The Northeast Health District added three deaths attributed to COVID-19 with the release of state health department reports on Thursday and 79 new confirmed cases of the disease.
Two of the deaths–listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report--were of a 77-year-old female in Greene County without a chronic condition and of an 81-year-old female in Walton County with a chronic condition.
The Department of Public Health also removed one death in Barrow County from its list of COVID-19 deaths. This was of a 55-year-old male with a chronic condition who was added to the list on Sept. 4.
The net of one death results in a seven-day-rolling average of added deaths of 1.4 in the Daily Status Report, down from 1.6 on Wednesday. The Daily Status Report provides the official count of deaths in the state.
The Department of Community Health also reported one new death in long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with the release of its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Thursday.
That death was at Magnolia Estates personal care home in Elberton, which also reported one COVID-19 Positive Staff. The facility was new to the Department of Community Health list.
Although the Department of Public Health distributes the Department of Community Health Report, deaths in the long-term care facilities are not included in the Daily Status Report death tally each day.
The addition of the Elbert County personal care home brought to 36 the number of long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with COVID-19 among its patients and/or staff.
The addition of the 79 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report resulted in a seven-day rolling average of added cases of 74.6, down from 77.3 on Wednesday.
Every county in the 10-county Northeast Health District except Greene added at least one case, with Oconee County adding three and Clarke County adding 22.
The Department of Public Health did not report any molecular tests for either Oconee County or Clarke County on Thursday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that area hospitals had 60 COVID-19 patients, down from 64 on Wednesday, 64 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, up from 62 on Wednesday, and 29 adult ventilators in use, down from 31 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report added 36 deaths on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 35.1 on Wednesday to 34.1 on Thursday.
Only 11 of the added deaths occurred in the last 14, according to the data released with the Daily Status Report, and one of the added deaths was dated as occurring on May 23. The Department of Public Health eliminated the one death.
Even with the addition of only 11 deaths in the last 14 days, the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by time of occurrence increased slightly on Thursday.
With the addition of the 1,297 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 1,202.3 on Wednesday to 1,191.0 on Thursday.
The state added 24,934 new molecular tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests increased to 18,389.9 on Thursday from 17,786.9 on Wednesday.
Of the added molecular tests, 5.0 percent were positive, and the seven-day rolling average of that statistic dropped to 5.6 percent on Thursday from 5.8 percent on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 1,284 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, up from 1,280 on Wednesday, 2,304 ICU beds in use, up from 2,300 on Wednesday, and 882 adult ventilators in use, up from 877 on Wednesday.
The Department of Community Health listed 646 long-term care facilities with COVID-19 among its residents and/or staff on Thursday, up from 645 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 presents data for Oconee and Clarke counties in the main chart and for the whole 10-county District in the insert.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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