| The Gainesville Sun
Alachua County added 151 new coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s report from the state health department, continuing January’s trend of triple-digit cases in a single day. No new resident deaths were reported.
The county’s total COVID-19 case count now stands at 17,878 and the local positivity rate for new cases was 4.15% in Tuesday’s report.
Statewide, Florida reported 14,896 new cases. The total case count in the state in Monday’s report was 1,503,482 and the positivity rate for new cases was 10.62%.
The state’s vaccine report, which provides a by-county breakdown of coronavirus immunuizations, shows that 1,475 Alachua County residents received a dose Monday.
Those who are 65 or older can sign up to receive a vaccine online or by calling 352-334-8810 between 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. You do not have to be an Alachua County resident to receive the vaccine.
A total of 12,732 local residents have received their first dose, and another 3,217 have received both doses.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Alachua County hospitals had about 12.42% available capacity, though most patients are not receiving care for COVID-19.
A total of 239 patients were at area hospitals with COVID-19 on Monday, down 12 since Monday, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.
Alachua County public schools have reported 231 staff and 418 student cases since Aug. 17. There are 68 active student and 41 staff cases.
Another 144 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 semester classes began Monday.
Forty-seven new cases were identified among students or staff on Monday, with 373 people testing positive so far in January.
About 4% of student dorms set aside for isolation and quarantining purposes were occupied Tuesday.
The total number of positives so far since March is 1,152 for staff, 4,927 for students and 1,122 for employees of a UF affiliate organization. Another 1,119 total people affiliated with UF are in isolation or quarantine.
Tests conducted on campus at UF may not always be reflected in the county’s health department report, depending on whether a student lists their primary address as an out-of-county city.
A total of 141 residents have died from the coronavirus, including at least 62 men and 43 women who ranged in age from 28 to 103. Forty-four resident deaths are connected to long-term care facilities. Statewide, 23,585 people have died from COVID-19.
Within Alachua County’s borders, the cases break down like this: Gainesville, 14,171; Alachua, 975; Newberry, 848; High Springs, 534; Hawthorne, 366; Archer, 289; Micanopy, 140; University of Florida, 93; Waldo, 82; Santa Fe, 24; Tioga, 22; Earleton, 22; LaCrosse, 20; Evinston, seven; Cross Creek, six; Jonesville, three; Island Grove, two; Melrose, one. Six cases have no don’t have a specific area designation.
In surrounding counties: Bradford has had 2,407 cases and 24 deaths; Clay, 13,340 cases and 198 deaths; Putnam, 4,641 cases and 86 deaths; Marion, 20,978 cases and 516 deaths; Levy, 2,188 cases and 22 deaths; Gilchrist, 1,100 cases and 27 deaths; Columbia, 6,623 cases and 124 deaths; Union, 1,574 cases and 66 deaths.
In the region, Suwannee County has had 4,462 cases and 96 deaths, Lafayette County has had 1,471 cases and 22 deaths and Dixie County has had 1,250 cases and 11 deaths.