Thursday, December 17, 2020

State Lists Record 491 COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Plus Deaths From Disease In Clarke And Barrow Counties

***Rolling Average of Added Cases Increases Again In Oconee***

The Department of Public Health reported 380 new cases of COVID-19 based on molecular tests and 111 based on antigen tests in the Northeast Health District on Thursday, setting a new record of single day added cases of the disease and a record seven-day rolling average of added cases.

Oconee County also set a new record seven-day rolling average of added cases of 23.7, up from 20.6 on Wednesday, and Clarke County’s seven-day rolling average of added cases fell just slightly from 69.4 on Wednesday to 69.3 on Thursday.

Oconee County added 38 cases (combined molecular and antigen) on Thursday, and Clarke County added 74 cases.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases for the Northeast Health District increased to 363.6 on Thursday from 355.0 on Wednesday.

The Department of Public Health, in its Thursday Daily Status Report, listed two new deaths from the disease, one in Clarke County and the other in Barrow County.

The Clarke County death was of an 85-year-old female with a chronic condition, while the Barrow County death was of a 65-year-old male without a chronic condition.

The seven-day rolling average of added deaths from the disease increased to 1.7 on Thursday from 1.6 on Wednesday.

The Northeast Health District now has 377 deaths from the disease, for a rate of 71.0 deaths per 100,000 population. That rate is 44.7 in Clarke County, 70.6 in Barrow County, and 83.9 in Oconee County.

Community Health, School Cases

The Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facilities report on Thursday, listed five new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Northeast Health District’s 38 homes covered by its report and five cases among staff of those facilities.

Three of the residents cases were at Jackson Oaks Senior Living personal care home in Jackson County and the other two were at Great Oaks personal care home in Walton County and Park Place Nursing facility in Walton County.

The staff cases were at The Oaks–Athens Skilled Nursing in Clarke County, Jackson Oaks Senior Living in Jackson County, Comer Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Madison County, The Gardens of Social Circle II personal care home in Walton County, and Great Oaks personal care home in Walton County.

Kevin J. Yancey, principal at Oconee County High School, sent a note to parents of children of the school Thursday afternoon about “an individual in our school who tested positive for COVID-19.”

It is at least the 21st such announcement since Oconee County Schools reported last Friday that the system had 15 Active COVID-19 Cases, the highest number it has ever reported. School ends on Friday, when the school system should release another status report.

For the second day in a row, the Department of Public Health did not provide data on the number of COVID-19 cases at hospitals, the number of ICU beds in use, and the number of adult ventilators in use.

The Daily Status Report web site said again: “There is a technical problem currently affecting the hospital dashboard that supplies bed, ventilator and patient census data. The problem is being worked on and as soon as it is fixed, we will again post the links to that dashboard.”

State Data

Across the state, the Daily Status Report listed 5,890 confirmed cases based on molecular tests and 2,174 based on antigen tests.

The total number of new cases, 8,064, is a new record, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on a combination of the two tests increased to 6,358.9 on Thursday from 6,342.6 on Wednesday. The Thursday seven-day rolling average also is a new record.

The state added 56 deaths on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased just slightly to 34.1 from 34.0 on Wednesday.

Forty of those 56 added cases occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased on Thursday from Wednesday.

The state added 10 “probable deaths,” or deaths likely caused by COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased to 12.0 on Thursday from 11.1 on Wednesday.

The Department of Community Health listed 673 long-term care facilities in the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff on Thursday, up from 672 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 Thursday.

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 entire Northeast Health District on the right side.

Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.

Click any chart to enlarge it.

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