The Northeast Health District added 134 new COVID-19 cases based on molecular tests in Friday’s Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, resulting in an increase in the rolling average of added cases per day to just less than 100 cases.
The Northeast Health District also added 34 cases resulting from positive antigen or rapid tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on that test declined to 45.0 from 51.3 on Thursday.
The Daily Status Report did not add any new deaths from the disease with the release of the Daily Status Report on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 2.4 on Thursday to 1.9 on Friday.
Each of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District added at least one case based on the molecular tests on Friday, with Oconee County adding 12 cases and Clarke County adding 41.
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed cases based on molecular tests increased from 96.3 to 99.9 in the District as a whole and increased in Oconee County while holding steading in Clarke County.
Oconee County also added two COVID-19 cases based on antigen tests and Clarke County added six.
Oconee County Schools reported 13 Active COVID-19 Cases on Friday, up from five the week before and equal to the number reported in the weeks ending Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Cases declined since then to as low as three in the week ending Sept. 25.
The system’s 11 schools have 139 Active Quarantines Due to Close Contact, up from 26 the week earlier and the highest number ever reported by the school system in its Friday COVID-19 Status Report. The number represents individuals quarantined.
The School system does not provide any details to the public about the Actives Cases or Quarantines, but it does send notices to parents in the schools when a case has been identified.
Parents have forwarded to me since the report last Friday four notices received from school administrators.
The first was late in the day on Nov. 6 about “an individual in our school who tested positive for COVID-19” at Malcom Bridge Middle School.
Another notice on Nov. 9 reported “an individual” at Malcom Bridge Middle School who tested positive and was followed by a notice on Nov. 11about “two individuals” who tested positive at Oconee County High School.
The final notice forwarded to me was on Nov. 12 about “four individuals” at Malcom Bridge Middle School who tested positive.
Hospital, Long-Term Care Reports
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 (78) decreased by five from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (67) was the same as the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (25) decreased by seven from the day before.
The Department of Community Health reported three new COVID-19 positive staff at the 38 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by its Long-Term Care Facility Report.
Two of the new staff cases were in Clarke County: at Arbor Terrace Of Athens personal care home and at The Oaks–Athens Skilled Nursing,
The final staff case was at Comer Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Madison County.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health on Friday listed 2,383 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 based on molecular tests. The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed cases increased to 1,822.7 on Friday from 1,739.9 on Thursday.
In addition, the Department of Public Health listed 743 cases based on antigen tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on antigen tests declined to 778.3 on Friday from 831.3 on Thursday.
According to the Department of Public Health, people with a positive test often get retested and may test positive multiple times. These repeat positive tests are not reported as new cases.
The Daily Status Report listed 22 deaths across the state of Georgia on Friday that it attributed to COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 40.6 on Thursday to 38.9 on Friday.
Only 10 of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by time of occurrence also dropped slightly on Friday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated seven deaths from its file that it had previously attributed to COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health listed nine probable deaths from COVID-19 in its Friday Daily Status Report. The seven-day rolling average of added probable deaths increased to 4.0 from 3.7 on Thursday.
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 (1,686) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,471) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (798) increased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health on Friday reported COVID-19 cases at 653 long-term care facilities across the state, the same number as on Thursday.
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 insert contains data from Oconee County Schools.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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