Seven-day rolling averages of added COVID-19 cases and deaths increased in the Northeast Health District on Thursday as the state Department of Public Health reported 250 new confirmed cases of the disease based on molecular tests, 58 cases based on antigen tests, and two confirmed deaths.
Every county added at least five cases based on molecular tests, with Oconee County adding 15 and Clarke County adding 66. The rolling average of added cases increased in both counties, with the average in Oconee County at its highest point ever.
The rolling average of added cases based on the molecular tests for the entire District increased to 165.0 on Thursday, up from 156.1 on Wednesday. The rolling average is the highest it has been since Sept. 14.
Since Nov. 3 the Department of Public Health also has been reporting cases identified with the rapid antigen test, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on this test increased to 44.6 on Thursday from 41.9 on Wednesday.
Every county in the District added cases, with Oconee County adding three and Clarke County adding nine.
The deaths were of a 67-year-old female in Barrow County with a chronic condition and of an 89-year-old male in Jackson County without a chronic condition. The new deaths bring to 58 the number listed in the Daily Status Report in Barrow county and to 52 the number in Jackson County.
For the 10-county Northeast Health District as a whole, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths listed in the Daily Status Report now stands at 356.
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths increased to 1.1 on Thursday from 0.9 on Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report also listed a probable death in Walton County, but it also removed one of the nine listed probable deaths in Elbert County, so the total number of listed probable districts for the district stands at 29. The Department of Public health began listing probable deaths only on Nov. 3.
Hospital Patients, UGA Tests
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (126) increased by 14 from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (68) increased by three from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (27) increased by one from the day before.
The 126 COVID-19 patients at area hospitals is the highest level recorded going back to Aug. 24. The 68 ICU beds in use are the highest number going back to Sept. 14. Area hospitals have a capacity of 70 ICU beds without emergency expansion.
The University of Georgia on Wednesday released its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates for Nov. 23 to 27, when the university was not in session. The total number of Positive COVID-19 tests during that time period was 71, with 41 of them local. Those numbers has been 101 and 66 a week earlier.
The number of surveillance tests at Legion Field dropped to 2,121 from 5,038 a week earlier, and the positivity rate increased slightly to .80 from .75 a week earlier.
The Department of Community Health, in Thursday’s Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed five new COVID-19 Positive Staff at The Retreat at Loganville personal care home in Walton County.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report on Thursday listed 4,419 new COVID-19 confirmed cases based on the molecular test, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on this test increased to 2,819.3, a level not seen since Aug. 17.
The Daily Status Report listed an additional 1,628 cases based on the rapid antigen test, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases based on that test increased to 1,102.1 on Thursday from 985.4 on Wednesday.
The state added 53 deaths attributed to the disease, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 24.9 on Thursday from 21.0 on Wednesday.
The state also eliminated four deaths attributed to COVID-19 from its archive, including one originally listed as having occurred on May 12.
Twenty-nine of the added deaths on Thursday occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on date of occurrence increased on Thursday from Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report listed 32 new probable deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added probable deaths increased to 21.3 on Thursday from 19.1 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (2,300) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,519) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (870) decreased from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients is the highest it has been since Aug. 25.
The Department of Community Health reported COVID-19 cases among residents and/or staff at 666 long-term care facilities around the state on Thursday, the same as 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 in the main chart. The inserted table is based on data from the University of Georgia.
Charts 4 and 5 show data for the entire state of Georgia.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.
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