With the addition of 141 confirmed COVID-19 cases based on molecular tests, 68 cases based on antigen rapid tests, and one death, the seven-day rolling average of the three indicators of the disease increased in the Northeast Health District on Friday.
The death listed in the Friday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health was of a 76-year-old male with a chronic condition in Oconee County.
On Thursday, the Department of Public Health had eliminated one death previously listed for Oconee County, and the death listed on Friday brings to 34 the number of deaths from the disease in the county.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 0.9 from 0.7 on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health listed a probable COVID-19 death–as opposed to a confirmed COVID-19 death--in Elbert County in the Friday Daily Status Report, but it gives no characteristics of the deceased.
The 68 confirmed cases based on molecular tests pushed up the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 113.9 from 112.9 on Thursday.
Every county in the 10-county Northeast Health District added molecular-confirmed cases in the Friday Daily Status Report, with Oconee County adding seven cases and Clarke County adding 25. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in both counties fell on Friday.
With the addition of the 68 cases based on the antigen tests, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 28.1 from 23.3 on Thursday. Every county except Oglethorpe added a case, with Oconee County adding eight and Clarke County adding 17.
School Cases, Hospitalizations
Oconee County Schools, in its Weekly COVID-19 Status Report, listed 10 Active COVID-19 Cases at the system’s 11 schools, down from 13 a week earlier, and 130 Active Quarantines Due to Close Contact, down from 139 a week earlier.
The Status Report does not provide any additional information on those Active Cases, but email messages from school administrators forwarded to me by parents indicate one of the cases was at Malcom Bridge Elementary School, one was at Colham Ferry Elementary School, and one was at Oconee County High 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) decreased by three from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (67) increased by five from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (28) was the same as the day before.
The Department of Community Health Reported four new cases of COVID-19 among residents of long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District and three new cases of the disease among staff at those facilities.
One of the resident cases was at Morningside of Athens personal care home in Clarke County, and three were at The Retreat of Loganville personal care home in Walton County.
Two of the staff cases also were at The Retreat of Loganville, and the third was at Park Place Nursing Facility, also in Walton County.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 2,880 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average increased to 2,469.3, a level not reached since Aug. 18. The average was 2,398.3 on Thursday.
The 752 added cases based on antigen tests pushed up the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on that test to 622.9 from 621.6 on Thursday. The state began reporting the results of those tests only on Nov. 3.
The 26 deaths added in the Daily Status Report on Friday result in an increase of the seven-day rolling average of added deaths to 28.0 from 27.4 on Thursday.
Twenty-two of those deaths were in the last 14 days. The Department of Public Health also eliminated four deaths from its archive of deaths attributed to the disease.
The Daily Status Reported listed 18 probable deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added probable deaths from the disease increased to 9.1 on Friday from 7.9 on Thursday.
Across the state on Thursday, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,800) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,400) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (803) increased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health on Friday listed 659 long-term care facilities across the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff, down from 661 on Thursday.
The reduction in the number of facilities likely is an error, as facilities are not supposed to stop reporting once they have listed a COVID case at their facility. The Department of Community Health does not verify the self-reports from the facility operators.
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 inserted chart is for data from Oconee County Schools.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.