Wednesday, December 16, 2020

State Reports 390 New COVID-19 Cases In Northest Health District And Four Deaths From Disease

***Oconee County Schools Tells Parents Of Five New Active Cases***

The Northeast Health District added 390 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, which also listed three deaths in the District attributed to the disease.

The three deaths listed in the Daily Status Report were of an 85-year-old female in Elbert County without a chronic condition, a 28-year-old male in Jackson County without a known chronic condition, and an 83-year-old female in Walton County with a chronic condition.

The Daily Status Report had listed the death of an 18-year-old male in Madison County without a known chronic condition on Monday and removed that person on Tuesday.

The seven-day rolling average of added, confirmed deaths listed in the Daily Status Report remained unchanged from Tuesday at 1.6. The District had added three deaths on Wednesday of last week as well.

The Department of Community Health reported the death of a resident of The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing in Clarke County, the second death at that facility. The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased in its Long-Term Care Facility Report.


The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed 292 cases confirmed via molecular tests and 98 cases identified through the rapid antigen tests. The seven-day rolling average of added cases based on the combination of the outcomes of the two tests continued to climb, from 346.3 on Tuesday to 355.0 on Wednesday.

Oconee County added 20 cases through a combination of the two tests and Clarke County added 84, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County increased to 20.6 on Wednesday from 19.7 on Tuesday and in Clarke County from 68.9 on Tuesday to 69.4 on Wednesday.

The Department of Community Health on Wednesday listed four new cases of COVID-19 among the residents of the 38 long-term care facilities covered by its report and six new cases of the disease among the staffs of the these facilities.

One of the resident cases was at Plaza Personal Care Center at Talmage Terrace in Clarke County, while the others were at homes in Greene and Walton counties.

The staff cases were at long-term care facilities in Greene, Jackson, Oglethorpe, and Walton Counties.

School Messages

Oconee County Schools sent parents at Dove Creek Elementary School a notice late on Tuesday about an active case at that school, and sent three messages to parents on Wednesday about cases at Oconee County Middle School, Malcom Bridge Middle School (two cases), and Colham Ferry Elementary School.

These announcements bring to at least 20 the number of cases announced since the last report to the public on COVID-19 in the county’s schools on Friday. Oconee County Schools had reported 15 Active COVID-19 Cases, the highest number it has ever reported. School ends on Friday.

The University of Georgia, in its weekly COVID-19 Health And Exposure Update, reported 107 Positive COVID-19 Tests in the week ending Dec. 13, down from 121 the week earlier, and a total of 148 Positive Tests, including those not conducted in Athens-Clarke County, down from 184 the week earlier.

The University reported that 2,182 tests were conducted at Legion Field for those without symptoms who dropped in for testing, with 75 of them positive, for a positivity rate of 3.4, compared with a positivity rate of 4.2 the week earlier. The university is not in session at present.

The Department of Public Health usually links to a dashboard maintained by the Georgia Giospatial Information Office containing hospital data from the Georgia Hospital Association. On Wednesday, the Department of Public Health said the data were not available.

“There is a technical problem currently affecting the hospital dashboard that supplies bed, ventilator and patient census data,” the Department of Public Health site states. “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 whole state, the number of deaths from COVID-19 listed in the Daily Status Report increased by 52 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 34.0 from 33.1 on Tuesday.

Twenty nine of those deaths occurred in the last 14 days.

The Daily Status Report also listed 16 “probable deaths,” or deaths that probably were due to COVID-19 but have not been confirmed as such. The seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased to 11.1 on Wednesday from 9.1 on Tuesday.

The Daily Status Reported listed 4,257 new cases confirmed via molecular tests and 2,612 cases identified via antigen tests. The seven-day rolling average of combined test outcomes was 6,342.6 on Wednesday, up from 6,177.0 on Tuesday.

The Department of Community Health listed 672 long-term care facilities in the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff on Wednesday, down from 673 on Tuesday. The decline is a reporting error, since no facility that has reported a case in the past is supposed to remove itself from the list.


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 for the University of Georgia on the right.

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

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The Bike Jock said...

We can't imagine part of the recent terrible spike locally isn't in part the result of our holiday parade crowd's total disregard of virus protocol. Folks jammed in shoulder to shoulder, 3 or 4 deep, up and down mainstreet. It was so disturbing. Almost unbelievable.

Note today, as we follow your posts from the beginning, many of the deaths reported identify older folks. However today you report the death of a healthy 28 year old. None of us are invincible, this thing is capable of claiming any one of us.

John Dewey
'Almost Mainstreet'

Hank said...

I agree, what are folks thinking these days... Here we are close to a Vaccine roll out and people are getting together more than ever. I even have some friends and family who are having more outings than they ever did prior to the virus.

Hank Beasley

Rebecca Billings said...

Sounds like liberal thinking. Did you forget the virus has a 99+% survival rate? But let's make citizens feel guilty for killing Grandma and shame for not following rules. Americans can assess the risk and make their own decisions.