Alachua County reports 113 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Monday | #dating | #datingcovid | #covid

Emily Mavrakis
 
| The Gainesville Sun

Two more Alachua County resident COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday, bringing the total so far this month to 12. 

The residents were not affiliated with a long-term care facility, though additional information about them was not immediately available.  

A total of 141 residents have now died from the coronavirus, including at least 62 men and 43 women who ranged in age from 28 to 100. Forty-four resident deaths are connected to long-term care facilities. 

The county also in Monday’s update from the state health department reported 113 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 17,727. The local positivity rate for new cases was 8.73% in Monday’s report. 

Statewide, Florida reported 11,576 new cases. The total case count in Monday’s report was 1,488,586 and the positivity rate for new cases was 10.86%. 

The state’s vaccine report, which provides a by-county breakdown of virus immunizations, shows that 760 more Alachua County residents received a dose Sunday.  

Those who are 65 or older can sign up to receive a vaccine online or by calling 334-8810 between 8 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week. You do not have to be an Alachua County resident to receive the vaccine. 

In neighboring Levy County, the health department is not expected to receive any additional vaccine doses this week. At this time, all vaccination appointments are full and no new appointments are expected to be scheduled this week. For any additional information call 486-5300.  

A total of 12,577 local residents have received their first dose, and another 2,392 have received both doses. 

As of Monday afternoon, Alachua County hospitals had about 18.57% available capacity, though most patients are not receiving care for COVID-19. Overall bed availability has increased since last week. 

A total of 251 patients were at area hospitals with COVID-19 on Monday, up 11 from the day before, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. 

Alachua County public schools have reported a total of 228 staff and 400 student cases since Aug. 17. There are 51 active student and 38 active staff cases. 

Another 366 students or staff are quarantined this week for possible virus exposure.

The University of Florida’s coronavirus testing and case dashboard includes positive case totals dating back to March and does not differentiate between active cases. Spring classes began Monday.  

Three new cases were identified among students or staff on Sunday, with 326 people testing positive so far in January. 

About 2% of student dorms set aside for isolation and quarantining purposes were occupied Monday.  

The total number of positives so far since March is 1,142 for staff, 4,863 for students and 1,112 for employees of a UF affiliate organization. Another 1,029 people affiliated with UF are in isolation or quarantine, according to the dashboard.  

Within Alachua County’s borders, the cases break down this way: Gainesville, 14,061; Alachua, 971; Newberry, 840; High Springs, 524; Hawthorne, 361; Archer, 283; Micanopy, 140; University of Florida, 93; Waldo, 81; Santa Fe, 24; Tioga, 22; Earleton, 22; LaCrosse, 20; Evinston, seven; Cross Creek, five; Jonesville, three; Island Grove, two; Melrose, one. Five cases don’t have a specific area designation. 

In surrounding counties: Bradford has had 2,393 cases and 24 deaths; Clay, 13,171 cases and 197 deaths; Putnam, 4,562 cases and 86 deaths; Marion, 20,694 cases and 508 deaths; Levy, 2,165 cases and 22 deaths; Gilchrist, 1,097 cases and 27 deaths; Columbia, 6,559 cases and 120 deaths; Union, 1,559 cases and 66 deaths. 

In the region, Suwannee County has had 4,440 cases and 95 deaths, and Dixie County has had 1,238 cases and 11 deaths.


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