The Northeast Health District has a record 11 confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday. Four of those deaths were in Clarke County, and another was in Oconee County.
Six of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District recorded a death from the disease.
The Oconee County death was of an 81-year-old male without a chronic condition.
The Clarke County deaths were of a 76-year-old male with a chronic condition, a 78-year-old female without a chronic condition, an 84-year-old female with a chronic condition, and 90-plus-year old female without a chronic condition.
Elbert County reported the death of a 79-year-old male without a chronic condition, Jackson County reported the death of a 48-year-old male without a chronic condition, and Madison County had a death of a 58-year-old female without a chronic condition.
Walton County had three deaths: of a 63-year-old male without a chronic condition, of a 68-year-old male without a chronic condition, and of a 90-plus-year-old female without a chronic condition.
The deaths bring to 42 the number of COVID-19 deaths in Oconee County, to 71 the number COVID-19 deaths in Clarke County, to 26 the number in Elbert County, to 70 the number of Jackson County, to 20 the number of Madison County, and to 93 the number in Walton County.
Even with the addition of the four deaths, Clarke County has the second lowest death rate per 100,000 population in the Northeast Health District. Oconee County has the third highest rate.
The Northeast Health District now has 446 deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths on Wednesday jumped to 4.0 from 3.0 on Tuesday with the addition of the 11 confirmed deaths in the Daily Status Report.
The Northeast Health District added 657 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 602.0 from 572.0 on Tuesday.
Oconee County added 51 COVID-19 cases and Clarke County added 145. The seven-day rolling average in Oconee County increased to 39.6 from 38.0 on Tuesday. The seven-day rolling average in Clarke County increased to 123.4–a new record high–from 121.6.
The University of Georgia reported 156 local positive tests for COVID-19 among its students, faculty and staff on Wednesday in the first COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update for the spring semester.
The report covered the Jan. 4 to 8 period–before classes begin this week–and included an additional 127 positive tests from outside Clarke County for a total of 283 positive tests.
The number of local positive and overall positives cases were up from the report for Dec. 21 to 27, when 28 local cases and a total of 120 positive cases were report.
The positivity rate for walk-in tests at Legion Field for those without symptoms increased to 3.9 percent in the new report from 3.5 in the last report of last year.
The 283 total positive tests is the highest recorded since early September, and the positivity rate was exceeded only one time–for Nov. 30 to Dec. 6–when it was 4.2 percent.
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 (294) decreased by 20 from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (90) increased by one from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (42) decreased by five from the day before.
The Department of Community Health did not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report for Wednesday as of this posting.
The Department of Public Health listed 137 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 78.0 from 68.4.
Fifty-eight of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased just slightly on Wednesday from Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health removed one death from its archives of confirmed deaths from the disease.
The Department of Public Health also listed five deaths labeled as “probable deaths” from COVID-19.
The Daily Status Report listed 8,818 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 10,106.4, the second time the average has gone above 10,000 cases per day. It was 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 (5,721) increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,746) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,601) decreased from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients is a record.
The Department of Public Health reported on Wednesday that 47,636 additional vaccinations had taken place since Tuesday and that the total number of vaccinations in the state now is 283,177.
The 47,636 additional vaccinations are up from the 28,641 reported on Tuesday and represent the most vaccinations in a single day since the data were first reported on Jan. 4.
The Department also reported that 224,575 additional doses of the vaccine had been shipped to the state since Tuesday, for a total of 923,050 shipped. The shipped vaccines are 98.1 percent of the 940,650 doses allocated to the state.
Data on vaccinations are not available at the county level.
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 resuls.
Charts 2 and 3 report actual deaths reported from the disease and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths for the Northeast Health District (Chart 2) and the state (Chart 3).
The data come from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and have been updated for the 2:50 p.m. Report on Wednesday.
Click on any of the charts to enlarge it.