Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Only Barrow County Adds Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Daily Status Report; Barrow Also Has Another COVID-19 Death At Nursing Home

***Hospital Bed Availability In Region Steady***

The Northeast Health District added only two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, both in Barrow County, and the seven-day rolling average of confirmed cases in the 10-county region dropped to 15.1.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District has declined in each of the last six days from 27.1 on May 6.

While the Daily Status Report lists no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the 10-county region, the separate Department of Public Health Long-Term Care Facility Report released late Monday afternoon reported a new death at Winder Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Barrow County.

The Daily Status Report list of deaths in the 10-county region is 39, while the Long-Term Care Facility Report lists 32 at long-term care facilities in the region, including two in Oconee County’s High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation that have never appeared in the Long-Term Care Report.

Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry on Monday reported, based on Georgia Emergency Management Agency data released to him, the addition of a new Active COVID-19 case in the county, bringing the total number of active cases to 21.

The number of available beds in the region’s hospitals remains stable, according to data from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

State Data

Across the state, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Daily Status Report increased on Tuesday with the addition of 708 new cases, up from 457 reported on Tuesday a week ago. The seven-day rolling average increased to 725.0 and has increased in each of the last three days.

The Daily Status Report for the state lists 20 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, compared with 54 on Tuesday a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths dropped from 34.4 on Monday to 29.6 on Tuesday.

While the Daily Status Report has listed only 20 deaths, it has added 21 deaths to its cumulative report on deaths in the last 14 days as it redates its deaths to reflect date of death rather than date of reporting. The total number of deaths in that time period is 252.

The number of Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations, as reported by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency in its COVID-19 Situation Report, declined again on Monday.


The first chart below is for the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health and has been updated as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday based on the Daily Status Report.

The second chart is for the 12-county Region E of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). Hart and Franklin counties are part of Region E but not of the Northeast Health District.

I have gone back through all COVID-19 Situation Reports produced by GEMA that included data on hospital bed use and plotted the data in the three lines in this chart.

Charts 3 and 4 are for the state of Georgia and are based on data from the 1 p.m. Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health.

Chart 5 is from GEMA data included in its COVID-19 Situation Report of late Monday, the most recent available.

Gov. Brian Kemp, in a news release on Monday, said that GEMA reported the “lowest number of ventilators in use and COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized in Georgia since hospitals began submitting data to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) on April 8.”

The GEMA report on which Chart 5 is based only presents data on COVID-19 hospitalizations since May 1 and does not include data on ventilator use except for May 11. In that report, 871 of the available 2,840 ventilators in the state were in use.

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