Sunday, July 05, 2020

Rolling Average Of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Continues To Increase

***Clarke County Added 24 New Cases On Sunday***

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 61 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with Clarke County’s 24 new cases leading the way. Oconee County added six new cases.

Clarke County has added 229 new cases in the last week, and Oconee County has added 37.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases for the Northeast Health District increased to 83.1 on Sunday from 77.3 on Saturday. The District had added only 20 cases on Sunday a week ago.

The Northeast Health District added no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Sunday, and has gone a record nine days without adding a death. The seven-day average is 0.0.

Across the state, the Department of Public Health reported 2,197 new cases on Sunday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped slightly from 2,619.1 on Saturday to 2,615.1 on Sunday.

The state added three new deaths on Sunday, and the seven-day rolling average was 11.7, compared with 11.6 on Saturday.

Two of those deaths occurred on July 4, and the other on July 3.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report has been released daily since May 1, but it has not been released to the public since Thursday, when a big increase in Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations was reported.

State Reports

The Georgia Department of Community Health also has not issued a report since Thursday, but it generally has not issued reports on the weekend and also missed issuing a report on June 26.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency began making public its report on hospital bed use, ventilator use, and Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations on May 1 to much fanfare.

At that time, an even 1,500 cases of Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations were reported, and the number declined consistently after that point.

In a May 19 news release, Gov. Brian P. Kemp “announced that Georgia reached its lowest number of COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized since hospitals started reporting data to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) on April 8.

“At 986 COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized,” the release stated, “Georgia has seen an approximate 12% decrease over the last week with 1,125 patients hospitalized on May 12, and a 34% decrease from 1,500 patients hospitalized on May 1.”

The number of cases continued to drop to 783 on June 7 but has increased since then, breaking 1,500 on July 1 and reaching 1,649 on July 2, the last day on which a report has been released.

The Department of Public Health also lists what it calls Hospitalizations, which is the number of “confirmed COVID-19 cases that were hospitalized at the time the case was reported to DPH or when the case was interviewed.”

The number “does not represent the number of COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized,” the report states.


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

Charts 1 and 2 are for the 10-county Northeast Health District.

Chart 3 is for Clarke and Oconee counties.

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

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