Saturday, August 15, 2020

Northeast Health District Again Adds Three New COVID-19 Deaths, One In Oconee County

***Morgan County Reports First COVID-19 Death***

For the second day in a row, the Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added three deaths attributed to COVID-19, one of them in Oconee County, bringing to 16 the total number of deaths in Oconee County attributed to the disease.

The 10-county Northeast Health District has added 11 deaths in the last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths on Saturday was 1.6, the same as the day before. The District had added three deaths last Saturday as well.

The Oconee County death was of a sixty-five-old female with a chronic condition.

Morgan County had its first ever death attributed to the disease in the Saturday Daily Status Report, of a male with no chronic condition of 90 or more years in age.

Greene County recorded the death of an 86-year-old male with a chronic condition, the 13th death attributed to COVID-19 in that county,

Total number of COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District now stands at 157.

The District added 139 confirmed COVID-19 cases with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped for the fourth day in a row to 123.3

Every county in the District added cases, with Oconee County adding five and Athens-Clarke County adding 29.

The Department of Community Health does not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report on the weekend, but the Georgia Emergency Management Agency in its Situation Report COVID-19 on Saturday listed six Critical Care Beds available, down from 10 on Friday.

Oconee Schools And State

A parent on Saturday afternoon forwarded to me a copy of the email that Oconee County School Superintendent Jason Branch sent correcting the error in the calculation of percentages in the email message he sent to parents at the end of the day on Friday. 

In the second email, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Branch wrote that “The earlier version of this email did not reach all faculty and staff and the percentages have been updated.”

The number of Active COVID-19 Cases was four, or 0.05 percent of in-person students and staff, and the Number of Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact was eight, or 0.10 percent of in-person students and staff.

Across the state on Saturday, the Department of Public Health recorded 3,372 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, and the seven-day rolling average dropped from 3,336.4 on Friday to 3,182.1 on Saturday.

The rolling average of added cases has dropped the last four days.

The Department of Public Health listed 96 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 72.1 on Saturday from 68.6 on Friday.

Of those 96 added deaths, 61 occurred in the last 14 days.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported that state had 2,586 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations on Saturday, down from 2,691 on Friday. That number has dropped four days in a row.

The number of ventilators in use also dropped, from 1,272 on Friday to 1,240 on Saturday.


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 Saturday.

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.

Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.

Chart 1

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Chart 5

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