The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health continued a three-day run of adding large numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 43 new cases pushing the seven-day average of added cases to 37.0 from 34.4 on Wednesday.
The 10-county district also added another death attributed to the disease, the sixth death in the last three days, and the seven-day average of added deaths stood at 1.7, down from 1.9 on Wednesday.
Oconee County did not add any new cases in the Daily Status Report on Thursday, but Clarke County added seven.
In the late Wednesday Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report, Oconee County added two deaths at the High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in North High Shoals in the far west of the county, bringing the total COVID-19 deaths at the facility to eight.
That report added two new long-term care facilities to the list of area homes with COVID-19 contamination, one in Elbert County and another in Jackson County, bringing the total in that county to three.
The Thursday report added a total of four new deaths, two new residents with COVID-19, and two new staff members with the disease from the Tuesday report. The other two deaths were in Barrow and Madison counties.
The Department of Community Health Wednesday report also erased from the Tuesday list–without explanation–the inclusion of 10 deaths at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Old Epps Bridge Road in Clarke County. The facility now is listed as having no deaths from the disease.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report for late Wednesday showed a decline of available Critical Care Beds at area hospitals from 15 on Tuesday to 10 on Wednesday. Available General Inpatient Beds also dropped.
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry reported on Wednesday that the Georgia Emergency Management Agency had informed him of two new addresses in the county with Active COVID-19 patients.
Berry also had added an address on Tuesday, and the new total is six addresses, including one Berry has labeled as a nursing home.
The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday released the April unemployment rates for the state, showing dramatic increases during the first full month of the economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Oconee County’s unemployment rate for April was 8.9 percent, up from 3.3 percent in March and 2.3 percent in April of 2019.
Clarke County’s rate increased to 12.3 percent from 4.7 percent last month, and the four county Athens-Clarke County Metropolitan Statistic Area saw an increase to 11.3 percent from 4.3 percent. Clarke, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties make up that district.
The 12-county Northeast Regional Commission, which consists of the 10 counties in the Department of Public Health Northeast District plus Jasper and Newton counties on the southwest, saw an increase in the unemployment rate to 13.3 percent from 4.5 percent.
The state of Georgia recorded an April unemployment rate of 12.2 percent, up from 4.5 percent in March.
In the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, the state of Georgia added 649 new cases, and the seven-day average of cases dropped from 682.0 on Wednesday to 666.4 on Thursday.
The rate of testing has declined in recent days, with 4,768 tests added on Thursday. Of those, 338 were serology tests, designed to find evidence of past exposure rather than of an active virus.
The number of new deaths reported in the Daily Status Report on Thursday was 55, and the seven-day rolling average dropped from 31.4 on Wednesday to 29.7 on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health reported that 28 of those 55 newly reported deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths by date of occurrence actually has increased each of the last three days.
The Georgia Department of Community Health on Wednesday added three new long-term care facilities to its list of facilities in the state with COVID-19 residents or staff, bringing the total to 389.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency added 53 new Current Confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations in its report on Wednesday and reported that the number of available ventilators in the state had dropped by 27.
Charts 1 through 3 below are for the Northeast Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The data in Charts 1 and 2 are taken from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and are updated based on the 1 p.m. Daily Status Report for Thursday.
Chart 3 shows data from the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility report and is updated based on the Wednesday report, which is listed as current as of 2 p.m. on that date.
Chart 4 is based on data from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report released late on Wednesday. The Northeast Health Region includes the 10 counties in the Department of Public Health Northeast Health District plus Hart and Franklin counties.
Chart 5 is based on data from the Georgia Department of Labor, released on Thursday.
Charts 6 and 7 show data for the state of Georgia taken from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, updated for Thursday.
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