Monday, March 30, 2020

Clarke County Reports 3 Additional Deaths From COVID-19 In Last 24 Hours, Barrow Reports 1; Oconee Confirmed Cases Steady At 11

***Testing Stalled***

The Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status report for noon today lists seven new deaths in the state attributable to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with three of those in Clarke County and 1 in Barrow County.

The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Georgia now stands at 87, with the total in Clarke County at five and in Barrow at two.

The three new Clarke County deaths are of a 79 year old male with underlying conditions, an 89 year old woman with no underlying conditions, and a 78 year old person of unspecified gender with underlying conditions.

The second Barrow County death attributable to COVID-19 was of a 91 years old female with underlying conditions.

The 7 p.m. Daily Status Report also lists a death in Madison County. The deceased is described as a 71-year-old male with underlying conditions.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state increased by only 158 cases, to 2,809, the smallest increase on a daily basis since March 22. The increase had been 285 cases on Sunday compared with a day earlier and 365 on Saturday compared with Friday.

The 7 p.m. Daily Status Report added another 223 cases, bringing the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state to 3,032.

Only Two New Testings

The encouraging suggestion of a slowing of growth and possible flattening of the curve is offset by the report of a slow down in testing.

The Daily Status Report listed 12,566 completed tests at noon today, up only two cases from noon yesterday.

Commercial labs completed the two additional tests. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported no new tests in the last 24 hours.

The 7 p.m. Daily Status Report listed 891 new tests since the noon report, all conducted by commercial labs.

A lag exists between the testing and the results.

Based on the 12,564 cases tested at noon yesterday, the state reported 2,683 positive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Based on the 12,566 cases tested at noon today, the state reported the 2,809 positive or confirmed cases.

The Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory reported an increase of only 29 tests in the last 48 hours.

Commercial labs reported an increase of 1,486 tests in the last 48 hours, for a total increase in that period for state and commercial labs of 1,515.

In the 48 hours between March 21 and March 23, the Daily Status Report showed an increase of 2,005 tests.

The Chart below has been updated to include (in the box on the left) the data from the 7 p.m. Daily Status Report. Oconee County now has 12 confirmed cases.

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Lee Becker said...

This is a Facebook Post from yesterday from:

Mayor Kelly Girtz (Athens-Clarke County)
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle (Winterville)
Chairman John Daniell (Oconee County BOC Chair)
Senator Bill Cowsert (Sen. District 46)
Senator Frank Ginn (Sen. District 47)
Representative Spencer Frye (House District 118)
Representative Houston Gaines (House District 117)
Representative Marcus Wiedower (House District 119)

We just completed another update with our two local hospitals and other healthcare providers in the area. Based on this call, we want to provide the community with several updates.

The most important is this - our healthcare providers in the Athens area are prepared. We all know the number of cases is going to increase, and we may see a surge - but the hospitals and our other providers are ready.

Testing capacity and response time for results continue to move in the right direction. One of the most significant challenges in addition to limited testing is waiting times for results. Fortunately, we anticipate much quicker testing results over the next several days - which will also significantly help with PPE supplies.

The Georgia National Guard has deployed medical officers to the Athens area to provide additional support, as well, and we thank them for their continued service to our state and community.

Many have reached out about providing support to those on the frontlines - whether it's food or supplies. For Piedmont Athens Regional, please contact Libby Hayes at, and for St. Mary's, please contact Ansley Martin at We're also seeing a continued need for blood donations. Please consider visiting and donating blood.


Anonymous said...

So glad that Athens Clarke County, state representatives and health care officials are propping up Daniell.

Lee Becker said...

I am going to try something different. I just changed the comment setting so only people with a google account can comment.