Friday, April 10, 2020

Oconee County Added Two New COVID-19 Confirmed Cases In Friday Daily Status Report; Discrepancy On Clarke Deaths Not Explained

***Northeast Health District Adds 27 Confirmed Cases***

The Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties, added 27 new COVID-19 cases in the 24-hour-period ending at noon on Friday, the largest number of added cases since the 46 added on Tuesday.

Oconee County added two new cases, and Oglethorpe County added nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 24-hour-period.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Department Of Health Daily Status Report For Thursday Does Not Reflect 10 Announced Deaths At Athens Nursing Home

***Raises Questions About Death Tally In Reports***

The Georgia Department of Public Health in its noon Daily Status Report for Thursday listed nine deaths for Clarke County despite the announcement by an Athens nursing home operator Wednesday that 10 of its residents who had “previously tested presumptive positive for COVID-19" had passed away “in the past few weeks.”

The Daily Status Report listed Clarke County as having its first COVID-19 death on March 2 (or a little more than two weeks ago), seven deaths attributable to COVID-19 on April 2, eight on April 3, and nine first on April 7.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Virtual Town Hall Meeting Focuses On Absentee Balloting And Census Participation

***Organized By Mokah Jasmine Johnson***

Sara Tindall Ghazal, former voter protection director for the Georgia Democratic Party, and Rev. James Woodall, president of the Georgia NAACP, participating in a virtual Town Hall meeting last week, urged Georgia voters to apply for an absentee ballot for the May 19 election.

Voters should fill out the application sent to all active, registered voters in the state by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the two said, as a safe way to vote as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out in the state.

UPDATE: Raffensperger on Thursday morning moved the primary back to June 9.

Number Of Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Region And State Increases, But At Lower Rate Than Day Earlier

***Local Hospital Demand Exceeded With Extreme Projection***

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District of Georgia grew by 16 in the 24-hour period ending at noon on Wednesday, down from the increase of 46 cases in the 24-hour period ending at noon on Tuesday.

The number of deaths in the Northeast Health District increased by only one during that time period, reflecting the first death attributable to the disease in Oconee County, picked up in the 7 p.m. Daily Status Report from Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Oconee County Elections Board Calls For Special Election To Fill Commission Vacancy

***One Candidate Already Announced***

The Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration on Tuesday officially approved a call for a special election to fill the Post 3 vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.

The election will be held in November without a primary, meaning that qualified candidates will have the chance to pick a party label, and more than one candidate can run with the same label.

Number of COVID-19 Cases Jumps In Oconee County, Northeast Region And State; Deaths In State Up by 100

***Local Hospitals Prepare For Surge***

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased greatly in Oconee County and the Northeast Georgia region on Tuesday, reflecting the dramatic increase across the state in the noon Daily Status Report from the Georgia Department of Health.

The report shows Oconee County with 32 confirmed cases, up from 24 at noon on Monday, and Clarke County with 77, up from 69 at noon on Monday.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Number of COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Increases By 22 In Northeast Region As State Experiences Large Jump In Documented Cases

***Local Leaders Ask For Masks***

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District of Georgia increased by 22 in the 24-hour period ending at noon on Monday, and the number of cases in the state during that time period increased by 667.

Oconee County is part of the Northeast Health District, but it saw no increase in cases during the 24-hour period, but Clarke County had an increase of seven cases, Barrow County had an increase of two cases, and Walton County had an increase of four cases.