Thursday, June 04, 2020

Two New COVID-19 Deaths And 35 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Added In Northeast Health District On Thursday

***Oconee County Experiencing Spurt In Cases And Deaths***

The 10-county Northeast Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health added two deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 35 new confirmed cases of the disease in the Daily Status Report released at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The new deaths–in Clarke and Barrow counties–moved the seven-day rolling average of added deaths up from 2.3 deaths per day on Wednesday to 2.4 deaths per day on Thursday.

The Clarke County death was of a 77-year-old female without known chronic conditions, while the Barrow County death was of a 77-year-old female, also without known underlying conditions.

The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed cases in the District dropped from 25.1 new cases per day on Wednesday to 24.0 new cases on Thusday.

Oconee County added just one new confirmed case of COVID-19 on Thursday, but the county is in a growth spurt both in terms of the number of new cases and in terms of deaths going back to the middle of May.

The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report released late on Thursday listed one new resident death attributed to COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District–at a Walton County nursing home--and three new cases of staff testing positive for the disease.

Two of those staff with positive tests were at the High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in New High Shoals in the west of Oconee County, bringing to nine the number of staff at that facility with a positive COVID-19 test outcome.

For the first time, the Department of Community Health on Thursday listed Residents Recovered from COVID-19. Based on that report, the New High Shoals nursing home now has 28 of its 68 residents with the disease.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Thursday evening reported that the number of Critical Care Beds available in area hospitals has dropped to 10, the lowest number reported since GEMA began releasing these data on April 17.

State Data

The Daily Status Report on Thursday listed 953 new cases of COVID-19 across the state of Georgia, and the seven-day rolling average of new cases per day increased to 682.4 from 639.0 on Wednesday.

The Department of Public Health listed 24 new deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths added per day dropped to 26.4 on Thursday from 30.9 on Wednesday.

The Department of Public Health reported that 21 of those 24 newly reported deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths dated by occurrence increased on Thursday. It had increased on Wednesday over Tuesday as well.

The Department of Public Health listed 417 long-term care facilities in the state with COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up from 416 on Wednesday.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency listed 807 Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations in its Thursday report, down from 815 on Wednesday, and 832 ventilators in use, down from 864 on Wednesday.


All five charts below are based on data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, updated for the 3 p.m. issuance on Thursday.

Charts 1 and 2 are for the 10-county Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties.

Chart 3 is for Oconee County alone.

Charts 4 and 5 are for the state of Georgia.

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Linda said...

How much do we know about how many people are being tested in Georgia? I know the Piedmont Athens Regional Oconee Health Campus stopped testing for COVID19. If testing is down, that is not a good sign. The more we know, the better we can contact trace those who might be exposed.

Lee Becker said...


Testing has gone up and down. In the Friday report, the number of listed new tests was 14,125, but it had been only 2,797 on Tuesday. The Daily Status Report includes Serology Tests as well as Viral Tests in its list of tests. On Friday of the 14,125 added tests, 2,668 were Serology tests.