The Northeast Health District added 125 COVID-19 cases confirmed by molecular tests, 27 cases based on antigen tests, and one death from the disease with the release of the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday.
The 125 confirmed cases from the molecular tests pushed up the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 102.7 on Saturday from 99.9 on Friday.
Each of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District added at least one case, with Oconee County adding three cases and Clarke County adding 36. The seven day rolling average of added cases dropped just slightly in Oconee County and increased by a small amount in Clarke County.
The 27 added cases based on antigen rapid tests resulted in an increase in the seven-day average of added cases from that test from 45.0 on Friday to 46.9 on Saturday. Oconee County added seven positive tests, but Clarke County did not add any.
The death listed in the Saturday Daily Status Report was of a 79-year-old female in Walton County without a chronic condition. The death is the 75th from the disease in Walton County and the 332nd in the Northeast Health District.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the Northeast Health District dropped from 1.9 on Friday to 1.6 on Saturday.
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 (75) decreased by three 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) was the same as the day before.
The entire state of Georgia added 2,553 new cases of COVID-19 based no molecular tests in the Saturday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1.993.4 from 1,822.7 on Friday.
In addition, the state added 616 cases based on antigen or rapid tests, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases from these tests was 790.9, up from 778.3 on Friday.
The state added 51 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 40.7 on Saturday from 38.9 on Friday.
Twenty-six of the 51 deaths added in the Daily Status Report on Saturday occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on the date of the death decreased on Saturday.
The Department of Public Health removed seven deaths from is archives on Saturday, including one that had previously been reported as occurring on June 2.
The Department also added seven probable deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added probable deaths increased to 5.7 on Saturday from 5.0 on Friday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,708) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,436) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (774) decreased from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients–the most direct measure of the impact of the increased cases on hospitals in the state–increased for the seventh day in a row on Saturday and put the number of patients with the disease in hospitals at a level not recorded since Sept. 5.
This contrasts with the situation at local hospitals, where the 75 COVID-19 patients on Saturday was down from the 87 recorded on Wednesday.
The Department of Community Health does not release its 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. The insert shows data from the Georgia Hospital Association for the state.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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