Saturday, May 30, 2020

Oconee County Added COVID-19 Death In Department of Public Health Saturday Report; Confirmed Cases In Area Continues To Increase

***Death Count Incomplete***

Oconee County recorded its six death attributed to COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report released at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the county and the Northeast Health District continued to add cases in an unmistakable upturn in the disease in the area.

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 35 cases on Saturday, including seven in Clarke County, and the seven-day rolling average of cases increased to 38.4, the highest number ever recorded for the District.

The District has added 269 cases in the last seven days alone, or 18.3 percent of the total 1,467 cases logged since the outbreak of the disease in March.

The two deaths, of a 68-year-old male in Oconee County without chronic conditions and of an 82-year-old male in Barrow County with a chronic condition–brings to 64 the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District.

The seven-day rolling average of deaths for the District is 1.1 persons per day, down from 1.6 on Friday. The District had added eight deaths in the last week and 19 deaths in the last 14 days.

The number of deaths in the Daily Status Report is clearly an undercount.

The Department of Community Health in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday listed eight deaths among residents at the High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in North High Shoals in the west of Oconee County, while the Department of Public Health lists only the six deaths in the county.

The Department of Community Health lists 15 deaths at Barrow County long-term care facilities, but the Department of Public Health lists only 14 deaths in Barrow County attributable to the disease.

The Department of Community Health Report on Friday listed 370 long-term care facility residents at Northeast Health district facilities who had tested positive for COVID-19, up from 349 on Thursday, 99 COVID-19 Positive Staff, up from 97, and 58 deaths, up from 56 on Thursday.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency, in its Friday Situation Report COVID-19, listed 11 Critical Care Hospital Beds available at area hospitals, down from 15 on Monday and 24 on May 23. The hospitals have 70 Critical Care Hospital Beds.

Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry reported on Friday that the Georgia Emergency Management Agency added four new addresses to the county’s list of locations with an Active COVID-19 case, bringing the total number of addresses with an Active Case in the county to eight.

State Data

The Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health added 616 new confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state with its 1 p.m. Daily Status Report on Saturday. The seven-day rolling average of cases dropped from 636.0 on Friday to 593.4 on Saturday.

The state continues to add more tests, but at a much lower rate in the last six days than in the week prior.

The Daily Status Report lists 7,634 new tests in the 1 p.m. Saturday report, but only 4,568 of those were tests to determine if the patient had COVID-19 at the time of the test. On May 25, the Daily Status Report listed 31,591 new tests for the disease.

The Daily Status Report listed 29 newly reported deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the seven-day rolling average of added deaths attributed to the disease to 27.4, up from 27.0 a day earlier.

The Department of Public Health reports that 27 of those 29 deaths actually occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of cases dated by occurrence increased on Saturday.

The Department of Community Health added three new long-term care facilities in the state to its list of such facilities with COVID-19.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the number of Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations decreased by 11 from the day earlier and the number of available ventilators increased by eight.


Charts 1 and 2 below show data for the 10-county Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties, and are based on data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, updated as of 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Chart 1 includes a correction for the data for Friday. I incorrectly entered the number of new cases in Madison County on Friday, leading to an undercount of the number of cases in the Northeast Health Region.

I made the correction in the post from Friday. I apologize for the error.

Chart 3 is based on data from the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report for Friday. The report states that data are complete as of 2 p.m. on that date.

Charts 4 and 5 are for the state of Georgia and are based on the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, updated with data from the 1 p.m. Saturday report.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you again. The data show that the situation with COVID 19 is worsening as the state opens up, not unexpected. I suspect that as long as the hospitals are not overloaded, the powers that be are willing to trade the needs of the economy for public health. I understand this, but don't understand why so many people are acting as if the pandemic is over. It clearly isn't.

Jeanne Barsanti