With the addition of one new COVID-19 death and 96 new cases of the disease in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday, the seven-day rolling averages of deaths and cases in the Northeast Health District edged up just lightly.
The death was of a male in Jackson County with a chronic condition listed as 90 plus in age. Jackson County now has 33 deaths, and the Northeast Health District has 255.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 1.3 deaths on Tuesday to 1.4 on Wednesday.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 81.9 on Tuesday to 82.0 on Wednesday with the addition of the 96 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Morgan and Elbert counties did not add cases, but the other eight counties in the Northeast Health District did. Oconee County added 11 cases and Clarke County added 20.
The University of Georgia on Wednesday reported that the number of new COVID-19 positive tests recorded at the University or at Athens and other local community clinics for University faculty, students or staff dropped to 48 during the week of Sept. 21 to Sept. 27, down from 125 a week earlier.
The number of positive tests from outside Clarke County–such as on other campuses–dropped to 15 from 45 a week earlier.
The positivity rate for tests of those without symptoms at Legion Field dropped to 1.95 for Week 7 of the University session from 3.55 for Week 6. The number of tests also dropped from 1,974 for Week 6 to 1,490 for Week 7.
The Department of Public Health once again on Wednesday did not report any positivity data for tests in either Oconee or Clarke counties.
The Department of Community Health on Wednesday reported three new cases of COVID-19 among staff of the 35 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with infections from the virus.
The staff cases were at The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing Home in Clarke County and at a personal care home in Greene County and a nursing home in Walton County.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that area hospitals had 62 COVID-19 patients, the same figure reported since Sunday, 66 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, up from 56 on Tuesday, and 29 adult ventilators in use, the same as on Tuesday.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report added 29 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Wednesday, with only 13 of those in the last 14 days. The remaining 16 deaths added on Wednesday actually occurred further back in time, with one on June 14 and another on June 15, according to the report.
The state also eliminated two deaths previously listed in the report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped sharply from 45.9 on Tuesday to 36.4 on Wednesday.
The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the state broke 7,000 on Wednesday. The Northeast Health District’s 255 deaths is 3.6 percent of the 7,021 total deaths from the corona virus, while the District accounts for 4.9 percent of the state’s population.
The state added 1,779 confirmed COVID-19 cases with the Wednesday release of the Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,240.7 on Wednesday from 1,211.9 on Tuesday.
The state added 22,846 new molecular tests on Wednesday, pushing up the state average of added tests to 18,637.7 from 18,200.9 on Tuesday.
The positivity rate for the added molecular tests was 14.9 on Wednesday, up from 5.9 on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of that statistic increased to 7.5 on Wednesday from 6.1 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 1,349 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday, up from 1,348 on Tuesday, 2,332 ICU beds in use, down from 2,377 on Tuesday, and 896 adult ventilators in use, down from 913 on Tuesday.
The Department of Community Health on Wednesday reported COVID-19 cases among residents and/or staff of 647 of the state’s 790 long-term care facilities with 25 or more beds, the same number as on Tuesday.
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. The data in the insert come from the University of Georgia.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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