The Northeast Health District added 374 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, 361 of them confirmed via molecular tests and 13 of them the product of rapid, antigen tests, as well as one of the two deaths from the disease reported in the state.
The death was of a 79-year-old female in Barrow County without a known chronic condition. The listing followed a death in the county in Saturday’s Daily Status Report and was the 63rd in the county attributed to the disease.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the District climbed just slightly to 1.9 on Sunday from 1.7 on Saturday. Sunday is a light reporting day, and the District didn’t have any deaths reported last Sunday and has had no death recorded on six of the last 13 Sundays.
In fact, in the 12 Sundays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 13, the District recorded nine deaths, but, when the deaths were sorted by date of occurrence, 12 of the 100 deaths in that time period were on a Sunday.
The addition of the 374 cases of COVID-19 pushed the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 387.1, a new record high.
Oconee County added 45 cases and Clarke County added 51. Oconee County added 46 cases on Friday and on Wednesday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County has climbed to 31.4, a new record high. The rolling average on Saturday had been 27.3.
The seven-day rolling average in Clarke County dropped on Sunday to 67.1 from 68.7 on Saturday.
School, Hospital Reports
Oconee County schools ended the fall term on Friday, but principals continue to send email messages to parents regarding identified cases of COVID-19 at the schools.
On Sunday, at 12:23 p.m., Colham Ferry Elementary School Principal Tony McCullers sent an email to parents of students in the school saying that “On December 20, 2020, we were alerted to an individual in our school who tested positive for COVID-19.”
At 6:05 on Sunday, Malcom Bridge Middle School Principal Mike Eddy informed parents that on Sunday “we were alerted that two individuals in our school tested positive for COVID-19.”
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Sunday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (157) increased by four from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (66) was the same as the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (32) decreased by three from the day before.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health in Sunday’s Daily Status Report added 5,828 COVID-19 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 6,684.7, a new record.
The Daily Status Report added only two deaths, with one of those in Barrow County.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 33.7 from 33.6 on Saturday. The Daily Status Report had added only one death last Sunday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated two deaths previously listed. It included no new “probable deaths” from the disease.
Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Sunday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,417) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,531) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,283) increased from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients is the highest ever reported since the data were first made available on May 1.
The Department of Community Health does not issue 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 Sunday.
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 on the left and for the entire District on the right.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click any chart to enlarge it.