The Northeast Health District added five deaths attributed to COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report on Thursday. It was the 14th consecutive day in which the Daily Status Report listed a death from the disease in the District.
Three of the five added deaths were in Jackson County: a 48-year-old male with a chronic condition, a 76-year-old female without a known chronic condition, and a male aged 90 plus with a chronic condition.
The other two deaths were in Walton County: a 53-year-old male with a chronic condition and an 87-year-old female without a chronic condition.
The Department of Public Health also removed the death of a 64-year-old female with a chronic condition from Barrow County listed on Wednesday.
The seven-day rolling average based on the net total of four added deaths was 2.7, the same as on Wednesday.
Clarke County Nursing Home Death
The Department of Community Health, in its Thursday Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed a COVID-19 death at the University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Athens-Clarke County, the sixth death at the nursing home.
The Clarke County nursing home death did not appear in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, although the Department of Public Health assembles and distributes the Long-Term Care Facility Report based on data gathered by the Department of Community Health.
The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed 160 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 130.1 from 128.7. The seven-day rolling average has increased each of the last four days.
Each of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District added at least one case, with Oconee County adding 11 confirmed cases and Clarke County adding 63.
The Department of Community Health also reported on additional positive resident at Pruitthealth Grandview nursing home in Athens-Clarke County and one additional positive resident at a nursing home in Elbert County.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, as of 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, reported 118 COVID-19 patients at area hospitals, up from 116 on Wednesday, 61 ICU beds in use, down from 62 on Wednesday, and 28 adult ventilators in use, down from 30 on Wednesday.
State Data On Deaths
Across the state, the Daily Status Report listed 86 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 71.6 from 68.0 on Wednesday. The pattern across the last week is of growth in reported deaths from the disease.
Forty-six of the deaths reported on Thursday occurred in the last 14 days.
The Department of Public Health reported eliminating four deaths previously recorded. The death removed from Barrow County could have been eliminated entirely or reassigned to another county.
The Department of Public Health does not offer explanations for decisions regarding the cases it eliminates or reassigns.
Other State Data
The Department of Public Health listed 2,550 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Daily Status Report for Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined to 2,398.3 from 3,435.7 on Wednesday.
The Northeast Health District, which includes only 10 of the 159 counties in the state, at present is a hot spot (Chart 1 below) with increasing cases, while the state as a whole is experiencing a drop in cases (Chart 4).
Testing across the state has decreased in the last two weeks, corresponding with the drop in cases.
On Aug. 11, the seven-day rolling average of added molecular tests was 33,010.4. On Thursday, it was 24,571.7.
The Department of Community Health reported on Thursday that COVID-19 was present in residents and/or staff at 636 of the state’s 790 long-term care facilities with 25 or more beds, the highest number of homes ever listed. On Wednesday, the figure was 631.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, as of 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, reported 2,129 COVID-19 patients at hospitals across the state, down from 2,229 on Wednesday, 2,476 ICU beds in use, down from 2,520 on Wednesday, and 1,133 adult ventilators in use, down from 1,160 on Wednesday.
All of the charts below except Chart 3 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 Thursday.
Charts 1 and 2 include are based on data from the 10-county Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties.
Chart 3 is based on data gathered by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Georgia Hospital Association and presented by the Georgia Geospatial Information Office.
The data shown are for Region E, which includes the 10 counties in the Department of Public Health Northeast Health District as well as Franklin and Hart counties.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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