New COVID-19 cases in Florida continue downward trend; hospitalizations increasing

COVID-19 Florida
COVID-19 Florida

The Florida Department of Health reported 7,650 new cases to the Florida COVID-19 Dashboard, bringing the total positive test count to 510,389 cases as of the August 5th report. This is the 12th straight day Florida has reported under 10,000 new cases.

The FDOH also reported 91,987 new tests from Wednesday. The positivity rate was 11.67% of the total, according to the report. Since July 16th, the positivity rate has stayed below 15%.

7,747 people have died from the virus in Florida, an increase of 120.

When the FDOH reports a death in the daily update, the number encompasses several days, with actual days of death occurring weeks prior in some cases. The state maintains a chart of actual days of death on its COVID dashboard showing the deadliest days as July 17 with 134 fatalities, but also more than 100 deaths each day between July 7-23.

558 new hospitalizations were reported Wednesday bringing the total to 29,131 people in Florida that have been hospitalized at some point during the coronavirus pandemic. It follows the highest day of hospitalizations on record – 621 reported yesterday.

Across Florida, 7,348 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of 11 am. 

Here are the local figures for total positive tests:
 
Alachua County is at 3,952  – up 92 from yesterday.
Bradford County is at 378 –  up 35 from yesterday.
Columbia County is at 2,731  – up 59 from yesterday.
Dixie County is at 375 ­– up 86 from yesterday
Gilchrist County is at 339 – up 9 from yesterday
Levy County is at 645  – up 13 from yesterday.
 
In Alachua County towns:
 
Alachua/LaCrosse/Worthington Springs 229  – up 3 from yesterday.
Archer 73  – no change from yesterday.
Hawthorne  66 – no change from yesterday.
High Springs 82 – up 4 from yesterday.
Micanopy 32 – no change from yesterday.
Newberry 178 – up 1 from yesterday.
Waldo 16 – up 1 from yesterday.

Gainesville Zip Codes

32611: 11 – no change from yesterday.
32610: 18 – up 1 from yesterday.
32609: 430  – up 20 from yesterday.
32608: 643  – up 21 from yesterday.
32607: 524   – up 8 from yesterday.
32606: 268  – up 7 from yesterday.
32605: 269  – up 4 from yesterday.
32603: 105  – no change from yesterday.
32601: 356 – up 3 from yesterday.
32641: 334  – up 6 from yesterday.
32653: 142 – up 3 from yesterday.

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