For the second day in a row, the Northeast Health District added fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases than it had on the same day a week earlier, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 150.7 on Tuesday from 158.6 on Monday. The average had been 160.4 on Sunday.
Across the state, the number of added cases of COVID-19 seems to have plateaued, and the 10-county Northeast Health District now may be following suit.
The District added 141 new COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday, with each of the 10 counties adding a least one case.
Oconee County added five cases, and Clarke County added 53.
The District added one death attributed to COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report. That was of a 73-year-old male in Walton County with a chronic condition.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 0.6 on Monday to 0.7 on Tuesday.
The Georgia Department of Community Health reported on Tuesday an additional COVID-19 Positive Resident at University Nursing and Rehab Center in Athens-Clarke County and two additional Positive Residents at a nursing home in Morgan County.
The Department of Community Health also reported one additional COVID-19 Positive Staff member at Arbor Terrace personal care home in Athens-Clarke County and at a nursing home in Jackson County.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported as of noon on Tuesday 69 Critical Care Beds in use and only one Critical Care Bed available at the area’s nine hospitals.
The number of Critical Care Beds Available has been five or fewer on six of the last nine days, and the hospitals expanded their Critical Care Bed Capacity to 75 on one of those days–July 30–to handle the demand.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report listed 2,573 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, up from 2,271 on Monday but much lower than the 4,293 cases reported a week ago.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 3,327.4, the lowest number going back to July 12.
The state added 81 deaths, one of the highest number of deaths in recent weeks, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 51.7, its highest point ever.
Fifty-nine of the added deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths by date of occurrence also increased on Tuesday.
One of the deaths added on Tuesday was reported as occurring on March 15, at the beginning of the pandemic, and another on May 12.
The Department of Community Health reported that COVID-19 was present among residents and/or staff of 602 of the state’s 790 personal care homes.
Facilities are not supposed to remove themselves once COVID-19 cases have been removed, perhaps by the quarantining of a staff member with the disease, but some apparently do just that, and the number had been 603 on Monday.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Tuesday that the number of Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations across the state was down to 3,094 from 3,111 on Monday.
The number of ventilators in use, however, increased from 1,192 on Monday to 1,217 on Tuesday.
Charts 1, 2, 4 and 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 Tuesday.
Chart 3 is based on data from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Situation Report COVID-19 and has been updated to include data from the late afternoon report on Tuesday.
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 includes data for Region E of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, which includes Oconee and Clarke Counties, the remaining eight counties in the Northeast Health District, and Franklin and Hart counties.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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