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.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District increased from 521.9 cases per day on Sunday to 534.3. In Oconee County, the increase was from 49.6 to 50.3, and in Clarke County the increase was from 93.1 to 96.3 added cases per day.
The Northeast Health District did not add any new deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 1.7 on Sunday to 1.4 on Monday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (289) increased by 22 from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (71) increased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (51) decreased by two from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals has increased each day since Dec. 23 and at 289 is the highest level ever recorded. COVID-19 patients make up 42.8 percent of the patients in the hospitals, the highest percentage ever recorded. The state figure on Monday was 31.2 percent, also a new record.
Area hospitals have expanded their ICU capacity to handle the demand and now report having 74 beds available, rather than the usual 70.
The GMA data are reported as being current as of the beginning of the day on Monday. The data are for Region E of GEMA, which consists of the 10 counties of the Northeast Health District plus Hart and Franklin counties and has nine hospitals with emergency rooms. The largest and dominant hospitals with the vast majority of the beds are the two in Clarke County.
The positivity rate for molecular tests for COVID-19 in Oconee County on Dec. 31 was 26.5 percent, down from 37.9 on Dec. 24, but the seven-day rolling average of positivity rates for molecular tests in the county increased from 23.1 percent on Dec. 24 to 30.1 on Dec. 31.
In Clarke County, the positivity rate for molecular tests conducted on Dec. 31 was 19.1 percent, down from 23.0 percent on Dec. 24, but the seven-day rolling average of positivity rates increased from 12.3 on Dec. 24 to 20.3 percent on Dec. 31.
The Georgia Department of Community Health did not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Monday. No explanation was given for the lack of a report.
The state of Georgia added 5,290 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of added new cases increased to 8,791.1 cases per day on Monday from 8,616.3 cases per day on Sunday.
The Daily Status Report listed seven new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state, with six of them in the last 14 days.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 26.7 on Monday from 26.4 on Sunday.
The Daily Status Report did not list any new “probable deaths” from the disease.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients (5,124) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,669) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,497) increased from the day before.
Both the number of patients and the number of ICU beds in use are new records.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Data Tracker on Monday reported the same number of first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, 69,225, as on Saturday as well as the same number of doses distributed, 445,550.
The Department of Public Health, however, now has a web site for vaccine distribution.
On Monday, the DPH site listed allocations, shipments and vaccinations for the state.
The site shows a total of 475,050 vaccines shipped to the state and 94,607 vaccines given.
The allocations are up 29,500 from the last figure on the CDC site, and the vaccinations are up 19,450 from the most recent CDC figures.
These data on vaccine distributions and receipt are not available on the CDC or Georgia Department of Health sites at the county level.
Diane Baggett, communication manager for Oconee County, said in an email message on Monday that the county does not have data other than those provided on the DPH site.
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 Monday.