The 10-county Northeast Health District added 201 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and four deaths from the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 184.1 on Thursday to 192.3 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 2.6 on Thursday to 2.9 on Friday.
Every county in the District added cases, with Oconee County adding 18 and Clarke County adding 88.
For the second day in a row, Clarke County added a COVID-19 death, bringing the total number of deaths in the county from the virus to 32.
The county has added nine deaths in the last two weeks in the Daily Status Report as well as four deaths reported by the Department of Community Health at nursing homes in the county.
The Clarke County death listed in the Daily Status Report was of a 53-year-old female without a known chronic condition.
Barrow County reported the deaths of a 55-year-old male and of a 68-year-old female, both of whom had chronic conditions.
Jackson County reported a COVID-19 death of an 84-year-old female with a chronic condition.
The Department of Community Health also reported a COVID-19 death at PruittHealth Spring Valley nursing home in Elbert County and an additional COVID-19 Positive Staff member at Hill Haven Nursing Home in Jackson County.
Though the Department Public Health distributes the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report, it does not include deaths from that report in the Daily Status Report.
The death reported by the Department of Community Health on Friday is the 102nd COVID-19 death that that agency has reported in the Northeast Health District. The Department of Public Health, as of Friday, reported 173 COVID-19 deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Friday reported that area hospitals had 87 COVID-19 patients, up from 78 on Thursday, 57 ICU Beds In Use, down from 63 on Thursday, and 32 ventilators in use, down from 35 on Thursday.
Oconee County Schools on Friday said that it had 11 Active COVID-19 cases among students and staff. The week earlier that figure had been 13. The schools had 82 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact, down from 117 a week earlier.
School Reporting Protocol, Testing
As a matter of policy, Oconee County Schools is not releasing information on the location of cases among the system’s 11 schools.
Since the report a week ago, parents have sent me notices received from the schools about one case at Oconee County High School and one case at North Oconee High School.
Anisa Sullivan Jimenez, director of Communications for Oconee County Schools, told me in an email message on Friday that school protocol calls for students who become sick at school to be sent to the school nurse.
“Students who have COVID-19 symptoms and those who do not are separated,” Jimenez wrote in an email. “As always, parents are called when children are sick at school.”
“Protocol in our schools is that students must be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medications before returning,” she said. “Decisions about returning to school when ill for any reason are made in consultation with healthcare professionals,” she continued.
The Department of Public Health reported 67 molecular tests in Oconee County and 473 over the last week. The percentage of tests that were positive was 11.9 on Friday.
The actual number of added confirmed cases in the county over the week was 48. (The DSI includes confirmed cases from sources other than its electronically reported molecular tests.)
In Clarke County, the Daily Status Report listed 604 new tests on Friday and 3,506 over the last week. The percentage of positive tests was 17.1 on Friday.
The Department of Public Health listed 2,132 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 2,096.1 on Thursday to 2,060.3 on Friday.
The state added 21,460 new molecular tests on Friday, down from 29,028 the day before, but the seven-day rolling average of added tests increased to 20,734.4 from 20,261.1 the day before.
The percentage of tests that were positive increased to 8.5 from 7.7 on Thursday.
The state added 65 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 69.9 on Thursday to 67.9 on Friday. The Department of Public Health reported that it eliminated two deaths that it previously had attributed to COVID-19.
Of those 65 deaths, 38 occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths dated by occurrence actually increased slightly on Friday from Thursday.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Friday reported that hospitals across the state had 1,742 COVID-19 patients, down from 1,791 on Thursday, 2,366 ICU Beds In Use, down from 2,493 on Thursday, and 1,030 ventilators in use, up from 1,028 on Thursday.
The Department of Community Health reported that COVID-19 was present among the residents and/or staff of 647 long-term care facilities in the state, up from 646 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. The insert in Chart 3 is based on data from Oconee County Schools.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.