Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Clarke County Adds 37 New COVID-19 Cases On Tuesday; Available Critical Care Beds In Area Hospitals Drop To Four

***Two Deaths Attributed To COVID-19 Reported In Area Nursing Home***

The Northeast Health District added 113 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, but that was down from the 128 added on Tuesday a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 89.1 on Monday to 87.0 on Tuesday.

Clarke County continued to lead the 10-county district in terms of number of cases added.

Clarke County listed 37 new cases on Tuesday and has added 244 new cases in the last week. During that time, it has gone from 409.2 cases per 100,000 population on June 30 to 597.2 cases per 100,000 population on July 7.

The University of Georgia reported on Tuesday that it has added 70 COVID-19 cases in the last week among its faculty, staff and students, but it also reported that not all of the cases it lists have been diagnosed locally.

Oconee County added four new COVID-19 cases in the Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health on Tuesday and has added 40 cases in the last week.

The 10-county Northeast Health District did not have any COVID-19 deaths listed in the Daily Status Report on Tuesday and has not had any deaths recorded in the last 11 days in that report. The seven-day rolling average is 0.0.

The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report on Tuesday, however, listed two deaths at the Northridge Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Commerce in Jackson County, and it listed a death at that same facility on June 30.

None of these have shown up in the Daily Status Report for the 10-county Northeast Health District, which includes Jackson County.

The Department of Community Health listed three new cases of staff with COVID-19 at the area’s 25 long-term care facilities with COVID-19.

The number of Critical Care Beds in use in the area’s hospitals increased by 10 in the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The number of available beds was four, the smallest number available going back to April 17, when these data were first released.

State Data

Across the state, the Daily Status Report added 3,406 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average increased to 2,739.9 cases from 2,521.0 cases on Monday.

The Daily Status Report included 21 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, the same number as a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average remained unchanged at 13.4 deaths.

Of those 21 deaths, 17 were in the last 14 days.

The Daily Status Report records show that five deaths were removed from the listing by the Department of Public Health, so the actual number of added deaths was 26 rather than 21.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Tuesday that the number of Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations increased to 2,096. The number has increased every day since June 27.

Across the state, the number of critical care beds in use increased by 133 to 2,353.

The number of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 among its residents and/or staff across the state was 527, according to the Tuesday report of the Department of Community Health, up from 515 on Monday.


All five charts below are based on data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and have been updated based on data released with the 2:50 p.m. release of that report on Tuesday.

Charts 1 and 2 are for the 10-county Northeast Health District, while Chart 3 presents data only for two of those 10 counties, Clarke and Oconee.

Charts 4 and 5 are for the state of Georgia as a whole.

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Kerry said...

I read these every day, thank you! I have been told by an area ER physician last week that we "currently do not have anyone in the hospital for Covid-19" This does not sound consistent with other things I've been reading. Would love to know your thoughts based on what you have found. Thank you again.

Lee Becker said...


The Georgia Emergency Management Agency releases its Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations data only at the state level, so it isn't possible to translate these figures to the local level. It does release, at the local level, Critical Care Bed Use figures, but these are not specifically linked to COVID-19. And they do vary quite a bit, so what the doctor said last week may or may not be in conflict with what GEMA is reporting this week. Also, GEMA does not indicate how it gathers the data or how much of a lag there is in the reporting.

We are suffering from rather consistent problems in data reporting regarding the pandemic. It is clear no one anticipated the need to provide timely and detailed information to the public. I have been in touch with several legislators about this and think all we can do is try to communicate the importance of getting better information now and in the future.

Thanks for your note. Since I also received a note from you on email, I know with whom I'm corresponding

I am asking all who wish to comment to either use a Google Address that contains a full name or sign a full name.

Again, I thank you for raising the question. I will try to incorporate this information in future posts.


Unknown said...

In justifying the Athens-Clarke county decision to mandate face masks in that county, Russell Edwards provided the exact number of cases in each hospital, by hospital, separating ICU and non-ICU cases, as of Tuesday evening. I don't remember the exact numbers so I won't try to repeat them. The Athens-Clarke county government might be a reliable source since both hospitals are in that county. However, the hospitalized case numbers probably change daily as people are admitted and discharged (hopefully don't die).

Jeanne Barsanti