COVID-19 positivity rate takes 42% jump in Sarasota County over past week, CDC data shows

Hospitalizations remain low, however, with no more than 13 patients receiving treatment over past week at Sarasota Memorial facilities

These CDC charts show the most recent COVID-19 trends in Sarasota County since the News Leader published its April 8 issue. Image from the CDC

Sarasota County’s COVID-19 positivity level took another jump this week, hitting the 6.61% mark, as averaged for the seven days through April 10, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on its website.

The latest figure marks an increase of almost 42%, compared to the 4.66% average that the CDC noted for the seven days through April 3.

This is the April 14 CDC summary of the COVID-19 transmission status in Sarasota County. Image from the CDC

The total number of new cases identified in Sarasota County for the seven days through April 12 was 265, the CDC said. That was up 14.22%, compared to the previous seven-day total.

From April 1 through April 7, the latest Florida Department of Health report said, Sarasota County had had 89,528 cases of COVID-19 identified, with 497 new cases reported for that week.

This is the most recent Florida Department of Health graph showing COVID-19 case trends in Sarasota County. It is based on data through April 7. Image courtesy Sarasota County

State Health Department staff is providing new data every two weeks.

Additionally, for the seven days through April 12, the CDC said that it had been notified of 11 COVID-19 deaths in the county.

In its April 14 report for its two campuses — in Sarasota and Venice — Sarasota Memorial Hospital reported that it had recorded a total of 652 deaths since the pandemic’s first cases were identified in the county in March 2020. That count was up by one from the 651 figure noted on April 7.

The number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 residents in the county over the seven days through April 14 was 3.6, the CDC said. That compared to 5.3 for the week through April 7.

This is the April 13 ‘heat map’ showing the numbers of new COVID-19 cases by zip code in Sarasota County over the past 14 days. Image courtesy Sarasota County and the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has reported total numbers of COVID-19 patients at its two facilities ranging from nine on April 10 to 13 on April 14. The count in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) has fluctuated between two and three since April 10, SMH pointed out.

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota (DOH-Sarasota) continues to remind the public that vaccination “is the most effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19.”

Dr. Manuel Gordillo, the infectious disease specialist with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, stressed that, as well, during an interview last week with members of the news media.

This is the latest county vaccination data, as shown on the CDC website on April 14. Image from the CDC
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County provides this information on its website about COVID-19 vaccination availability at its locations.