For the second day in a row, Oconee County added a death attributed to COVID-19 with the release of the Daily Status Report by the Department of Public Health on Saturday.
Barrow County added two deaths, bringing the total number of new deaths added in the 10-county Northeast Health District to three and the total since March to 242.
The 10-county Northeast Health District added only 106 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 133.3 from 142.3 on Friday.
Even with the small number of new cases, every county in the District added cases, with Oconee county adding two and Clarke County adding 34.
The 10-county district, with 4.9 percent of the state’s population, accounted for 4.6 percent of the new COVID-19 cases added across the state on Saturday, the first time the District has fallen below its population weight in added cases since Aug. 18.
Cases in the state have been increasing slightly over the last week, while they are declining in the District over that same period.
The three deaths in the District represented 4.8 percent of those added in the Daily Status Report for the whole state, or just below the District’ weight in terms of population.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the Northeast Health District increased to 2.7 on Saturday from 2.4 on Friday. Deaths in the Northeast Health District and the state have been increasing the last three days.
Much Unknown About Oconee Death
The Oconee County death is an unusual one. The age is listed as 62, but the gender is listed as unknown, as is the race and whether the individual had a chronic condition. Records of deaths are sometimes updated later as the Department of Public Health gets additional information.
Oconee County now has 26 deaths from the virus, which is the third highest death ratio in the 10-county District.
The ratio of deaths per 100,000 population is 62.3 in Oconee County, following the much smaller counties of Greene, with 122.9 deaths per 100,000 population, and Oglethorpe, with 72.2 deaths per 100,000 population. Clarke County, with its 41 deaths, has 31.6 deaths per 100,000 population.
Oconee County’s death to population ratio increased from 57.5 on Thursday to 62.3 with the addition of the deaths on Friday and Saturday, but its rank among the 10 counties in terms of the ratio did not change as a result of the two deaths.
The Barrow County deaths first listed on Saturday were of a 69-year-old female with a chronic condition and of an 81-year-old female, also with a chronic condition. Barrow County now has 46 deaths, following only Walton County (52 deaths) in the District in sheer number of deaths from the virus.
Barrow’s county ratio per 100,000 population is 53.3, and Walton County’s is 54.3, both lower than Oconee County’s ratio.
The anomaly is that Oconee County is the lowest among the 10 counties in the District in cases per 100,000 population. Clarke County is the highest.
The Department of Public Health reported 77 molecular tests in Oconee County for which it had verdicts on Saturday, and 5.2 percent of them were positive. The seven-day rolling average for that statistic was 8.4 on Saturday, the same as on Friday.
The Department of Public Health logged 707 molecular tests in Clarke County, with 6.6 percent of them being positive. The seven-day rolling average for that statistic is 9.2, down from 9.8 on Friday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) on Saturday reported that area hospitals had 55 COVID-19 patients, down from 61 on Friday, 64 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, down from 66 on Friday, and 28 adult ventilators in use, up from 24 on Friday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 63 new deaths attributed to the novel corona virus on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 46.0 on Saturday from 42.7 on Friday.
Of those added deaths, 36 occurred in the last 14 days. The Department of Public Health dated one of the newly added death as occurring on June 26, and it removed one death previously recorded from the listing of deaths attributed to the disease.
The Daily Status Report included 2,313 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,775.7 on Saturday from 1,751.4 on Friday.
The state added 33,437 molecular tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests increased to 21,590.3 from 20,519.0 on Friday.
Of the added molecular tests, 13.7 percent were positive, a high figure not reached since Aug. 24. The seven-day rolling average of positivity of molecular tests increased to 9.0 on Saturday from 8.1 on Friday.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Saturday reported that hospitals across Georgia had 1,417 COVID-19 patients, down from 1,419 on Friday, 2,307 ICU beds in use, down from 2,323 on Friday, and 936 adult ventilators in use, down from 972 on Friday.
The Department of Community Health does not issue a Long-Term Care Facility Reports on Saturday or 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 Saturday.
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 and for all 10 counties of the Northeast Health District in the inserted table.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.