***Labor Department Data Show Signs of Economic Recovery***
The Northeast Health District added two deaths attributed to COVID-19 with the release of the Friday Daily Status Report, 123 confirmed cases of the disease based on molecular testing, and 30 cases identified through antigen tests.
The deaths were of a 69-year-old male in Barrow County without a chronic condition and of a 78-year-old male in Walton County, also without a chronic condition. The death brings to 57 the number in Barrow County from the disease, to 76 the number in Walton County, and to 350 the number in the Northeast Health District.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the District increased to 1.9 on Friday from 1.7 on Thursday, which also added one probable death–in Jackson County. The Daily Status Report does not list characteristics of probable deaths, of which 26 are recorded in the District.
The 123 added cases based on molecular tests were fewer than those added a week ago, perhaps because of the holiday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 134.9 from 137.4 on Thursday.
Every county in the 10-county Northeast Health District except Morgan added cases. Oconee County added nine cases and Clarke County added 24. The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased in Oconee County but fell very slightly in Clarke County.
The 30 added cases based on antigen tests also resulted in a decline of the seven-day rolling average of added cases from that test to 46.6 on Friday from 52.0 on Thursday. Clarke County added six cases and Oconee County added three.
School Cases, Hospital Data
Oconee County Schools did not release a new Weekly COVID-19 Status Report on Friday. The schools have not been in session this week.
Parents at North Oconee High School received a notice on last Friday about a case at that school, and parents at Oconee County High School received notices on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday about cases at that school. The case on last Friday likely was not included in last week’s report. (This is a correction and update from the original post.)
In addition, parents received notice on Wednesday about an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 at Colham Ferry Elementary School.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (85) increased by one from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (65) increased by eight from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (31) increased by five from the day before.
Labor Department Report
Despite the persistence of the pandemic–and clear evidence COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Northeast Health District are once again on the rise--at least one indicant suggests the economy has moved close to recovery.
The unemployment rates for each of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District dropped in October from September, according to preliminary data released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor.
In Oconee County, the unemployment rate dropped from 2.8 percent in September to 2.2 percent in October. The October 2020 unemployment rate in the county is even lower than the unemployment rate in October of 2019, 2.3 percent.
In Clarke County, the unemployment rate dropped from 5.9 percent in September of 2020 to 4.4 percent in October, based on the preliminary data.
The unemployment rate in October of 2019 in Clarke County was 3.2 percent.
Across the state the October unemployment rate, based on the preliminary data, was 4.5 percent, down from 6.2 percent in September, and compared with the 3.1 percent of a year ago.
The Department of Public Health reported 30 new deaths from COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths from the disease increased to 25.1 from 24.6 on Thursday. Twelve of those deaths were in the last 14 days.
The state also added 14 probable deaths from the disease, and the seven-day rolling average of added probable deaths dropped to 11.9 from 12.4 on Thursday.
The state added 2,412 COVID-19 confirmed cases based on molecular tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on that test fell from 2,510.1 on Thursday to 2,443.3 on Friday.
The Daily Status Report listed an additional 706 cases based on antigen tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases from those tests also dropped from 1,114.6 on Thursday to 1,108.0 on Friday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,985) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,375) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (847) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health did not issue a Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday.
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 Friday.
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 in the main chart. The data in the inserted table are for all counties in the Northeast Health District and are from the Georgia Department of Labor.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.