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COVID 19  |  UF

COVID-19 Update: UF cases constant at 1% positivity rate as vaccines open to affiliates on campus

12 employees and 176 students tested positive since March 22

<p>COVID-19 graphic seen here.</p>

COVID-19 graphic seen here.

COVID-19 cases at UF remain steady at a seven-day positivity rate average of 1%. This comes as the university announced students, faculty and staff could pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Since March 22, 12 UF employees and 176 students have tested positive for the virus at on-campus locations. The week before, nine employees and 109 students tested positive. 

As of Monday, the university has documented 9,473 total positive tests since it began keeping track March 18, 2020. This month, 498 people have tested positive.

The seven-day average for positive results has remained at 1% since March 12. The most tests performed on campus in one day in the last week came March 24 with 2,225 results. Of those tests, 2,199 were negative and 26 were positive. March 25 and March 29 had the most positive tests in one day with 32 each. 

A campuswide email sent Tuesday afternoon announced vaccine registration opened to UF affiliates through One.UF. Students, faculty and staff are able to pre-register for appointments that start April 5 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. This is concurrent with Gov. Ron Desantis’ eligibility requirements for Florida opening to ages 18 and up. 

Quarantine numbers rose steadily in the last week, increasing from 411 people in isolation March 22 to 497 Monday. On-campus quarantine availability remained between 95% and 96% until it dropped to 94% on Tuesday. 

UF Health Shands Hospital had 9.62% adult ICU availability (25 beds) on Tuesday, and North Florida Regional Medical Center had 14.58% (7 beds), according to the Agency for Health Care Administration of Florida.  

A total of 77,196, or about 29% of county residents, have been vaccinated in Alachua County as of Tuesday, according to the Alachua County COVID-19 dashboard. Of these residents, 27,961 have received one dose and 49,325 have received two. 

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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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