Clarke County reported 277 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two deaths from the disease on Saturday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The 277 new COVID-19 cases top the previous record of 173 recorded by the county on Thursday. Clarke County has recorded 1,346 new COVID-19 cases since the University of Georgia began the Fall semester on Aug. 20, or just more than a third of the 3,687 cases recorded in the county.
Each of the 10-counties in the Northeast Health District, of which Clarke and Oconee counties are part, had three or more new cases recorded with the Saturday Daily Status Report. Oconee County added 16, and the whole District added 385.
The 385 added cases set a new record for the District, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases jumped to a new record of 226.4 on Saturday, up from 192.3 on Friday, which also had been a record. In fact, the District has set a new record average each of the last four days.
The two deaths in Clarke County attributed to COVID-19 marked the fifth day in a row the District has added a death, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 3.0 from 2.9 on Friday. The 3.0 average ties the previous record set on Aug. 25.
The two Clarke County deaths were of a 70-year-old female without a chronic condition and of a 70-year-old male without a known chronic condition.
The Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 76 molecular tests in Oconee County, and the percentage of tests that were positive was 17.2. The seven-day rolling average of positive tests increased to 9.5 on Saturday from 7.6 on Friday, and the average has increased each of the last four days.
In Clarke County, the Daily Status Report listed 804 new molecular tests on Saturday, and the percentage of positive tests was 30.1. The seven-day rolling average of positive tests increased to 17.7 on Saturday from 14.9 on Friday, and the average has increased each of the last seven days.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Saturday reported that area hospitals had 83 COVID-19 patients, down from 87 on Friday, 55 ICU Beds In Use, down from 57 on Friday, and 30 ventilators in use, down from 32 on Friday.
Across the state on Saturday, the Department of Public Health reported 2,285 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 2,039.9 from 2,060.3 on Friday.
The Department of Public Health reported the addition of 28,604 molecular tests on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests increased to 21,221.4 from 20,734.4 on Friday. The number of tests is well below the seven-day rolling average on Aug. 11 of 33,010.4.
The percentage of molecular tests across the state producing a positive verdict was 9.6 on Saturday, considerably lower than the 17.2 percent figure in Oconee County on Saturday and the 30.1 figure in Clarke County.
The state added 48 new COVID-19 deaths in the Daily Status Report on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped dramatically from 67.9 on Friday to 59.6 on Saturday. The state had added 106 deaths on Saturday a week ago.
Only 18 of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths, dated by time of occurrence, dropped on Saturday from Friday.
Both in terms of new cases and deaths, the increases in the 10-county Northeast Health District are at odds with the decreases across the entire 159 counties in the state. The Northeast Health district clearly has become an outlier in the state.
The Department of Public Health reported that it eliminated two previously recorded deaths from its archive of deaths attributed to COVID-19 with release of the Daily Status Report on Saturday.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Saturday reported that hospitals across the state had 2,189 COVID-19 patients, up markedly from 1,742 on Friday, 2,335 ICU Beds In Use, down from 2,366 on Friday, and 1,024 ventilators in use, down from 1,030 on Friday.
The Department of Community Health does not release a Long-Term Care Facility Report on the weekends.
All of the charts 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.