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Sunday, February 28, 2021
COVID 19  |  UF

COVID-19 Update: Nearly 500 UF students test positive for COVID-19 since start of semester

Monday marks 492 UF students having tested positive since Jan. 11 with 877 quarantined individuals

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After 205 more UF students tested positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 19, the total number of infected students since the start of the semester is nearing 500. 

Since the first day of classes, 492 students and 106 employees have tested positive, according to the university’s COVID-19 testing dashboard. This brings the cumulative figure for all UF-affiliate cases to 7,886 since the dashboard began tracking on March 18.

UF affiliates who are quarantining – including employees and students – decreased from 925 on Jan. 18 to 877 on Monday. This includes individuals who exhibited symptoms or have come in close contact with an infected person. Over the course of the semester there has been a negative trend as 1,119 individuals were quarantined Jan. 11, a difference of 242 from Monday. 

Adult ICU availability measured at 5.77% (15 beds) available for UF Health Shands Hospital and 8.33% (four beds) available for North Florida Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, according to the Agency of Healthcare Administration (AHCA) for the State of Florida. 

One year ago, the AHCA did not collect COVID-19 data through its emergency status system, which lists hospitals’ emergency operations, according to its office of communications. But outside coders have pulled its daily numbers since Sept. 14 to offer more insight. 

Shands had its lowest adult ICU availability since September on Friday and Saturday at 2.31% (six beds), according to historical data saved by Andrew O’Connor who coded the worksheet to update automatically. It’s highest availability was on Nov. 2 at 22.69% (59 beds).

Contact Manny Rea at mrea@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @ReaManny.

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Manny Rea

Manny Rea is a journalism sophomore and the current health reporter for The Alligator. He worked as a copy editor in his freshman year before moving over to the Avenue in summer 2020. He likes to listen to dollar-bin records and read comics, and he is patiently waiting to go back to movies and concerts.


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