The Northeast Health District added five deaths attributed to COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday, 138 confirmed COVID-19 cases based on molecular tests, and 51 cases based on antigen rapid tests.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 1.4 deaths per day on Tuesday to 1.6 on Wednesday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on the molecular test increased from 129.7 to 133.3, and the seven-day rolling average of added antigen cases dropped from 49.1 to 46.9.
One of the confirmed COVID-19 deaths–of a female aged 90 plus without a chronic condition–was in Clarke County. Clarke County also had a probable death listed in the Daily Status Report for which no characteristics were reported.
The other four confirmed COVID-19 deaths were of a 70-year-old female without a known chronic condition and of a 90-plus-year-old female without a known chronic condition, both from Elbert County, and of a 70-year-old male without a chronic condition and an 88-year-old without a specified gender and without a known chronic condition in Jackson County.
Cases And Hospital Patients
Every county in the 10-county District added confirmed cases based on the molecular tests, with Oconee County adding five and Clarke County adding 41. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County stayed the same as on Tuesday, while it increased slightly in Clarke County.
Clarke County added seven cases based on antigen or rapid tests, while Oconee County added one.
The University of Georgia reported in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates on Wednesday 65 local positive COVID-19 tests for the week ending Nov. 22, up from 48 a week earlier, and 97 total positive tests, up from 89 a week earlier.
The University reported a large increase in the number of walk-in tests at Legion Field–from 2,544 in the week ending Nov. 15 to 5,038 in the week ending Nov. 22–but a drop in the percentage of those tests that were positive from 0.94 to 0.75.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (79) decreased by seven from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (64) increased by one from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (29) decreased by one from the day before.
The Department of Community Health on Wednesday reported seven new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the 38 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with COVID-19 and seven new cases of COVID-19 among the staff of those facilities.
The cases were at Hill Haven nursing home in Jackson County, Park Place Nursing Facility in Walton County, and The Retreat at Loganville personal care home, also in Walton County.
In each of the homes, new resident and staff cases were reported in the Department of Community Health’s Long-Term Care Facility Report.
Across the state of Georgia, the Department of Public Health reported 49 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 30 probable deaths on Wednesday.
Confirmed COVID-19 deaths were reported to the Department of Public Health as deceased by healthcare providers or medical examiners/coroners, identified by death certificates with COVID-19 indicated as the cause of death or showed evidence that COVID-19 contributed to the individual’s death.
The Department of Public Health’s explanation of probable deaths is contorted and complex, but it includes “individuals with a death certificate that has COVID-19 indicated as the cause of death and there is no laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2.” (COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.)
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed COVID-19 deaths increased from 25.6 on Tuesday to 26.6 on Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated three deaths it had previously listed as confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Twenty-seven of the newly added deaths were in the last 14 days.
The seven-day rolling average of added probable deaths increased from 8.7 on Tuesday to 10.6 on Wednesday. The Department only began reporting probable deaths on Nov. 3.
The Department of Public Health reported adding 2,387 new cases on Wednesday based on molecular tests and 924 new cases based on the less reliable antigen tests.
The seven-day rolling average of added molecular cases dropped from 2,505.0 on Tuesday to 2,480.0 on Wednesday, but the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on antigen tests increased from 1,090.9 on Tuesday to 1,118.0 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,950) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,417) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (836) increased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health on Wednesday, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed 661 facilities across the state with COVID-19 among the residents and/or staff, up from 657 on Tuesday.
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 Wednesday.
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 inserted table is for the University of Georgia.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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