The Department of Public Health on Friday listed seven deaths attributed to COVID-19 in its Daily Status Report for the 10-county Northeast Health District, including one in Oconee County and three in Clarke County.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths from the corona virus in the Northeast Health District increased to 2.4 on Friday from 1.7 on Saturday.
In addition, the Department of Community Health on Friday, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed two new deaths among the Northeast Health District’s 35 long-term care facilities with COVID among their residents and staff.
The Oconee County death listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report was of an 83-year-old female without a known chronic condition. Oconee County now has 25 deaths attributed to the virus.
The three Clarke County deaths in the Daily Status Report were of a 61-year-old male without a known chronic condition, of a 70-year-old male without a known chronic condition, and of an 83-year-old male with a chronic condition.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Clarke now stands at 41. Clarke had a death in the Thursday Daily Status Report as well.
Greene County had two COVID-19 deaths in the Friday Daily Status Report: of a 53-year-old female with a chronic condition and of a female aged 90 plus without a chronic condition. Greene County’s death toll from the corona virus now is 23.
Elbert County had the seventh death listed in the Daily Status Report, of a male without a known chronic condition whose age was listed as 90 plus. The death brings to three the number in Elbert County included in the Daily Status Report by the Department of Public Health.
The two deaths in Elbert County listed in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday were at Heardmont Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Elberton.
It is possible that the Elbert County Death listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report was one of the two deaths at this nursing home, but, in that case, the second death is not in the Daily Status Report. Every death of a person who is 90 plus in age is not at a nursing home.
The Department of Public Community Health gathers the data for the Long-Term Care Facility Report, but the data are then turned over to the Department of Public Heath, which, as the Friday Daily Status Report illustrates, does not automatically count deaths listed at nursing homes in the Daily Status Report.
Cases, Hospitals, Schools, Tests
The Department of Public Health, in Friday’s Daily Status Report, listed 135 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 142.3 from 150.1 on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average of added cases has dropped the last four days.
Every county in the Northeast Health District added two or more cases on Friday. Oconee County added six and Clarke County added 46.
The Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday listed one new COVID-19 positive resident–at a Morgan County nursing home--and four new COVID-19 positive staff, three at Heardmont Health and Rehabilitation in Elbert County and the fourth at The Oaks–Athens Skilled Nursing in Clarke County.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) on Friday reported that area hospitals had 61 COVID-19 patients, up from 59 on Thursday, 66 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, down from 67 on Thursday, and 24 adult ventilators in use, down from 25 on Thursday.
Oconee County Schools on Friday, in its Weekly COVID-19 Status Report, listed 10 Active COVID-19 cases at the system’s 11 schools, the same number as the week before, and 56 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact, up from 38 a week ago.
Oconee County Schools does not provide any information on the schools with the Active Cases or Active Quarantines, or whether the cases and quarantines involve students, faculty, or staff, or some combination of the three.
Since the schools issued the last Weekly COVID-19 Status Report on Sept. 11, parents have sent me form email messages they have received from Malcom Bridge Elementary School, Rocky Branch Elementary School, and North Oconee High School. Three different messages on three different days listed a new case at North Oconee High School.
Since school opened, I have received messages regarding cases at both of the system’s middle schools, both of the high schools, and three of the system’s seven elementary/primary schools (New High Shoals, Malcom Bridge, and Rocky Branch).
During the last seven days covered by the Oconee County Schools on Friday, Oconee County itself has listed 54 new cases, with 40 of them in the last five days. There is no way to know from the publicly released records how many of them are linked to the schools.
The Department of Public reported on Friday that it had recorded 51 molecular tests, designed to determine if the patient has COVID-19, for Oconee County, and that 7.8 percent of them were positive.
The seven-day rolling average of the percentage of positive tests remained unchanged from the day earlier at 8.4 percent.
In Clarke County on Friday, the Department of Public Health had 737 tests for which it recorded verdict, and only 4.5 percent of them were positive. The seven-day rolling average of the percentage of positive tests dropped from 11.0 on Thursday to 9.8 on Friday.
Across the state on Friday, the Department of Public Health reported 1,870 new COVID-19 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased slightly from 1,750.4 on Thursday to 1,751.4 on Friday.
The Daily Status Report listed 22,061 new molecular tests on Friday, and the percentage of those tests that were positive was 5.6. The seven-day rolling average of the percentage positive dropped to 8.1 on Friday from 8.5 on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health listed 64 new COVID-19 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 40.1 on Thursday to 42.7 on Friday.
Twenty-eight of those 64 added deaths were in the last 14 days. One of the newly added deaths was listed as having occurred as far back as June 28.
The Department of Public Health reported that it eliminated one death previously attributed to COVID-19 from its files.
The Department of Community Health reported COVID-19 among the residents and/or staff of 639 of the state’s long-term care facilities, up from 636 on Thursday.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Friday reported that hospitals across Georgia had 1,419 COVID-19 patients, down from 1,444 on Thursday, 2,323 ICU Beds In Use, down from 2,332 on Thursday, and 972 adult ventilators in use, down from 980 on Thursday.
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 Friday.
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 table insert provides data for Oconee County Schools.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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