The Northeast Health District added four deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 106 new confirmed cases of the disease with the release of the Daily Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of both deaths and cases increased.
The deaths were of a 67-year-old male in Jackson County without a known chronic condition, a 76-year-old male in Madison County with a chronic condition, a 55-year-old female with a chronic condition in Walton County, and an 82-year-old male without a chronic condition in Walton County.
The seven-day rolling average increased from 1.1 on Tuesday to 1.6 on Wednesday.
The 106 cases were spread throughout the 10-county district, with Oconee County adding nine cases and Clarke County adding 31. Each of the other counties added at least three cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 75.9 on Tuesday to 77.3 on Wednesday.
The University of Georgia reported on Wednesday that it had recorded only 34 new COVID-19 positive tests locally in the week ending Oct. 4, compared with 48 a week earlier. The University reported another 32 positive tests involving students, faculty and staff not conducted locally, for a total of 66 cases. That figure had been 65 a week earlier.
The University reported that the positivity rate for volunteer tests at Legion Field for those without symptoms dropped to 1.17 this week, compared with 1.95 a week earlier.
The Department of Public Health reported 39 molecular tests in Oconee County in the Wednesday report, and 15.4 percent of them were positive. On Tuesday the percentage was 9.6 percent, and the seven-day rolling average of that statistic is 6.4.
The Department of Public Health listed 390 molecular test in Clarke County for which positivity tests were known, and that rate was 3.8 percent. The figure the day before was 4.5 percent, and the seven-day rolling average for Clarke County is 3.6 percent.
The Department of Community Health listed three new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Northeast Health District’s 35 facilities with the disease, and two new cases of COVID-19 among staff of those facilities.
The three new resident cases and the two new staff cases were at Magnolia Estates of Oconee personal care home, 1541 Virgil Langford Road, south of SR 316 in Oconee County.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that area hospitals had 64 COVID-19 patients, up from 58 on Tuesday, 62 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, down from 63 on Tuesday, and 31 adult ventilators in use, down from 32 on Tuesday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 32 deaths with the release of the Daily Status Report on Wednesday.
Of those deaths, 22 were in the last 14 days. Two of the newly added deaths were as far back as July 19. The Department of Public Health also removed three cases previously recorded as due to COVID-19 from its records.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths statewide increased to 35.1 on Wednesday from 34.7 on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths dated by occurrence also increased.
The Department of Public Health added 1,554 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined from 1,234.4 on Tuesday to 1,202.3 on Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report added 13,395 new molecular tests for which verdicts were known on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests dropped sharply from 19,137.0 on Tuesday to 17,786.9 on Wednesday.
Of the added tests on Wednesday, 5.8 percent were positive, and the seven-day rolling average of that statistic was the same, 5.8, down from 7.1 on Tuesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 1,280 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday, down from 1,287 on Tuesday, 2,300 ICU beds in use, up from 2,285 on Tuesday, and 877 adult ventilators in use, down from 886 on Tuesday.
The Department of Community Health listed 645 long-term care facilities with COVID-19 among its residents and/or staff on Wednesday, down from 646 on Tuesday. The change is almost certainly an error, as facilities are not supposed to remove themselves from the list once they have had a COVID-19 case among residents or staff.
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 Wednesday.
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 chart is based on data from the University of Georgia.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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