Seven-day rolling averages of added COVID-19 cases increased in Oconee and Clarke counties and in the 10-county Northeast Health District as a whole on Wednesday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The Northeast Health District also added two deaths attributed to the disease in the Daily Status Report.
Oconee County added 44 new COVID-19 cases, and Clarke County added 95, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee increased from 34.3 on Tuesday to 37.7 on Wednesday while the seven-day rolling average in Clarke County increased from 67.1 on Tuesday to 68.7 on Wednesday.
The Northeast Health District as a whole added 462 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average increased from 394.7 cases on Tuesday to 405.0 on Wednesday.
The two deaths listed in the Daily Status Report were of an 85-year-old female in Jackson County without a chronic condition and of a 77-year-old male in Morgan County, also without a chronic condition.
The death in Jackson County was the 58th from COVID-19, and the death in Morgan County was the eight from the disease.
The 10-county Northeast Health District now has 388 deaths listed in the Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths was 1.9 on Wednesday, down from 2.0 on Tuesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (186) decreased by one from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (67) was unchanged from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (42) increased by eight from the day before.
The University of Georgia, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update on Wednesday, reported 78 COVID-19 Positive Tests in Athens-Clarke County from Dec. 14 to Dec. 20, down from 109 a week earlier, and a total of 134 Positive Tests overall, down from 156 the week earlier.
The University also reported that 1.9 percent of the tests administered at the drop-in facility at Legion Field were positive, down from 3.4 percent a week earlier.
The University is not in session, but 3,328 tests were administered at Legion Field last week, up from 2,182 the week before.
The state as a whole added 8,067 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 7,066.4 from 6,895.3 on Tuesday.
The addition of 55 deaths attributed to the disease increased the seven-day rolling average of added deaths to 37.0 from 36.6 on Tuesday.
Thirty-two of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on date of occurrence increased on Wednesday, as it had on Tuesday.
The state eliminated four deaths from its archive of deaths attributed to the disease, including one as far back on July 25.
The Daily Status Report listed five new “probable deaths,” that is a death likely the result of COVID-19 but not confirmed as such.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,756) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,586) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,331) 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.
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 Wednesday.
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 data from the University of Georgia on the right.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
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