Reflecting the broader trends across the state of Georgia, the 10-county Northeast Health District added 39 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, listed three new deaths attributed to the disease, and reported the highest number of Critical Care Beds in use in more than two weeks.
Only Oconee County among the the 10 counties in the Department of Public Health Northeast Health District did not add at least one case in the Friday Daily Status Report, released at 2:50 p.m. on Friday.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 20.7 on Thursday to 22.9 on Friday.
One of the deaths was in Greene County--of an 86-year-old male with no chronic condition–while the other two were in Madison County–of a 78-year-old female and of an 87-year-old male, neither of whom had a chronic condition.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths for the District remained the same as the day before at 1.4 deaths per day.
The Georgia Department of Community Health reported late on Friday that the cumulative number of residents in the 24 long-term care facilities with COVID in the Northeast Health District increased by nine from Thursday and the number of residents currently with the disease increased by eight.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported that the number of Critical Care Beds in use in area hospitals increased by seven from Thursday’s report to the report on Friday and the number of available beds dropped to 10, it lowest level since June 4.
State Data Cases
Across the state of Georgia, 1,097 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were added in the Daily Status Report on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 848.4 on Thursday to 889.4.
The rolling average has increased each day but two going back to June 8, and the overall pattern of day-to-day growth goes back to May 31, shortly after the state began relaxing its restrictions on social distancing and business operation.
Testing has increased during this time period, but not at a rate matching the increased in confirmed cases.
On Friday, the Daily Status Report listed only 6,520 new viral tests, down from 12,696 on Thursday.
The percentage of viral tests producing a positive verdict in a subset of the data monitored by the Department of Public Health increased from 6.6 percent on Thursday to 8.5 percent on Friday.
State Data Deaths
The Daily Status Report added 31 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Friday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 32.9 on Thursday to 31.1 on Friday.
The Department of Public Health reported that only 16 of those deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and it added deaths in its records on March 23 and on three days in April.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report listed 451 facilities across the state with COVID-19 on Friday, up 446 on Thursday.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 937 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations across the state in the Friday Situation Report, up from 921 on Thursday, and 887 ventilators in use, up from 864 on Thursday.
Both measures have shown increases over the last six days.
Charts 1 and 2 below are based on data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and have been updated with the release of the 2:50 p.m. report on Friday.
Both charts are dual-axis charts, showing the state data plotted on the left-hand axis and the local data on the right-hand axis.
Chart 1 shows rolling averages of cases, and Chart 2 shows rolling averages of deaths.
Chart 3 is based on the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report, updated for the Friday evening release of that document. (An error in the original chart has been corrected.)
The chart also is a dual-axis plot, with the state data on the left-hand axis and the data for the region on the right-hand axis.
The local data include the 10-counties in the Department of Public Health Northeast Health District plus Franklin and Hart counties.
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