The Florida Department of Health will no longer release COVID-19 statistics daily, switching to reporting COVID-19 cases and vaccinations on a weekly basis, according to a press release.
The number of fatalities will no longer be provided as well, according to Mark Sexton, Alachua County Communications and Legislative Affairs Director.
Before shutting down, the Alachua County COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard provided live, daily updates of COVID-19 cases and vaccination developments.
It included data on daily vaccinations, first and second dose vaccination numbers, total tests performed, new positive and negative cases, daily positivity rate, 14-day average positivity and new and total fatalities.
The website has been unavailable for at least one week. The former system has been replaced by weekly Facebook posts every Friday, using the abbreviated information provided by the FDOH, Sexton said.
The official Alachua County Facebook page reported 133,480 cumulative total people vaccinated and 25,293 cumulative total cases on Friday.
The county recorded 285 total deaths on June 3.
UF Health reported three positive cases out of 571 tests conducted between June 7 to 13 — maintaining a 1% seven-day positivity rate average.
The weekly average number of tests conducted increased by 10% from the first week of June.
As of Tuesday, the total number of positive cases reached 10,061 since tracking began in March 2020. Of the positive cases, 7,119 were students, 1,552 were employees and 1,390 were UF affiliates.
Forty-five students and 19 employees are quarantined or in isolation as of Tuesday. The numbers, decreased by seven students and one employee since June 8.
Between 70% and 80% of UF students have received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a UF Health estimate in May. Over 60,0000 vaccines have been administered across UF’s vaccination sites, according to UF Health President David Nelson.
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