The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health added one COVID-19 death with the release of the Daily Status Report on Saturday and 131 new confirmed cases of the disease.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped slightly, but the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased.
The death was of a 79-year-old male in Walton County without a known chronic condition. Walton County also reported a COVID-19 death on Friday and now has 70 deaths listed in the Department of Public Health's Daily Status Report, the most of any of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the Northeast Health District dropped from 1.9 on Friday to 1.6 on Saturday. The District now has 309 deaths listed in the Daily Status Report.
With the addition of the 131 cases, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District increased from 79.0 on Friday to 82.3 on Saturday.
Oconee County added two new cases of COVID-19 with the release of the Daily Status Report on Saturday, and every other county in the District added at least three cases. Clarke County added 39 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased in Clarke, and it decreased slightly in Oconee.
Area hospitals so far have reported little negative impact of the increase in cases of the disease.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (51) decreased by seven from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (43) decreased by 21 from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (30) was an increase of one from the day before.
The Georgia Department of Revenue released sales tax distributions on Friday showing the continuing economic impact of the pandemic on local governments.
In Oconee County, revenue from the Local Option Sales Tax, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, and Education Local Option Sales Tax, all one percent, was just at 5 percent less for September than it was in September of 2019.
In Clarke County, the drop was even more dramatic, at about 13 percent.
In both cases, the counties benefited from a huge windfall in revenue in August resulting from an audit of a major company in the state that produced significant gains.
Minus those gains from the audit, both counties reported lower revenue in August versus August of 2019, and Oconee County has had lower revenue in the month-to-previous-year’s month back to March. Clarke County had one month–June–that had shown gains, but the others showed losses as well.
Unemployment data released by the Georgia Department of Labor last week suggested that the recovery post-pandemic has stalled.
Across the state on Saturday, the Department of Public Health reported 2,595 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of newly reported cases going back to Sept. 3.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,664.4, its highest point since Sept. 22.
The state added 24 new deaths from the virus on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 25.3 from 28.0 on Friday. A week ago, the Daily Status Report had added 43 deaths.
Sixteen of the 24 added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, according to the data released by the Department of Public Health on Saturday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,417) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,349) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (857) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health does not produce a Long-Term Care Facility Report on weekends.
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 shows data for Oconee and Clarke counties in the main chart and data from the Georgia Department of Revenue 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.