The Northeast Health District added 83 new COVID-19 cases with the release of the Daily Status Report on Tuesday and no deaths from the disease, and the seven-day rolling average of both added cases and deaths declined.
The 83 new positive tests included five in Oconee County and 16 in Clarke County, and each of the other eight counties in the Northeast Health District added at least one case.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 75.9 on Tuesday from 79.7 on Monday. The rolling average of added cases in Oconee County remained unchanged at 3.9 and in Clarke County dropped from 23.9 on Monday to 22.0 on Tuesday.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the Daily Status Report dropped from 1.3 on Monday to 1.1 on Tuesday. The Northeast Health District had added a single death on Tuesday of last week.
The Department of Community Health also did not list any new deaths at the 35 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with COVID-19 cases among their residents and/or staff.
The Department of Community Health did report in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Tuesday one additional case of a positive resident at area facilities. The new case was at Plaza Personal Care Center at Talmage Terrace in Athens-Clarke County.
The Department of Public Health did not report any new corona virus molecular tests for which it could report verdicts in its Daily Status Report on Tuesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that area hospitals had 58 COVID-19 patients, down from 63 on Monday, 63 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, down from 65 on Monday, and 32 adult ventilators in use, down from 33 on Monday.
These patient and medical facility indicators have moved up and down slightly in recent weeks.
The number of COVID-19 patients is the most direct indicator of the pandemic’s impact of those available, and the number of COVID-19 patients as a percentage of hospital patients on a given day was 10.3 on Tuesday, the lowest percentage reported in the last two weeks.
Across the State on Tuesday, the Daily Status Report listed 979 new COVID-19 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 1,234.4 from 1,249.9 on Monday.
The state added only 12,035 molecular tests for which the positive rate was available, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests dropped to 19,137.0 from 19,179.9 on Monday.
The positivity rate for tests added on Tuesday was 6.6 percent, and the seven-day rolling average of that statistic was 7.1 percent, up from 7.0 on Monday.
The state added 39 death from the corona virus on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average increased from 34.0 on Monday to 34.7 on Tuesday.
Of those 39 deaths, 17 occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths by date of occurrence also increased on Tuesday over Monday.
The state removed two deaths from its list of deaths previously attributed to COVID-19 and dated two of the newly added deaths in July–on July 5 and July 11.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 1,287 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, up from 1,280 on Monday, 2,285 ICU beds in use, up from 2,211 on Monday, and 886 adult ventilators in use, up from 866 on Monday.
Across the state, despite the increasing number of COVID-19 patients, patients with the disease made up 8.8 percent of the hospital patients, down from 9.0 on Monday.
The Department of Community Health listed 646 long-term care facilities with COVID-19 among its residents and/or staff on Tuesday, up from 645 on Monday.
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 Tuesday.
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 charts is based on data for the last two weeks for the 14-county Region E from the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. The 10 counties of the Northeast Health District plus Franklin and Hart counties make up Region E.
Only data for the last two weeks are shown because the Georgia Hospital Association presented exactly the same number for total number of patients for the 16 days prior to that, though the number of COVID-19 patients varied across those 16 days.
The state data from all of the reporting agencies contain many inconsistencies day-to-day, and I try to catch and, where possible, correct errors in those reports. When I cannot reconcile the data, I do not report them.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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