The Northeast Health District added 163 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday based on molecular tests and 174 cases based on antigen rapid tests as well as four deaths from the disease with the release of the Daily Status Report.
One of the added deaths was in Oconee County, and another was in Clarke County.
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed cases based on the molecular test as well as added cases from the less reliable antigen tests increased, as did the rolling average of added deaths in the 10-county District.
The Oconee County death was of a 76-year-old female without a known chronic condition, while the Clarke County death was of a female without a chronic condition aged 90 plus.
Oconee County also had added a death on Friday, and the county now has 35 deaths attributed to the novel corona virus. Clarke County has 52 deaths from the virus.
Also included in the Saturday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report was the death of a an 89-year-old male without a chronic condition in Elbert County and the death of a 90-plus-year old male without a known chronic condition in Jackson County.
Elbert County now has 16 deaths from the disease and Jackson County has 48.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased from 0.9 on Friday to 1.3 on Saturday.
The Daily Status Report also lists a probable death in Elbert County. No characteristics of that death are included in the state report.
The addition of the 163 new molecular tests confirmed cases resulted in an increase in the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 119.3 from 113.9 on Friday–a level not reached since Sept. 21.
Only Morgan of the District’s 10 counties did not add cases. Oconee County added eight cases and Clarke County added 38. In both counties, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased.
The 174 positive antigen tests pushed up the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on that test from 28.1 on Friday to 49.1 on Saturday.
Every county in the District added antigen-based cases, with Oconee County adding 11 and Clarke County adding 47.
The Georgia Department of Public Health, in a report on School Aged COVID-19 Surveillance Data, two weeks ago began combining the results of the molecular (PCR) and antigen tests to give an overall assessment of change in COVID-19 in the counties and the whole state.
Clarke County over the last 14 days has had a decreasing case rate per population for all age categories, while Oconee County has shown little change. The state has had increasing case rates across all age categories.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (83) decreased by two from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (59) decreased by eight from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (28) was the same as the day before.
The Daily Status Report added 38 deaths from COVID-19 across the state on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 28.0 on Friday to 26.1 on Saturday. A week ago, the state added 51 deaths on Saturday.
Twenty-five of the deaths reported on Saturday were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence increased on Saturday. The state also eliminated five cases it had previously listed as caused by COVID-19 from its archives.
The state also added four probable COVID-19 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added probable deaths dropped from 9.1 on Friday to 8.7 on Saturday.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report listed 2,053 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the molecular test, and the seven-day rolling average of confirmed cases from that test increased to 2,540.7 on Saturday from 2,469.3. The rolling average is the highest it has been since Aug. 21.
The Department of Public Health only began reporting cases based on antigen tests on Nov. 3, and Saturday was the first time since then that the number of cases based on antigen tests exceeded the number based on molecular tests.
The 3,270 new antigen test cases resulted in a rolling average of added antigen cases of 1,002.0, up from 622.9 on Friday and the highest level that rolling average has reached.
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 (1,797) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,386) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (794) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health does not produce a Long-Term Care Facility Report on the weekends.
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 Saturday.
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 as well as in the inserted table.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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