Monday, June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Increase In State And Region on Monday; Hospitalizations From The Disease Show Large Jump

***Good News: Unemployment Rates Decline***

The state added 2,207 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with Monday’s release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, the second largest number of new cases ever added.

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 28 cases, including two in Oconee County and five in Clarke County.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased in the state to 1,927.0 and in the Northeast Health District to 42.9, both new record highs.

The number of Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations increased by 123 in the Monday Situation Report COVID-19 released by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

That was the largest increase going back to May 1, when GEMA began releasing the hospitalization data, and brought the total to 1,359 beds in use.

GEMA also reported that ventilator use increased by 30 in the state and that the number of Critical Care Beds in use in area hospitals increased by five. The number of Critical Care Beds available in the area dropped to 13, out of the total capacity of 70.

Long-Term Care And Unemployment Reports

The number of long-term care facilities across the state with COVID-19 among its residents and/or staff increased by 12 in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report released on Monday. The previous report had been issued on Thursday.

Among the 24 facilities in the Northeast Health District included in the Department of Community Health report, the number of COVID-19 cases among the residents increased by three, but the number of currently positive residences decreased by six.

The Georgia Department of Labor provided some good news on Monday with the release of preliminary unemployment rate estimates for May. The unemployment rate across the state dropped to 9.5 from 12.2 in April. The rate had been 3.3 in May of 2019.

In Oconee County, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 in April to 6.0 in May, while in Clarke County the rate dropped from 12.2 in April to 9.3 in May.

Data On Deaths

The Department of Health reported six new COVID-19 deaths across the state in the Monday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 19.3 deaths on Sunday to 19.4 on Monday.

Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays are generally days in which few deaths are reported in the Daily Status Report. Last Monday, five deaths were reported.

All six of the deaths added were recorded as having occurred in the last six days.

The Department of Public Health did eliminate one death from the file–or reassigned its date of occurrence. With the resulting addition, the actual number of added cases was seven, rather than six.

None of the deaths reported were in the 10-county Northeast Health District. No cases had been reported in the District a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths remained unchanged from Sunday at 0.9.

The Department of Community Health did not report any new deaths at the 24 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with the release of its report on Monday.


Charts 1 and 2 below are based on data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and were updated with the 2:50 p.m. release of the Report on Monday.

Charts 1 and 2 are dual axis charts showing seven-day rolling averages for the state of Georgia as a whole and for the 10-county Northeast Health District.

The data for the state are plotted on the left-hand vertical axis, and the data for the Northeast Health District are plotted on the right-hand vertical axis.

Chart 3 below is based on data released on Monday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

I selected out from that report data on the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District.

Chart 1 (Click To Enlarge)

Chart 2 (Click To Enlarge)

Chart 3 (Click To Enlarge)

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