The Department of Public Health reported three COVID-19 Deaths in the 10-County Northeast Health District in its Daily Status Report on Friday, including two in Clarke County.
The Department of Community Health also reported a death attributed to COVID-19 at an Athens-Clarke County Nursing Home.
The Daily Status Report has included 11 deaths in the Northeast Health District attributed to COVID-19 in the last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 1.6 on Friday from 1.4 on Thursday.
The Clarke County deaths in the Daily Status Report were of a 70-year-old male without a known chronic condition and of a female aged 90 or more also without a known chronic condition.
The third death in the Daily Status Report in the District was of a 67-year-old female in Walton County, also without a known chronic condition.
The death listed in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday was at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which has reported five deaths this week at the nursing home.
Deaths reported in the Department of Community Health report do not always appear in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, though the Department of Public Health assembles and distributes the Department of Community Health report.
The Daily Status Report has included only three deaths in Clarke County this week, and two of those deaths were of individuals not normally considered to be nursing home age.
Even elderly people die at home, and it is not possible from the two reports to know which deaths are being reported, as the Long-Term Care Report does not list characteristics of the deceased.
The Northeast Health District added 156 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 130.6 on Friday from 139.3 on Thursday.
Every county in the District added at least five cases, the number added in Oconee County. Clarke County added 43 cases.
The Long-Term Care Facility Report listed one new COVID-19 positive resident at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Athens-Clarke county, two new positive residents at High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation in New High Shoals in Oconee County, and three new positive residents at a nursing home in Greene County.
The Long-Term Care Facility report also lists one new COVID-19 Positive Staff member at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and one new COVID-19 Positive Staff at High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation.
Oconee County Schools has reported four “Active COVID-19 Cases” as of 4 p.m. on Friday, after eight days of school.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported as of noon on Friday that area hospitals had 10 Critical Care Beds available, up from six on Thursday.
Oconee County School Superintendent Jason Branch sent out an email message just after 4 p.m. on Friday to the “OCS Community” providing what he called a Weekly Status Report.
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“Our priority has been safety in our schools and transparency in school communication,” Branch wrote.
“Beginning today, each Friday, a district status report will be shared with our school system community,” the email message continued. “This report will include the total number of active COVID-19 cases in our system and the total number of individuals who are quarantined due to school-based close contact.”
Branch reported that the number of Active COVID-19 cases is four (0.05 percent), and the total number of Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact is eight (0.10 percent).
Those four cases and eight quarantines were out of 8,168 In-Person Students and Staff, Branch wrote.
Meri Blackburn, director of Secondary Education for Oconee County Schools, told the Board of Education at its Aug. 3 meeting that 7,167 students had chosen the in-person option for instruction, and 1,111 (13.4 percent) had chosen digital/distance learning.
Branch’s email contained a computational error for the percentages that appeared in the three copies parents sent to me, though one parent said another parent had received a copy with the correct computation.
I have written to Branch and School Board Members asking them to send the Weekly Status Report to members of the community who request it each week as well, and asked to be included on such a list.
Across the state of Georgia, according to the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, 35 new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Friday, compared with 92 on Friday a week ago.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 76.7 on Thursday to 68.6 on Friday.
Thirty-three of those deaths were in the last 14 days.
The Department of Public Health eliminated or moved two cases, so the number of added cases actually was 37, not 35.
The Daily Status Report listed 3,320 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average dropped to 3,336.4 on Friday from 3,458.9 on Thursday.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 2,691 Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations on Friday, down from 2,807 on Thursday. The Friday figure is the lowest since July 13.
The Agency reported 1,272 ventilators in use, up from 1,249 on Thursday.
The Department of Community Health reported COVID-19 among residents and/or staff at 617 of the state’s 790 long-term care facilities with at least 25 beds, up from 615 on Thursday.
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 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.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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