COVID-19 Florida

COVID-19 has laid siege to Florida these past several weeks, but measurable data, specifically in the last few days, may show signs it has plateaued or even began to slowly drop. 

The Florida Department of Health reported 8,892 new cases to the Florida COVID-19 Dashboard, bringing the total positive test count to 432,747 cases as of the July 26th report. That is the second straight day Florida has reported under 10,000 new cases. It is also the lowest reported figure since July 7th when the FDOH reported 7,347.

The FDOH also reported 88,814 new tests from Sunday. The positivity rate was 11.39% of the total, according to the report. Since July 16th, the positivity rate has stayed below 15%, and most days has been between 10-12%.

Here is a breakdown of the new coronavirus cases reported by the state for the past 10 days:
  • July 16:   13,965
  • July 17:   11,466
  • July 18:   10,328
  • July 19:   12,478
  • July 20:   10,347
  • July 21:     9,440
  • July 22:     9,785
  • July 23:    10,249
  • July 24:    12,444
  • July 25:    12,199
  • July 26:      9,344
  • July 27:      8,892

5,931 people have died from the virus in Florida, an increase of 77, which is the second straight day fatalities have been under 100. At least 118 more nonresidents have died in Florida.

The FDOH also reports that 9,095 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis as of 11 am. 268 new hospitalizations were reported Sunday bringing the total to 24,332 people in Florida that have been hospitalized at some point during the coronavirus pandemic. It is well below the high set on July 23rd, which was 581.

Here are the local figures for total positive tests:

Alachua County is at 3,186  – up 42 from yesterday.
Gilchrist County is at 315 – up 7 from yesterday
Columbia County is at 2,203  – up 81 from yesterday.
Levy County is at 474 – up 12 from yesterday.
Bradford County is at 236 –  up 3 from yesterday.
In Alachua County towns:
Alachua/LaCrosse/Worthington Springs 193 – up 2 from yesterday.
Archer 62 – no change from yesterday.
Hawthorne  53  – up 5 from yesterday.
High Springs 57 – up 2 from yesterday.
Micanopy 25 – no change from yesterday.
Newberry 140  – up 1 from yesterday.
Waldo 9  – down 1 from yesterday.

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