The Northeast Health District added 81 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the 1 p.m. Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday and four new deaths.
The number of new cases is the largest number ever added in a 24-hour period, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases jumped from 24.9 on Tuesday to 34.4 on Wednesday.
Every county but Morgan and Oglethorpe added at least one confirmed COVID-19 case in the Daily Status Report, with Oconee County adding four cases and Clarke County adding 25.
The new deaths were of a 78-year-old female in Barrow County, an 83-year-old male in Jackson County, an 81-year-old female in Oglethorpe County, and an 89-year-old male in Walton County.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report added 14 deaths at long-term care facilities in the 10-county Northeast Health District from its report on May 22 to its most recent report issued late on Tuesday.
Two of those deaths were at the High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in North High Shoals in western Oconee County, which has reported a total of six deaths.
Ten of those deaths were at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Old Epps Bridge Road in Clarke County.
The most recent report lists 40 of its 71 residents with COVID-19 and six staff with the disease. Both are increases from the report on May 22.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report COVID-19 for Tuesday reported that the number of available Critical Care Beds at area hospitals increased to 15 on Tuesday from 12 on Saturday. The hospitals have a total of 70 such beds.
The state of Georgia added 691 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, lower than the 926 added on Wednesday a week ago.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 715.6 on Tuesday to 682.0 on Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report added 36 new deaths on Wednesday, and the seven-day average of added deaths increased from 29.6 on Tuesday to 31.4 on Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health reported that only 19 of those 36 deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths added, based on date of occurrence rather than date of reporting, held steady, rather than increase or decline.
The Department of Community Health reported that COVID-19 on Tuesday was present at 386 long-term care facilities around the state, up from 384 on May 22.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported late on Tuesday 854 Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations, down from 892 on Monday, and 1,993 available ventilators, up from 1,957 on Monday.
The information being released by the state about the COVID-19 pandemic often does not match.
Chart 4 below presents data from two of those sources, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Community Health, for the 10-county Northeast Health District, and shows the conflicts between them.
Data not included in that chart but specific to Oconee County show that between May 14 and May 26, Oconee County added 39 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
According to the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility reports, between May 14 and May 26, Oconee County had only one long-term care facility with a COVID-19 case.
That was at High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation, 3450 New High Shoals Road.
According to that agency’s reports, between May 14 and May 26 that nursing home added 26 new cases of COVID-19 Positive Residents, four COVID-19 deaths, and three cases of COVID-19 Positive Staff.
That would mean that of the 39 new cases from Department of Public Health report, 26 could be among patients in the nursing home, leaving 13 new cases outside the nursing home.
Three of those 13 could be staff members at the New High Shoals nursing home, if they lived in the county, but 10 would seem to have no connection to the nursing home.
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry on Tuesday reported that, based on data given him by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Oconee County had four Active COVID-19 addresses, that is, addresses where a COVID-19 positive person lived.
One of those addresses, Berry wrote on Facebook, “is the nursing home.”
So that leaves three addresses, rather than the 13 new cases in the Department of Public Health Report, as Active.
It is at least possible that only three of the 13 new cases outside the nursing home listed in the Department of Public Health Report since May 14 truly is Active. A case is listed as Inactive 21 days after onset of the disease.
It is impossible, with the information being released, to know the answer.
Adding to the uncertainty, WGAU’s Tim Bryant reported early on Wednesday morning that Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center “over the holiday weekend” admitted “more than two dozen coronavirus patients” and they were “all from two nursing homes in Oconee County.”
I have tried to get a confirmation of that report from Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center but have not received any response so far.
As noted, the Department of Community Health as of 2 p.m. on Tuesday reported only a single nursing home in Oconee County with COVID-19 cases.
The six charts below summarize the data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, updated as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, and from the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report, updated as of 2 p.m. on Tuesday. (The report usually is released later in the day.)
The first four charts are for the 10-county Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties. The final two charts are for the state of Georgia.
Chart 4 shows a comparison of the data in the Daily Status Report for 1 p.m. Wednesday with the data in the Long-Term Care Facility Report for Tuesday evening.
I usually have not included the hospitalization data in my recent charts because the term is misleading.
According to the Department of Public Health, “This number includes the confirmed COVID-19 cases that were hospitalized at the time the case was reported to DPH or when the case was interviewed.
“This number does not capture hospitalizations that occur after a confirmed case was reported and, as such, is likely an underestimation of actual hospitalizations.”
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