The Northeast Health District added a record 229 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Death Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 158.9, just slightly above the record set two days ago of 158.6.
Clarke County led the 10-county region with 69 new cases, but every county in the district added cases. Oconee County added 12 cases.
In the last 14 days, Oconee County has added 99 cases, and Clarke County has added 557.
The Northeast District added three deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Wednesday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 1.0 from 0.7 on Tuesday.
The deaths were of a 72-year-old male in Madison County without a known chronic condition, a 57-year-old male in Walton County, also without a known chronic condition, and an 83-year-old female in Walton County with a known chronic condition.
St. Mary’s Highland Hills Village, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, just at the Oconee County border with Clarke County at McNutt Creek, listed itself again on the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report with a staff member with COVID-19.
The listing of St. Mary’s brings to 33 the number of long-term care facilities out of the 44 licensed long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with 25 or more beds listed in the Department of Community Health Report.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday reported that area hospitals had two Critical Care Beds available out of the 70 possible, up from one bed available on Tuesday.
The number of Critical Care Beds available has been five or fewer on seven of the last 10 days. Hospitals are to provide their data by noon on the day of the Report.
Long-Term Care Facility Report
The Wednesday Long-Term Care Facility Report listed eight new COVID-19 cases among residents of facilities in Green and Walton counties.
The report listed seven new cases of COVID-19 among facility staff. Included were facilities in Jackson, Morgan and Walton counties as well as St. Mary’s in Oconee County.
St. Mary’s has listed itself twice before on the Long-Term Care Facility Report but then removed itself.
The May 7 Long-Term Care Facility Report listed St. Mary’s with one COVID-19 Positive Staff member, but the Report the following day did not include St. Mary’s.
The July 8 Long-Term Care Facility report listed St. Mary’s with four staff members with COVID-19, but the July 9 Report did not include St. Mary’s.
Charles Strong, director of Communications for the Department of Community Health, said in a telephone conversation on July 24 that the list is meant to be cumulative, meaning that once a long-term care facility is on the list, it should not be removed.
He said that the facilities themselves report the data electronically and that the data are not verified because of a lack of staff to do that work.
Strong said the only explanation he could offer for St. Mary’s filing a report listing COVID-19 among the staff and then not filing subsequent reports was “human error” in filing the initial report, that is, no actual staff at the personal care home had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health listed 3,817 new COVID-19 confirmed cases across the state of Georgia in the Daily Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 3,390.9 from 3,327.4 on Tuesday.
The Daily Status Report listed 65 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, fewer than the 79 listed a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average dropped from 51.7 on Tuesday to 49.7 on Wednesday.
Sixty of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths by date of occurrence increased to 17.7, the highest average recorded going back to the first of May, when these data were first reported by the Department of Public Health.
The Department of Community Health listed 607 of the state’s 790 long-term care facilities with 25 or more beds as have some COVID-19 cases among their residents and/or staff, up from 602 on Tuesday.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday listed 3,077 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations, down from 3,094 on Tuesday.
The Agency listed 1,255 ventilators in use on Wednesday, up from 1,217 on Tuesday.
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 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.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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