Oconee and Clarke counties each added three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 24-hour-period ending at noon on Saturday, according to the Georgia Department of Health Daily Status Report.
The 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Health that includes Oconee and Clarke counties added 13 confirmed cases in the 24-hour-period, and Georgia as a whole added 329 cases.
The number of deaths in the 10-county Northeast District remained the same at 12, while the state of Georgia added 17 deaths. The cumulative number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased in the state by 81.
Across the state, the number of new confirmed cases, of deaths, and of new hospitalizations has decreased in each of the last three days over the day before.
But so has the number of new tests recorded by the Georgia Department of Health.
The Department of Health reported an increase of 1,029 tests in the 24-hour-period ending at noon on Saturday, compared with 2,308 new tests in the 24-hour-period ending at noon on Friday.
When tests declined heading into this week, so did the number of confirmed cases, deaths and hospitalizations
The numbers of cases, deaths and hospitalizations increased dramatically on Tuesday when the number of recorded tests increased.
UPDATE: The Daily Status Report for 7 p.m. on Saturday added two new confirmed COVID-19 cases for Oconee, Clarke, Walton, and Jackson counties and three new cases for Barrow County.
At the state level, the 7 p.m. report added 223 confirmed cases, seven deaths, and 27 hospitalizations.
The box in Chart 1 has been updated to reflect the data from the 7 p.m. report.
The three charts below summarize the trends based on the new data provided by the Department of Health at noon on Saturday.
The first chart shows the trends in number of cases for the state and for Clarke, Oconee and Barrow counties from the date on which the first case was recorded in the 10-county Northeast Health District.
The box above the chart includes the data for each of the 10 counties based on the most recent report.
|Chart 1 7 p.m. (Click To Enlarge)|
The second chart shows the state-wide trends in cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths going back to March 2, when the first case was confirmed in Atlanta.
Data for number of tests and number of hospitalizations have been available for a shorter period of time. Trends for those measures are shown in this chart as well.
The decrease in the growth of confirmed cases, deaths, tests and hospitalization can be seen in this chart.
|Chart 2 (Click To Enlarge)|
The data in Chart 2 are cumulative.
Chart 3 shows, in the large subchart, the number of new confirmed cases added each day across time, and, in the two smaller charts, the number of new deaths each day and the number of new tests each day.
The similarity of the charts is striking.
As testing drops, so do the number of confirmed cases and deaths. The same is true for hospitalizations, which are not plotted here because of the recent addition of those data to the Daily Status Report and the resulting limited number of data points.
The Daily Status Report does not break out testing or hospitalizations by county, as it does for confirmed cases and deaths.
|Chart 3 (Click To Enlarge)|