Saturday, January 16, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds Eight COVID-19 Confirmed Deaths As Case Numbers Decline

***Positive Rates Of Molecular Tests Also Dropping***

The Department of Public Health listed eight additional confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its Saturday Daily Status Report, bringing to 475 the total number of confirmed deaths from the disease in the 10-county District.

The District also added 470 new COVID-19 cases, bringing down the seven-day rolling average of added cases.

The District has added 45 deaths in the last seven days, for a seven-day rolling average of 6.4, up from 5.9 on Friday.

Oconee County Results In Jan. 5 Runoff Show Why Absentee Ballots Are Focal Point In Discussion Of Election Law Changes

***Board Of Elections And Registration Certified Jan. 5 Results***

In voting for the Jan. 5 runoff, fewer than one in four of the 23,565 Oconee County voters who cast a ballot did so on election day, according to the official election results certified by the Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration early Tuesday evening.

Nearly six in 10 of the voters participated in early in-person voting, and nearly two in 10 voted by absentee ballot.

Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue got 68.9 percent of the overall vote in the county on Jan. 5, and eventual statewide winner Democrat John Ossoff received 31.1 percent.

Perdue got 79.7 percent of the vote on election day and 71.6 percent of those voting advanced in-person, however, he received only 46.4 percent of the absentee ballot vote.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds 10 New COVID-19 Deaths And 630 New Cases; Oconee County Schools Reports 40 Active COVID-19 Cases

***Four Additional Deaths Listed In Long-Term Care Report

The Northeast Health District added 10 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Friday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, bringing to 37 the number of deaths in the District added since Sunday and lifting the seven-day rolling average of added deaths to 5.9 from 5.3 on Thursday.

Three of the newly added deaths were in Clarke County.

The Department of Community Health also reported four deaths in the Northeast Health District in its Friday Long-Term Care Facility Report. That report has added 20 deaths at long-term facilities in the District since Sunday.

The District also added 630 new cases of COVID-19 in the Monday Daily Status Report.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds 11 Confirmed Deaths From COVID-19 For Second Day In A Row And 500 New COVID-19 Cases

***Five Deaths Also Reported At Long-Term Care Facilities***

The Northeast Health District added 11 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Thursday, the second day in a row 11 confirmed deaths from the disease were recorded in the District.

In addition, the Department of Community Health listed five previously unreported deaths for the Northeast Health District in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Thursday.

The Daily Status Report added 500 new case of the disease in the 10-county District.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds Record 11 Confirmed Deaths From COVID-19 And 657 New Cases Of Disease

***Oconee Has One Death, Clarke Has Four***

The Northeast Health District has a record 11 confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday. Four of those deaths were in Clarke County, and another was in Oconee County.

Six of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District recorded a death from the disease.

The Oconee County death was of an 81-year-old male without a chronic condition.

The Clarke County deaths were of a 76-year-old male with a chronic condition, a 78-year-old female without a chronic condition, an 84-year-old female with a chronic condition, and 90-plus-year old female without a chronic condition.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds Five COVID-19 Deaths, 611 New Cases Of Disease; Hospitals Report Slight Relief Of Pressure

***Practices And Clinics Allocated Less Than Half Of Requested Vaccines***

The Northeast Health District added five deaths attributed to COVID-19 in state health reports released on Tuesday and 611 new cases of COVID-19.

The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed four of the deaths: of a 37-year-old male in Barrow county without a known chronic condition, of a 62-year-old female in Jackson County without a chronic condition, of a 77-year-old female in Jackson County with a chronic condition, and of a 90-plus-year-old male in Walton County with a chronic condition.

Northeast Health District Adds 399 COVID-19 Cases, 11 Deaths; Area Hospitals Report Nearly Half Of Patients Have COVID-19

***Oconee Schools Report New Positive Tests***

The Northeast Health District added 399 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths from the disease with the release on Monday of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report.

Area hospitals also reported record numbers of patients with the disease and record demand for Intensive Care Unit beds and ventilators.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Oconee County Library Board To Hear About Competing Proposals For New Library Site

***Board Meets Monday At Civic Center***

Representatives of the Watkinsville City Council and the Oconee County Board of Commissioners are scheduled to make separate presentations to the Oconee County Library Board of Trustees at its 4:30 p.m. meeting on Monday on competing sites for a new Oconee County Library.

The Library Board voted in July of 2019 to move the Oconee County Library from its current location at 1080 Experiment Station Road in Watkinsville to the planned new county administrative building at the intersection of U.S. 441 and SR 15 (North Main Street).

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds 507 COVID-19 Cases, Increasing Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Cases

***No New Deaths Recorded***

The Northeast Health District added 507 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, resulting in an increase in the seven-day rolling average of added cases per day to 559.0 from 550.7 on Saturday.

The 10-county Northeast Health District did not add any deaths from the virus in Sunday’s Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 2.9.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Rolling Averages of Added COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Increased In Northeast Health District With Release Public Health Report

***Area Hospitals Report Increase In Number Of COVID-19 Patients***

The Northeast Health District added 730 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths from the disease with the release of the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased again in the 10-county Northeast Health District after a brief lull, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths also increased, showing an clear uptick in deaths after a longer plateauing of that statistic.

Friday, January 08, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds 769 New COVID-19 Cases And Seven New COVID-19 Deaths In State Health Reports On Friday

***Oconee County Schools Report 11 Active COVID-19 Cases***

The Northeast Health District added 769 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report as well as six deaths attributed to the disease.

The Department of Community Health listed a seventh death in its Long-Term Care Facility Report for Friday.

The addition of the 769 new cases in the Daily Status Report resulted in a seven-day rolling average of added cases of 514.1, up from 501.6 on Thursday.

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds Two Confirmed Deaths From COVID-19 And 541 New Cases Of Disease

***Clarke County Has Four Confirmed COVID Deaths In Three Days***

The Northeast Health District added a confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Clarke County and in Walton County on Thursday, resulting in a very slight increase in the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the District. The District also added 541 new cases of the disease.

The Clarke County death was of an 86-year-old male without a chronic condition. The Walton County death was of a 78-year-old male, also without a chronic condition.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds 10 COVID-19 Deaths And 447 New Cases Of Disease In State Health Reports On Wednesday

***Outbreaks At Long-Term Care Facilities Across District***

The Northeast Health District added 10 deaths from COVID-19 in two state health reports on Wednesday and added 447 new cases of the disease.

The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report–which lists the official confirmed deaths from COVID-19–recorded two deaths on Wednesday in Clarke County and two deaths in Barrow County.

Northeast Health District Adds 14 Deaths From COVID-19; Report Shows Widespread Outbreak Of Virus At Area Long-Term Care Facilities

***Area Hospitals See Slight Drop In Number Of COVID Patients***

The Georgia Department of Public Health added four deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in the Tuesday Status Report along with 681 new cases of the disease.

In addition, the Department of Community Health on Tuesday listed in its Long-Term Care Facility Report 10 new resident deaths, 48 new cases among residents, and 14 new cases among staff of the Northeast Health District’s long-term care facilities.

Included were long-term care facilities in both Clarke and Oconee counties.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Republican Candidates Carry Oconee County In Runoff Election, But Democrats Gained Ground From November

***Turnout Was High, But Off From November***

Republican U.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler won Oconee County in unofficial but complete election returns Tuesday, but the percentage of the votes the two received were less than a point higher than the percentages their party candidates received in November.

In contrast, Democrat Jon Ossoff increased his percent of the Oconee County vote in the race with Perdue from 29.7 to 31.1, and Democrat Raphael Warnock in the race with Loeffler received 31.8 percent of the vote on Tuesday compared with the 30.2 percent figure for all Democrats in the special election on Nov. 3.

Monday, January 04, 2021

Area Hospitals Report Record Number of COVID-19 Patients; Rolling Average Of Added COVID-19 Cases Increase In Health District

***No New Deaths From Disease Reported***

The Northeast Health District added only 238 new cases of COVID-19 with the release of the Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health on Monday, but the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from Sunday.

Oconee County added 18 cases, and Clarke County added 44, and in both counties the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased.

Monday’s are usually light reporting days, and the number of cases added on Monday was larger than the number added on Monday a week ago.

Parent Asks Board Of Education To Address Her Concerns About School Policies Regarding COVID-19

***Speaking To Board And In Email***

Andrea Wellnitz is persistent.

“I’m coming before you today for the fourth time to bring my concerns to you,” Wellnitz said as she began her comments as a registered speaker to the Board of Education at its final meeting of last year.

Wellnitz said she had a number of concerns and had made a number of requests, including that the Board, Superintendent Jason Branch, or other administrators tell her what the “threshold” is for deciding to move from in-person instruction to hybrid instruction or full remote learning in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Rolling Averages Of Added COVID-19 Cases Increase In Oconee And Clarke Counties And In Northeast Health District

***Oconee Averaging Nearly 50 New Cases Per Day***

The seven-day rolling averages of added COVID-19 cases increased in Oconee and Clarke counties on Sunday and in the Northeast Health District as a whole with the release of the Daily Status Report by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Oconee County added 39 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 49.6, the highest average to date. The average had been 46.4 on Saturday.

Clarke County added 97 cases, and the seven-day rolling average increased from 84.1 on Saturday to 93.1 on Sunday. The 93.1 figure is a new high for Clarke County as well.

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Northeast Health District Adds 474 New COVID-19 Cases, Two Deaths From Disease; Area Hospitals See Large Increase In COVID Patients

***Seven-Day Rolling Averages Of Added Cases Increase***

The Northeast Health District added 474 new cases of COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday and two deaths from the disease–in Oconee and Jackson counties.

The Oconee County death was of a male of unspecified age without a known chronic condition.

The death brings to 41 the number from the disease in the county and puts the county’s death rate at 98.2 per 100,000 population, the third highest in the 10-county Northeast Health District, behind only much smaller (in terms of population) Greene and Elbert counties.

Early Voting Strong In Oconee County For Tuesday Runoff, But Not At Level Of November

***Votes Cast At End Of Early Voting More than 1,500 Behind November***

Nearly six in 10 of Oconee County’s active voters already had cast a ballot in the Jan. 5 runoff elections at the end of early voting on Thursday.

In the 12 days of early voting itself, 13,477 voters had gone to the Civic Center to select candidates in the two U.S. Senate runoff races and the state Public Service Commission runoff.

In addition, 4,040 had returned an absentee ballot, for a total of 17,517 votes cast, or 57.4 percent of the county’s 30,542 active voters or 54.8 percent of the county’s 31,985 registered voters.

Friday, January 01, 2021

Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added COVID-19 Cases In Northeast Health District Increases Again On Friday

***Area Hospitals Report Increases In COVID-19 Cases and ICU Bed Use***

With the addition of 681 new cases of COVID-19 in state reports on Friday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District increased to 467.0 cases per day, the highest ever recorded.

The average had been 412.6 on Thursday, when 625 new cases were added.

Oconee County added 57 cases and Clarke County added 101. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County increased from 40.0 on Thursday to 45.1 on Friday, the highest level ever recorded.