbers of institutional care cases in Alachua County has not been updated today but shows 223 cases, an increase of 49 from the previous report. Most of the increase is at Terrace Health & Rehabilitation Center. 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 277 cases in long-term care (an increase of 2 since yesterday) and 122 cases in a correctional facility (an increase of 1 from yesterday).

Available hospital bed capacity in Alachua County is 19.57%, and ICU capacity is 13.64%.

North Florida Regional has 4 ICU beds available (8.3% of capacity), and Shands has 38 available (14.6% 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 decreased from 88 to 82.

State COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped from 3,806 a week ago to 3,167 today.

The state has 646,431 cases (an increase of 2,564 from yesterday, 27% of which were in the 15-24 age group) and 11,849 deaths (an increase of 38 from yesterday, 15 of which were from long-term care facilities).

Changes in the number of deaths were reported on 33 different dates, going back to July 12. The peak is July 23 (203), and the 7-day moving average peak is July 25 (194).

9/5 – 3
9/4 – 5
9/3 – 2
9/2 – 1
8/29 – 1
8/28 – 2
8/27 – 1
8/26 – 1
8/25 – 1
8/24 – 1
8/23 – 2
8/22 – 1
8/18 – removed 1
8/16 – 1
8/14 – 1
8/13 – 1
8/9 – 1
8/8 – 2
8/7 – 2
8/4 – 1
8/3 – 1
8/1 – 2
7/31 – 1
7/30 – 2
7/29 – 1
7/28 – 1
7/27 – removed 1
7/24 – 1
7/23 – removed 1
7/22 – 1
7/16 – removed 1
7/15 – 1
7/12 – 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 5.06%. (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 8.42%.

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

The University of Florida reported zero positives out of 10 new tests on faculty and staff, 1 positive out of 141 new tests on students (without symptoms), and 47 positives out of 90 new tests on students (with or without symptoms) at the Student Health Care Center.

According to the daily report, there are 4,428 cases in Gainesville, 349 in Alachua, 251 in Newberry, 139 in High Springs, 100 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 “Univ of Fl Student Dorms,” 2 in “University of Fl.”, and 1 in Island Grove. 28 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 56.1 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.

  • Are they testing for covid with PCR tests? If so, they
    May be testing the wrong way…what’s important is the
    “Viral load”…90% of people tested with a PCR test
    are not contagious because they barely have any virus
    At all…they need to be quarantining people who are
    Actually sick with symptoms, not the entire population.
    The PCR test can be used disingenuously by those
    Who have a particular agenda to keep schools & other
    Places closed. In other words, there are people who are
    Exploiting the results of the positive PCR tests for political gain.

  • Great work but these reports are tediously presening data that has it’s roots in criminal fraud. It’s to the point now that presenting these fake PCR tests under an an assumption of validity and calling the CASES is an act of complicity. These reports only validate the criminal agenda and keep the public in the dark. Most every news source reports the state propaganda but too few are reporing why the numbers are a crime. They fail to report the number of positive tests that fully recovered and almost never compare the mortality rate to the seasonal flu to provide context.

    • And it’s a global conspiracy…I’m surprised that our
      Medical professionals and Federal government allowed
      The taking of our freedom and ruination of our economy by
      The perpetrators of the “big lie”. I have confidence that
      The sham will be exposed and that they won’t keep pulling
      This “quarantine & mask, pandemic” on us every seasonal flu.—- Paying people “not to work” and the printing of money
      Is ruining the value of our dollar. Isn’t it interesting that
      the protesting element ( Antifa, BLM) that is rioting and looting are so compliant when it comes to face coverings?

      China Is the first one who called “pandemic” but it was done to stop protesting Hong Kongans. “ Never waste
      A good crisis” you say? That’s right…the people who
      Hate the United States and want to “redistribute the
      Wealth” pulled the “invisible enemy” move on us… we
      Should never have closed down our economy for what
      Is a seasonal flu. I never thought this could happen to
      The good old US of A! We are the best country in the
      World! ..the land of opportunity.

      I’ve learned a lot. I love
      That old saying, “ F me once, shame on me, F me twice,
      Shame on you”…once this mess is over, I hope we learn
      From history and never let it ever happen again.

      • I agree 100% with you. “It’s important to know the data being used by decision makers….”… I have no problem with that. And we see where they could be playing
        With data like how others play with climate change
        Data… they’re calling positives with could be “a near
        Zero viral load”…a quote I read described it “ as finding
        A hair in a room that you just left”….that’s the amount
        Of virus that’s giving 90% of the positives. The whole
        Thing is a “storm in a tea cup”…

  • Causative agent has never been isolated with Koch’s Postulates. This is only one reason why PCR cannot be used to diagnose CV19. The RNA fragment inserted into the machine could come from many other sources. Kary Mullis invented the PCR and warned it was not a diagnostic test….I’m surprised that people on this board continues to regard PCR as a valid test.

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