The Northeast Health District added 75 COVID-19 cases and a death attributed to the disease with the release of the Daily Status Report by the Department of Public Health on Sunday.
Both numbers were higher than the numbers for Sunday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 125.5 on Sunday from 123.3 on Saturday and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 1.7 on Sunday from 1.6 on Saturday
The death was of a 40-year-old male in Walton County with a chronic condition.
Every county in the 10-county Northeast Health District added at least two cases on Sunday, with Oconee County adding three and Clarke County adding 12.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported that area hospitals had six Critical Care Beds available as of noon on Sunday, the same number as on Saturday.
State Data, Cases
The Daily Status Report listed 1,873 new COVID-19 confirmed cases on Sunday, the smallest number reported in a single day going back to July 6, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 2,996.9 on Sunday from 3,183.1 on Saturday.
This is the first time the seven-day rolling average of added cases has dropped below 3,000 going back to July 10.
The Daily Status Report listed 17,207 added molecular tests for COVID-19 on Sunday, also the lowest number going back to July 6, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests dropped to 24,317.9 from 27,157.1 on Saturday.
Chart 5 below shows the decline in cases in recent days parallels a decline in testing.
According to the Daily Status Report, 10.6 percent of the molecular tests in the Sunday report produced a positive outcome, up from 8.6 on Saturday.
The percent of positive cases has been relatively stable in recent days and has averaged 9.5 over the last week, while the number of cases has declined, suggesting that the decline is at least in part a reflection of decreased testing.
The Daily Status Report does not break down testing data by county or region.
State Data, Deaths, Hospitalizations
Across the state, the Daily Status Report recorded 33 deaths attributed to the disease, compared with 13 on Sunday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 75.0 on Sunday from 72.1 on Saturday.
The seven-day rolling average had reached its highest point to date–76.7 deaths–on Thursday.
Of those 33 deaths recorded on Sunday, only seven occurred in the last 14 days, according to the Daily Status Report, with one as far back as June 23 and 25 of them occurring in July. The Department of Public Health never explains the lag in the reporting of COVID-19 deaths.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 2,603 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations on Sunday, up from 2,586 on Saturday.
The Agency also reported 1,198 ventilators in use, down from 1,240 on Saturday.
Charts 1 to 6 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 Sunday.
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 to 6 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.