There are 302 new positive cases in Alachua County this week, up 38 from the previous week. Since Aug. 27, the county had seen weekly cases drop from 1,520 to 264 last week — a decrease of more than 80%.
JP is a fourth-year journalism major with a minor in history. He is currently the health reporter for The Alligator, focusing on how the pandemic is affecting Alachua County and the thousands of students in Gainesville. In his free time, JP likes to exercise at the gym and relax on the beach.
COVID-19 cases surged, and patients piled up at UF Health Shands Hospital throughout the pandemic. But tough circumstances haven't deterred students from pursuing their dreams.
There are 264 new positive cases in Alachua County this week, down 163 from the previous week. As of Oct. 8, there have been 38,858 total cases in the county. Cases in the county have been declining for six consecutive weeks.
Coughs, runny noses and sore throats are now common symptoms for many UF students. After a decrease of flu cases in 2020, students are once again catching the “Gainesville Plague” three months into the semester.
There were 44 COVID-19 patients at Shands Tuesday, 16 of them in the ICU, UF Health spokesperson Ken Garcia wrote in an email. Additionally, there were 59 resolved patients, which are patients who are no longer positive but still in the hospital.
Total COVID-19 inpatients in the county fell by about 18% from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28. As of Tuesday, 40 inpatients are in the ICU and 26 are on a ventilator.
COVID-19 Update: FDA delays booster shot approval as UF Health Shands hospitalizations continue to decreaseBy J.P. Oprison | Sep. 22
Last week, Shands said it would follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential rollout of booster shots if the administration voted to distribute them to everyone this week. But the FDA declined a proposal to distribute follow-up doses Friday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider follow-up vaccines in a meeting Sept. 17. For now, while full approval is not established, only those who are immunocompromised have access to the boosters at UF Health.
With the emergence of the Delta variant and students’ return to campus, four additional residences were added, resulting in 32 wastewater testing locations on campus.
With campus tours at reduced capacity and new student Preview, which helps students transition to UF with tours and advising, held online, UF class of 2025 students are worried about how well they can get to know their new college.