The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased greatly in Oconee County and the Northeast Georgia region on Tuesday, reflecting the dramatic increase across the state in the noon Daily Status Report from the Georgia Department of Health.
The report shows Oconee County with 32 confirmed cases, up from 24 at noon on Monday, and Clarke County with 77, up from 69 at noon on Monday.
The increases were the largest ever recorded for the region, more than doubling the 22 count increase from the day before. The increase for Oconee County was also the largest increase ever shown in the Daily Status Report.
The noon Tuesday Daily Status report showed 17 deaths attributable to COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District, with new cases since noon Monday in Clarke, Barrow and Green counties.
The state of Georgia witnessed its largest number of added new confirmed COVID-19 cases with the noon Tuesday Daily Status Report. A total of 1,504 new cases was added to reach the total of 8,818. The largest increase before Tuesday had been the addition of 1,008 cases on March 31.
The state also recorded the largest increase in deaths attributable to the disease, adding 100 cases. The number of deaths now stands at 329. The largest increase before had been 31 on April 1.
The CEOs of Piedmont Athens Regional and St. Mary’s hospitals in Athens said in a conference call organized by local business leaders on Monday that the two hospitals are prepared for a surge in patients, which their models predict could come between late April and late May or even early June.
The new death is Clarke County is of a 65-year-old female with no known underlying condition.
Clarke County now has nine deaths attributable to COVID-19.
The death in Barrow County was included in the 7 p.m. Daily Status Report for Monday. It was of a 64-year-old male with underlying conditions. Barrow has three confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
The death in Green County, the first COVID-19 death in the county, was of a 100-year-old female without known know underlying conditions.
Oconee County to date has no deaths attributable to COVID-19 showing on the Daily Status Report from the Georgia Department of Health.
Chart 1 below lists the deaths in the region by County and also updates the local data on number of reported confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Update: Oconee County recorded its first death attributable to COVID-19 in the 7 p.m. release of the Georgia Department of Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday.
The Department of Health lists an 85-year-old male from Oconee County without known underlying conditions among the 19 deaths from COVID-19 added to the Daily Status Report between the noon and 7 p.m. editions of the Daily Status Report.
The report brings to 18 the total number of deaths from the disease recorded in the 10-county Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties.
Clarke and Oconee each added a single confirmed case between the noon and the 7 p.m. report, and the Northeast Health District as a whole added 11 cases, bringing the total to 247.
The total number of confirmed cases in the state stands at 9,156, up 338 from the 8,818 in the noon report, and the number of deaths was 348, up from 329 at noon.
The data in the charts below have NOT been updated based on the 7 p.m. Tuesday report.
|Chart 1 (Click To Enlarge)|
The data for Georgia are summarized in Charts 2 and 3 below.
Chart 2 shows the dramatic upswing in the curve for confirmed cases, deaths, tests and hospitalizations.
The Daily Status report generally has shown that the number of confirmed cases is associated with the number of tests, though there was a larger increase in tests on Monday versus the day bedfore than on Tuesday.
|Chart 2 (Click To Enlarge)|
Chart 2 is cumulative, while Chart 3 shows the changes from noon Daily Status Report to noon Daily Status Report across time for deaths and confirmed cases.
|Chart 3 (Click To Enlarge)|
CEOs In Conference Call
The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance organized the video conference on Monday.
Michael Burnett, CEO of Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, and Montez Carter, president and CEO of St. Mary's Health Care System, both said they are expecting a surge in cases coming to the hospital based on the data they are seeing.
Both also said they have adequate equipment at present and adequate facilities to handle that surge.
Burnett said his hospital has 36 intensive care unit beds and can go to 74 if needed.
Both also said one of the remaining problems is testing, but they said they are making progress in addressing that problem.
It is possible to watch the entire 30-minute-long session HERE.