The Northeast Health District added two COVID-19 deaths with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday, the 13th day in a row the District has added deaths from the novel coronavirus.
Both of the deaths were in Barrow County–of a 64-year female and of a female aged 90 plus, both with chronic conditions.
The Daily Status Report also removed a Clarke County death–of a 62-year-old male whose death was reported on Aug. 6–from the archive, so the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 2.7 from 3.0 on Tuesday.
The District added 148 cases, with every county in the District adding at least a case, Oconee County adding three, and Clarke County adding 64. The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 128.7 on Wednesday from 125.9 on Tuesday.
The University of George released its second COVID-19 Health And Exposure Update on Wednesday, showing 32 Positive COVID-19 tests from its surveillance testing, 38 positive tests at the University Health Center, and 33 positive tests at Athens and Local Community sites, for a total of 103 Positive local tests.
That figure had been 21 a week earlier.
The University states that it reports its result to the Department of Public Health “in a timely manner and in the county where individuals are currently located,” so some of the daily cases attributed in the Daily Status Report to Clarke County should be from the University.
The Department of Community Health reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 Positive Residents at long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District had increased by 24 from the report on Tuesday and the number of COVID-19 Positive Staff had increased by nine.
Nursing homes in Elbert County accounted for all of the 24 newly added Positive Residents and three of the newly added Positive Staff. A nursing home in Athens-Clarke County added four of the Positive Staff and a personal care home in Walton County added the remaining two.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, as of 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, reported 116 COVID-19 Patients in area hospital, down from 123 on Tuesday, 62 ICU Beds In Use, down from 67 on Tuesday, and 30 Adult Ventilators In Use, up from 29 on Tuesday.
Across the state on Wednesday, the Daily Status Report listed 50 new deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths was 68.0, compared with 68.9 a day earlier.
Forty-six of those deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day average of added deaths by date of occurrence increased slightly from Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health reported eliminating one death (perhaps the Clarke County death), but an examination of the records shows that four additional deaths were moved. One death was dated to March 28.
The Department of Public Health listed 2,322 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average dropped from 2,445.6 on Tuesday to 2,435.7 on Wednesday.
The Department of Community Health reported one additional long-term care facility in the state with COVID-19 among its residents and/or staff.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 2,229 COVID-19 Patients in hospitals across the state, down from 2,260 on Tuesday, 2,520 ICU Beds In Use, up from 2,481 on Tuesday, and 1,160 Adult Ventilators in use, up from 1,156 on Tuesday.
All of the charts 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 Wednesday.
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. The insert in the table contains data from the University of Georgia from its COVID-19 Health And Exposure Updates.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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