With the addition of two deaths from COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Thursday, the Northeast Health District saw continued increases in the seven-day rolling average of added deaths.
The two deaths were in Elbert County. One was a 72-year-old male without a known chronic condition, and the other was of an 88-year-old female with a chronic condition.
Elbert County now has five deaths listed in the Daily Status Report and 10 in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Facility Report.
The ages of those listed in the Daily Status Report are 72, 74, 88, 90+, and 90+. The Long-Term Care Facility Report does not list characteristics of the deceased.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on the official count of the Daily Status Report increased to 1.7 on Thursday from 1.4 on Wednesday.
The 10-county Northeast Health District added 98 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including five in Oconee County and 21 in Clarke County. The seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 82.0 on Wednesday to 79.9 on Thursday.
The Department of Community Health reported one new case of COVID-19 among the staff of long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District. The new case was at The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing Home, which now has had 11 staff members with the disease.
The Department of Public Health corrected its listing of the number of molecular tests and positivity rates for Oconee and Clarke counties. For several days, no tests were recorded.
In Oconee County, the positivity rate was 8.2 for the 97 tests listed on Thursday, and the seven-day average of that statistic was 7.9. The figure had been 5.1 percent on Sunday.
In Clarke County, the positivity rate for the 468 tests listed was 3.0, and the seven-day rolling average for the rate was 4.3, a new record low for the county.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that area hospitals had 62 COVID-19 patients, the same figure reported in the last five days, 65 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, down from 66 on Wednesday, and 32 adult ventilators in use, up from 29 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report listed 43 new COVID-19 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 36.4 on Wednesday to 35.1 on Thursday.
Only 18 of those 43 deaths occurred in the last 14 days, with one of them dated for June 11. The Department of Public Health reported eliminating one death previously attributed to COVID-19 from its records.
The Department of Health reported the addition of 1,376 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 1,240.7 on Wednesday to 1,229.9 on Thursday.
The state added 20,713 new molecular tests in the Thursday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added tests dropped to 18,510.9 from 18,637.7 on Wednesday.
Of the molecular tests added, 6.2 percent were positive, and the seven-day rolling average of positivity was 7.2 on Thursday, down from 7.5 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported 1,307 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, down from 1,349 on Wednesday, 2,313 ICU beds in use, down from 2,332 on Wednesday, and 924 adult ventilators in use, up from 896 on Wednesday.
The Department of Community Health on Wednesday reported COVID-19 cases among residents and/or staff of 646 of the state’s 790 long-term care facilities with 25 or more beds, down from 647 on Wednesday.
The data in the Long-Term Care Facility Report are provided by the facility operators themselves, and they are not supposed to remove their facilities from the list once they have had a COVID-19 infection. Some do, and the Department of Community Health does not correct the error.
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 in the insert.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.