Clarke and Jackson counties added deaths from COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Thursday. The 10-county Northeast Health District added 110 new confirmed cases of the disease.
The Clarke County death was of a 67-year-old female without a known chronic condition. Clarke County now has 49 deaths attributed to the disease.
The Jackson County death was of 90-plus-year-old female without a known chronic condition. Jackson County now has 42 deaths listed in the Daily Status Report.
With the addition of the two deaths, the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the Northeast Health District increased to 2.0 on Thursday from 1.7 on Wednesday. The Daily Status Report now lists 304 deaths from the novel corona virus.
The 110 new cases were spread around the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District. Oconee County added two cases, and Clarke County added 39. The seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped slightly in Oconee County and increased slightly in Clarke County.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District dropped to 90.1 on Thursday from 95.6 on Wednesday and has declined over the last four days, contrary to what is taking place in the state as a whole.
The Department of Community Health reported two new COVID-19 cases among residents and 15 new cases of the disease among staff of the 37 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by its Long-Term Care Facility Report.
Two of the resident cases and 13 of the staff cases were reported at Bountiful Hills personal care home in Jackson County, which reported its first case of COVID-19 in the Wednesday report of the Department of Community Health.
Mulberry Grove personal care home in Barrow County also reported a positive staff member, as did High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home, 3450 New High Shoals Road in Oconee County.
That High Shoals nursing now has reported 13 cases of COVID-19 among staff and 50 COVID-19 positive residents. According to Thursday’s report, the nursing home currently has 12 COVID-19 positive residents among the 67 persons in the facility.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (57) decreased by one from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (63) decreased by two from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (29) increased by four from the day before.
The Georgia Department of Labor released preliminary unemployment data last week for September suggessting that the recovery from the pandemic has stalled in the Northeast Health District.
None of the 10 counties of the Northeast Health District reported a preliminary unemployment rate for September that was lower than the revised unemployment rate for August, and in seven of the counties the rate was up just slightly.
Oconee County had a preliminary unemployment rate of 2.8, the same as last month and higher than the 2.2 percent reported in September of 2019.
Clarke County had an unemployment rate for September of 5.9 percent, up from 5.8 percent last month. In September of 2019, the unemployment rate in Clarke County was 3.2 percent.
Across the state, the preliminary September unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, up from 6.0 percent in August and compared with 3.0 a year ago.
The Department of Public Health listed 47 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Thursday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 25.4 on Wednesday to 28.3 on Thursday.
Thirty-six of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence also increased.
The Daily Status Report listed 1,866 new COVID-19 cases in the Thursday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,664.0 from 1,658.0 on Wednesday. The rolling average increased each of the last six days.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,424) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,390) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (899) increased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health listed 639 long-term care facilities on Thursday with COVID-19 cases among their residents and/or staff, down from 640 on Wednesday. The decline means at least one facility that previously had reported a COVID-19 case did not file its data 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 Thursday.
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 shows data for Oconee and Clarke counties in the main chart and data from the Georgia Department of Labor in the insert.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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