The Northeast Health District added 779 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the largest number ever added in a single day, as well as four deaths from the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health and Department of Community Health reports.
Two of the deaths were listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and were of an 80-year-old male in Barrow County with a chronic condition and of an 81-year-old male in Jackson County with a chronic condition.
The two deaths listed in the Daily Status Report are the official deaths from the disease and bring to 66 the number of deaths from the disease in Barrow County and to 62 the number from the disease in Jackson County.
The total official number of confirmed deaths from the disease in the 10-county Northeast Health District now is 402, according to the Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 2.3 on Tuesday from 2.1 on Monday.
The Daily Status Report also listed two new “probable deaths” from the disease, one in Jackson County and another in Morgan County. The Report does not include characteristics of these deaths.
The two deaths listed in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report were at The Gardens of Social Circle II and Great Oaks, both personal care homes in Walton County. The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased.
Cases, Hospital Report
The 779 new COVID cases added in the Daily Status Report consisted of 546 identified via molecular testing and 233 via antigen testing. Both numbers were new records, and the seven-day rolling average of combined cases increased to 406.4 on Tuesday from 357.3 on Monday.
Oconee County added 113 cases on Tuesday, and Clarke County added 126. Both are records going back to Nov. 3, when the state began reporting antigen as well as molecular tests results.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County was 43.9 on Tuesday, a new record, and 63.0 in Clarke County.
The Department of Community Health on Tuesday listed 14 new COVID-19 Positive Residents of the 39 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by the Report as well as 13 COVID-19 Positive Staff at those facilities.
Three of the resident case were at Arbor Terrace of Athens personal care home, and a fourth was at The Oaks Skilled Nursing, both in Clarke County. Another resident case was at St. Gabriel of Athens personal care home off Virgil Langford Road in Oconee County. All nine of the other resident cases were at long-term care facilities in Walton County.
Two of the staff cases were at a nursing home in Jackson county, and the remaining 11 were at facilities in Walton County.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (233) increased by one from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (68) increased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (50) increased by eight from the day before.
Across the state, according to the Department of Public Health, 9,708 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 6,680.4 from 6,623.4 on Monday.
The state added 41 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 37.6 on Tuesday from 39.1 on Monday.
Thirty-seven of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased on Tuesday over Monday.
The state removed one death previously recorded for Dec. 8 from its archive, and it added 43 “probable deaths,” that is, deaths likely the result of COVID-19 but not officially confirmed as such.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (4,437) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,582) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,400) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Community Health, in its Tuesday Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed 691 facilities across the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff, up from 690 facilities on Monday.
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 Tuesday.
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).