The Northeast Health District added 72 COVID-19 cases with the release of the Daily Status Report on Monday, more than the 59 added on Monday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased slightly from 169.0 on Sunday to 170.9.
The Daily Status Report, issued by the Department of Public Health, listed no new COVID-19 deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average remained unchanged at 1.9. The District had no deaths listed in the Daily Status Report last Monday.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report on Monday, however, listed two new deaths from COVID-19 at a nursing home in Elbert County.
Though the Department of Public Health assembles and distributes the Department of Community Health Report, it does not include the deaths reported there it the Daily Status Report.
The Department of Community Health also listed 10 new COVID-19 cases among residents of the 35 facilities covered by its report. The last Long-Term Care Facility Report prior to Monday was released on Friday.
One of the COVID-19 cases was at Plaza Personal Care Center at Talmage Terrace in Athens-Clarke County, and the others were at nursing homes in Elbert, Greene and Walton counties.
The Long-Term Care Facility also listed eight new cases of COVID-19 among staff at the Northeast Health District long-term care facilities. Included was one additional staff case at PruittHealth–Athens Heritage nursing home in Athens-Clarke County. The others were at two nursing homes in Elbert County and at a nursing home in Walton County.
Cases, Tests, Hospitals
The 72 added COVID-19 cases listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Monday were spread across the District, with every county adding at least one case. Oconee County added two and Clarke County added 37.
The Department of Public Health reported that 7.7 percent of the 39 tests in Oconee County for which it had verdicts on Monday were positive, and the seven-day rolling average of positive verdicts increased from 5.7 on Sunday to 6.8 on Monday.
In Clarke County, the Department of Public Health reported data on 510 tests, and 12.2 percent of them were positive. The seven-day rolling average of positive tests increased to 10.2 percent from 9.1 percent on Sunday.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Monday reported that area hospitals had 73 COVID-19 patients, up from 72 Sunday, 77 ICU Beds In Use, up from 67 on Sunday, and 26 ventilators in use, down from 27 on Sunday.
The hospital report usually lists 70 as the ICU capacity of area hospitals, but the 77 ICU beds in use, the highest number going back to July 1, was listed as 83.7 percent of capacity, meaning that capacity was expanded to 92.
The Daily Status Report listed 1,055 new COVID-19 cases across the state on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,731.7 from 1,668.4 on Sunday.
The Department of Public Health reported adding 13,045 molecular tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests increased to 18,058.0 from 17,519.1 on Sunday.
Of the 13,045 added molecular tests, 8.2 percent were positive on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of positive tests was 7.7 percent, up from 7.5 percent on Sunday.
The state added 20 new COVID-19 deaths on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 45.0 on Monday from 43.1 on Sunday.
Only 11 of the added 20 deaths occurred in the last 14 days. The Department of Public Health reported that one of the newly added deaths actually occurred on July 12.
The Department of Community Health listed 641 of the state’s long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases among their residents and/or staff, down from 642 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.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Monday reported that hospitals had 1,536 COVID-19 patients, down from 1,553 on Sunday, 2,301 ICU Beds In Use, down from 2,315 on Sunday, and 947 ventilators in use, down sharply from 957 on Sunday.
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 Monday.
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 is based on data from the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and is from Region E, which includes the 10 counties of the Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health plus Franklin and Hart counties.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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