Friday, August 21, 2020

Oconee And Clarke Counties Again Add COVID-19 Deaths As District Reports Four New Deaths From Disease

***Oconee County Schools Report Increase In Active COVID-19 Cases***

For the second day in a row, the Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health on Friday listed a death in both Oconee and Clarke counties, and, for the second day in a row, listed four deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District that includes those two counties.

Also on Friday, Oconee County Schools listed 13 Active COVID-19 Cases among students and staff at the schools, up from four Active Cases a week earlier, and 100 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact, up from eight on Friday of last week.

The Oconee County death was of a 60-year-old male without a chronic condition, and the Clarke County death was of a 77-year-old female with a chronic condition. Oconee County now has 19 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, and Clarke County has 23.

Morgan County recorded its second death from COVID-19, of a male with a chronic condition aged 90 plus, while Walton County recorded its 44th death from the disease, of a 79-year-old male without a chronic condition.

Walton County leads the 10-county district in deaths with 44. The district now has 173 COVID-19 Deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased on Friday to 2.7 from 2.6 on Thursday, and the 10-county district has added at least one death in each of the last eight days.

The District added 151 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased from 124.3 on Thursday to 123.6 on Friday.

Every county in the Distract added cases, with Oconee County adding eight and Clarke County adding 44.

The Department of Public Health does not release number of tests for COVID-19 at the regional level, but, at the state level, testing has dropped in the last 10 day.

Schools, Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Oconee County School, which opened on Aug. 5, issued its first COVID-19 Status Report last Friday, after eight days of classes.

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At that time, the schools reported the four Active COVID-19 cases, representing 0.05 percent of the 8,168 Total Number of In-Person Students and Staff, and the eight Active Quarantines Due to Close Contact, or 0.10 percent of the students and staff.

Those percentages increased to 0.16 for Active Cases and 1.22 percent for Active Quarantines with the addition of the five days of classes this week.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Friday reported that area hospitals had four Critical Care Beds available, the same number as the day before, 135 COVID-19 Patients, up from 132 on Thursday, and 27 ventilators in use, down from 33 on Thursday.

The Department of Community Health reported three new COVID-19 cases among residents of long-term care facilities on Friday.

Two of the cases were at Clarke County nursing homes, and the third was at a nursing home in Elbert County.

State Data

Across the state on Friday, the Department of Health, in the Daily Status Report, listed 96 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 62.3 on Friday from 53.6 on Thursday.

Of those deaths, 58 occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths by date of occurrence increased on Friday.

The Department of Health eliminated two deaths previously listed as COVID-19 deaths.

The state added 2,989 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 2,640.5 on Thursday to 2,593.3 on Friday.

The seven-day rolling average of added molecular tests dropped again on Friday, to 21,435.6, from 22,032.1 on Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average of added molecular tests has dropped in each of the last 10 days from the rolling average of 33,010.4 on Aug. 14.

The percentage of molecular tests that have resulted in a positive verdict increased to 10.3 on Friday from 9.2 on Thursday.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the state had 2,408 COVID-19 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations (COVID-19 Patients), down from 2,506 on Thursday, and 1,179 ventilators in use, the same as the day before.

The Georgia Department of Community Health reported COVID-19 among residents and/or staff of 630 long-term care facilities in the state, up from 625 on Thursday.


All of the charts below except Chart 4 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 Friday.

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.

Chart 4 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 of GEMA, which includes the 10 counties in the Department of Public Health Northeast Health District as well as Franklin and Hart counties.

Charts 5 and 6 show data for the entire state of Georgia.

Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.

Chart 1

Chart 2

Chart 3

Chart 4

Chart 5

Chart 6


Maria said...

Hi Dr. Becker,

Thank you for this invaluable community service. I read your blog posts often.

Is there a way to parse the Oconee school data and get it by school so we can see where the cluster outbreaks are located? The average across schools does not allow us to see where there are problems in particular schools. Also it might be interesting, perhaps, to see the percentage of increase per week, since we have two weeks of comparable data, along with the level of community spread by each.

Thank you for keeping the community informed!

Linda said...

Do you have information about the reduction of cases based on less testing? And I saw somewhere Georgia officials are still manipulating data. What about that?

Lee Becker said...

Anisa Sullivan Jimenez, director of Communication for Oconee County Schools, has said no information on the location of the cases will be released. Parents receive notification, as you know, and some have forwarded those to me. I am trying to monitor those.

Lee Becker said...

As I report, the number of molecular tests has been declining. At the same time that the number of new cases has been declining. The percentage of positive outcomes per test has varied but been relatively stable over time. So the number or reported positive cases has to be at least in part a function of decreased testing.

Lee Becker said...

I ask again that, if your Google Address does not include your correct, full name, please type your correct, full name at the end of your post.