The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District of Georgia increased by 22 in the 24-hour period ending at noon on Monday, and the number of cases in the state during that time period increased by 667.
Oconee County is part of the Northeast Health District, but it saw no increase in cases during the 24-hour period, but Clarke County had an increase of seven cases, Barrow County had an increase of two cases, and Walton County had an increase of four cases.
The total number of deaths in the Northeast Health District now stands at 14, with eight of those in Clarke County. Oconee County has not recorded a death from COVID-19 to date.
Statement From Leaders
Just after the release of the noon Daily Status Report on Monday, Oconee County issued a news release from Board of Commissioners Chair John Daniell and other area governmental leaders reporting that the two local hospitals are prepared for the epidemic.
The hospitals “have plans for ensuring our community has the resources it needs throughout this fight against COVID-19,” according to the statement from Daniell and the other area leaders.
“Both hospitals have made plans to increase ICU bed capacity as necessary,” the leaders state.
“Our providers have the supplies necessary at this time, but are preparing for further need as the number of cases continues to increase,” the release states.
“We heard from our hospitals that more homemade cloth masks would be beneficial,” the news release states, and offers a way for those making the masks to donate them.
“Testing remains limited and continues to be focused on those at most risk and our healthcare workers,” the news release states.
The data from the Daily Status Report at noon on Monday are included in Chart 1 below.
This is a revision for the Chart I have been using to show the local data and focuses exclusively on the Northeast Health District.
Update: The Daily Status Report added across Georgia 244 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths in the period from noon to 7 p.m. on Monday. In the Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties, the report added nine confirmed cases and one death.
The newly recorded death was of a 64-year-old male with underlying conditions in Barrow County, bringing the number of deaths in that country attributable to COVID-19 to three.
Oconee County did not add any confirmed COVID-19 cases with the 7 p.m. report over the 24 recorded in the noon report, while Clarke County added three.
The charts below have NOT been updated to reflect the 7 p.m. data.
|Chart 1 (Click To Enlarge)|
The second chart below provides the state data and is an update of the chart I have been using but now includes the data released at noon on Monday.
The large increase in number of reported tests is reflected in the chart as well as the large number of reported confirmed cases.
The addition of 667 new confirmed cases is the largest number since the 710 reported on April 2.
The increase in the number of tests, 3,406, is the largest increase since the 4,145 added on April 1.
|Chart 2 (Click To Enlarge)|
The data in Chart 2 are cumulative.
Chart 3 reflects the added cases for confirmed cases, deaths, and tests on a daily basis.
|Chart 3 (Click To Enlarge)|
Statement From Leaders
The statement released by Oconee County was written on Sunday and carried the names of Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz, Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle, Watkinsville Mayor Bob Smith, Daniell, Senators Bill Cowsert and Frank Ginn, and Representatives Spencer Frye, Houston Gaines, and Marcus Wiedower.
“On Sunday, Chairman John Daniell participated in a conference call with area healthcare providers and hospitals,” the Oconee County release says. “Below is a joint statement that was issued following the conference call.”
“We just completed another conference call update with our two hospitals and other healthcare providers in the area. Our providers continue to be prepared and have plans for ensuring our community has the resources it needs throughout this fight against COVID-19.
“Our hospitals are regional hubs and continue to see local patients and those from around the region.”
“Testing remains limited and continues to be focused on those at most risk and our healthcare workers. Our providers have the supplies necessary at this time, but are preparing for further need as the number of cases continues to increase. Both hospitals have made plans to increase ICU bed capacity as necessary.
“We heard from our hospitals that more homemade cloth masks would be beneficial.
“If you’re able to create and donate these masks, please visit this website to learn specifics - https://www.piedmont.org/media/file/COVID-Cloth-Facemask.pdf. They can then be dropped off at either hospital and will be a great help.”