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.
Six of the 11 deaths reported in the Daily Status Report were in Jackson County, three were in Walton County, and one each were in Barrow and Madison counties. Jackson and Madison counties each had reported a death on Wednesday, and Walton County had reported three.
The Barrow County death was of a 90-plus-year-old female with a chronic condition, and the Madison County death was of an 82-year-old male without a chronic condition.
The six Jackson County deaths were of a 63-year-old male, a 67-year-old female, a 69-year-old female, a 72-year-old male, an 82-year-old female, and a 90-plus-year-old male. None of these six had a chronic condition.
The three Walton County deaths were of a 76-year-old male with a chronic condition, an 82-year-old female without a chronic condition, and a 90-plus-year-old female without a chronic condition.
Barrow County now has 76 deaths from the disease according to the Daily Status Report, Jackson County also has 76, Madison County has 21, and Walton County has 96. The District as a whole now has 457 confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the Northeast Health District based on the Daily Status Report tally increased to 5.3 on Thursday from 4.0 on Wednesday.
Two of the five deaths listed in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report on Thursday were in Clarke County, at Arbor Terrace of Athens personal care home and at Silverleaf Alzheimer’s Care of Athens personal care home.
Nancy Hart Nursing Center in Elbert County, Comer Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Madison County, and Park Place Nursing Facility in Walton County also reported deaths.
The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased, and there likely is some–but not complete--overlap over time between the deaths reported in the Daily Status Report and the Long-Term Care Facility Report.
The 500 new cases of COVID-19 added in the Daily Status Report on Thursday resulted in seven-day rolling average of added cases of 596.1, down from 602.0 on Wednesday.
Oconee County added 35 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 38.4 on Thursday from 39.6 on Wednesday. Clarke County added 110 cases, and its seven-day-rolling average dropped to 123.1 from 123.4.
The Department of Community Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Northeast Health District’s 40 long-term care facilities covered by the report.
One of the residents cases was at The Oaks–Athens Skilled Nursing in Clarke County, and the others were at homes in Greene and Walton counties.
The Department of Community Health listed nine new staff cases among the long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District. One of those cases was at PruittHealth and Rehabilitation nursing home in Clarke County.
Other staff cases were at homes in Elbert, Greene, Morgan and Walton counties.
The Long-Term Care Facility Report for Wednesday was released after I posted my report late on Wednesday. I compared the Report for Tuesday with the Report on Thursday to identify the five added deaths, five added cases among residents, and nine new staff cases.
Hospital, School Reports
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (292) decreased by two from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (83) decreased by seven from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (43) increased by one from the day before.
The drop in COVID-19 patients follows a small decline on Wednesday and a significant drop from a peak of 401 on Saturday.
Michael Eddy, principal at Malcom Bridge Middle School, notified parents at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday that on Thursday “we were alerted to two individuals in our school who tested positive for COVID-19.”
Kevin Yancey, principal at Oconee County High School, notified parents at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday of “an individual” at that school who had tested positive for COVID-19.
Parents have been notified of at least 15 positive tests since the last report of Oconee County Schools on Friday. Five of those cases have been at Malcom Bridge Middle School, and four have been at Oconee County High School.
The state as a whole added 142 new confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Thursday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths from the disease increased to 89.0. The seven-day rolling average is a record high figure.
Sixty-five of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on date of occurrence remained unchanged on Thursday.
The state did remove one death from its archives of deaths attributed to COVID-19 and add 31 “probable deaths” from the deaths. The seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased to 17.7 on Thursday from 13.3 on Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report listed 9,322 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 9,920.7 on Thursday, down from 10,016.4 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (5,613) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,737) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,609) increased from the day before.
The decrease in COVID-19 patients was the first drop since Jan. 9.
The Department of Public Health reported on Thursday that 42,879 additional vaccinations had taken place since Wednesday and that the total number of vaccinations in the state now is 326,056.
The 42,879 additional vaccinations are down from the 47,636 reported on Wednesday.
The Department also reported that 4,000 additional doses of the vaccine had been shipped to the state since Wednesday, for a total of 927,050 shipped.
Nearly all (98.6 percent) of the allocated vaccine has been shipped, and 35.2 percent of the shipped doses have been administered, reaching 3.0 percent of the state’s 10.8 million population.
Data on vaccinations are not available at the county level.
The Department of Community Health reported COVID-19 among residents and/or staff at 715 long-term care facilities around the state on Thursday, up from 710 in the Tuesday Report.
Chart 1 below shows the seven-day rolling average of the addition of COVID-19 molecular and antigen cases for the Northeast Health District and for the state of Georgia since Nov. 3, when the state first began reporting antigen test results.
Charts 2 and 3 report actual deaths reported from the disease and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths.
The data come from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and have been updated for the 2:50 p.m. Report on Thursday.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.