Oconee County recorded its third death attributed to COVID-19 in two days with the release on Tuesday of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The county also recorded 57 new cases of the disease, a new record.
The Oconee County death was the sole death listed in the the Daily Status Report for the 10-county Northeast Health District on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in that Report held steady at 2.0.
The Oconee County death was of a 74-year-old male without a chronic condition. The deaths listed on Monday were of a 51-year-old male without a chronic condition and of an 89-year-old male, also without a chronic condition.
Oconee County now has 38 deaths attributed to the novel corona virus by the Department of Public Health, and the Northeast Health District has 386.
The Department of Community Health also listed a COVID-19 death in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Tuesday. That death was at Great Oaks personal care home in Monroe in Walton County. The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased.
The Northeast Health District as a whole added 435 cases of COVID-19 in the Tuesday Daily Status Report, and because 467 cases were added a week ago, the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 394.7 on Tuesday from 399.3 on Monday.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County increased to 34.3 on Tuesday from 32.7 on Monday.
Clarke County added 54 cases, and the Clarke County seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 67.1 on Tuesday from 71.0 on Monday.
Oconee County Schools added at least one case of COVID-19 among its students on Tuesday.
Though Oconee County schools are on holiday break, Malcom Bridge Elementary School Principal Jennifer Haygood sent parents of students in the school a notice at 2:48 p.m. on Tuesday saying that “On Dec. 22, 2020, we were alerted to an individual in our school who tested positive for COVID-19.”
Hospital, Nursing Home Reports
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 (187) increased by 31 from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (67) increased by two from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (34) increased by one from the day before.
The 187 COVID patients is a new record, topping the 173 recorded on Dec. 14.
The Department of Community Health listed 12 new COVID-19 Positive Residents and seven new COVID-19 Positive Staff at the 38 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by the Long-Term Care Facility Report.
Two of the new resident cases were at PruittHealth–Grandview in Clarke County, five were at Great Oaks in Monroe, three were Park Place Nursing Facility, also in Monroe, and two were at The Retreat at Loganville personal care home in Walton County.
One of the staff cases was at St. Gabriel, off Virgil Langford Road north SR 316, in Oconee County, one was at Great Oaks in Monroe, and five were at Park Place Nursing Facility in Monroe.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health reported 9,309 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a new record for the state. The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 6,895.2, also a new record.
The Department of Public Health listed 52 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 36.6, up from 34.1 on Monday.
Forty-three of the 52 deaths listed on Tuesday occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased sharply on Tuesday from Monday.
The State also eliminated two deaths it had previously recorded as due to COVID-19 and added 14 “probable deaths” from the disease.
Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,734) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,579) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,314) 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 in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Tuesday said that 683 facilities across the state have had cases of COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff, up from 678 on Monday.
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 Tuesday.
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 12-county Region E of GEMA, which consists of the 10 counties of the Northeast Health District plus Franklin and Hart counties.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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