Oconee County added two deaths attributed to COVID-19 and Clarke County added one with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday.
Morgan and Walton counties each also added a death, and the 10-County Northeast Health District’s rolling average of added deaths from the disease increased from 1.3 on Thursday to 1.9 on Friday.
The Northeast Health District also added 147 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Friday Daily Status Report, pushing up the seven-day rolling average of added cases from 96.0 on Thursday to 99.4 on Friday. The rolling average has increased each of the last six days.
The Oconee County deaths were of a 74-year-old male without a known chronic condition and of a 78-year-old male without a chronic condition. Oconee County now has 29 deaths attributed to the corona virus.
The Clarke County death was of a 61-year-old male with a chronic condition, and Clarke County now has 47 deaths from COVID-19.
The Morgan County death was of an 86-year-old female without a chronic condition, and the Walton County death was of a 79-year-old female with no chronic condition. Morgan County now has six deaths from COVID-19, and Walton County has 67, the most of any of the counties in the District.
Cases, Oconee Schools
Every county in the Northeast Health District added at least two new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday. Oconee County added eight and Clarke County added 32. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County increased on Friday while the rolling average in Clarke dropped.
Oconee County Schools reported on Friday that it had five Active COVID-19 Cases and seven Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact. Those figures had been six and 31 respectively in last week’s report.
Oconee County Schools does not provide any additional information on the Active Cases or Quarantines, but it does send notices to parents in the schools when an “individual” in a school has “tested positive for COVID-19.”
Parents from High Shoals Elementary School and from Colham Ferry Elementary School sent me email messages they had received, both on Oct. 20, regarding positive tests at those schools. The email states that “the COVID-19 individual and all those who meet contact tracing guidelines are quarantined.”
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (54) increased by four from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (60) decreased by two from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (30) decreased by one from the day before.
The Department of Community Health reported on Friday that four additional residents in area long-term care facilities had COVID-19. Those residents were at PruittHealth Grandview nursing home in Athens-Clarke County. At present, 19 of the 56 residents at the facility are positive for the virus.
The state added 37 deaths with the release of the Daily Status Report on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 34.3 on Thursday to 30.4 on Friday. The Daily Status Report had listed 65 deaths on Friday of last week.
Eighteen of those 37 newly added deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence remained unchanged on Friday from Thursday.
The Daily Status Report listed 2,269 new COVID-19 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 1,367.1 on Thursday to 1,448.3 on Friday.
Friday was the first time the Daily Status Report had listed more than 2,000 new cases in a single day since Sept. 19.
The Daily Status Report listed 40,089 new molecular tests on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 21,907.6 from 19,679.0 on Thursday.
Of the added molecular tests, 5.2 percent were positive, and the seven-day rolling average of that statistic dropped from 6.9 on Thursday to 6.8 on Friday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,359) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,381) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (887) increased from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients is the best indicator of the impact of the increase in cases on hospitals, and that number has now increased in each of the last five days.
The Department of Community Health listed 638 long-term care facilities on Friday with COVID-19 cases among their residents and/or staff, up by one from 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 shows data for Oconee and Clarke counties and, in the insert, data from Oconee County Schools.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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