Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, and Walton counties all added a death from COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday, and the Northeast Health District, of which the four counties are a part, added 215 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The four deaths in the 10-county district were 8.3 percent of the 48 deaths added across the 159 counties in Georgia in the Daily Status Report on Tuesday, and the 215 cases were 13.7 percent of the 1,571 cases added statewide.
The 10-county Northeast Health District, with a population of 530,630, makes up only 4.9 percent of the 10.8 million population of the state.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths from the virus increased on Tuesday to 2.1 deaths, up from 1.9 on Monday.
Every county in the District added at least one case with the release of Tuesday’s Daily Status Report, with Oconee County adding 11 cases and Clarke County adding 99.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District dropped to 160.9 on Tuesday from 170.9 on Monday. The District had added 285 cases a week ago–the first day after the Labor Day Holiday.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in both Oconee and Clarke counties declined on Tuesday and has declined across the last week.
The Department of Public Health listed 43 newly reported molecular tests for which it had known verdicts for Oconee County in the Daily Status Report on Tuesday, and 7.4 percent of them were positive. The seven-day rolling average of added tests also was 7.4 percent positive.
In Clarke County, the Department of Public Health listed 241 new molecular tests with a known verdict on Tuesday, and 15.4 percent of them were positive. The seven-day rolling average of added tests was 11.5 percent positive.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday reported that area hospitals had 64 COVID-19 patients, down from 73 Monday, 66 ICU beds in use, down from 77 on Monday, and 26 ventilators in use, the same as on Monday.
The Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Tuesday, listed one new COVID-19 Positive Resident and one new COVID-19 Positive Staff at area long term care facilities. The new resident and staff cases were both at PruittHealth–Spring Valley nursing home in Elbert County.
The Clarke County death was of a 62-year-old male with a chronic condition. Clarke County now has 37 deaths from COVID-19 listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The Barrow County death was of an 85-year-old male without a known chronic condition. Barrow County now has 44 deaths in the Daily Status Report.
The Jackson County death listed in the Tuesday Daily Status Report was of a 72-year-old female with a known chronic condition. The COVID-19 death recorded on Tuesday is the 29th in Jackson County
The Walton County death was of a 62-year-old male with a chronic condition. Walton County leads the 10 counties in the District with 52 COVID-19 deaths.
The District now has 230 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, or 3.6 percent of the 6,398 deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19.
The Northeast Health District’s recent run of deaths from the disease at a rate disproportionate with its population follows the earlier period when the District reported disproportionately low numbers of deaths.
Across the state, the 48 deaths attributed to COVID-19 reported in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Tuesday produced a seven-day rolling average of added deaths of 48.1, up from 45.0 on Monday.
Thirty of the 48 deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased on Tuesday as well.
The Department of Public Health reported that it eliminated three previously recorded deaths from its list of COVID-19 deaths.
Across the state on Tuesday, the 1,571 new COVID-19 cases resulted in a seven-day rolling average of added cases of 1,728.3, down just slightly from the 1,731.7 on Monday.
The Department of Public Health reported the addition of 13,843 molecular tests, the second day in a row for which tests were under 14,000. The seven-day rolling average of added tests fell to 16,752.0, the lowest that figure has been since July 2.
Of the new molecular tests, 7.6 percent were positive, and the seven-day rolling average of that figure was the same 7.6 percent, down from 7.7 on Monday.
The Department of Community Health listed 639 of the state’s long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases among their residents and/or staff, down from 641 with the last report issued on Friday.
Facilities are not supposed to remove themselves from the list once they have had a COVID-19 case, but many do, and the Department of Community Health does not correct the error.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday reported that hospitals across Georgia had 1,507 COVID-19 patients, down from 1,536 on Monday, 2,347 ICU beds in use, up from 2,301 on Monday, and 992 ventilators in use, up from 947 on Monday.
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 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 presents data for Oconee and Clarke counties only.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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