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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
COVID 19  |  UF

COVID-19 Update: UF’s on-campus positive tests bottoms out at 1% weekly average

Quarantine numbers fall to a new low since last week and hospital ICU rates continue to waver

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UF’s positive COVID-19 cases are at their lowest average since Feb. 5, reporting daily case numbers between two and 56.

The school’s positivity rate remains at a 1% seven-day average, according to the university’s testing dashboard. Calculated each day based on campus testing, it has stayed at 1% since Feb. 5, whereas it averaged 2% earlier in the semester.

The highest on-campus testing numbers came Feb. 5 with 4,013 negative and 56 positive tests. Only 32 people tested negative and 2 tested positive on Feb. 6 while 3 tested negative on Feb. 13 — the lowest number of cases counted in the time span.

Since UF started tracking cases in March, 6,097 UF students and 1,364 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. In the last week, 113 students and 17 employees tested positive.

After dropping to 819 quarantining individuals a week ago, UF’s quarantine numbers fell again to 524 on Tuesday. This is about half the people at the beginning of the Spring semester on Jan. 11.

North Florida Regional Medical Center experienced full capacity of adult ICU beds Friday; this was the first time the hospital had no availability since Sept. 14, according to a datasheet coded by Andrew O’Connor, a UF Materials Science and Engineering PhD candidate.

UF Health Shands Hospital had 8.85% adult ICU availability (23 beds) on Tuesday, and North Florida Regional Medical Center had 8.33% (4 beds), according to the AHCA of Florida.

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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