Oconee County added a ninth death attributed to COVID-19 in the Wednesday Daily Status Report of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and Walton County added three deaths, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the disease in the Northeast Health District to 77.
The 10-county Northeast Health District has added 16 COVID-19 deaths in the last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths attributed to the disease in the District stood at 2.3 at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the same as the day before.
The death reported on Wednesday was the third death in as many days in Oconee County attributed to COVID-19 by the Department of Public Health.
The death was of a 69-year-old African-American male without a chronic condition.
The Department of Public Health began this week releasing racial data at the county level on those who have died as a result of the disease.
Three of the nine deaths in Oconee County have been of African-Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates for July 1 of 2019, only 5.3 percent of the county’s residents are African-American, and another 1.5 percent are classified as individuals belonging to two or more races.
The Georgia Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report for 2 p.m. on Wednesday lists eight deaths at the High Shoals Health And Rehabilitation nursing home in North High Shoals in the west of the county, the only Oconee County facility on its list.
The correspondence between the reports of the Department of Public Health and of the Department of Community Health has been spotty over time, and, given the ages of several of the deceased listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, it is unlikely that they were in a nursing home when they died.
The suggestion is that the nine deaths listed in the Daily Status Report for Oconee County are an undercount.
Cases, Nursing Homes, Hospital Beds
Every county in the 10-county Northeast Heath District except for Elbert and Morgan counties added confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the the Daily Status Report on Wednesday, with Oconee County adding three cases and the entire district adding 21, up from 18 on Tuesday.
The District added a record 81 cases on Wednesday a week ago, and the seven day average of added cases was at 25.1 on Wednesday, a drop from 33.7 on Tuesday.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report for Wednesday listed 390 residents of area long-term care homes as being COVID-19 Positive, up from 380 on Tuesday. The number of staff with the disease increased by one from the day before.
The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the 23 area long-term care homes with COVID-19 cases increased by three on Wednesday over the day earlier and had increased by one the day before.
Those four deaths were in Barrow, Madison and Walton counties.
The Wednesday Department of Community Health Report lists 48 of the 68 residents of Oconee County's High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home as being COVID-19 positive.
Across the 23 facilities in the Northeast Health District, 25.8 percent of the residents are classified as having the disease.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday listed 13 Critical Care Beds as available at area hospitals, down from 19 the day before.
Across the state, the number of cases of COVID-19 increased by 687 in the Wednesday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day average of added cases stood at 639.0, basically unchanged from the day before.
The Daily Status Report listed 21 new deaths on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths from COVID-19 dropped from 33.0 on Tuesday to 30.9 on Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health reported that 19 of those 21 newly reported deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths dated by time of occurrence rather than by time of reporting increased on Wednesday.
Neither the number of cases nor number of deaths is on the decline, though there also is no evidence so far that either is increasing.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report for Wednesday lists 416 long-term care facilities in the state with COVID-19 cases among residents and/or staff, up from 411 on Tuesday and 405 on Monday.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report COVID-19 for Wednesday listed 815 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations across the state, down from 815 the day before and from an even 1,500 on May 1, when GEMA first began releasing the data publicly.
The data stand out as exceptional among the COVID-19 data the state is releasing in that the number has declined with only occasional irregularities across the last month.
GEMA also began listing the number of ventilators available on May 11, and that number has varied more.
On Wednesday, the number of ventilators available was listed as 1,970, or nearly the same as the 1,969 reported on May 11.
Charts 1 and 2 below contain data for the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health and are updated from the Daily Status Reported of 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Chart 3 also is taken from the Daily Status Report, which on Tuesday began releasing the racial classification of COVID-19 deaths at the county level. The table lists deaths in Oconee County sorted by age.
Chart 4 also is for the Northeast Health District and is taken from the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report issued on Wednesday afternoon.
Chart 5 is from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Daily Situation Report released late on Wednesday.
The chart covers the 10 county Northeast Health District plus Franklin and Hart counties.
Charts 6 and 7 are for the state of Georgia and are based on data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
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