Days before the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 in Alachua County, UF’s total positive cases of the virus passed 9,000 and the positivity rate continues to stay below 1%.
On Sunday, the university’s positive cases recorded since March 18 totaled 9,013. Aside from a new cumulative milestone, infection trends continue to fall.
There have been no signs of numbers turning upward the last week as the seven-day average positive rate remains below 1%, according to UF’s testing dashboard.
The most people tested in a day during the last week came Sunday with 2,790 people — 15 of whom were positive. From Feb. 28 to Sunday, 28 students and 11 employees have tested positive.
Quarantine numbers have also fallen to a new low of 221 people for the Spring semester — 42 fewer than reported Thursday. The Fall semester’s low of 181 quarantined people came Aug. 26, five days before classes began.
UF Health Shands Hospital had 8.08% adult ICU availability (21 beds) on Tuesday, and North Florida Regional Medical Center had 25% (12 beds), according to the AHCA of Florida.
A total of 50,480, or about 18% of county residents, have been vaccinated in Alachua County, according to the FDOH in Alachua as of Tuesday. 11,693 have received one dose and 38,787 have received two.
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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.