Fewer people got the COVID-19 vaccine in both Alachua County and Florida last week as the first confirmed cases of the new omicron variant were found in the U.S.
Locally, new cases decreased, but the state as a whole saw a growing number of reported infections.
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Here's a look at the pandemic's latest data around the county and state:
According to Friday's COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report from FDOH, Alachua County had 96 new COVID-19 cases between Nov. 26 and Dec. 2, the lowest since early July.
The county's new case positivity rate also decreased, falling below 2% for the first time since the state switched to weekly instead of daily reports in June.
Meanwhile, the number of people vaccinated dropped 40% from the previous seven days' count of 1,567 to 940, the lowest since early November.
The county now has a total of 172,353 people vaccinated, accounting for about 67% of the vaccine-eligible population — those ages 5 and up — and 63% of the whole population.
Alachua County also has a new total of 40,160 cumulative cases, according to the report. At least 452 of them are variant of concern (VOC) cases confirmed by FDOH in a public records request placed by lawyers for Gannett, the company that owns The Sun.
The latest variant report shared with The Sun contains data through Nov. 18, before the omicron variant was first reported to the World Health Organization, and showed that 362 — about 80% — of Alachua County's identified VOC cases were caused by the delta B.1.617.2 variant.
The county has had three delta variant deaths, the report stated, including two white men, aged 27 and 48, and a 93-year-old white woman.
FDOH does not publicly report COVID-19 deaths by county anymore and has not since switching to the weekly instead of daily reports in early June. However, a federal document called the COVID-19 Community Profile Report published Thursday showed that Alachua County had 536 cumulative COVID-19 deaths.
The county COVID-19 dashboard showed 31 COVID-19-positive adult inpatients between local hospitals on Friday, including seven in intensive care and two on ventilators. The total more than doubled the 13 patients listed for Nov. 26.
As of Sunday, the Alachua County Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard reported 24 student and six staff COVID-19 cases for November. Another 17 students were listed in quarantine.
The University of Florida reported seven new COVID-19 cases between Nov. 26 and Dec. 2, the FDOH weekly report timeline. Its dashboard listed 13,450 total COVID-19 cases between March 18, 2020, and Sunday, including 2,502 employee cases and 8,685 student cases. It also showed 91 UF affiliates currently in isolation or quarantine as of Sunday, including 15 employees and 57 students.
Here’s a breakdown of new cases in surrounding counties:
Bradford: +5 (5,353 total)
Columbia: +20 (14,998 total)
Dixie: +4 (2,970 total)
Gilchrist: +5 (3,184 total)
Lafayette: +3 (2,227 total)
Levy: +15 (7,082 total)
Marion: +165 (57,460 total)
Putnam: +17 (12,868 total)
Suwannee: +13 (9,280 total)
Union: +2 (3,081 total)
The number of new COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida rose last week from 9,663 to 10,892, according to FDOH's Friday report.
In the same time period, vaccinations dropped by a few thousand people to 101,032. About 69% of Florida's eligible population and over 65% of its total population has now been vaccinated.
Throughout the state, the report showed, senior Floridians ages 65 and older made up the most vaccinated age group, at 89%, while young Floridians ages 5-11, who just recently became eligible for vaccination, made up one of the lowest vaccinated groups at 9%.
Meanwhile, the state added 61,548 more COVID-19 deaths to its cumulative total for 61,701 throughout the pandemic.
According to the latest variant of concern data available to The Sun, which includes data through Nov. 18, about 74% of Florida's reported 48,277 VOC cases are from the delta COVID-19 strain. Around 2% of those have resulted in hospitalization, and 1.4% have died.
The 490 delta variant deaths in the state include one 9-year-old girl, 199 women and 290 men ranging in age from 23-99 years old. Five had traveled, and 272 were hospitalized. Of the reported variant deaths 350 were white, 80 were Black and 126 were Hispanic.
This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: COVID-19 vaccinations drop as first omicron cases are detected in U.S.