The Northeast Health District added a record 16 confirmed deaths in Wednesday’s Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, with one of them in Oconee County. Eleven of those deaths were in Walton County.
In addition, the District added six deaths in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Report. Two of those were in Oconee County.
The District added 341 new cases of the disease, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined on Wednesday from Tuesday.
The Oconee County confirmed death listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report was of an 80-year-old male without a chronic condition. The death is the 46th attributed to COVID-19 recorded in the county.
Greene County reported two confirmed deaths, as it had on Tuesday. The deaths in Wednesday’s Daily Status Report were of a 61-year-old male with a chronic condition and of an 81-year-old female without a chronic condition. Greene County now has 32 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Madison County had a confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Tuesday Daily Status Report and an additional death on Wednesday. The Wednesday death was of an 81-year-old male with a chronic condition. Madison County now has 27 deaths from the coronavirus.
Morgan County recorded only its ninth confirmed COVID-19 death on Wednesday. It was of a 58-year-old female with a chronic condition.
Walton County's 11 confirmed deaths listed in the Wednesday Daily Status Report is unprecedented.
Five of the deaths were of persons 68-years old and under: a 58-year-old female without a chronic condition, a 60-year-old male without a chronic condition, two 67-year-old males, one with a chronic condition and the other without, and a 68-year-old female without a chronic condition.
The list included a 73-year-old female without a chronic condition, an 81-year-old male and an 81-year-old female, neither of whom had a chronic condition, and three persons listed as 90-plus-years old, two males and one female, all without a chronic condition.
Walton County had recorded six confirmed deaths in Tuesday’s Daily Status Report and now has 137 confirmed deaths from the disease, the highest number of any of the 10 counties in the District.
The District as a whole now has 556 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths jumped to 8.7 deaths per day from 7.3 deaths per day on Tuesday.
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Greene County has the highest number of deaths per 100,000 population, followed closely by Elbert County and then Walton County. Oconee County is in fifth position, behind Jackson County, and Clarke County is in the ninth position, with only Morgan County having a lower death rate.
The two Oconee County deaths listed in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility were at St. Gabriel of Athens personal care home, off Virgil Langford Road. The facility has listed eight deaths from the disease since the beginning of the pandemic, including one reported on Tuesday.
Four deaths were reported in the Department of Community Health Report at Magnolia Estates of Winder, the first COVID deaths reported by that personal care home.
The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased.
The Department of Public Health distributes the Long-Term Care Facility Report, but it does not treat deaths listed in that report as confirmed.
With the addition of the 341 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District, the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 430.7 from 442.3 on Tuesday.
Oconee County added 20 cases, and Clarke County added 76. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County declined to 22.9 on Wednesday from 23.7 on Tuesday and to 88.0 in Clarke County from 88.7.
Parents at Malcom Bridge Middle School received a notice from Principal Michael Eddy on Wednesday informing them that two individuals at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Wednesday positive tests were the seventh reported at Malcom Bridge Middle School since the official school report on Friday. At least 14 positive tests have been reported in the system's schools since that report.
The University of Georgia, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update for Wednesday, reported 120 local positive COVID-19 tests, down from 158 a week ago, and a total of 190 positive COVID-19 tests, down from 267 a week ago.
The data are for the Jan. 18 to 24 period, and the university reports a positivity rate of 2.5 percent for volunteer tests at Legion Field, compared with a positivity rate of 3.1 a week ago. The number of tests on which those rates were computed declined from 2,902 a week ago to 2,407 for this reporting period.
The Department of Community Health listed 19 cases of COVID-19 among residents of the 40 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by its report and 17 new cases among staff of those facilities.
Seventeen of the resident cases and 13 of the staff cases were at Magnolia Estates of Winder. Other resident cases were at Gateway Gardens Assisting Living and Memory Care in Barrow County and at The Gardens of Social Circle II in Walton County.
The additional staff cases were at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarke County (two cases) , Gateway Gardens in Barrow County, and The Pearl at Loganville in Walton County.
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 (245) decreased by six from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (79) decreased by one from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (52) decreased by three from the day before.
Across the state on Wednesday, the Daily Status Report recorded 139 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 104.6 on Wednesday from 106.0 on Tuesday. The state had added 149 deaths on Wednesday of last week.
Seventy-three of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence increased on Wednesday, as it had on Tuesday.
The Daily Status Report also added 22 “probable deaths” from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” dropped to 20.1 from 24.1 on Tuesday.
The Daily Status Report listed 6,637 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined to 7,266.1 from 7,531.0 on Tuesday.
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 (4,741) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,725) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,569) was unchanged from the day before.
The Department of Public Health did not report adding any additional vaccinations on Wednesday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 746,274. It isn’t possible to know how many of those are first and second doses.
An additional 5,375 doses were shown as shipped in the Wednesday report, and the total allocation of 1,322,000 doses now been shipped to the state.
The number of enrolled providers on Wednesday was 1,948, an increase of 18 from Tuesday.
Data are not being released at the county level.
The Department of Community Health on Wednesday listed 715 long-term care facilities in the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff, the same as on Tuesday.
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 Wednesday.
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