The Northeast Health District added 399 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths from the disease with the release on Monday of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report.
Area hospitals also reported record numbers of patients with the disease and record demand for Intensive Care Unit beds and ventilators.
One of the deaths was listed in the Daily Status Report and was of a 43-year-old Barrow County male without a chronic condition. The Daily Status Report contains the official state list of confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
The death on Monday in the Daily Status Report brings to 74 the number of confirmed deaths in Barrow County attributed to COVID-19 and to 431 the number of confirmed deaths in the Northeast Health District.
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District based on the Daily Status Report increased to 3.0 on Monday from 2.9 on Sunday. No deaths in the Northeast Health District were added in the Daily Status Report last Monday.
The deaths listed in the Department of Community Health report included two in Oconee County and four in Clarke County.
Two deaths were listed at St. Gabriel of Athens personal care home off Virgil Langford Road in Oconee County.
In Clarke County, one death was recorded at The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing and three deaths were reported at Silverleaf Alzheimer’s Care of Athens.
The other deaths listed in the Department of Community Health Report were one each at Nancy Hart Nursing Center in Elbert County, Comer Health and Rehabilitation in Madison County, Hollander Senior Living in Walton County, and Park Place Nursing Facility, also in Walton County.
The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased.
The Department of Community Health report is assembled by that agency but distributed by the Department of Public Health.
The 399 added cases in the Daily Status report resulted in a seven-day rolling average of added cases of 582.0, up from 559.0 on Sunday.
Oconee County added 28 cases and Clarke County added 69. Oconee County’s seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 39.1 on Sunday to 40.6 on Monday. Clarke County’s seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 118.1 on Sunday to 121.7 on Monday.
The Department of Community Health on Monday listed 21 new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the covered 40 long-term facilities in the Northeast Heath District. The Department had issued its last report on Friday.
Of those 21 cases, 12 were at PruittHealth–Athens Heritage in Clarke County, and another was at The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing, also in Clarke County.
Other resident cases were at homes in Barrow, Elbert, and Jackson counties.
The Department of Community Health also listed 14 new staff cases at the District’s long-term care facilities.
One of those staff cases was at St. Gabriel of Athens in Oconee County, two each were at PruittHealth–Athens Heritage and The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing in Clarke County, and one was at Morningside of Athens personal care home, also in Clarke County.
Other long-term care homes with staff cases were in Barrow, Elbert, Jackson, Madison, and Walton counties.
Oconee School Reports
Principals at at least four different Oconee County Schools sent notices to parents late Sunday and Monday about a total of seven different “individuals” at the schools who tested positive for COVID-19.
At 7:18 p.m. on Sunday Jennifer Haygood, principal at Malcom Bridge Elementary School, informed parents of the positive test at her school.
At 5:34 p.m. on Monday, Tony McCullers, principal at Colham Ferry Elementary School sent a notice to parents about “two individuals in our school who tested positive for COVID-19.”
At 6:07 p.m. on Monday, Mike Eddy at Malcom Bridge Middle School notified parents that “three individuals in our school tested positive for COVID-19.”
And at 7:31 p.m. on Monday, Kevin Yancey, principal at Oconee County High School, notified parents about “an individual” at the school testing positive.
Since the end of the first four days of classes on Friday, principals have notified parents of at least nine positive tests.
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 (323) increased by 45 from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (92) increased by six from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (55) increased by four from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients, number of ICU beds in use, and number of adult ventilators in use are all at record highs. The number of ICU beds in use is 22 beyond the normal 70 ICU bed capacity of the area hospitals.
The percentage of patients at area hospitals with COVID-19 on Monday was 47.4, compared with a statewide figure of 33.8. The local percent has been above 40 since Jan. 2. The percent had been 42.2 on Sunday.
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 covered by the report. The largest and dominant hospitals with the vast majority of the beds are the two in Clarke County.
The Department of Public Health listed 7,740 new cases of COVID-19 across the state in the Monday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 10,018, the first time the average has exceeded 10,000.
The Department of Public Health also listed 17 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Monday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 57.4 on Monday from 56.0 on Sunday.
Only six of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days. The Daily Status Report did not list any new “probable deaths” from the disease on Monday.
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 (5,615) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,722) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,561) increased from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients and number of adult ventilators in use are at record high levels.
The Department of Public Health reported on Monday that 39,843 additional vaccinations had taken place since its last report on Friday and that the total number of vaccinations in the state now is 206,900.
The Department also reported that an additional 141,000 doses of the vaccine had been shipped to the state since Friday, for a total of 696,800 shipped. The total allocated also has grown by 226,725 to 940,650.
Data on vaccinations are not available at the county level.
The Department of Community Health reported on Monday that COVID-19 is present among residents and/or staff at 707 long-term care facilities around the state, up from 702 on Friday.
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 data come from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and have been updated for the 2:50 p.m. Report on Monday.
Chart 2 is based on data from the Georgia Hospital Association and include the 10 counties of the Northeast Health District plus Franklin and Hart counties. The data are updated for the beginning of the day on Monday.
Click on the charts to enlarge them.