With the listing of 298 new cases of COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District increased to 380.9, up just slightly from the 379.4 average of Friday.
The 10-county Northeast Health District also added three deaths, including one in Clarke County, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the District increased to 1.7 on Saturday from 1.3 on Friday.
The Clarke County deaths was of a woman aged 90-plus without a chronic condition. The other deaths were of a 78-year-old female in Barrow County with a chronic condition and of an 80-year-old male in Jackson County without a chronic condition.
Clarke County now has 59 deaths attributed to COVID-19, Barrow County has 62, and Jackson County has 57. The 10-county District as a whole has 382.
Oconee County added 13 cases of COVID-19 in the Saturday Daily Status Report, and Clarke County added 62. The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 27.3 in Oconee County from 27.0 on Friday. In Clarke County, the seven-day rolling average decreased from 69.4 to 68.7. (This is a correction for the original post, which included a data entry error. I apologize for the error.)
After a three day absence, links to data from the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appeared again on Saturday on the Department of Public Health web site.
GHA and GEMA reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (153) 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 (35) increased by three from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients had been 173 on Dec. 14, the largest number ever reported for Region E, which includes the 10 counties of the Northeast Health District plus Franklin and Hart counties.
Oconee County schools are not in session, but administrators at the schools continue to notify parents of cases among the school populations.
Just after noon on Saturday, Kevin Yancey, principal at Oconee County High School, sent a notice to parents that “two individuals in our school” tested positive for COVID-19.
At 6:37 p.m. on Saturday, Jennifer Haygood, principal at Malcom Bridge Elementary School, sent parents an email saying that “an individual in our school” tested positive.
The Daily Status Report on Saturday listed 4,298 new confirmed COVID-19 cases based on molecular tests and an additional 1,731 cases based on antigen tests. The total 6,029 new cases resulted in a seven-day rolling average of 6,563.1 cases per day, down from 6,654.0 on Friday.
The Department of Public Health added 40 deaths across the state attributed to COVID-19 in the Saturday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 33.6 from 32.1 on Friday.
Thirty of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence increased on Saturday, as it has the last three days.
The state eliminated one death previously recorded and attributed to COVID-19, and it also added 10 “probable deaths,” or deaths likely due to COVID-19. The seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” was 10.7 on Saturday, down from 11.4 on Friday.
It is possible to reconstruct the data for Region E for the three days that the reports of the the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) were not available.
It is not possible to do that at the state level because of the way the state rounds the data points.
GHA and GEMA reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,343) increased from Dec. 15, the number of ICU beds in use (2,538) increased from Dec. 15, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,273) increased from Dec. 15.
The number of COVID-19 patients is the highest ever reported since the data were first made available on May 1. (It is possible to see from the chart on the GHA/GMA site that the number for the missing days is lower than for Saturday.)
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 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 on the left and for the 12-county Region E of GEMA on the right.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click any chart to enlarge it.