The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added 196 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, just short of the record of 200 cases added last Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases set a new record of 143.3.
The 10-county District did not have any new COVID-19 deaths reported in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday, the fourth day in a row in which no new deaths were reported. The seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 0.3.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported that only one Critical Care Bed was available in area hospitals with issuance of its 3:40 p.m. Situation Report COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The Agency does not specify the time when the data were gathered, but the one available Critical Care Bed is up from 0 on Monday. The number of Critical Care Beds also was 0 in the Friday report.
The number of Emergency Room Beds and the number of General Inpatient Beds also dropped on Tuesday from the Monday Situation Report COVID-19 issued by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
Counties Adding Cases
Every County in the 10-county Northeast Health District added COVID-19 confirmed cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report. Oconee County added 14 cases and Clarke County added 32.
Oconee County has added 108 cases in the last 14 days, and Clarke County has added 500. Since 14 days is the usual quarantine time frame, those numbers are rough estimates of the number of active cases in the two counties.
A 21-day frame also is used, and those numbers are 166 and 732 for Oconee and Clarke respectively.
The Department of Community Health reported that one additional long-term care facility in the Northeast Health District now has COVID-19 among its staff.
Arbor Terrace of Athens, 170 Marilyn Farmer Way, reported having one staff member with COVID-19.
Greene Point Health and Rehabilitation in Greene County also added another COVID-19 positive staff in the Long-Term Care Facility Report for Tuesday, bringing its total to four.
The Daily Status Report added 4,209 new COVID-19 confirmed cases across the state of Georgia in the Tuesday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased for the second day in a row to 3,722.1.
The state also added 54 deaths, with 52 of them in the last 14 days.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths declined to 44.1, since the state added 78 deaths on Tuesday a week ago. The seven-day rolling average of deaths listed by date of occurrence, however, increased on Tuesday over Monday and was just greater than the Sunday figure.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported in its Situation Report COVID-19 on Tuesday 3,157 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations, down by 24 from the day earlier.
Ventilator use, in contrast, increased by 19 to 1,270.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report listed 604 of the state’s 790 long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases among its residents and/or staff. That number was 594 on Monday.
Hospitals And Long-Term Care Facilities
Charles Strong, director of Communication, for the Department of Community Health, last week directed me to the database of the Health Care Facility Regulation Division of the Department of Community Health to better understand the Long-Term Care Facility Report.
That site lists 110 licensed personal care homes, assisted living communities, and nursing homes in the 10 counties that make up the Northeast Health District.
These facilities range in bed size from two to 194.
Only facilities with 25 or more beds are required to complete the electronic report that lies behind the Long-Term Care Facility Report.
Those data are turned over to the Department of Public Health, according to Strong, and the Department of Public Health actually assembles and publishes the report.
At present, 44 Northeast Health District long-term care facilities with 25 or more beds are listed by the Health Care Facility Regulation Division. As of Tuesday, 31 of those facilities were listed as having COVID-19 cases.
Five of those facilities are in Oconee County, and two of them, High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation, 3450 New High Shoals Road in the far west of the county, and St. Gabriel of Athens, 2040 Resurgence Drive, off Virgil Langford Road, are listed as having had COVID-19 cases.
St. Mary’s Highland Hills Village, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, just at the Oconee County border with Clarke County at McNutt Creek, has listed itself twice on the Long-Term Care Facility report with staff members with COVID-19 but then removed itself for unspecified reasons.
Athens-Clarke County has 11 long-term care facilities, and six of them are listed in the Long-Term Care Facility Report as having had COVID-19 cases.
Charts 1 to 5 below are based on data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and have been updated to include data from the release of that report at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday.
Chart 6 is based on data from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report COVID-19 and has been updated to include data from the late afternoon report on Tuesday.
Charts 1 and 2 include data from the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties.
Chart 3 presents data for Oconee and Clarke counties only.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Chart 6 includes, in the main chart, data for the state of Georgia and, in the inset, data for Region E of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, which includes Oconee and Clarke Counties, the remaining counties in the Northeast Health District, and Franklin and Hart counties.
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