The Northeast Health District added five deaths attributed to COVID-19 in state health reports released on Tuesday and 611 new cases of COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed four of the deaths: of a 37-year-old male in Barrow county without a known chronic condition, of a 62-year-old female in Jackson County without a chronic condition, of a 77-year-old female in Jackson County with a chronic condition, and of a 90-plus-year-old male in Walton County with a chronic condition.
Barrow County now has 75 deaths attributed to COVID-19, Jackson County has 69, and Walton County has 90–the most of any of the 10 counties in the District.
The Northeast Health District now has 435 confirmed deaths attributed to the disease, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 3.0 deaths per day. The District had added four deaths on Tuesday of last week.
The Daily Status Report also listed one new “probable death” from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District, bringing to 43 the number of such deaths. The newly added death was in Walton County. No characteristics of the “probable deaths” are provided.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report also listed a death at Park Place Nursing Facility in Walton County. The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased.
It is unlikely, though not impossible, that the death listed in the Daily Status Report is the Walton County death listed in the Long-Term Care Facility Report.
The Department of Public Health distributes the Department of Community Health Report, but it does not automatically count deaths from the Department of Community Health Reports. The death must also be reported and confirmed through the electronic reporting system that involves medical facilities and personnel.
The death at the Walton County nursing home was first listed in the Tuesday Long-Term Care Facility Report and is unlikely to have passed through the Department of Public Health system quickly enough to appear in Tuesday Daily Status Report.
The addition of the 611 new cases in the Northeast Health District was down from 681 cases added a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 572.0 from 582.0 on Monday.
Oconee County added 32 new cases of COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 40.6 to 38.0. Clarke County added 113 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 121.6. It has been 121.7 on Monday.
The Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report also listed seven new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the 40 facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by the Report and eight new cases of the disease among staff of those facilities.
Three of the eight staff cases were in Oconee County. Two were at High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home on New High Shoals Road and one was at St. Gabriel of Athens personal care home off Virgil Langford Road.
The remaining five staff cases were at homes in Morgan and Walton counties.
One of the resident cases was at The Oaks Skilled Nursing in Clarke County, and the other resident cases were at homes in Elbert, Greene, and Walton counties.
Oconee County Schools reported at least three additional positive tests for COVID-19 at schools in the system on Tuesday, bringing to at least 12 the number of positive tests reported since school ended on Friday after the first four days of classes.
Principals at Colham Ferry and Malcom Bridge elementary schools and at Oconee County High School sent email messages to parents between 5 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday informing them that on Tuesday “we were alerted to an individual in our school who tested positive for COVID-19.”
Oconee County High School had reported a new positive test on Monday as well, and Colham Ferry Elementary School reported two positive tests on Monday.
The hospital data reported by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) on Tuesday were more favorable than those reported on Monday.
The number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (314) decreased by nine from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (89) decreased by three from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (47) decreased by eight from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients, number of ICU beds in use, and number of adult ventilators on Monday all had been at record highs. The number of ICU beds in use on Tuesday was still 19 beyond the normal 70 ICU bed capacity of the area hospitals.
The percentage of patients at area hospitals with COVID-19 on Monday was 46.7, compared with a statewide figure of 33.7. The local percent has been above 40 since Jan. 2. The percent was 47.4 on Monday.
The state does not report data on the number of vaccines administered by county, but it has begun reporting what it calls a Vaccine Orders List, which provides data by county. The report was updated for Monday.
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As with the other reports I use in this daily post, I pulled out the data for the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District for analysis. (None of the state reports I use in this post provide data specifically for the Northeast Health District.)
The Vaccine Orders report shows 62 medical“Practice/Clinic” names in the Northeast Health District that have placed orders.
Twenty-three of those 62 orders were by practices and clinics in Clarke County, which is the center of the District geographically and in terms of medical facilities. Six were by practices and clinics in Oconee County.
Morgan and Oglethorpe had only one ordering practice or clinic each.
Across the whole District, the 62 practices and clinics requested 87,600 doses of the vaccine and have been allocated 42,075, or 48.0 percent, by the state.
That percentage varied by county.
The six practices and clinics in Oconee County requested 14,025 doses and were allocated 2,275, or 16.2 percent.
Clarke County’s 23 practices and clinics ordered 44,650 doses and were allocated 25,800, or 57.8 percent.
The Vaccine Orders List provides no information on actual shipments of the doses allocated.
The web site for the Northeast Health District allows individuals to register for the vaccine, but the link to the actual form is mostly hidden.
I pulled out that link, and it is HERE.
It is necessary to scroll down the page to find the actual registration form.
Eligibility for the vaccine is explained on THIS PAGE.
I have registered but have not received any additional information on what happens next.
Across the state of Georgia on Tuesday, the Daily Status Report added a record 145 deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths jumped to 68.4 from 57.4 on Monday.
Sixty-five of those added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence jumped sharply on Tuesday from Monday.
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The Daily Status Report added 9,378 new cases of COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped back under 10,000 to 9,884.6 from 10,018.0 on Monday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (5,709) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,730) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,608) 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 Tuesday that 28,641 additional vaccinations had taken place since Monday and that the total number of vaccinations in the state now is 235,541.
The 28,641 additional vaccinations are down from the 39,843 reported on Monday from Friday and the 31,451 reported on Friday from Thursday.
The Department of Public Health also reported that only 1,675 additional doses of the vaccine had been shipped to the state since Monday, for a total of 698,475. The total allocated remained unchanged at 940,650.
The Department of Community Health reported on Tuesday that COVID-19 is present among residents and/or staff at 710 long-term care facilities around the state, up from 707 on Monday.
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 2:53 p.m. Report on Tuesday.
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