Data on the COVID-19 vaccine across Florida was not available on Sunday as the state updated its vaccination record system, but vaccination rates remain high in Alachua County.
More than 75,000 residents received at least one dose of the vaccine on Saturday, nearly 29% of the local population. Over 18% of residents are fully vaccinated.
In the state of Florida, 26.6% of the population has received a dose of the vaccine and 14.6% of residents are fully immunized.
As of Monday, vaccine eligibility by age increases from 50 and over to 40 and over. On April 5, all adults over 18 will become eligible.
Groups eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations now include:
- People 40 years of age and over;
- People deemed extremely vulnerable by a doctor (required form);
- K-12 school employees
- Health workers in direct contact with patients;
- Residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
Individuals can register for a vaccine by calling 334-8810 or online at alachua.floridahealth.gov. Residents are urged not to register with the state’s vaccination site, myvaccine.fl.gov.
The county health department will reach registrants by texting or calling 352-334-7900.
Those who have already been vaccinated are asked to withdraw from their registration to help the health service speed up appointments.
The Northern Florida and South Georgia Veterans Health System is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for all veterans. Call 548-6000 ext. 103755 to make an appointment. If there is no vaccine available at your preferred site, you may be offered an appointment at another location.
Retailers such as Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Winn-Dixie also schedule appointments for vaccines in Alachua County, which can be taken. in line.
New case rates, hospitalizations remain low
Alachua County reported 34 new cases of the coronavirus in Sunday’s state health department update, for a new total of 23,273 cases.
Statewide, Florida has reported 4,865 new cases, for a total of 2,044,005.
COVID-19 deaths in the county stand at 258, including 76 affiliated with long-term care. Residents include at least 71 men and 73 women.
As of Sunday afternoon, 48 patients at Alachua County hospitals had a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to The data from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Hospitals had an available capacity of around 23.62% and overall bed availability has remained stable over the past month.
Public schools in Alachua County have reported 298 cases for staff and 651 students since August 17. Weekly cases have declined since the peak in early January, and there are currently four active cases. Eight other students or staff are quarantined for possible exposure to the virus.
University of Florida coronavirus test and case dashboard includes positive case totals dating back to March 2020.
No student or staff member tested positive on Saturday and 294 new cases have been reported so far in March.
The total number of positives to date since March 2020 is 1,439 for staff, 6,627 for students and 1,300 for employees of an organization affiliated with UF. Another 475 people affiliated with UF are in isolation or quarantine, according to the dashboard.
About 5% of student dormitories reserved for segregation and quarantine are occupied. Occupancy rates have increased over the past two weeks.
Within the borders of Alachua County, the cases break down as follows: Gainesville, 18,314; Alachua, 1,267; Newberry, 1,139; High Springs, 768; Hawthorn, 505; Archer, 387; Micanopy, 192; University of Florida, 151; Waldo, 95 years old; Earleton, 25; Santa Fé, 24 years old; Tioga, 22 years old; LaCrosse, 22; Cross Creek, eight; Evinston, eight years old; Island Grove, four; Jonesville, three; Melrose, two. Five other cases do not have a specific area designation.
In surrounding counties: Bradford has recorded 2,916 cases and 54 deaths; Clay, 17,315 cases and 325 deaths; Putnam, 6,016 cases and 135 deaths; Marion, 28,926 cases and 916 deaths; Levy, 3,070 cases and 43 deaths; Gilchrist, 1,483 cases and 37 deaths; Colombia, 7,826 cases and 162 deaths; Union, 1,772 cases and 70 deaths.
In the region, Suwannee County recorded 5,210 cases and 135 deaths, Lafayette County recorded 1,606 cases and 25 deaths, and Dixie County recorded 1,549 cases and 23 deaths.