The Northeast Health District added a record number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday–614–on a date the state broke 10,000 cases for the first time, with that volume of causing a delay in the issuance of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The Northeast Health District also added six deaths attributed to the disease, a number exceeded only three times–on Sept. 1, when 10 deaths were recorded, and on June 2 and on Sept. 18, when seven were recorded.
Two of those deaths were in Clarke County, one was in Barrow County, and three were in Jackson County.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (194) increased by eight from the day before. The number of patients with COVID-19 is at a level never reported before.
The number of ICU beds in use (64) decreased by three from the day before, but the number of adult ventilators in use (45) increased by three from the day before.
Characteristics Of Deaths
The Clarke County deaths were of a 45-year-old female with a chronic condition and a 90-plus-year-old female without a chronic condition.
The Barrow County death was of a 74-year-old male with a chronic condition.
The Jackson County deaths were of a 62-year-old female, a 66-year-old male, and an 86-year-old male, all without a chronic condition.
The new deaths bring to 64 the number from COVID-19 in Barrow County, to 61 in Clarke County, to 61 in Jackson County, and to 394 in the Northeast Health District.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District on Thursday was 2.4, up from 1.9 on Wednesday.
With the addition of the 614 new cases on Thursday, the seven-day-rolling average of added cases increased to 422.6, the largest number since the state began reporting both molecular and antigen test results on Nov. 3.
Oconee County added a record 71 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and Clarke added 73.
The seven-day rolling average for Oconee County increased from 37.7 on Wednesday to 42.4, its highest level ever, and the Clarke County rolling average was 68.6, compared with 68.7 on Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health usually releases the Daily Status Report at 2:50 p.m, but the Daily Status Report web site included the note at that time on Thursday: “Due to a high volume of numbers to process, the COVID-19 update for 12-24-2020 will be delayed several hours. Please check back after 5 p.m. for today’s update.”
The Report was published at 4:22 p.m.
The 10,640 cases listed in the Daily Status Report pushed the seven-day-rolling average of added cases to 7,434.4, a new record and up from 7,066.4 on Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report listed 54 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths declined from 37.0 on Wednesday to 36.7 on Thursday. The Daily Status Report on last Thursday had listed 56 deaths.
Forty-four of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased on Thursday, as it has the last three days.
The Department of Public Health eliminated one death from its earlier tally of deaths attributed to COVID-19.
The Daily Status Report listed 10 “probable deaths” from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable death” remained unchanged at 5.6.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,867) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,575) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,367) 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 did not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Wednesday or Thursday.
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 4:22 p.m. on Thursday.
Chart 1 shows the rolling averages of COVID-19 cases for the Northeast Health District and for the state of Georgia.
Charts 2 and 3 show actual deaths and rolling averages of added deaths for the Northeast Health District (Chart 2) and for the state of Georgia (Chart 3).