The Northeast Health District added 64 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths from the disease with release of state health reports on Monday. One of the deaths was at a personal care home in Oconee County.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report on Monday listed a death at Magnolia Estates of Oconee, 1641 Virgil Langford Road, south of SR 316. The new death brings to four the number attributed to COVID-19 at the home, which currently has 23 residents.
The Department of Community Health does not provide any details about the deaths listed in its report, which is the result of data provided by the long-term care facilities and is distributed by the Department of Public Health.
The Department of Public Health also listed a death on Monday in its Daily Status Report.
The Daily Status Report death was of a 70-year-old Walton County female with a chronic condition.
The Daily Status Report death brings to 72 the number of deaths in that report from COVID-19 in Walton County, which leads the 10-county Northeast Health District in number of deaths from the disease in the Department of Public Health records.
Walton is a large county in terms of population, and the Daily Status Report deaths per 100,000 population is 75.2, which is just behind Oconee County’s 76.7. The highest death rates are in Greene County (133.6 per 100,000 population) and Oglethorpe County (85.3).
Monday’s are light reporting days, and Elbert and Morgan counties did not add any confirmed COVID-19 cases based on molecular tests. Oconee County added only one case, and Clarke County added 10. In both counties, the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined.
The positivity rate for molecular tests in Oconee County on Friday, where 17 tests were recorded, was 5.9 percent, while in Clarke County, where 159 test were recorded, it was 4.4 percent. Tests results are listed by date of the test, so it takes a delay of several days to allow for enough tests to compute a meaningful positivity rate.
The seven-day rolling average of positivity of molecular tests in Oconee County on Friday was 6.6 percent. In Clarke County it was 5.5 percent.
The Northeast Health District on Monday added a net increase of only four COVID-19 confirmations based on antigen tests. Clarke County had four cases previously reported removed, and Oconee County did not add any cases.
The Department of Public Health began reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 based on antigen tests only last Tuesday.
Hospital Data, Long-Term Care Cases
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (76) was the same as the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (59) increased by one from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (31) decreased by 10 from the day before.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report also listed two new COVID-19 Positive Residents and four new COVID-19 Positive staff members at the 38 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by its report.
The new resident cases were at Avery Place personal care home in Athens-Clarke County and at Bountiful Hills personal care home in Jackson County.
The Positive Staff were at Morningside of Athens personal care home of Athens-Clarke County, Bountiful Hills in Jackson County, Northridge Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Jackson County, and The Retreat at Loganville personal care home in Walton County.
The Department of Public Health added 29 deaths across the state from COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 33.4 from 32.0 on Monday.
Only nine of the 29 added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, according to the Department of Public Health Report.
The state added 1,111 new confirmed COVID-19 cases based on molecular tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,651.7 on Monday from 1,638.1 on Sunday.
In addition, the state added 220 confirmed COVID-19 cases based on antigen tests.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,534) increased sharply from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,314) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (765) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Community Affairs on Monday reported COVID-19 cases at 650 long-term care facilities across the state, the same number as on Friday, when the previous Long-Term Care Facility Report was issued.
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 Monday.
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 and for the entire Northeast Health District in the insert.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.
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