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.
The Department of Community Health, which issues its own report on confirmed cases and deaths among long-term care facility residents, on Wednesday had listed a fourth death at the High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in the western part of the county.
That report also added 12 new COVID-19 Positive Residents at the nursing home, bringing the total to 38 of the 75 residents in the home. The figure did not change with the Thursday report.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency also is issuing reports on COVID-19, and Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry receives a report from that agency on the number of Active COVID-19 addresses in the county.
Berry posted on Facebook on Friday that “19 new cases were added to our nursing home address” and that “There were no additional cases added outside of that address.”
Berry reported on May 15 that he had been told one of his active addresses had 14 COVID-19 Active Cases, which would bring the total at that address to 33, not the 38 listed in the Department of Community Health Report at the North High Shoals facility.
No other Oconee county long-term care facility is on the Department of Community Health list of homes with a COVID-19 case.
The three state agencies releasing data on COVID-19 do not coordinate reports, and discrepancies are common.
The 103 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oconee County puts the county behind only Barrow, Clarke, Walton and Jackson counties in the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health in terms of number of cases and behind Elbert, Oglethorpe, Greene and Barrow counties in terms of cases per population.
The 21 cases added on Friday was the largest number ever added by the county in a single day.
The Northeast Health District as a whole added 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the 1 p.m. Daily Status Report on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of cases increased from 16.1 cases to 20.3 cases.
The additional death lowered the seven-day rolling average of deaths from 1.4 on Thursday to 1.3 on Friday.
The Thursday Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report listed 329 COVID-19 Positive Residents at the 17 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with COVID infections, up from 323 with its Wednesday report.
The percent of residents in those 17 homes with COVID-19 increased to 26.3 from 25.8 percent on Wednesday.
The Department of Community Health Report also listed two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, one at a personal care home in Barrow County and the other at a nursing home in Walton County.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency Daily Situation Report on Thursday listed 16 Critical Care Beds at area hospitals available, up from 12 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed 813 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the 1 p.m. Friday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average dropped from 649.6 on Thursday to 648.1 on Friday.
The Daily Status Report added 31 deaths on Friday across the state, and the seven-day rolling average was at 32.6 deaths per day, versus 32.4 the day earlier.
While the Daily Status Report reports new cases and deaths each day, it also produces charts showing those data redated to reflect estimated time of onset of the infection and actual date of death.
An analysis of the data behind the chart on deaths shows that 26 of the 31 deaths added in the Daily Status Report on Friday occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths, including the last 14 days, is 26.8.
That seven-day rolling average has gone up each of the last five days.
The Department of Community Health Report for Thursday listed 381 long-term care facilities with a COVID-19 case among residents or staff, up from 378 on Wednesday, and the percentage of residents at those facilities with the disease went from 18.5 on Wednesday to 18.6 on Thursday.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Thursday 919 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations, down from 959 on Wednesday, and 1,987 ventilators available, up from 1,954 the day before.
Charts 1, 2, 4 and 5 include data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and are updated for the 1 p.m. report on Friday.
The first two charts include data from the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health, and Charts 4 and 5 are for the state of Georgia.
Chart 3 includes data for the Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health taken from the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report of Thursday. The Department of Community Health does not issue a report every day.
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