The State of Florida, Alachua County and the City of Gainesville are witnessing a significant resurgence in COVID infections and hospitalizations because of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Alachua County Infection Rates
The graph below shows local infection rates from July 3-29.
Please note, Florida infection rates are only updated weekly on Fridays.
The city values and appreciates personal choice and understands the reality of vaccine hesitancy. However, the largest obstacle we face in sidelining this pandemic is resistance to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommended vaccination protocols.
Vaccinations are readily available, free and safe. COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective way to prevent COVID-19, including severe illness and death. While infections do occur among fully vaccinated individuals, the symptoms tend to be mild, according to the CDC.
Find a vaccine near you
If you have concerns or questions about the efficacy or safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should reach out to your primary health care provider.
In the video below Dr. Nicole Lovine, UF Health’s chief epidemiologist, discusses numerous topics related to COVID-19, including the safety of the vaccine, the Delta variant, breakthrough infections and staying vigilant to protect yourself and your loved ones.
On Tuesday, July 27, the CDC updated its recommendations on masking in response to the Delta variant threat. The CDC suggests that in order to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possible spread, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of high transmission. Alachua County meets the high-transmission designation.
Social Distancing and Other Safety Protocols
If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until you receive a negative test result. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive. Remain diligent in handwashing and distancing regardless of vaccination status. To keep yourself, your family and your co-workers safe, we ask that you continue to practice these simple safety measures.
We all have a shared responsibility for the health and well-being of one another. Being vaccinated and practicing recommended safety precautions is critical in our collective fight against COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe.