Saturday, September 26, 2020

Clarke County Added COVID-19 Death On Saturday, And Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Deaths In Northeast Health District Increased

***Deaths In Barrow And Jackson Counties As Well***

Clarke County recorded its 44th death from COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday, the second death in the county from the disease listed in the Report in as many days.

The Daily Status Report listed two deaths from COVID-19 in Barrow County and one in Jackson County, and the four additional deaths brought the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District up slightly to 1.1 from 1.0 on Friday.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Virtual Candidate Forum Scheduled Oct. 12 For Oconee County Commission Candidates

***Post 3 And Chair Race On Ballot***

All five candidates competing for positions on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners on the Nov. 3 ballot have agreed to participate in a virtual candidates forum over Zoom from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.

The candidates will introduce themselves and then respond to questions submitted in advance and during the session itself.

COVID-19 Deaths And Cases Drop In Northeast Health District; Active Cases And Quarantines Drop At Oconee County Schools

***New COVID-19 Deaths Recorded In Clarke And Elbert Counties***

Clarke County recorded its 43rd death due to COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday, ending an otherwise positive week of declining cases of the disease and deaths attributed to it in the Northeast Health District.

The Clarke County death was of a 53-year-old male without a known chronic condition.

With the single death in the 10-county Northeast Health District, the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 1.0 on Friday from 1.9 on Thursday in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 113 COVID-19 Case, And Rolling Average Of Added Cases Continues To Decline

***No New COVID-19 Deaths Reported***

The Northeast Health District added 113 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped for the 10th day in a row.

Eight of the 10 counties in the District added cases, with Morgan and Greene counties the exception.

Oconee County added five cases and Clarke County added 36 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases in each county dropped–to 4.6 in Oconee County and 28.6 in Clarke County. Those averages had been 5.6 and 31.4 respectively on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Rolling Average Of Added COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Returns To Level In July

***No New Deaths From Disease Reported In District***

The Northeast Health District added 95 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped below 100 for the first time since July 12.

The rolling average had been 103.6 on Tuesday and was 94.3 with the release of the Daily Status Report on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

State Health Reports List Eight Deaths From COVID-19 In Northeast Health District, With Four In Clarke County

***District Has 74 New COVID-19 Cases***

The Department of Public Health reported two deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in Tuesday’s Daily Status Report, and the Department of Community Health reported six deaths in the District in its Long-Term Care Facility Report, also released on Tuesday.

One of the Daily Status Report deaths was in Clarke County, and three of the Long-Term Care Facility Report deaths were at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Athens-Clarke County.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Northeast Health District Has One Death Listed In Department of Public Health Report And Another In Department of Community Health Report

***COVID-19 Hospital Numbers Up***

The Northeast Health District added two COVID-19 Deaths On Monday, one in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and the other in the Department of Community Affairs Long-Term Care Facility Report. 

The death listed in the Department Public Health report was of an 81-year-female in Walton County without a known chronic condition.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 53 New COVID-19 Cases, And Rolling Average of Added Cases Continues To Decline

***No New COVID Deaths In Public Health Report***

The Northeast Health District added only 53 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, traditionally a slow day of reporting, but the number of added cases was lower than a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped for the sixth day in a row.

Oconee County added two cases with the release of the Daily Status Report, and Clarke County added 19. Even with the small number of cases, all of the remaining eight counties in the 10-county district except Greene and Elbert added cases.

Proper Role Of Board Of Education Is A Question In Oconee County Candidate Forum

***Should Board Members Respond To Citizen Emails?***

Incumbent Oconee County Board of Education Post 4 Member Tim Burgess had some advice for the three other candidates seeking a spot on the Board at Thursday’s night’s virtual candidate forum.

The Board is a governing body, Burgess said, and it hires a superintendent to run the schools.

Most of the issues that come before the Board are operational issues, Burgess said, and the Board should not get involved in those issues until after school administrators have tried to resolve them.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Oconee County Adds Second Death From COVID-19 In As Many Days With Release Of Saturday Public Health Report

***Barrow County Added Two Deaths***

For the second day in a row, Oconee County added a death attributed to COVID-19 with the release of the Daily Status Report by the Department of Public Health on Saturday.

Barrow County added two deaths, bringing the total number of new deaths added in the 10-county Northeast Health District to three and the total since March to 242.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Oconee And Clarke Counties Add COVID-19 Deaths With Friday Release Of Department Of Public Health Report

***Oconee County Schools List 10 Active Cases***

The Department of Public Health on Friday listed seven deaths attributed to COVID-19 in its Daily Status Report for the 10-county Northeast Health District, including one in Oconee County and three in Clarke County.

The seven-day rolling average of added deaths from the corona virus in the Northeast Health District increased to 2.4 on Friday from 1.7 on Saturday.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Clarke County Jackson Counties Add COVID-19 Deaths In Release Of Thursday Daily Status Report

***Northeast Health District Adds 133 COVID-19 Cases***

Clarke County recorded another death attributed to COVID-19 in the Thursday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health, as did Jackson County, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease in the Northeast Health District to 232, up from 220 a week ago.

The District had added two deaths on Thursday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged from Wednesday at 1.7.

State Representative Wiedower Filed A Revised Campaign Disclosure Report Following Complaint About Dates Of Contributions

***Wiedower Said Misdating Was An “Oversight”***

State Representative Marcus Wiedower filed a revised campaign contribution report on Tuesday after a member of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee filed a complaint accusing Wiedower of illegally accepting campaign contributions during this year’s legislative session.

In filing the revised Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report for Jan. 31, 2020, Wiedower changed the dates on 21 contributions that previously had been listed as having been received on Jan. 17, 22, and 23.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Northeast Health District Experiences Drops in Average Number Of COVID-19 Cases And Deaths On Wednesday

***University Of Georgia Also Reports Drop In Cases***

The seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 cases and deaths declined in the Northeast Health District on Wednesday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.

The 10-county District added no deaths attributed to the virus, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths declined from 2.1 on Tuesday to 1.7 on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Georgia Sen. Cowsert Tells Oconee County Republicans To Turn Out In Support Of Oconee County House Candidates Gaines And Wiedower

***Says Republican Control Needed For Redistricting***

State Sen. Bill Cowsert called on Oconee County Republicans to turn out to vote in the Nov. 3 election to make sure that Houston Gaines and Marcus Wiedower, who represent the county in the Georgia House, are sent back to Atlanta to protect the party during redistricting.

Cowsert, who, like Gaines and Wiedower, has Democratic opposition on the November ballot, was dismissive of the possibility that he might be defeated, but he said the districts Gaines and Wiedower represent are “close, very close” and “if we don’t get out and vote for them” they can be defeated.

Four Counties In Northeast Health District Add COVID-19 Deaths With Release Of Tuesday Daily Status Report

***Rolling Averages Of Added Cases In Oconee, Clarke Decline***

Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, and Walton counties all added a death from COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday, and the Northeast Health District, of which the four counties are a part, added 215 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The four deaths in the 10-county district were 8.3 percent of the 48 deaths added across the 159 counties in Georgia in the Daily Status Report on Tuesday, and the 215 cases were 13.7 percent of the 1,571 cases added statewide.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 72 COVID-19 Cases On Monday, But No Deaths, In Department Of Public Health Report

***Department Of Community Health Lists Two COVID Deaths***

The Northeast Health District added 72 COVID-19 cases with the release of the Daily Status Report on Monday, more than the 59 added on Monday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased slightly from 169.0 on Sunday to 170.9.

The Daily Status Report, issued by the Department of Public Health, listed no new COVID-19 deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average remained unchanged at 1.9. The District had no deaths listed in the Daily Status Report last Monday.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds Three COVID Deaths--Two In Oconee--And Seven-Day Rolling Averages Of Added Deaths, Cases Increase

***Jackson County Also Adds COVID-19 Death***

The Northeast Health District added 112 COVID-19 cases on Sunday and three COVID-19 deaths, two of them in Oconee County. The seven-day rolling averages of cases and deaths increased slightly from Saturday.

The two Oconee County deaths were of a 65-year-old female without a chronic condition and of an 89-year-old male, also without a chronic condition.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Rolling Averages of Added COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Drop For Second Day In Northeast Health District

***Death Is Second In Two Days In Walton County***

The Northeast Health District added 169 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and a single death from the disease, resulting in a decline in the seven-day rolling averages of added cases and deaths for the second day in a row.

The death listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report was of a female from Walton County without a known chronic condition. Her age was listed as 90 plus.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds Two COVID-19 Deaths In Department of Public Health Report, Including One In Oconee

***Oconee County Schools Report 10 Active COVID-19 Cases***

The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday listed 190 new Northeast Health District COVID-19 cases and two COVID-19 deaths–one in Oconee County–resulting in small drops in the seven-day rolling averages of cases and deaths.

The death in Oconee County was of a 63-year-old female without a chronic condition, while the second death was of an 80-year-male without a known chronic condition in Walton County.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds Two COVID-19 Deaths–One In Clarke County–And 161 COVID-19 Cases

***Area Hospitals See Increase In COVID-19 Patients, ICU Bed Use***

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 161 COVID-19 cases and two deaths attributed to the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Thursday.

Every county in the District added cases on Thursday, with Oconee County adding five and Clarke County adding 96. The District contributed 8.3 percent of the cases in the state, down from 9.9 percent on Wednesday. The District is 5.0 percent of the state’s population.

New Voting Locations Reviewed At Oconee County Board Of Elections And Registration Meeting

***Athens Academy Moved to Nations Church***

Fran Leathers, chair of the Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration, told fellow Board members at their meeting last week that she had found a new voting home for Precinct 11, which formerly voted at Athens Academy.

On Nov. 3, the 2,758 registered voters in that precinct who opt to cast a ballot in person on election day will do so at Nations Church, 8780 Macon Highway, just south of the entrance to Athens Ridge student apartment complex.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 207 COVID-19 Cases and Three COVID-19 Deaths In Wednesday Daily Status Report

***University Of Georgia Reports 714 COVID-19 Positive Local Tests***

The Northeast Health District added 207 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths from the disease in the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report on Wednesday.

The new cases pushed the seven-day rolling average of added cases up to 219.4 on Wednesday from 216.9 on Tuesday. The seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 2.0 deaths per day.

Georgia House Candidate Wallace Focuses On Healthcare, Pandemic In Comments To Oconee County Democrats

***U.S. Senate Candidate Winfield Proposes Federal Job Guarantee***

Jonathan Wallace said he first decided to run to represent Georgia House District 119 in the special election back in 2017 largely because of his desire to provide support for public education in the state.

Once he was elected and served in the General Assembly in 2018, Wallace said, the range of issues that concerned him broadened, with the COVID-19 pandemic now taking center stage.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 285 COVID-19 Cases and Two Deaths From Disease In Light Reporting Day Following Holiday

***Deaths In Oconee And Clarke Counties***

The seven-day rolling averages of added COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Northeast Health District dropped on Tuesday, a day on which reporting to the Department of Public Health likely was suppressed by the holiday.

The Department of Public Health did add 285 cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District, with 206 of those from Clarke County. Oconee County added 13 case.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Department Of Public Health Reports Only 59 COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District On Monday, And No Deaths From Disease

***District Has Nearly 10 Percent Of Cases, Five Percent Of Population***

The Northeast Health District added only 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Monday, but it contributed just less than 10 percent of the cases added in the entire state.

Mondays usually are light reporting days to the Daily Status Report, and the state added only 612 cases on Monday, Labor Day. This was the first time the state had added fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 cases since June 22.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Seven-Day Rolling Averages Of COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Increase Again On Sunday In Northeast Health District

***Sunday Averages Set New Records***

The seven-day rolling averages of COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to increase in the Northeast Health District with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Sunday.

Sunday traditionally is a day of light reporting, and the 10-county District added only 108 cases, but that figure was up from the 102 reported on Sunday a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 227.3 from 226.4 on Saturday.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Clarke County Added 277 COVID-19 Cases And Two COVID-19 Deaths With Release Of Daily Status Report On Saturday

***More Than A Third Of Clarke County’s Cases Recorded Since UGA Reopened***

Clarke County reported 277 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two deaths from the disease on Saturday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.

The 277 new COVID-19 cases top the previous record of 173 recorded by the county on Thursday. Clarke County has recorded 1,346 new COVID-19 cases since the University of Georgia began the Fall semester on Aug. 20, or just more than a third of the 3,687 cases recorded in the county.

Time And Date Set For Oconee County Board Of Education Virtual Candidate Forum

***Registration Required; Citizens Pose Questions***

The four candidates seeking election to the Oconee County Board of Education in November have agreed to meet in a virtual candidate forum via Zoom from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 17.

The forum is open to the public, but those wishing to participate are being asked to register in advance.

Citizens also are being given a chance to submit questions to be posed to the four candidates.

Friday, September 04, 2020

Rolling Averages of COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Increase On Friday In Northeast Health District

***Oconee County Schools Reports Drop In Active COVID-19 Cases***

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 201 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and four deaths from the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 184.1 on Thursday to 192.3 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 2.6 on Thursday to 2.9 on Friday.

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Clarke County Adds Record New COVID-19 Confirmed Cases, Pushing Seven-Day Rolling Average For Northeast Health District To New High

***Clarke Also Adds A COVID-19 Death***

Led by the addition of COVID-19 cases in Clarke County, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District increased to 184.1 on Thursday from 165.4 the day before.

The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed 173 new cases of the disease in Clarke County, the largest single-day increase ever recorded in the county. The earlier record had been 154 new cases on Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Seven-Day Rolling Averages Of COVID-19 Cases And Deaths In Northeast Health District Climb on Wednesday

***Across The State, Cases Are Declining***

The Northeast Health District added 189 confirmed COVID-19 cases and three deaths attributed to the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the 10-county district jumped from 159.6 on Tuesday to 165.4 on Wednesday, the highest point that average has ever reached. The previous high had been 160.4 a month ago, on Aug. 2.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds Record Number Of Deaths From COVID-19 And Of Confirmed Cases Of The Disease

***Clarke County Leads In Deaths And Cases***

The Department of Public Health, in Tuesday’s Daily Status Report, listed 10 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District, a record number for a single day, with four of those deaths in Athens-Clarke County.

The Northeast Health District also added 294 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, also a record, with 154 of those in Clarke County.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 123 COVID-19 Cases on Monday, With 74 In Clarke County

***Two Clarke County Nursing Home Deaths Reported***

The Northeast Health District added 123 new COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Monday, with Clarke County accounting for the vast majority.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 148.9 on Monday from 137.1 on Sunday. The 10-county Northeast Health District is bucking the statewide trend of decreasing cases.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Oconee County Commissioners Told To Expect Contract Next Month On Broadband Expansion Project

***County Administrator Outlines Project***

County Administrator Justin Kirouac told Oconee County commissioners at their meeting last week that he expects to have a contract to bring before them next month to move forward on broadband expansion in the county.

The county will partner with Smart City Capital of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to create a new company, Kirouac said, that will build out 540 miles of fiber throughout the county, including an 80 mile fiber ring.

Clarke County Adds 53 COVID-19 Cases On Sunday, And Northeast Health District Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Cases Increases

***No New Deaths From Disease In Daily Status Report***

Led by Clarke County, the Northeast Health District added 102 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 137.1, up from 129.0 on Saturday.

The Department of Public Health listed no new deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District on Sunday, the first day since Aug. 13 that no deaths have been added with release of its Daily Status Report.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Department Of Public Health Lists One New Death Attributed To COVID-19 In Northeast Health District And 146 New COVID-19 Cases

***Unemployment Rate Remains Largely Unchanged***

The Department of Public Health listed another COVID-19 Death in the Northeast Health District with release of the Daily Status Report on Saturday. The Report also listed 146 new confirmed cases of the disease.

It was the 16th day in a row the Daily Status Report included a death in the 10-county Northeast Health District, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease in the District to 191.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Northeast Health District Has Three COVID-19 Deaths Listed In Separate State Health Reports On Friday

***Oconee County Schools Report 117 Active Quarantines***

The state Department of Public Health Listed Two Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District on Friday, and the Georgia Department of Community Health listed another in a nursing home in the District. The nursing home death was in Athens-Clarke County.

The two deaths listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report were of a 58-year-old male with a chronic condition in Madison County and of a 70-year-old female without a known chronic condition in Walton County.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Northeast Health District Added Five Deaths Attributed To COVID-19 In Thursday Daily Status Report And 160 New Confirmed Cases

***Additional Death In Clarke County Listed In Nursing Home Report***

The Northeast Health District added five deaths attributed to COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report on Thursday. It was the 14th consecutive day in which the Daily Status Report listed a death from the disease in the District.

Three of the five added deaths were in Jackson County: a 48-year-old male with a chronic condition, a 76-year-old female without a known chronic condition, and a male aged 90 plus with a chronic condition.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Daily Status Report Adds Two COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast Health District, Running String Of Daily Reports Of Deaths From Disease To 13

***Rolling Average Of Added Cases Increased***

The Northeast Health District added two COVID-19 deaths with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday, the 13th day in a row the District has added deaths from the novel coronavirus.

Both of the deaths were in Barrow County–of a 64-year female and of a female aged 90 plus, both with chronic conditions.

Oconee County School Board Sends Letter To County Commission Opposing Further Changes To Malcom Bridge School Entrances

***Board Of Education Candidates Agree To Virtual Candidate Forum***

The Oconee County Board of Education has sent a strongly worded letter to the County Commission complaining about the changes made to the staff and bus entrance to its Malcom Bridge Road school complex and rejecting all proposed changes for the parent entrance to Malcom Bridge Middle School.

The three-page letter, dated Aug. 21 but released to the public on Tuesday by Oconee County School Superintendent Jason Branch, is signed by all five members of the Board.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Seven-Day Rolling Averages Of COVID-19 Deaths And Cases Increase In Northeast Health District With Release Of Public Health Report

***Clarke County Records Two Deaths From Disease***

The Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported five deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District and 219 confirmed cases of the disease, pushing up the seven-day rolling averages of added deaths and of added cases.

The seven-day rolling average of added deaths, two of which were in Clarke County, increased from 2.4 on Monday to 3.0 on Tuesday, its highest point ever.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Northeast Health District Records COVID-19 Death For 11th Day In A Row

***Rolling Average Of Added Deaths Drops Slightly***

The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed a death from COVID-19 in Jackson County on Monday, the 11th day in a row that a death from the disease has been recorded for the 10-county Northeast Health District.

The Jackson County death, of a 62-year-old female with a chronic condition, was the third in three days for the county.

Oconee County Commissioners Refuse To Reappoint Chair of County Planning Commission

***No Explanation For Action Given***

When the Oconee County Planning Commission meets in September, it will have to start strategizing for selection of a new chair, as the Oconee County Board of Commissioners has turned down current Chair Maria Caudill’s request for reappointment to the Planning body.

At its regular meeting on Aug. 4, the Board of Commissioners selected incumbent Planning Commission Member Chuck Hunt for reappointment, but selected Nathan Byrd, a minister, over Caudill.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Clarke County Adds COVID-19 Death For Fourth Day In A Row

***District Adds Two COVID-19 Deaths, 45 Cases***

Clarke County recorded another COVID-19 death with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Sunday, the fourth in four days.

Jackson County, which reported a COVID-19 death on Saturday, also recorded one on Sunday, and, with the addition of these two deaths, the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District increased from 2.6 on Saturday to 2.7 on Sunday.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Oconee And Clarke Counties Add COVID-19 Deaths For Third Day In A Row; Northeast Health District Adds 147 Confirmed Cases

***COVID-19 Patients At Area Hospitals Declines***

For the third day in a row, both Oconee and Clarke counties recorded a death attributed to COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday.

The Oconee County death was of a 60-year old male with a chronic condition, while the Clarke County death was of a 74-year-old female without a chronic condition.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Oconee And Clarke Counties Again Add COVID-19 Deaths As District Reports Four New Deaths From Disease

***Oconee County Schools Report Increase In Active COVID-19 Cases***

For the second day in a row, the Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health on Friday listed a death in both Oconee and Clarke counties, and, for the second day in a row, listed four deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District that includes those two counties.

Also on Friday, Oconee County Schools listed 13 Active COVID-19 Cases among students and staff at the schools, up from four Active Cases a week earlier, and 100 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact, up from eight on Friday of last week.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Northeast Health District Has Four COVID-19 Deaths In Thursday Daily Status Report

***Barrow, Clarke And Oconee Counties List Deaths***

The Department of Public Health listed four new Northeast Health District deaths attributed to COVID-19 with the release of the Daily Status Report on Thursday, bringing to 18 the number of deaths in the last week in the District and pushing the seven-day rolling average to 2.6.

Two of the deaths were in Barrow County, and the other two were in Oconee and Clarke counties.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Democrat Files In Special Election For Oconee County Commission Post; Two File For Watkinsville City Council Seats

***Qualifying Now Complete***

Jacob Douylliez, a minister from the west of the county, stepped forward in the final day of qualifying Wednesday to run as a Democrat in the special election to fill the vacant Post 3 on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners.

Douylliez joins two other candidates, Amrey Harden and Aaron Nowak, both of whom qualified as Republicans on Monday, in the non-primaried special election on Nov. 3 to fill the seat formerly held by William “Bubber” Wilkes, who passed away earlier this year.

Daily Status Report Includes Three New COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast Health District

One Death Attributed To COVID-19 In Oconee County***

The Department of Public Health on Wednesday listed three additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District, including one in Oconee County, with the release of the Daily Status Report.

The Oconee County death was of male without a known chronic condition who was 90 or more years of age. Total deaths in the county from COVID-19 now stands at 17.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Seven-Day Rolling Averages Of COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Decline In Northeast Health District

***COVID-19 Hospitalizations And Ventilator Use Also Drop***

The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday reported 164 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death attributed to the disease in the 10-county Northeast Health District.

The Daily Status Report a week ago had added 179 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, so the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District dropped from 122.1 on Monday to 120.0 on Tuesday and the seven-day rolling average of deaths dropped from 2.1 on Monday to 2.0.

Chris Greer’s Georgia Discovered Has Gone Into Second Printing

***Zoom Interview On Book’s Genesis***

In just two short months, Chris Greer’s book, Georgia Discovered, Exploring The Best Of The Peach State, has sold out all of the 2,000 copies of the first printing.

The second printing is now available, and Greer is off to a good start toward meeting the goal of selling 5,000 copies in the first year of publication.

The book is a combination of travel tips and beautiful pictures.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Two Candidates File For Oconee County Commission Slot; Four File For Watkinsville Council

***District Attorney Race Has Three Candidates***

Two candidates filed on Monday as Republicans in the first day of qualifying for the special election on Nov. 3 to fill Post 3 on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners.

Amrey Harden, who had announced his plans to run for the open spot, filed, as did Aaron Nowak, a newcomer who had not previously indicated his plans to seek the open slot in the non-primaried special election on Nov. 3.

Three More COVID-19 Deaths Reported By Department Of Public Health In Northeast Health District On Monday

***15 Deaths Reported In Last Week***

The Northeast Health District added three deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Monday release of the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report.

The deaths were of 74-year-old female in Barrow County, an 81-year-old male in Oglethorpe County, and an 80-year-old male in Walton County. All three had known chronic conditions.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 75 COVID-19 Cases And One Death From Disease

***Seven-Day Rolling Averages Increase***

The Northeast Health District added 75 COVID-19 cases and a death attributed to the disease with the release of the Daily Status Report by the Department of Public Health on Sunday.

Both numbers were higher than the numbers for Sunday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 125.5 on Sunday from 123.3 on Saturday and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 1.7 on Sunday from 1.6 on Saturday

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Northeast Health District Again Adds Three New COVID-19 Deaths, One In Oconee County

***Morgan County Reports First COVID-19 Death***

For the second day in a row, the Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added three deaths attributed to COVID-19, one of them in Oconee County, bringing to 16 the total number of deaths in Oconee County attributed to the disease.

The 10-county Northeast Health District has added 11 deaths in the last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths on Saturday was 1.6, the same as the day before. The District had added three deaths last Saturday as well.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Public Health Reports Two COVID-19 Deaths In Clarke County; Community Health Reports Clarke County COVID-19 Death As Well

***Oconee County Schools Report Four “Active COVID-19 Cases”***

The Department of Public Health reported three COVID-19 Deaths in the 10-County Northeast Health District in its Daily Status Report on Friday, including two in Clarke County.

The Department of Community Health also reported a death attributed to COVID-19 at an Athens-Clarke County Nursing Home.

The Daily Status Report has included 11 deaths in the Northeast Health District attributed to COVID-19 in the last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 1.6 on Friday from 1.4 on Thursday.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Northeast Health District Added 85 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on Thursday; Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Cases Dropped

***Oconee Schools Report No New COVID-19 Diagnoses***

The Northeast Health District added 85 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to its lowest level going back to July 27.

The District added one death, of an 85-year-old male in Walton County, but the Department of Public Health removed a death listed on Wednesday in Barrow County.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Department Of Public Health Lists Three New COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast Health District

***Oconee County Schools Reports First COVID-19 Confirmed Case***

The Department of Public Health reported three deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District on Wednesday, and the District has now reported at least one death from the disease in seven of the last 10 days.

The seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged from Tuesday at 1.9. The 10-county District added three deaths last Wednesday.

Consultants Tell Oconee County School Board Members They Do Not Like Changes County Has Made Or Proposed For Malcom Bridge Road

***Board Hired Firm To Evaluate County Road Plans***

Matt Tanner from Breedlove Land Planning Inc. of Bishop and Atlanta does not like any of the options being considered by the Oconee County Board of Commissioners for a redesigned parent entrance to Malcom Bridge Middle School.

He also does not like the roundabout the Board has built at the bus entrance to Malcom Bridge Middle School and Malcom Bridge Elementary School.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Northeast Heath District Joins The State In Reporting Large Numbers of COVID-19 Cases And Deaths

***Rolling Averages Of Cases And Deaths Increase In Region***

The 10-county Northeast Health District does not always reflect the general patterns of the state when the Department of Public Health releases its Daily Status Report on COVID-19 each day, but it did so on Tuesday.

The day the state recorded a record 137 deaths, the Northeast Health District recorded two–not a record number, but enough to push the seven-day rolling average of added deaths to 1.9, a level last reached on July 16.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 82 COVID-19 Cases But No Deaths; Seven-Day Rolling Averages Stable

***Schools Report No COVID-19 Cases After Opening***

The Northeast Health District added 82 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday with the release of the Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health, resulting in a seven-day rolling average of added cases basically unchanged from Sunday.

The 10-county District did not add any deaths, as had been the case a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 1.7.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Voters In Five Of Oconee County’s 12 Precincts Will Have A Different Polling Place On Nov. 3

***Heavy Turnout Is Expected***

Voters in five of Oconee County’s 12 precincts will be voting in a different location on Nov. 3 than in the past as a result of action taken by the Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration last week.

Voters in Farmington and Bishop precincts will vote at Bishop Baptist Church, 1110 Old Bishop Road, rather than at the community centers of the two cities, as has been the case in the past.

Northeast Health District Reports 59 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases On Sunday, The Smallest Number In Nearly A Month

***No New COVID-19 Deaths Reported***

The Northeast Health District added 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the smallest number it has added going back to July 12, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 151.0 from 156.4 on Saturday.

The Department of Public Health reported that Oconee County added five cases and Clarke County added 20. Two counties–Greene and Oglethorpe–did not add any cases.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Three COVID-19 Deaths And 190 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Added In Northeast Health District

***Eight Recent Deaths Of Persons Under 60 Years Of Age***

The seven-day rolling averages of COVID-19 cases and of deaths increased on Saturday in the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health with the addition of 190 new confirmed cases and of three deaths attributed to the disease.

The three deaths were of a 52-year male in Jackson County with a chronic condition, a 73-year-old male in Jackson County without a chronic condition, and a 65-year-old female in Madison County without a known chronic condition.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Northeast Health District Added 217 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases On Friday, The Second Largest Single Day Increase

***Two New Death From COVID-19 Reported***

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported on Friday that the Northeast Health District added 217 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the second largest number of added cases in any single day.

Every county in the 10-county District added at least four cases. Oconee County added 11 cases and Clarke County added 74.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Department Of Public Health Reports Three COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast District, Including One In Clarke County

***COVID-19 Cases Increased By 136***

The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added three COVID-19 deaths and 136 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday with the release of the Daily Status Report.

Clarke County had its 18th COVID-19 death, of a 62-year-old male without a known chronic condition.

Walton County, which had added two deaths on Wednesday, added two more on Thursday, bringing its total to 39, the most of any of the 10 counties in the District.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Northeast Health District Added A Record 229 New COVID-19 Cases On Wednesday And Three Deaths Attributed To The Disease

***Critical Care Bed Use Dropped By One***

The Northeast Health District added a record 229 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Death Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 158.9, just slightly above the record set two days ago of 158.6.

Clarke County led the 10-county region with 69 new cases, but every county in the district added cases. Oconee County added 12 cases.

Oconee County Schools Has Some Late Shift To Distance Learning Option As In-Person Instruction Begins

***School Board Briefed On Opening Plans***

The number of students selecting the distance learning/digital option rather than in-person instruction increased by 165 in last two weeks before school started on Wednesday, Meri Blackburn told the members of Oconee County School Board earlier this week.

Blackburn said that the final figures were 1,111 students (13.4 percent) deciding not to attend in-person classes while 7,167 chose the in-person option.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Drops Again; Critical Care Bed Use Increases

***Death In Walton County Attributed To Disease***

For the second day in a row, the Northeast Health District added fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases than it had on the same day a week earlier, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 150.7 on Tuesday from 158.6 on Monday. The average had been 160.4 on Sunday.

Across the state, the number of added cases of COVID-19 seems to have plateaued, and the 10-county Northeast Health District now may be following suit.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Oconee County Taxpayers Have A Second Chance To Comment On Proposed County Tax Rate

***No One Spoke At Hearing Last Week***

Oconee County taxpayers will get a second chance to voice their opinions on the county’s plans to approve a property tax rate for 2020 when the Board of Commissioners holds a public hearing before its regular meeting on Tuesday

The proposed property tax rate, or millage rate, will be the same in 2020 as it was in 2019, and the county budget, which went into effect with the beginning of the 2021 Fiscal Year on July 1, has been approved based on that rate.

Northeast Health District Adds 85 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, And Seven-Day Rolling Average Declines

***No New Deaths Reported; Critical Care Bed Use Up***

The Northeast Health District added 85 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, the fewest it has added per day in more than a week, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 158.6 from 160.4 on Sunday.

Mondays usually are light days in reporting cases to the Department of Public Health for its Daily Status Report, but the 85 cases compared with 98 a week earlier.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Added Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 Set New Record Again In Northeast Health District

***No New Deaths Reported, And Rolling Average Unchanged***

The Northeast Health District added 97 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to a new record of 160.4.

Oconee County added seven cases, and Clarke County added 23. All of the remaining eight counties in the District except for Elbert County added one or more cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Sunday.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Department Of Public Health Reports 180 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District, Setting New Record

***No Deaths From Disease In Saturday Report***

The Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 180 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District, pushing the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 155.7, a new record.

Oconee County added nine cases and Clarke County added 29. Each of the other eight counties in the District also added cases.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases had been 153.1 on Friday, also a record.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Clarke County Added 74 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases As Northeast Health District Added Record 207

***Clarke County Also Added A COVID-19 Death***

The Northeast Health of the Department of Public Health, led by Clarke County, recorded a record number 207 new COVID-19 confirmed cases on Friday and three deaths attributed to the disease.

Each of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District added cases, but Clarke County’s 74 cases led the group and was the largest single-day increase for the county. The previous high number had been 65 on July 18.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Area Hospitals Report Increase In Number Of Critical Care Beds In Use; Only One Critical Care Bed Listed As Available

***173 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Northeast Health District***

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Thursday that the number of Critical Care Beds in use at area hospitals increased by nine over Thursday. The hospitals increased the Critical Care Bed capacity by five to 75, and one Critical Care Bed was listed as available.

The nine hospitals in the area surrounding Oconee and Clarke counties are asked to provide their data on bed availability by noon each day, according to the Agency. The report was dated at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Number Of Critical Care Beds Available At Area Hospitals Improved But Seven-Day Rolling Average Of New COVID-19 Cases Sets Record

***Clarke Adds COVID-19 Death***

The number of available Critical Care Beds in area hospitals increased to five with the release of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report COVID-19 late on Wednesday.

The Tuesday Situation Report had listed only one Critical Care Bed available at the area’s 11 hospitals. On both Monday and last Friday, no Critical Care Beds has been reported to be available.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 196 COVID-19 Cases And Sets Seven-Day Rolling Average Record For Added Cases

***One Local Critical Care Hospital Bed Listed As Available***

The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added 196 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, just short of the record of 200 cases added last Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases set a new record of 143.3.

The 10-county District did not have any new COVID-19 deaths reported in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday, the fourth day in a row in which no new deaths were reported. The seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 0.3.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Daily Status Report Lists 98 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases; Daily Situation Report Lists All Critical Care Beds In Use At Area Hospitals

***No Critical Care Beds Available In Friday Report As Well***

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Monday reported 98 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 10 counties that make up the Northeast Health District, bringing the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 133.3, or just shy of the record of 133.9 set on Friday.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency said on Monday that no critical care beds were available at area hospitals, the second time in the last four days that has happened.

Harden Introduces Self To Oconee County Republican Party As Candidate In November Special County Commission Election

***Cites Professional Banking Experience***

Amrey Harden said he is motivated to seek Post 3 on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners in the special election in November because of his love for the county and his desire to do public service.

In a meeting with Oconee County Republicans, Harden said he will focus on four issues in his campaign: farmland preservation and historical preservation, infrastructure with a focus on broadband, county finances during the current fiscal crisis, and growth.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds Fewest New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Two Weeks

***No New COVID-19 Deaths Recorded***

The Northeast Health District added 64 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, the smallest number of cases added since 50 were recorded on July 12.

Sunday usually is a light day of reporting, but 99 cases were added a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 128.9 on Sunday from 133.9 on Saturday.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 162 New COVID-19 Cases But No Deaths; Critical Care Bed Availability Rebounds

***Oconee Death Reported Thursday Rescinded***

The Northeast Health District added 162 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases held steady at 133.9

The Department of Public Health reported no new deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District, and the seven day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 0.9.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Seven-Day Rolling Averages Of Added COVID-19 Cases Reach Record Levels; Area Hospitals Reported All Critical Care Beds In Use

***Area Leaders Say Hospitals In “Stable Position”***

The seven-day rolling averages of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases both regionally and for the state as a whole reached record levels with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday.

The seven-day rolling average of added deaths also reached a record level for the state, and, with the addition of a death in Barrow County, the seven-day rolling average in the 10-county Northeast Health District also increased, though not to a record level.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Northeast Health District Sets New Record For Added Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

***Daily Status Report Lists 200 New Cases***

The Northeast Health District added a record number 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the Thursday release of the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report.

Each of the 10 counties in the District added cases. Oconee County added eight cases and Clarke County added 50.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 129.1, tied with the record average set on July 19.

Mayor Bob Smith Demonstrates His Control Of Council Meetings If Not Of Council Votes

***Uses Power Of Gavel***

The Watkinsville mayor only gets to vote in a rare case when the five-member Council, because of an absence or recusal, would evenly split its votes.

What current Mayor Bob Smith can do is guarantee that he gets to talk at the meetings. He holds the gavel and runs those meeting.

Smith has been using that power more assertively of late, and he used it aggressively at the session of the Mayor and Council last week.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Growth In Number Of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Eased On Wednesday In Region And Across The State; Deaths Increasing

***Northeast Health District Added Two Deaths***

At the regional and state level, growth in the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases eased slightly on Wednesday, but the number of new deaths attributed to the disease increased.

The 10-county Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties, added 111 new cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 124.3 on Tuesday to 121.1 on Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Four New COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast Health District Listed In Tuesday Daily Status Report Along With 126 New Confirmed Cases

***Oconee County Now Has 15 Deaths Attributed To COVID-19***

Oconee County added another death from COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday.

The Oconee death, of a 75-year-old female without a chronic condition, brings to 15 the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the county.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Northeast Health District Lists Smallest Number Of New COVID-19 Cases In Eight Days

***Oconee Schools Commit To Aug. 5 Reopening***

The Northeast Health District added 67 new COVID-19 cases with the release of the Daily Status Report on Monday, the smallest number since the 10-county District added 50 cases on July 12.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 120.7 from 129.1 on Sunday.

Oconee County Commissioners Reject Proposal For Gas Station Entrance Modification And For Small Medical Office Park

***Allow Buffer Variance For Special Events Venue***

William Jones wanted to be allowed to have an entrance to his planned JP convenience store, gas station, and Burger King off Mars Hill Road just before it intersects with U.S. 78.

The Board of Commissioners said no.

John Allen Drew wanted to rezone 4.5 acres at the triangle created by SR 316, Dials Mill Spur and Dials Mill Extension so he could build a medical office business park.

The Board of Commissioners said no.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 99 New COVID-19 Cases On Sunday, And Seven-Day Rolling Average Of New Cases Increases

***No New COVID-19 Deaths Reported***

The 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added 99 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the issuance of the Daily Status Report on Sunday, including six in Oconee County and 33 in Clarke County.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 129.1, a new record. The rolling average had been 122.1 on Saturday.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Northeast Health District Follows State In Setting New Record For Added COVID-19 Cases; Two New COVID-19 Deaths Reported

***Clarke County Adds Record 65 New Confirmed Cases***

The state of Georgia added 4,689 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, a new record, and the Northeast Health District followed suit by adding 160 new cases, also the largest number added in a single day.

Fifteen of those new cases were in Oconee County, the second largest number ever added in a single day, and 65 were in Clarke County, the largest number ever added in a single day.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 141 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, But Seven-Day Rolling Average Drops

***No New Deaths Reported, But Critical Care Bed Use Increases***

The Northeast Health District added 141 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Friday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, but the number is down from the record high of 154 added last Friday, leading to a drop in the seven-day rolling average of added cases.

The Daily Status Report included no new deaths attributed to the disease for the 10-county District, and the seven day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 1.4 from 1.9 on Thursday.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Clarke And Oconee Counties Add COVID-19 Cases As Northeast Health District Sets Record Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Cases

***No New COVID-19 Deaths Added***

The Department of Public Health added 144 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District with the release of the Daily Status Report on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District increased to a new record of 116.9.

The Department of Public Health did not list any new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the District, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 1.9.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Five New COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast Health District, Including One In Oconee County, Listed In Wednesday Daily Status Report

***Oconee Deaths Nearly Equal Those Of Clarke***

Following the pattern of the state as a whole, the Northeast Health District on Wednesday saw large increases in both the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and in deaths attributed to the disease.

The 10-county region added 133 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, including 38 in Clarke County and five in Oconee County.

Parents Gather To Ask For Delay In Deadline For Decision On Oconee County School Reopening Options

***Deadline Remains Midnight Wednesday***

About 40 parents showed up at the central offices of Oconee County Schools in Watkinsville on Wednesday morning to ask school administrators to delay the deadline for parents to make a decision on whether their children will attend school in-person or remotely starting on Aug. 5.

They also asked Superintendent Jason Branch and Board of Education members to come out to meet them and answer questions about the plans for the Aug. 5 reopening.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Department Of Community Health Reports Six New COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast Health District Long-Term Care Facilities On Tuesday

***Department Of Public Health Does Not Include The Deaths***

The Northridge Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Commerce added six new deaths among its residents in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report on Tuesday.

The Jackson County nursing home has reported 10 deaths at the facility since June 29 and currently has 58 of its 105 residents testing positive. It also has reported that the cumulative number of staff with COVID-19 is 17.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Parent Calls For Protest At Oconee County School Administrative Offices On Wednesday

***Member Of Safety First Reopen Schools Facebook Group***

A parent in the 1,000-member strong Facebook Group Safety First Reopening Schools has called for a protest early on Wednesday morning at the administrative offices of Oconee County Schools.

The purpose of the protest is to get the school system to postpone the date by which parents have to select either the in-person or distance/digital learning option from Wednesday to July 20 and to get the system to require students who attend classes in-person to wear masks.

Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Tops 100 For First Time

***Oconee Adds Seven Cases; Clarke Adds 38***

The Northeast Health District added 126 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Monday.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the 10-county District topped 100 for the first time ever. The average jumped from 96.1 on Sunday to 104.1 on Monday.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Crowd Gathers At Sheriff's Office In Watkinsville To Show Support For Oconee County's Deputies

More than 100 people turned out on Thursday in front of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in Watkinsville to show support for local law enforcement officers.

Organized by Jamey Canady via Facebook, the Back The Blue Rally included a prayer by Kevin “Chappy” Hynes, a Watkinsville police officer and chaplain, and brief comments by Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry.

Those present waved flags, carried signs with messages such as Back The Blue, and intermingled with Sheriff Department deputies leaving work at the Thursday shift.

Oconee And Clarke Counties Add Confirmed COVID-19 Cases As Daily Status Report Lists 50 New Cases In Northeast Health District

***No New Deaths Recorded***

Oconee County added nine new cases of COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report on Sunday, and Clarke County added 14. The remaining eight counties in the Northeast Health District added 27 cases, bringing the total for the District to 50.

The 50 added cases were fewer than the 61 added last Sunday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 96.1 on Sunday from 97.7 on Saturday.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 110 New COVID-19 Cases And Five Deaths From The Virus

***Oconee County Lists Second COVID-19 Death In Two Days***

The Northeast Health District recorded 110 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and five new deaths attributed to the disease on Saturday, pushing up the seven-day rolling average of both cases and deaths for the District.

One of the deaths was in Oconee County and was the second death in two days in the county included in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report. Oconee County now has 13 deaths from the disease, and Clarke County has 15.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Northeast Health District And State Set New Records In Adding Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19

***Three New Deaths Attributed To Disease, One In Oconee***

The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a new record, and the seven-day rolling average increased to 93.9 cases, also a new record.

Across the state, 4,484 new cases were added in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report for Friday, also a new record, pushing the seven-day rolling average to 2,959.7 cases, a new record.

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 100 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases; Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Cases Increases

***One New Death Listed In Long-Term Care Facility Report***

The Northeast Health District added 100 new COVID-19 cases with the release of the Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health on Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the 10-county District increased to 90.6, the highest average recorded to date.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Daily Status Report Adds 76 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases And One Death Attributed To The Disease In Northeast Health District

***Death In Oconee County Brings Total To 11***

The Northeast Health District added 76 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death attributed to the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday.

The death was of an 84-year-old Oconee County male with a chronic condition, and his death brings to 11 the number in the county from the disease since its outbreak in March.

Oconee County Board Of Education Hears Plans For School Reopening Without Mask Requirement

***Parents Send Letter Asking For Delay***

When Oconee County Schools reopen for in-person instruction on Aug. 5, students, teachers, and staff will be provided with masks and encouraged to wear them when social distancing is not possible, but masks will not be required for students.

Students riding the school system’s buses, however, will be required to wear masks on the bus.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Clarke County Adds 37 New COVID-19 Cases On Tuesday; Available Critical Care Beds In Area Hospitals Drop To Four

***Two Deaths Attributed To COVID-19 Reported In Area Nursing Home***

The Northeast Health District added 113 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, but that was down from the 128 added on Tuesday a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 89.1 on Monday to 87.0 on Tuesday.

Clarke County continued to lead the 10-county district in terms of number of cases added.

Board Of Commissioners To Consider Request For Modification Of Planned Entrance To JP And Burger King On Mars Hill Road

***Variance Requests Also On Agenda***

Oconee County Commissioners Tuesday night will decide if William Jones is allowed to have an entrance to his planned JP convenience store, gas station, and Burger King off Mars Hill Road just before it intersects with U.S. 78.

They also will decide if John Hadden’s Damn Good Dawg Farms on Cliff Dawson Road should be granted a special use variance to decrease the buffer of his blueberry farm operation from surrounding properties, including those zoned residential.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Seventy New Cases Of COVID-19 Added In Northeast Health District, But No Deaths Attributed To Disease Reported

***Clarke County Added 248 Cases In Last Week***

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 70 new Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Health District on Monday, moving the seven-day rolling average of added cases to a new high of 89.1 cases per day, up from 83.1 on Sunday.

Clarke County again led the 10-county District by adding 24 new cases on Monday. Clarke County has added 248 new cases in the last seven days.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Rolling Average Of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Continues To Increase

***Clarke County Added 24 New Cases On Sunday***

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 61 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with Clarke County’s 24 new cases leading the way. Oconee County added six new cases.

Clarke County has added 229 new cases in the last week, and Oconee County has added 37.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Participants At Oconee County Courthouse Vigil Recognize Victims Of 1905 Lynching

***Also Attend To Grave Of One Of The Victims***

About 100 people turned out on the front lawn of the Oconee County Courthouse in Watkinsville on Monday to join in recitation of a poem, explain why they had chosen to participate in the vigil, and read aloud the names of the eight victims of vigilante violence near that site 115 years ago.

About half of those present then proceeded funeral-style to a recently discovered grave of one of those victims, where they added soil and flowers and told personal stories about their experiences with race in this country.

Northeast Health District Added 83 New COVID-19 Cases On Saturday, But No New Deaths From The Disease

***Clarke County Added 29 Cases, Oconee Added Six***

The 10-county Northeast Health District topped off a bad week on Saturday by adding 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 that pushed up the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 77.3, a new record. A week ago the seven-day average was 41.7.

Every county in the District added at least one case except for Greene. Clarke County led by adding 29 cases, and Oconee County added six.

Friday, July 03, 2020

The Northeast Health District Added 131 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases On Friday, A New Record

***Clarke County Added 198 Cases In Last Week***

The 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added a record 131 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the issuance of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday.

Included were 54 new cases in Clarke County and 10 in Oconee County.

U.S. District Court Grants Preliminary Injunction Forcing District Attorney Election In November

***Secretary Of State Told To Set Procedures For Election***

In a strongly worded decision on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Cohen in Atlanta granted a preliminary injunction requiring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to hold an election for the District Attorney of the Western Judicial Circuit on Nov. 3.

Cohen ordered that representatives of Deborah Gonzalez and the four other plaintiffs meet with representatives of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Raffensperger and “endeavor to present to the Court” within 14 days a consent order setting out the procedures for conducting the special election.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Watkinsville Mayor Attempts To Veto Budget, Proposes Cuts In EMS Services, Staff Salaries, Legal Services, Arts Funding

***Behavior At Odds With City Charter***

Watkinsville Mayor Bob Smith, on June 30, the final day of the last Fiscal Year, attempted to veto the nearly $2 million budget for the current fiscal year that had been passed in a 5 to 0 vote by the Council on June 17.

Smith sent out a press release on June 30 saying he was vetoing the budget because the Council “ignored” his request at the June 17 meeting to cut 12 percent from the budget and was instead using anticipated federal pandemic relief funds and the city's reserve funds to balance the budget.

State Adds Nearly 3,500 New COVID-19 Cases On Thursday, With 43 In Northeast Health District

***Hospitalizations Due To COVID-19 Increase Sharply***

Georgia recorded 3,472 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Thursday and is in completely new territory in terms of spread of the disease.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases is 2,373.4, up more than 250 cases from the record set on Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Northeast Health District Sets New Record Of Added COVID-19 Cases As Number In State Soars

***Clarke County Adds 43 New Cases, 155 In Last Week***

The state of Georgia set a new record on Wednesday with the addition of 2,946 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 108 of those in the 10-county Northeast Health District.

The new cases in the state pushed the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 2,122.3, and the new cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District resulted in a seven-day rolling average of 61.1.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Northeast Health District, Led By Clarke County, Adds Record Number Of COVID-19 Cases On Tuesday

***All 10 Counties In District Add Cases***

The Northeast Health District reported a record number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday.

Led by Clarke County’s increase of 41 cases, the 10-county Northeast Health District added 128 new cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases jumped to 54.0 from 42.9 on Monday.

Board Of Commissioners Chair Asks Citizens To Pressure School Board To Discuss Options For Malcom Bridge Middle School Entrance

***Still Prefers Roundabout***

Oconee County is willing to modify its plans for the parent entrance to Malcom Bridge Middle School, but that will be possible only if citizens put pressure on the Board of Education to consider alternatives, Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chair John Daniell said last week.

Daniell said the proposed modified R-Cut design is good but not the best option, and the originally proposed roundabout, rejected by the Board of Education, is better.

Monday, June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Increase In State And Region on Monday; Hospitalizations From The Disease Show Large Jump

***Good News: Unemployment Rates Decline***

The state added 2,207 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with Monday’s release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, the second largest number of new cases ever added.

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 28 cases, including two in Oconee County and five in Clarke County.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Continue To Soar In State And In 10-County Northeast Health District

***Rolling Average More Than Doubles From April High***

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to soar on Sunday, with the state and the 10-county Northeast Health District setting new records.

Across the state, 2,225 new cases were recorded in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, the first time that the number of cases has increased by more than 2,000 in a 24-hour period.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Northeast Health District And State See Record Number Of New COVID-19 Cases On Saturday

***State Adds 10 Deaths But Eliminates Four***

The 10-county Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties, and the state of Georgia as a whole, set new records on Saturday in number of added confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Across the state, the Department of Public Health reported 1,990 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number ever, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases jumped to 1,596.6, the highest average ever.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Number Of New Cases Of COVID-19 In State Soared On Friday, Setting New Record

***Northeast Health District Cases Also Increased***

The spread of COVID-19 in the state entered entirely new territory on Friday with the Department of Public Health reporting 1,900 new confirmed cases, the highest level ever reported.

The Daily Status Report listed 1,800 new cases on Saturday of last week, the previous high record, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 1,569.4 on Friday, the highest rolling average ever.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

State and Northeast Health District Report Big Jumps In COVID-19 Cases On Thursday And More Than 50 Percent Growth In Four Weeks

***Critical Care Hospital Beds At Area Hospitals At All Time Low***

The state of Georgia added 1,714 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health on Thursday, the third day in a row in which more than 1,700 new cases were added.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the state is 1,454.7, which far exceeds the seven-day rolling average of 857.3 on April 13, the earlier high point after which cases began to decline.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Oconee County’s Two State Representatives Voted In Favor Of Modified Hate Crimes Bill

***Both Had Voted Against Bill In 2019***

Oconee County’s two state representatives, Houston Gaines and Marcus Wiedower, reversed course on Tuesday and voted with the majority in approving a modified version of House Bill 426, referred to as a Hate Crimes Bill.

Both Gaines and Wiedower had voted against the original version of the bill when it narrowly passed the Georgia House of Representatives in March of last year.

Rolling-Average Of Added COVID-19 Cases Continues To Increase In State And In Northeast Health District

***Clarke County Added 11 New Cases***

The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed COVID-19 cases increased both in the Northeast Health District and across the state with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday.

The Northeast Health District added 58 new cases, including 11 cases in Clarke County and two in Oconee County, and the seven-day rolling average increased to 31.4 cases per day from 27.7 on Tuesday.

Watkinsville Council Approved Concept Plan For Miracle League Field And Playground In Harris Shoals Park

***Also Approved Budget***

The Watkinsville Council last week unanimously approved a concept plan for a Miracle League Field and new playground in Harris Shoals Park behind the Extra Special People two-building complex on VFW Drive.

The Council instructed the city staff and attorney to work out an operating agreement between ESP and the city to be considered and approved at a later date.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Increased In Region And State On Tuesday–A Day With Little Good News Regarding The Pandemic

***Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Ventilator Use Increase***

The seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths attributed to the disease increased on Tuesday both in the 10-county Northeast Health District that includes Oconee and Clarke counties and in the state overall.

In the 24 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with COVID-19 contamination, the number of deaths and the number of residents with COVID-19 increased, as did the number of staff with the disease.

Oconee County Budget Hearing Results In Call For Septic Tank Monitoring And Internet Investment

***Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Outlined***

Two citizens used the opportunity of a Budget Hearing of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners last week to raise concerns that have budget implications but that were not directed as specifics of the budget presented.

County Finance Director provided the commissioners and the public the final details of the $53.3 million budget which includes no new positions, no salary raises for existing employees, and increased spending on health insurance benefits.

Gonzalez Said In Meeting With Oconee County Democrats She Is Ready To Launch Campaign If Judge Orders District Attorney Election

***Hearing Scheduled For Thursday***

Athens attorney Deborah Gonzalez said last week she is ready to seek election as district attorney in November pending the outcome on her suit against Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to force the state to hold that election.

Gonzalez told Oconee County Democrats, meeting virtually last Thursday evening, that U.S. District Court Judge Mark Cohen in Atlanta has scheduled a hearing on her motion for a preliminary injunction against Kemp and Raffensperger for 10 a.m. on this coming Thursday via Zoom.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 Increase In State And Regionally On Monday; Hospitalizations And Ventilator Use Up In State

***Walton County COVID-19 Nursing Home Death Reported***

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased again on Monday, both in the state as a whole and in the 10-county Northeast Health District.

The state added 1,227 new confirmed cases of the disease in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Monday, and the 10-county Northeast Health District contributed 26 of those cases.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sen. Loeffler Emphasized Her Support For President Trump In Her Comments Before Oconee County Republicans

Said She And President Are Both “Outsiders”***

Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler told Oconee County Republicans that three things distinguish her from the Democrats and Republicans who will be seeking her seat in the non-primaried special election on Nov. 3.

Loeffler said she is a business outsider, a life-long conservative, and someone who already has Senate experience.

Number Of Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 At Record High In State And Increase In 10-County Northeast Health District As Well

***Only One COVID-19 Death Added Statewide***

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to climb on Sunday in the state of Georgia as a whole and in the 10-county Northeast Health District.

The state added 892 new cases of COVID-19, and the 10-county Northeast Health District added 14.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Northeast Health District Reports Only 10 New COVID-19 Confirmed Cases On Saturday While State Reports Record 1,800 New Cases

***Northeast Health District Has No New Deaths Listed***

On the day that the Georgia Department of Public Health reported the largest number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 ever, the Northeast Health District reported only 10 new confirmed cases.

Those new cases were spread throughout the 10-county Northeast Health District, with Oconee County adding one case and Clarke County adding two.

Rescanning Of Oconee County Absentee Ballots Resulted In Four Additional Voters Being Counted

***Results Certified On Friday

The rescanning of Oconee County’s 7,422 Absentee Ballots on Wednesday did not have any impact on the outcome of the county’s elections on June 9, but it did result in the votes of four of the county’s residents being counted that were missed in the first scan.

The rescan had been agreed upon by the county Board of Elections and Registration on Tuesday because the scanner appeared to be not counting some of the Absentee Ballots that had been marked.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Consistent With State Trends, Northeast Health District Adds COVID-19 Cases And Deaths On Friday

***Critical Care Bed Use Also Increases***

Reflecting the broader trends across the state of Georgia, the 10-county Northeast Health District added 39 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, listed three new deaths attributed to the disease, and reported the highest number of Critical Care Beds in use in more than two weeks.

Only Oconee County among the the 10 counties in the Department of Public Health Northeast Health District did not add at least one case in the Friday Daily Status Report, released at 2:50 p.m. on Friday.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Department Of Health Reports 882 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In State And 23 In Northeast Health District

***Seven-Day Rolling Averages Decline***

The state of Georgia added 882 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Thursday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, and that included 23 cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District.

For the state and the region, the number of newly identified cases was lower than the number added on Thursday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 864.3 on Wednesday to 848.4 on Thursday at the state level and from 22.4 to 20.7 at the local level.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Oconee County Elections Board Decides To Rescan All Of The Absentee Ballots From June 9 Election

***Determined Scanner Missed Votes Marked On Ballots***

The Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration on Tuesday voted unanimously to toss out the initial scanning of the 7,424 absentee ballots cast in the June 9 election and to rescan those ballots before the county’s election results are certified on Friday.

The Board took the action on the recommendation of Fran Leathers, who is chair of the Board and director of Elections and Registration for the county.

Northeast Health District And State Show Increases In COVID-19 Confirmed Cases And Deaths On Wednesday

***Oconee County Has 10th Death Reported***

The seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 cases and deaths increased in the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health and in the state of Georgia as whole with the release of the Daily Status Report on Wednesday.

The 10-county Northeast Health district added 32 new cases, with Oconee, Clarke and six of the other counties adding cases. The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 20.6 on Tuesday to 22.4 on Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Unchanged In Monday Daily Status Report

***No New Deaths Are Listed***

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the same number added a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases per day remained unchanged at 20.6.

Only two counties–Oconee and Greene–did not add a new case, and the total number of confirmed cases in the District over the three-month run of the pandemic is 1,840.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Area Showing Growth In COVID-19 Cases And Deaths, But Not At The High Rate For State As A Whole

***Area Long-Term Care Facilities Add Cases, But No New Deaths***

While Georgia continued to show growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths on Monday, the 10-county Northeast Health District–which includes Oconee and Clarke Counties–witnessed a slight drop in averge number of cases and a consistent level of COVID-19 deaths.

The 10-county district added 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, but that number was down from the 33 added a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 20.6 on Monday from 22.0 on Sunday.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds Only One Confirmed COVID-19 Case In Sunday’s Daily Status Report And No Deaths

***Sunday Report Normally Shows Little Change***

The Northeast Health District added only a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Sunday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report–in Clarke County–and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 23.1 on Saturday to 22.0 on Sunday.

The 10-county Northeast Health District did not report any new COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, but the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 1.7 from Saturday because no deaths were added on Sunday a week earlier.

Oconee County’s Sen. Cowsert Expects Georgia Senate To Pass A Hate Crimes Bill This Session, But Not The Version Passed By House

***Said He Favors A Bill***

Sen. Bill Cowsert, who represents Oconee, Clarke and Walton counties in the Georgia General Assembly, said he thinks the Senate is likely to pass a hate crimes bill after it comes back into session on Monday, but it will not be the bill passed by the Georgia House of Representatives last year.

Cowsert said he supports passage of a bill, and he thinks the bill that the Senate will produce “will be much more comprehensive” than the House Bill now before the Senate for consideration.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Board Of Commissioners Town Hall Meeting, Proposed For Malcom Bridge Middle School, Moved To Oconee Veterans Park

***No Agreement Reached With Board Of Education***

At the Board of Commissioners meeting last week, Chair John Daniell announced that the next Town Hall Meeting will be June 23, possibly at Malcom Bridge Middle School, where there will be a chance to discuss ongoing and proposed road improvements at the school complex.

At the end of the week, however, Daniell said in an email message that “We are still finalizing the details of the Town Hall scheduled for June 23rd. We hope to have everything nailed down next week.”

COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Increase In Georgia And Northeast Health District In Saturday Report Of Georgia Department Of Public Health

***State Increases Very Large***

The seven-day rolling averages of added confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths attributed to the disease increased both in the state of Georgia as a whole and in the 10-county Northeast Health District with the release of the Daily Status Report on Saturday.

The increases at the state level were quite dramatic, as the state added 1,018 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Three New COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast Health District Push Up The Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Deaths

***Nursing Home Active Cases Continue To Decline***

Three COVID-19 deaths listed in Friday’s Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health pushed up the seven-day rolling average of deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District, consistent with the statewide trend of increasing deaths from the disease.

The Northeast Health District added 24 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but that was much lower than the 59 new cased added a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 27.0 per day on Thursday to 22.0 per day on Friday.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Oconee County Reported No Problems During Tuesday Election; Questions Show Mixed Interest In Making Races Non-Partisan

***Turnout Higher Than In 2016***

Just less than half–48.3 percent–of Oconee County’s Active Registered Voters cast a ballot in the merged Presidential Primary, Party Primary, and Non-Partisan Judicial election on Tuesday.

That compares with a turnout of 53.7 in the Presidential Primary in March of 2016 and with the turnout of 30.81 in the May 2016 Party Primary and Non-Partisan election.

As COVID-19 Cases Increase In State, Northeast Health District Shows No Increase In Seven-Day Rolling Average Of New Cases

***Only One New Case Reported At Long-Term Care Facilities***

Even as the state of Georgia saw continuing increases on Thursday in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, in the 10-county Northeast Health District the average number of new cases remained the same as the day before and the average number of new deaths was down just slightly.

The Northeast Health District did add 35 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Thursday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health, up from 19 the day before.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Wednesday Daily Status Report Shows Slight Drops In Seven-Day Rolling Averages Of COVID-19 Cases, Deaths In District

***No New Cases, Deaths At Long-Term Care Homes***

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death attributed to the disease in the Wednesday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health.

The figures resulted in slight drops in the seven-day averages of added cases (from 27.0 from 27.3) and deaths (from 2.0 to 1.6).

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Voters Pick Incumbents in Oconee County Republican Primary For County Commission Posts, Current Captain To Be Sheriff

***Hunsinger Elected As Probate Court Judge***

Voters in the Oconee County Republican Primary on Tuesday selected three incumbents in Board of Commissioners races, a newcomer to the county in the Board of Education race, and a current Captain in the Sheriff’s Office to be the new Sheriff.

Voters in the nonpartisan election for Probate Court Judge chose Mike Hunsinger to succeed retiring Judge David Anglin.

Twenty-Five New COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Push Up The Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Cases

***Department Of Public Health Adds Five COVID-19 Deaths***

The Department of Public Health on Tuesday added five deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District and 25 new confirmed cases of the disease.

The large number of new cases increased the seven-day rolling average of added cases per day in the Northeast Health District to 27.3, up from 26.3 on Monday.

Monday, June 08, 2020

Average Number Of Daily COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Increased Again On Monday

***One New Death From Disease Reported***

The seven-day rolling average of new cases of COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District increased on Monday with the addition of 33 new confirmed cases of the disease.

Only Morgan and Madison counties did not add cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report released at 3 p.m. on Monday.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Sunday Report Of Department Of Public Health Lists Only Nine New COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District

***No New Deaths Attributed To COVID-19 Reported In District***

Consistent with the pattern from recent weeks, the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Sunday listed only nine new cases of COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District, and the report included no new deaths attributable to the disease in the District.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District did increase–from 23.1 on Saturday to 24.1 on Sunday–because the nine new cases in the Sunday report compared with the two new cases reported Sunday a week ago.

Five Local Democratic Candidates On Tuesday’s Ballot Without Opposition Tell Fellow Democrats About The Issues That Concern Them

***U.S. Senate And Probate Judge Candidates Also Speak***

Lacking opposition in the party primary on Tuesday, the five local Democratic candidates speaking at the party meeting last month focused not on this week’s election but on the election on November 3.

Jonathan Wallace, seeking election to the Georgia House of Representatives, said he was motivated to run because of redistricting.

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Department Of Public Health Issues Second Daily Status Report on Saturday To “Correct” First Report’s Listing Of COVID-19 Deaths

***Northeast Region Not Affected By Change***

The Georgia Department of Public Health issued a Daily Status Report at 3 p.m. on Saturday eliminating 21 deaths from its cumulative list of deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The result, according to the report, was a drop in the number of deaths in the state from the disease from 2,174 to 2,160 on Saturday.

Early Voting Wraps Up With More Than A Quarter Of Oconee County Voters Casting A Ballot

***Majority Of Votes By Absentee***

More than a quarter of Oconee County’s registered voters already has cast a ballot, either in person or by absentee, during the just-completed three weeks of early voting for the June 9 election.

The Tuesday election is a merger of the postponed March 24 presidential primary as well as of the party primaries and nonpartisan elections originally scheduled for May 19, and just less than 70 percent of Oconee County voters have used a Republican ballot in voting so far.

Friday, June 05, 2020

Department Of Public Health Reports Increases in COVID-19 Cases And Deaths For Northeast Health District And State

***All Four Seven-Day Rolling Averages Increased***

Both the Northeast Health District and the state as a whole reported large increases in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and increases in deaths attributed to the disease in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report for Friday.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases of COVID-19 and added deaths attributed to COVID-19 increased both in the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health and across the whole of Georgia.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Two New COVID-19 Deaths And 35 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Added In Northeast Health District On Thursday

***Oconee County Experiencing Spurt In Cases And Deaths***

The 10-county Northeast Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health added two deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 35 new confirmed cases of the disease in the Daily Status Report released at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The new deaths–in Clarke and Barrow counties–moved the seven-day rolling average of added deaths up from 2.3 deaths per day on Wednesday to 2.4 deaths per day on Thursday.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Ninth Oconee County COVID-19 Death Reported By Georgia Department Of Public Health On Wednesday

***Northeast Health District Added 16 COVID-19 Deaths In Week***

Oconee County added a ninth death attributed to COVID-19 in the Wednesday Daily Status Report of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and Walton County added three deaths, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the disease in the Northeast Health District to 77.

The 10-county Northeast Health District has added 16 COVID-19 deaths in the last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths attributed to the disease in the District stood at 2.3 at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the same as the day before.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Oconee County Schools Reviewing Options On School Reopening, Superintendent Tells School Board

***Waiting On Report Of COVID-19 Spread In County***

Oconee County School Superintendent Jason Branch told the Board of Education at its meeting on Monday that he and his staff are reviewing the guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health to determine how schools will reopen in the fall.

The two state departments had released earlier in the day guidelines for school systems regarding the reopening of schools following their closure this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oconee And Clarke Counties Each Add COVID-19 Death On Tuesday, As Northeast Health District Adds Seven

***Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Deaths Jumps***

The Northeast Health District added seven deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health on Tuesday, with Oconee County and Clarke County each accounting for one of the deaths.

The addition of seven deaths was the largest ever recorded for the 10-county Northeast Health District in a single day, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 2.3 on Tuesday from 1.4 on Monday.

Monday, June 01, 2020

Seventh Oconee County Death Due To COVID-19 Reported By Department Of Public Health

***Oglethorpe Adds Death In Monday Report As Well***

Oconee and Oglethorpe counties each added a death attributed to COVID-19 in the Monday Daily Status Report issued by the Georgia Department of Health, bringing the total number of reported deaths from the disease in each of the counties to seven.

Oconee County’s death was of a female, described as 90 plus years of age and with chronic conditions, while the Oglethorpe death was of a 70-year-old male without known chronic conditions.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

One In Five Of Oconee County’s Voters Have Cast In-Person Or Absentee Ballots For June 9 Primary

***Republican Ballots Make Up Two-Thirds Of Those Cast***

With 10 days of early voting completed for the June 9 primary and judicial elections, just more than 20 percent of Oconee County’s 30,457 registered voters have cast a ballot, either in person or by returning an Absentee ballot.

Republican ballots continue to dominate.

Of the 980 In-Person ballots cast by the end of the day on Saturday, 88.8 percent were in the Republican Primary, and of the 5,188 Absentee ballots returned as of the end of the day on Saturday, 66.2 percent were for the Republican Primary.

Northeast Health District Adds Only Two Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Sunday Daily Status Report

***No New Deaths Recorded***

Clarke and Elbert counties where the only counties in the 10-county Northeast Health District to add a confirmed COVID-19 case in the Daily Status Report on Sunday as the area experienced a lull in the growth of cases.

Even with the addition of just the two cases, the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped only from 38.4 on Saturday to 36.6 on Sunday because Sundays traditionally have been days on which few cases are added in the District.

Extra Special People Releases In Virtual Meeting New Plans For Miracle League Field And Playground At Harris Shoals Park

***Splash Pad, Second Park Entrance Eliminated***

Extra Special People, in a virtual meeting on Friday, released to the public greatly revised plans for its proposed development of a part of Harris Shoals Park in collaboration with the city of Watkinsville.

Retained in those plans is a Miracle League Field, which is a ball field that can be used by people in wheelchairs, but gone are the originally proposed splash pad, additional park entrance off Experiment Station Road, and increased parking.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Oconee County Added COVID-19 Death In Department of Public Health Saturday Report; Confirmed Cases In Area Continues To Increase

***Death Count Incomplete***

Oconee County recorded its six death attributed to COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report released at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the county and the Northeast Health District continued to add cases in an unmistakable upturn in the disease in the area.

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 35 cases on Saturday, including seven in Clarke County, and the seven-day rolling average of cases increased to 38.4, the highest number ever recorded for the District.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Department Of Public Health Reports Five New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Oconee County

***Region Adds 39 New Cases***

Oconee County added five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report released at 1 p.m. on Friday, and the 10-county Northeast Health District, of which Oconee County is a part, added 39 new cases.

Clarke County added nine cases in the Friday Daily Status Report, and every county in the Northeast Health District except Morgan and Greene counties added at last one case.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Forty-Three New COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District On Thursday Push Up Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Cases

***Oconee County Adds Two Nursing Home Deaths***

The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health continued a three-day run of adding large numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 43 new cases pushing the seven-day average of added cases to 37.0 from 34.4 on Wednesday.

The 10-county district also added another death attributed to the disease, the sixth death in the last three days, and the seven-day average of added deaths stood at 1.7, down from 1.9 on Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Oconee County Commissioners Get Look At Pared-Back SPLOST List For November Referendum

***Optimistic Projection Is For Nearly $65 Million In Projects***

Oconee County voters in November will be presented with a $64.6 million wish list of projects to be funded by a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax if the Board of Commissioners accepts a staff proposal given it last week.

Included on the list is $14.4 million for roads and bridges, $7.5 million for water and sewer projects, $6.9 million for a library and government administrative building, and $6.3 million for county broadband.

Northeast Health District Reports Largest Number Of New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Ever And Four Deaths From Disease

***Oconee County Adds More Two Nursing Home Deaths***

The Northeast Health District added 81 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the 1 p.m. Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday and four new deaths.

The number of new cases is the largest number ever added in a 24-hour period, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases jumped from 24.9 on Tuesday to 34.4 on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

One New COVID-19 Death And 42 New Cases Added In Department of Public Health Daily Status Report For Northeast Health District

***Death In Walton County***

The Northeast Health District added 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death attributed to the disease in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report issued at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The seven-day rolling average of cases added in the district dropped from 25.0 on Monday to 24.9 on Tuesday, while the seven-day average of added deaths remained steady at 1.4.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Republican Ballots Dominated First Week Of Early Voting In Oconee County, But Democratic Ballots More Pronounced In Absentee Counts

***Early Voting For June 9 Election Continues Tuesday***

Nine out of 10 of those who participated in the first week of In-Person early voting in Oconee County used the Republican ballot, but less than two-thirds of those who had turned in an Absentee ballot by the end of last week had used the Republican ballot.

Early In-Person voting has been light, with only 533 persons showing up at the Board of Elections and Registration Office across from the Courthouse in Watkinsville to cast a ballot by the end of the day on Friday.

Department Of Public Health Lists 14 New Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Monday Report For Northeast Health District

***Oconee Adds Two Cases***

The Northeast Health District added 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report issued at 1 p.m. on Memorial Day.

That number of new cases, which included two from both Oconee and Clarke counties, kept the seven-day rolling average of cases at 25.0, just down from 25.3 on Sunday.

Oconee County Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Projects Short-Term Drop In Sales Tax Revenue, Commissioners Told

***Property Tax Rate Remains Unchanged***

Oconee County Finance Director Wes Geddings last week presented the Board of Commissioners with a $53.3 million Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget that anticipates a 10.4 percent drop in sales tax revenue but includes no increase in the property tax rate.

The budget includes no new positions and a modification of health care options that holds the increase of costs to 5 percent, Geddings told the Board at the first hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Fifteen New Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 Included In The Sunday Daily Status Report For Northeast Health District

***Oconee Does Not Add Cases***

Clarke County added four cases of COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report released by the Department of Public Health at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and the whole 10-county Northeast Health District added 15 cases.

The seven-day rolling average of cases added in the District increased from 22.9 cases per day on Saturday to 25.3 on Sunday. Oconee County did not add any new cases on Sunday, and its total stands at 103 cases since the state began monitoring the disease back in March.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds Five Deaths Attributed To COVID-19, Including One In Oconee County

***Rolling Average Of Confirmed Cases Increases***

The 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added five deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report on Saturday, the largest number ever added in a single day in the District.

Included was one death in Oconee County, two in Barrow County, one in Jackson County and one in Walton County.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Department Of Public Health Listed 21 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Oconee County On Friday And One Additional Death

***Rolling Average Of Confirmed Cases In Region Increases***

Oconee County added 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death attributed to the disease on Friday with the issuance of the 1 p.m. Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health.

That brings to 103 the number of confirmed cases in the county since the Department of Public Health began issuing its reports in the middle of March and brings the number of deaths to four.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Rolling Averages Of COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Increase In Northeast Health District

***Oconee Has Fourth Nursing Home COVID Death***

The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths attributed to the disease both increased in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report for 1 p.m. on Thursday.

At the same time, the Department of Community Health is reporting that a quarter of the residents of the 17 area long-term care facilities on its list are COVID Positive.

Oconee County School Board Approves Agreement To Charge County For Use Of School Sports Facilities

***Gets Sales Tax Collection Update***

Participants in Youth Tackle Football and Youth Basketball programs of the Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department will be paying higher fees starting in a year because of an agreement approved last week by the Oconee County Board of Education.

The approval was the final step in a process initiated by Oconee County Schools to recover maintenance costs from the Oconee County government for use by the county of athletic facilities at county schools.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Seven-Day Average Of Added COVID-19 Positive Cases And Deaths In Northeast Health District Holding Steady

***Residents With Disease At Long-Term Care Facilities Increasing***

The Northeast Health District added 14 cases of confirmed COVID-19 with the 1 p.m. Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to the level it has maintained for the last week.

The 10-county region added an additional death, of a 45-year-old female in Greene County with known chronic conditions, bringing the total number of deaths to 48 and holding the seven-day rolling average of added deaths at 1.1.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Northeast Health District Reports Large Increase In COVID-19 Cases; Disease Spreads Among Residents Of Oconee County Nursing Home

***Northeast Health District Adds COVID-19 Death***

The 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added 43 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the 1 p.m. Daily Status Report on Tuesday, bringing the seven-day rolling average of cases up from 15.9 to 21.7.

Elbert County added 22 cases, Walton County added seven, Barrow County added five, Jackson County added four, and each of the other counties, except Morgan County, added one.

Oconee County Voters Opted For Republican Ballots In First Day Of Early Voting; Gonzalez Files Lawsuit To Force District Attorney Election

***Democratic Ballots Larger Part Of Returned Mail Voting***

Oconee County had 108 voters turn out on Monday for the first day of early voting for the June 9 election, which includes the delayed Democratic and Republican presidential primaries, state primaries, and nonpartisan judicial races.

Only six voters used the Democratic Ballot on Monday, with the remaining 102 using the Republican Ballot.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Oconee County Adds One New Death Attributed To COVID-19 In Monday Daily Status Report

***Northeast Region Adds 16 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases***

Oconee Country added one COVID-19 confirmed case and one death attributed to the disease in the Monday Daily Status Report from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The addition of the death of a 73-year-old male without chronic health conditions in Oconee County brings to three the number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 and to 46 the number in Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Candidates At Oconee County Republican Party Election Forum Asked About Disputes Between County And School Governing Bodies

***Sheriff Candidates Questioned About Deputies In Roadways***

Disputes between the Oconee County Board of Commissioners and the Oconee County Board of Education played a prominent role in the candidate forum held by the Oconee County Republican Party last week.

Moderator Tim Bryant from Cox Radio’s WGAU asked about the relationship between the two governing bodies of candidates in the June 9 Republican primary for spots on the two Boards.

Daily Status Report Adds No New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Or Deaths For Northeast Health District On Sunday

***Oconee And Barrow Lose Cases***

The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Sunday produced positive news for the Northeast Health District with no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 and a reduced number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the region.

For the second time, the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report either reassigned or disallowed two COVID-19 confirmed positive cases, one in Oconee County and one in Barrow County, with the 1 p.m. report on Sunday.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Two State Reports Add Three COVID-19 Deaths In Northeast Health District But Disagree On Where They Occurred

***Number Of Added Cases Four In One Report And 12 In Other***

In the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday, the Northeast Health District added only four confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, but it also added three deaths.

In the separate Georgia Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report for late Friday, the Northeast Health District added 10 COVID Positive resident cases at long-term care homes, two COVID Positive staff cases, and three COVID resident deaths.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Oconee Farmer’s Market To Launch 17th Season Saturday At Courthouse In Watkinsville

***Drive Through Only***

Oconee County’s Farmer’s Market will launch its 17th Season at 9 a.m. Saturday (tomorrow) as a drive-through only operation in front of the Courthouse in downtown Watkinsville.

Persons interested in purchasing from the Market’s vendors will remain inside their vehicles and enter the Courthouse front parking lot from Third Street.

Oconee County Added 14 New COVID-19 Cases On Friday And Has Three COVID-19 Deaths

***Area Hospital Critical Care Bed Availability Drops***

Oconee County added 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report at 1 p.m. on Friday, the largest single-day increase ever reported for the county.

The Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report also added two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Oconee County.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Rolling Average of COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Holds Steady, According To Department Of Public Health Report

***Long-Term Care Facility Report List 16 New Cases***

The Georgia Department of Public Health added 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District on Thursday, bringing the total number or cases in the region to 1,021 and producing a very slight increase in the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 17.9.

Barrow County again led the list of counties reporting increases, with six new cases. Oconee County, for the seventh day in a row, reported no new cases.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Oconee County Has Adopted New Procedures For Early Voting In Response To Pandemic

***PPE Purchased; Secure Drop Box Installed***

The county has put into place a series of precautions as early voting for the postponed June 9 Democratic and Republican primaries and the nonpartisan judicial races begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and runs through June 5.

A plexiglass screen has been installed at the Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration Office across from the Courthouse in downtown Watkinsville, separating office workers and voters to protect both from COVID-19 as the voting process begins.

After Adding Few Cases For Two Days, Northeast Health District Added A Record Number Of New COVID-19 Cases On Wednesday

***New Death Added In Barrow County***

After two days when the Department of Public Health added only three confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Health District, the Daily Status Report on Wednesday added 68 new cases, the largest number ever added in a single day in the region.

The second largest number added in the 10-county Northeast Health District was a week ago, underscoring the seemingly erratic but patterned nature of reporting of cases to the Department of Public Health.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Only Barrow County Adds Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Daily Status Report; Barrow Also Has Another COVID-19 Death At Nursing Home

***Hospital Bed Availability In Region Steady***

The Northeast Health District added only two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, both in Barrow County, and the seven-day rolling average of confirmed cases in the 10-county region dropped to 15.1.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District has declined in each of the last six days from 27.1 on May 6.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds Single Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 On Monday But Adds Two Deaths Attributed To Disease

***Number Of Available Critical Hospital Beds Down Slightly***

The Northeast Health District added only a single case of confirmed COVID-19 with the 1 p.m. Daily Status Report on Monday, but it added two deaths attributed to the disease, one in Barrow County and another in Walton County.

The Barrow County death was of an 80-year-old female with known chronic conditions, while the Walton County death was of a 93-year-old female with unknown chronic conditions.

Oconee County Sheriff Candidates Say It Is Important To Get Deputies Out Of County Roadways When Possible

***Try To Dodge Dispute Between County Commission And School Board***

Oconee County sheriff candidates James Hale and Jimmy Williamson said they didn’t want to get involved in a dispute between the School Board and the Board of Commissioners and would continue to provide deputies to direct traffic at school entrances if elected and asked to do so.

At the same time, they said that having deputies in the roadway is dangerous and that they are in favor of road infrastructure changes, including roundabouts, that remove the deputies from the school entrances.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Average Number of New COVID-19 Cases Holds Steady For Northeast Region And State

***Discrepancies Between Two Health Reports Of Deaths Remains***

The Department of Public Health added 16 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District with its noon Daily Status Report on Sunday, down from the 20 added on Saturday and from the 18 added Sunday a week ago.

The seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 cases in the Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties, dropped just slightly from 18.6 cases per day to 18.3 on Sunday.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Average Number Of New COVID-19 Cases In NE Health District Drops; Oconee County Adds Second COVID-19 Death At Nursing Home

***Oglethorpe And Walton Add Deaths***

Each of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health except Oconee County added at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 with the Daily Status Report issued just before noon on Saturday, but Oconee County added a second death at a nursing home.

The Oconee death at the High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in North High Shoals does not appear in Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, which does add two new deaths in the Northeast Health District in the 24-hour-period ending at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Number Of New COVID-19 Cases In NE Health District Declines In Daily Status Report; Four Deaths Added In Long-Term Care Report

***Oconee Sheriff Reports No New Active Cases***

The Northeast Health District added only eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report for noon on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 23.6 to 21.3.

The 10-county Northeast Region that includes Oconee and Clarke counties added no new deaths in the Daily Status Report for the third day in a row on Friday, with the total number of deaths standing at 35.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Second Oconee County Long-Term Care Facility Joins Department Of Public Health List Of COVID-19 Positive Facilities

***Disease Outbreak At Winder Facility Reported***

The Georgia Department of Public Health added a second Oconee County facility to its Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Report late on Wednesday after a staff member tested positive for the disease.

That same report listed a Barrow County nursing home with 74 out of 115 residents and 23 staff members as COVID-19 Positive. On Tuesday, that same facility, Winder Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, had listed 15 COVID-19 Positive residents and 23 COVID Positive Staff.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Northeast Health District Adds 51 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases On Wednesday, The Largest Number Added In Single Day

***Oconee County Has COVID-19 Death In Nursing Home***

The Northeast Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 51 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at noon on Wednesday, the largest increase ever recorded in the District by a Daily Status Report in a 24-hour-period.

Every county but one in the 10-county Northeast Health District reported an increase in cases, with Barrow County reporting 24 new cases.

Oconee County School Board Turns Down Request By Board Of Commissioners For Joint Public Meetings

***Wants Training Session Instead***

The Oconee County Board of Education on Monday turned down a proposal from the Board of Commissioners that the two bodies meet with the public in three Town Hall sessions stretching from this month through January of 2021.

Instead, the Board of Education accepted Chair Tom Odom’s proposal that he approach the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia about conducting a training program for the members of the two Boards.