Oconee Country added one COVID-19 confirmed case and one death attributed to the disease in the Monday Daily Status Report from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The addition of the death of a 73-year-old male without chronic health conditions in Oconee County brings to three the number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 and to 46 the number in Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health.
Oconee County added the single case, Clarke County added four cases, and Barrow County added three.
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry reported on Sunday that the Georgia Emergency Management Agency informed his office that no new Active Cases had been added to Oconee County’s list on Saturday or Sunday, which stands at 10.
An Active Cases actually is an address, rather than a single case, and Berry reported on Friday that one of the addresses had 14 cases of COVID-19.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency in it Situation Report on Sunday stated that the number of available Critical Care Hospital beds in the region dropped from 19 on Saturday to 15 on Sunday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health reported 670 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, up from 264 in the 1 p.m. Daily Status Report on Sunday.
That figure of 264 is a revision from the original number of 495. The Department of Public Health removed cases it no longer wanted in the report because of the type of test used.
With the changes, the rolling average of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has dropped in each of the last three days, to 593.4 cases on Monday.
The Department of Public Health reported 36 new deaths on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of new deaths reported was 28.7, compared with 28.9 on Sunday but with 27.4 on Sunday.
The evidence is that the average number of deaths has been stable for the last seven days.
The Department of Public Health now dates cases by date of death rather than date of report and continues to change those dates in each Daily Status Report.
For example, the Monday report added a death on March 24, subtracted a death on March 30, and made a number of changes throughout April.
Of the 36 deaths added in the Daily Status Report on Monday, 34 were in the last 14 days, and the rolling average of deaths in the Daily Status Report increased from 8.9 on Sunday to 14.4 on Monday.
That Department of Public Health acknowledges that its data are incomplete. The rolling average is likely to increase. The rolling average was 35.0 on May 4, the last day for which the state claims the data are complete.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency Sunday Daily Status Report indicated that the number of Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations increased by 5 on Sunday, the first increase since the Georgia Emergency Management Agency began releasing data on ventilators on May 1.
The number of available ventilators in the state dropped by 12 on Sunday.
Correction Of Case Count
The Department of Public Health revised its report of cases for Sunday, removing cases that it said on Monday it did not want reported.
The actual statement appeared with the 1 p.m. Daily Status Report for Monday, but at least some results were removed with the 7:49 p.m. Daily Status Report on Sunday.
No note accompanied that 7:49 p.m. release explaining the loss of cases from the 1 p.m. report.
Here is the statement from the 1 p.m. Monday Daily Status Report:
“Alert - May 17, there was an electronic processing error which inadvertently included 231 serologic test results in the number of positive COVID19 cases. This error was corrected, but caused a decrease in positive cases between reporting periods on our dashboard. We are working diligently to provide the most accurate information, and we apologize for any confusion.”
A serologic test is a blood test to detect the presence of antibodies against a microorganism in the subject.
The four charts below summarize the data from the 1 p.m. Monday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The first two charts are for the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties.
The third and fourth charts summarize data for the state of Georgia.
The third chart has been revised to reflect the change in the release of data on Sunday (May 17) to remove the serologic test results.
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