Clarke County recorded its 43rd death due to COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday, ending an otherwise positive week of declining cases of the disease and deaths attributed to it in the Northeast Health District.
The Clarke County death was of a 53-year-old male without a known chronic condition.
With the single death in the 10-county Northeast Health District, the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 1.0 on Friday from 1.9 on Thursday in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The Department of Community Health in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday also listed one new COVID-19 death at Heardmont Health And Rehabilitation nursing home in Elbert County, but that death does not appear in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The Department of Public Health compiles and releases the Department of Community Health Report but does not include deaths listed in the Long-Term Care Facility Report in the Daily Status Report.
Nursing homes operators in Elbert County have listed eight COVID-19 deaths at their facilities since the outbreak of the disease in March, but the Department of Public Health lists only three COVID-19 deaths for the entire county.
The Department of Public Health lists 246 deaths in the Northeast Health District attributed to COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report, and the Department of Community Health lists an additional 116 deaths from the disease among long-term care facility residents in the District.
The Department of Public Health Listed 97 new COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Health District on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 86.0 from 91.4 on Thursday.
Every county in the 10-county District added at least one case on Friday, with Oconee County adding six and Clarke County adding 22. The rolling average of added cases in Oconee on Friday was 4.6, the same as on Thursday, and for Clarke it was 25.1, down from 28.6 on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health corrected the data in its file on test positivity on Friday, and Oconee County had 6.7 percent of its molecular tests listed on Friday as positive, 9.3 percent on Thursday, and a seven-day rolling average for this statistic of 6.1 percent.
In Clarke County, the percent positive for Friday was 3.5 and for Thursday it was 6.0. The seven-day rolling average was 5.1 percent.
The Department of Community Health Report for Thursday had reported one new COVID-19 case among staff at Nancy Hart Nursing Center in Elbert County. I had missed that addition in my report for Thursday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that area hospitals had 71 COVID-19 patients, up from 62 on Thursday, 64 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, up from 63 on Thursday, and 26 adult ventilators in use, down from 27 on Thursday.
Oconee County Schools reported a sharp drop in the number of Active COVID-19 Cases--from 10 last week to three on Friday--and a drop from 56 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact to 33.
The school system does not release identifying information on the Active Cases or Active Quarantines. A parent forwarded to me an email from the principal of North Oconee High School on Wednesday that announced a positive case at the school, the sixth email I have received about cases at North Oconee since school started.
Across the state on Friday, the Department of Public Health reported 53 new deaths, bringing the seven-day rolling average of added deaths to 48.9, just down from 50.4 on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated one death–originally listed as having occurred on Aug. 13–from its file of COVID-19 deaths in the state.
Of the added deaths, 29 occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths by date of occurrence increased just slightly.
Three of the new cases added on Friday were listed as having occurred more than two months ago–on July 8, 9, and 10.
The state added 1,547 new COVID-19 cases with the release of Friday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 1,508.7 on Thursday to 1,462.6 on Friday.
The state added 22,678 new molecular tests on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests increased slightly from 20,703.6 on Thursday to 20,791.7 on Friday.
The percentage of newly added molecular tests that were positive was 5.8 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average for that statistic remained unchanged from Thursday at 9.3 percent.
The Department of Community Health on Friday reported COVID-19 among residents and/or staff at 647 long-term care facilities in the state, up from 646 on Thursday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 1,360 COVID-19 patients on Friday, down from 1,371 on Thursday, 2,282 ICU beds in use, down from 2,308 on Thursday, and 912 adult ventilators in use, down from 936 on Thursday.
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 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 in the main chart. The insert includes data for Oconee County Schools.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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