The Northeast Health District added one death from COVID-19 with the release of the Daily Status Report by the Department of Public Health on Thursday and 99 newly confirmed cases of the disease.
The District has added at least one death every day but two going back to Sept. 25, and the seven day rolling average was 2.0 deaths per day. That average is unchanged from Wednesday.
The death was of a 77-year-old female in Walton County with a chronic condition. Walton County now has 64 deaths from the disease out of the total of 281 in the 10-county Northeast Health District.
With the addition of the 99 cases, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 85.6 cases per day from 82.7 on Wednesday.
Every county in the district added cases with the exception of Greene County. Oconee County added just two cases, but Clarke County added 42.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases for Oconee County dropped to 3.4 cases per day on Thursday from 3.6. The seven-day rolling average for Clarke County increased for the third day in a row to 29.4. The average had been 26.6 on Wednesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (53) was an increase from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (64) increased from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (31) increased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report for Thursday, reported three additional cases of COVID-19 positive residents at the Northeast Health District’s long-term care facilities and two additional cases of COVID-19 positive staff.
One of the new COVID-19 positive residents was at The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing Home in Clarke County, and another was at PruittHealth Athens Heritage nursing home, also in Clarke County. The third case was at Jackson Oaks Senior Living personal care home in Jackson County.
The two new staff cases also were at Jackson Oaks Senior Living personal care home in Jackson County.
Voting Update: As of the end of the day on Thursday, 4,514 Oconee County voters had participated in in-person early voting at the Civic Center. The Board of Elections and Registration has received an additional 3,223 absentee ballots.
Total registration for the county is 31,594 (30,033 active and 1,561 inactive), meaning that 24.5 percent of the county’s eligible voters already has cast a ballot.
The Department of Public Health reported 23 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday across the state, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 29.7 from 31.6 on Wednesday.
Thirteen of those newly added deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence increased just slightly on Thursday over Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report eliminated one death previously listed as attributed to COVID-19 and dated one of the newly added deaths as having occurred as far back as July 28. Four of them were dated as occurring in August.
The Daily Status Report added 1,686 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,301.6 from 1,246.0 on Wednesday.
The state added 25,473 new molecular tests, and the positivity rate for those added tests was 4.8 percent. The seven-day rolling average of that statistic was 5.5 percent, the same as the day before.
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 (1,321) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,310) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (861) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health reported that COVID-19 was present among residents and/or staff at 644 facilities across the state, the same as on Wednesday.
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 and, in the insert, data from the Georgia Hospital Association. The insert data are for Region E, which consists of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District plus Franklin and Hart counties.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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