The seven-day rolling averages of added COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Northeast Health District dropped on Tuesday, a day on which reporting to the Department of Public Health likely was suppressed by the holiday.
The Department of Public Health did add 285 cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District, with 206 of those from Clarke County. Oconee County added 13 case.
The 185 cases were 17.9 percent of the cases added in the state, though the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District have only about 5 percent of the state’s population.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District dropped from 218.1 on Monday to 216.9 on Tuesday.
The District added two deaths, one in Oconee County and the other in Clarke County. A week ago, the district added 10 deaths, so the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped sharply from 3.1 on Monday to 2.0 on Tuesday.
The Oconee County death was of a 53-year-old female with a chronic condition, and the Clarke County death was of a 38-year-old female, also with a chronic condition.
Oconee County now has 21 deaths attributed to COVID-19, and Clarke County has 35, with the total for the entire 10-county Northeast Health District at 215.
The seven-day rolling average of the percentage of molecular tests that were positive in Oconee County was 9.9 on Tuesday, down from 10.2 on Monday.
In Clarke County, the seven-day rolling average of molecular tests that were positive dropped from 17.7 on Monday to 15.2 on Tuesday.
Hospitals And Long-Term Care Facilities
Area hospitals reported little change from Monday in COVID-19 hospital patients and hospital and equipment use, in contrast to the state as a whole, where there numbers all dropped.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday reported that area hospitals had 89 COVID-19 patients, the same as on Monday, 65 ICU Beds In Use out of a capacity of 70, down from 68 on Monday, and 33 ventilators in use, the same as on Monday.
The Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report for Tuesday, listed three new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the 35 facilities in the Northeast Health District with COVID-19 residents and/or staff, and five new staff members with the disease.
New to the list, since the last report on Friday, was Magnolia Estates of Oconee County, 1641 Virgil Langford Road south of SR 316, which listed its first case among staff. None of the residents is listed as COVID-19 positive.
The other staff infections reported by the Department of Community Health were at Arbor Terrace Of Athens and PruittHealth–Grandview, both in Clarke County, and at two nursing homes in Elberton.
The three new residents with COVID-19 were at a nursing home in Morgan County, with two cases, and a personal care home in Greene County.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,595 cases on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 1,962.0 on Monday to 1,863.1 on Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health recorded 22,985 molecular tests for COVID-19 on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests actually declined from 20,743.9 on Monday to 20,475.4 on Tuesday.
The percentage of molecular tests that was positive was 8.4, up from 6.5 on Monday.
The state added 26 deaths with the release of the Daily Status Report on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 61.1 on Monday to 49.9 on Tuesday. The state had added 105 deaths on Tuesday of last week.
Only 12 of those 26 added deaths occurred in the last 14 days.
Across the state, The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday reported that hospitals had 1,612 COVID-19 patients, down from 1,659 on Monday, 2,240 ICU Beds In Use, down from 2,341 on Monday, and 961 ventilators in use, down from 1,004 on Monday.
The Department of Community Health listed 645 long-term care facilities across the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff, down from 647 on Friday, when the Department released its last report.
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 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 in the main chart and for the Northeast Health District in the insert.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.