The Northeast Health District added 12 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 442 new cases of the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday. The seven-day rolling average of added deaths and cases increased slightly.
The confirmed deaths were spread across six of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District and included a death of an 81-year-old female in Clarke County without a chronic condition. Clarke County now has 85 deaths from the coronavirus.
Barrow County reported three deaths: a 57-year-old male with a chronic condition, an 81-year-old female without a chronic condition, and a 90-plus-year-old female with a chronic condition. Barrow County now has 91 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Elbert County report two confirmed COVID-19 deaths, of a 78-year-old male without a chronic condition and of a 90-plus-year-old male, also without a chronic condition. Elbert county now has 34 deaths listed in the Daily Status Report.
Greene County listed a single confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Friday, of a 51-year-old female without a chronic condition, while Jackson County listed two, of a 42-year-old male without a chronic condition and of a 67-year-old male, also without a chronic condition.
Greene now has 34 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Department of Public Health Report, while Jackson County’s tally is 90.
Walton County reported three deaths, of a 55-year-old male, a 73-year-old female, and an 88-year-old male. None of these had a chronic condition. Walton County has the most deaths in the District with 144.
The Northeast Health District as a whole now has 575 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 8.1 on Friday from 7.9 on Thursday.
With the addition of the 442 cases of COVID-19, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 411.4 on Friday from 409.0 on Thursday.
Oconee County added 25 cases and Clarke County added 94, and the seven-day rolling average increased just slightly in both counties.
In Oconee County, the average of added cases increased to 22.4 from 22.3 on Thursday, and in Clarke County it increased to 91.7 from 91.3 on Thursday.
Oconee County Schools, in its COVID-19 Status Report on Friday, listed 25 Active COVID-19 Cases, down from 28 a week ago, and 166 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact, up from 127 a week earlier.
The School system provides no additional information to the public on the active cases or quarantines, but parents are notified when “an individual” at the school has tested positive for the disease.
Since the last report, parents have forwarded to me messages from principals at Oconee County Primary School, Malcom Bridge Elementary School, Malcom Bridge Middle School, Oconee County Middle School, North Oconee High School, and Oconee County High School.
Those reports account for 18 of the 25 cases tallied in the Friday COVID-19 Status Report and cover two of the system’s seven primary and elementary schools, both of its middle schools, and both of its high schools.
In addition, parents posted on the Facebook page for Safety First–Reopening Schools Group–messages from principals at Rocky Branch Elementary School and Dove Creek Elementary School. Each messages mentioned “an individual” at the school.
After Oconee County Schools released the COVID-19 Status Report on Friday, principals at Dove Creek Elementary School and Malcom Bridge Middle School sent notices to parents about “an individual” at the schools testing positive.
Michael Eddy, principal at Malcom Bridge Middle School, has sent to parents of the Middle School a notice of positive tests at the school each day from Sunday of this week through Friday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (220) decreased by four from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (75) decreased by six from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (46) decreased by one from the day before.
The Department of Community Health did not release its usual Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday.
The Daily Status Report listed 136 new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 across the state on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 106.9 from 110.6 on Thursday.
Sixty-eight of the added deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence decreased on Friday.
The Department of Public Health did quite a bit of data cleaning in the Friday Daily Status Report. Six deaths were eliminated from the file, including one as far back as May 28.
The Department of Public Health added 29 “probable deaths” from COVID-19 in Friday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 26.6 from 24.1 on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health added 6,836 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 6,887.4 from 7,158.0 on Thursday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients (4,455) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,741) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,556) increased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of an additional 50,881 vaccinations on Friday, down from the 90,244 recorded on Thursday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 887,399, or 67.1 percent of the available doses. It isn’t possible to know how many of those are first and second doses. The state has a population of 10,833,472.
Data are not being released at the county level.
The Department of Community Health gave no explanation for not issuing its Friday Report.
The charts below show the seven-day rolling average of the addition of COVID-19 molecular and antigen cases combined for the Northeast Health District and for the state of Georgia since Nov. 3, when the state first began reporting antigen test results.
The data in the charts come from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and have been updated for the 2:50 p.m. Report on Friday.
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