The Northeast Health District added 207 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths from the disease in the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report on Wednesday.
The new cases pushed the seven-day rolling average of added cases up to 219.4 on Wednesday from 216.9 on Tuesday. The seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 2.0 deaths per day.
Every county in the 10-county District added COVID-19 cases on Wednesday except Greene. Oconee County added three cases and Clarke County added more than half of the new cases with 115.
The District, led by Clarke County, continues to be a hot spot in the state, with 9.9 percent of the state’s reported cases. The District has only 5.0 percent of the state’s population.
No doubt many of the Clarke County cases come from the University of Georgia, which reported on Wednesday that, during the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, it had recorded 714 COVID-19 positive tests locally among its students, faculty and staff and another 703 positive verdicts from unspecified but non-local tests.
For the previous seven-day period, Aug. 24 to 30, it had recorded 430 positive verdicts from local tests and 489 from non-local tests.
The University also reported that the positivity rate for its surveillance tests, conducted at Legion Field, increased to 8.0 percent from 5.3 percent the week before and 2.4 percent in the previous week. The university did not report the positivity rate for tests conducted at the University Health Center or at local facilities in the community.
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported that, in Clarke County, the seven-day rolling average of molecular tests that were positive was 14.8, down from 15.2 on Tuesday.
The seven-day rolling average of the percentage of molecular tests that were positive in Oconee County was 8.4 on Wednesday, down from 9.9 on Tuesday.
Local Deaths, Hospitalizations
The deaths reported in the Department of Public Health Daily Status report were of a 59-year-old male in Barrow County with a chronic condition, of a 72-year-old male in Barrow County with a chronic condition, and of a 75-year-old female in Walton County without a chronic condition.
The Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report, also reported a death at Pruitthealth–Spring Valley nursing home in Elbert County.
Nursing home deaths often are not recorded in the Daily Status Report.
The Department of Community Health also reported new COVID-19 cases among three staff members, at The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing in Athens-Clarke County, at a nursing home in Jackson County, and at a personal care home in Walton County.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday reported that area hospitals had 78 COVID-19 patients, down from 89 on Tuesday, 63 ICU Beds In Use out of a capacity of 70, down from 65 on Tuesday, and 29 ventilators in use, down from 33 on Tuesday.
Across the state on Wednesday, the Department of Public Health reported 2,081 new COVID-19 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 1,863.1 on Tuesday to 1,871.7 on Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health Reported adding 15,953 molecular tests on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests increased to 20,977.4 from 20,475.4 on Tuesday.
The percentage of the added molecular tests that was positive was 6.8, and the seven-day rolling average of positive tests was 8.0, down from 8.2 on Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health reported 60 deaths from the virus on Wednesday, with 35 of those in the last 14 days.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 49.9 deaths per day on Tuesday to 48.7 on Wednesday, but the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by time of occurrence increased.
The Department of Public Health reported that it removed two previously recorded COVID-19 deaths from its list of deaths from the disease
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday reported that hospitals had 1,485 COVID-19 patients, down from 1,612 on Tuesday, 2,293 ICU Beds In Use, up from 2,240 on Tuesday, and 978 ventilators in use, up from 961 on Tuesday.
The Department of Community Health listed 642 long-term care facilities across the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff, down from 645 on Tuesday.
Facilities are not supposed to remove themselves from this report once they have been listed, but many do, and the Department of Community Health does not correct for the error.
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 Wednesday.
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 in the main chart and for the University of Georgia in the insert. The University data come from the University Health Center.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.