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.
Both of the Clarke County deaths were of individuals more than 90 years of age. One was a female without a chronic condition and the other was a male without a known chronic condition.
The Barrow County deaths were of 63-year-old male with a chronic condition and of an 80-year old male with a chronic condition.
Clarke and Barrow counties each also had reported a single death from COVID-19 in the Tuesday Daily Status Report.
The Wednesday deaths bring to 66 the number attributed to the disease in Clarke County and to 69 the number from COVID-19 in Barrow County.
The total number of deaths for the 10-county Northeast Health District listed in the Daily Status Report now is 418, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 1.9 on Wednesday from 1.7 on Tuesday.
The six deaths listed in the Departments of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report on Wednesday were at Legacy Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Greene County (one death), Great Oaks personal care home in Walton County (three deaths), and Park Place Nursing Facility, also in Walton County (two deaths).
Both Great Oaks and Park Place had recorded deaths in the Long-Term Care Facility Report on Monday.
The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased, and some of the deaths reported by that department would appear subsequently in the Daily Status Report if they were confirmed by a Department of Public Health filing authority, such as a hospital.
With the addition of the 447 new cases of COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report on Wednesday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District dropped to 513.6 from 520.3 on Tuesday. This was the second day in a row the rolling average had declined.
Oconee County added 40 cases on Wednesday and Clarke County added 132. The seven-day rolling average in Oconee County increased to 42.4 on Wednesday from 41.3 on Tuesday.
In Clarke County, the seven-day rolling average increased to 99.3 from 94.6 on Tuesday. The Clarke County rolling average is the highest ever recorded.
The Department of Community Health released two Long-Term Care Facility Reports on Wednesday. One was released early in the day for Tuesday, and the other later in the day for Wednesday.
Since Monday, long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District recorded the six deaths plus 27 newly identified COVID-19 positive residents and 26 new COVID-19 positive staff.
Included were three new resident cases at Arbor Terrace of Athens personal care home in Clarke County and one new resident case at St. Gabriel of Athens personal care home off Virgil Langford Road in Oconee County.
Other new resident cases were at long-term care facilities in Elbert County, Jackson County, Madison County, and Walton County.
New staff cases of COVID-19 were recorded at Arbor Terrace of Athens (three cases), The Oaks Skills Nursing–Athens, and Morningside of Athens personal care home, all in Clarke County.
One new staff case was listed at St. Gabriel of Athens and St. Mary’s High Hills Village personal care home off Jennings Mill Road, both in Oconee County.
Other new staff cases were listed at long-term care facilities in Barrow, Elbert, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.
Hospital, School Data
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (280) decreased by seven from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (85) was up by 14 from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (50) was down by one from the day before.
Normal ICU bed capacity at area hospitals is 70.
The GMA data are reported as being current as of the beginning of the day on Wednesday. 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.
Oconee County schools began classes on Tuesday. So far this week, parents have received notifications of at least four positive COVID-19 cases in the schools.
Kevin Yancey, principal at Oconee County High School, sent out two separate email messages to parents on Tuesday informing them of a total of three “individuals” who tested positive.
The first, at 7:39 a.m., said an “individual in our school” had tested positive. The second of the emails, at 8:55 p.m., said two individuals “associated with our athletic program” had tested positive.
Mike Eddy, principal at Malcom Bridge Middle School, sent an email at 5:05 p.m. on Wednesday about “an individual in our school” who tested positive for COVID-19.
The University of Georgia did not release any data for this past week in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update, did release data for Dec. 21 to 27, when a total of 117 Positive Tests were recorded, down for 120 the week earlier. Twenty-eight of those positive tests were local, compared with 69 the week earlier.
Classes begin again at the university on Jan. 13.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report added 70 deaths on Wednesday, with the total breaking 10,000 for the first time. To date, the Department of Public Health attributes 10,035 deaths in the state to the disease.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 33.6 on Wednesday from 30.6 on Tuesday.
Forty-three of the deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased again on Wednesday from Tuesday.
The state removed one death from its archive of deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Wednesday and added 24 deaths it labeled as “probable deaths” from COVID-19. The seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased to 13.1 on Wednesday from 12.3 on Tuesday.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report added 7,895 COVID-19 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 8,877.4 on Tuesday to 8,686.3 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (5,414) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,736) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,523) increased from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients, the number of ICU beds in use, and the number of adult ventilators in use are all are new record highs.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported on Wednesday that 123,030 individuals in the state have received a COVID-19 vaccine as of 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, up by 12,482 from Tuesday.
The number of administered vaccines is down from 15,941 administered in the Tuesday report.
The state had received 511,025 doses of the vaccine, up 27,375 from the day before.
The state is not releasing vaccine data at the county level at this point.
The Department of Community Health reported on Wednesday that COVID-19 was present among residents and/or staff of 698 long-term care facilities in the state. That figure had been 694 on Monday.
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 6:29 p.m. on Wednesday.
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