The Northeast Health District added 769 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report as well as six deaths attributed to the disease.
The Department of Community Health listed a seventh death in its Long-Term Care Facility Report for Friday.
The addition of the 769 new cases in the Daily Status Report resulted in a seven-day rolling average of added cases of 514.1, up from 501.6 on Thursday.
Oconee County added 46 cases and Clarke County added 151, resulting in seven-day rolling averages of added cases of 39.0 in Oconee county and 108.1 in Clarke County.
The rolling averages had been 40.6 in Oconee on Thursday and 101.0 in Clarke. The new rolling average in Clarke County is a record high.
The six deaths listed in the Daily Status Report were in Barrow, Jackson, and Madison counties, each of which had two cases.
Details Of Deaths
The Barrow County deaths were of a 69-year-old male without a chronic condition and of an 87-year-old female with a chronic condition.
The Jackson County deaths were of a 41-year-old male without a chronic condition and of a 90-plus-year old male with a chronic condition.
The Madison County deaths were of a 53-year-old female without a chronic condition and of a 71-year-old male with a chronic condition.
Barrow County now has 71 confirmed deaths in the Daily Status Report, Jackson 67, Madison 19, and the District as a whole 426.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District, based on the Daily Status Report, increased to 2.6 on Friday from 2.0 on Thursday.
The death listed in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report was at Greene Point Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Greene County. The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased.
Long-Term Care Cases
The Department of Community Health also listed 12 new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the 39 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by its report and eight new cases of COVID-19 among staff.
Ten of the 12 new resident cases were at St. Gabriel of Athens personal care home off Virgil Langford Road north of SR 316. The home also had one of the eight new staff cases.
St. Gabriel reports that it has administered 60 tests among its 46 residents, has had a total of 20 positive resident cases and nine positive staff cases. In the Friday Report, St. Gabriel listed none of its residents as recovered.
Another of the new staff cases was at St. Mary’s Highland Hills Village personal care home at Jennings Mill Road in Oconee County at the Clarke County line, and another of the staff cases was at The Oaks Skilled Nursing in Clarke County.
Other resident cases were at facilities in Greene and Jackson counties, and other staff cases were at homes in Barrow, Greene, Madison, and Walton counties.
School, Hospital Reports
Oconee County Schools’ COVID-19 Status Report on Friday listed 11 Active COVID-19 Cases and 65 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact.
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Classes have been in session since Tuesday, and the last Status Report had been issued on Dec. 18. At that time, the school had 28 Active COVID-19 Cases and 167 Quarantines.
The school system does not list any details about the cases it its Friday reports, but school administrators do send email messages to parents of students in the schools when someone in the school has tested positive.
Since Jan. 2, parents have sent me email messages about four individuals at Oconee County High School and two individuals at Malcom Bridge Middle School who had tested positive.
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 (266) decreased by seven from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (83) increased by four from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (46) was down by two from the day before.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report added 13,425 new cases of COVID-19, the most ever added in a single day.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 8,660.0, up from 8,386.6 on Thursday.
The Daily Status Report added 80 deaths from the disease, a level of deaths not reached since late September.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths was 42.1 on Friday, up from 33.1 on Thursday.
Forty-nine of those deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on date of occurrence increased.
In addition, the state added four deaths listed as “probable,” meaning they are likely to be the result of COVID-19 but are not confirmed given the Department of Public Health standards.
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 (5,515) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,695) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,555) increased from the day before.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that 167,057 individuals in the state have received a COVID-19 vaccine as of 5:42 p.m. Friday, an increase of 31,452 vaccinations from Thursday.
The state had reported adding 12,575 new vaccinations on Thursday.
The state reported having received 555,925 doses of the vaccine, up by 1,875 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 Friday that COVID-19 was present among residents and/or staff of 702 long-term care facilities in the state. That figure had been 698 on Thursday.
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 2:50 p.m. on Friday.
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