The Department of Public Health recorded seven new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 and 395 new cases of the disease in the 10 counties of the Northeast Health District with the release of the Daily Status Report on Thursday.
The seven-day rolling averages of added confirmed deaths and added cases both declined on Thursday.
The seven confirmed deaths in the Daily Status Report consisted of one death each in Barrow, Greene, and Jackson counties and four deaths in Walton County.
The Barrow County death was of a 72-year-old male with a chronic condition. The Greene County death was of an 86-year-old male without a chronic condition, and the Jackson County death was of a 78-year-old female without a chronic condition.
The Walton County deaths were of 78-year-old female, a 79-year-old female, an 81-year-old female, and an 81-year-old male. None of these four had a chronic condition.
The deaths bring to 88 the number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Barrow County, to 33 the number in Greene County, to 88 the number in Jackson County, and to 141 the number in Walton County.
Walton County, which added 11 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Wednesday Daily Status Report, has many more deaths than any other county in the 10-county Northeast Health District, but its deaths per population ratio is lower than that of Greene and Elbert counties.
The addition of the seven deaths in the Daily Status Report on Thursday resulted in a seven-day rolling average of added deaths of 7.9, down from 8.7 on Wednesday. The District had added 13 deaths on Thursday of last week.
The Department of Public Health did not report any additional “probable deaths” from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District.
The Department of Communication Health also did not report any deaths in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Thursday.
Cases, Hospital Report
The addition of the 395 new cases of COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report resulted in a decline in the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 409.0 on Thursday from 430.7 on Wednesday.
Oconee County added 21 cases and Clarke County added 117. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County dropped just slightly to 22.3 on Thursday from 22.9 on Wednesday, while the rolling average in Clarke County increased to 91.3 from 88.0 on Wednesday.
The Department of Community Health on Thursday did not report any new cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff of the 40 facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by its Long-Term Care Facility Report.
Oconee County School principals at Malcom Bridge Elementary School, Malcom Bridge Middle School, and North Oconee High School all sent email messages to parents of students at those schools on Thursday informing them of “an individual” at the schools who tested positive for COVID-19.
The school system will not release its official report on cases in the schools and quarantines until tomorrow, but, based on email message forwarded to me, at least 18 cases have been reported since last week’s report.
At least nine cases have been reported at Malcom Bridge Middle School.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (226) decreased by 19 from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (81) increased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (47) decreased by five from the day before.
Across the state, the number of confirmed deaths in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Thursday was 147, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 110.6 from 104.6 on Wednesday.
Seventy-four of the newly reported deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on date of occurrence increased on Thursday, as it has the last three days.
The Department of Public Health eliminated two deaths previously recorded from its list of confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
The Daily Status Report listed 39 new “probable deaths” from COVID-19 in the Thursday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased to 24.1 from 20.1 on Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health added 7,672 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 7,158.0 from 7,266.1 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (4,628) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,714) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,546) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported an additional 90,244 vaccinations on Thursday, the largest number recorded on a single day going back to Jan. 4, when these data were first released.
The Department of Public Health had not reported any new vaccinations on Wednesday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 836,518. It isn’t possible to know how many of those are first and second doses. The state has a population of 10,833,472.
Data are not being released at the county level.
The Department of Community Health on Thursday listed 718 long-term care facilities in the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff, up from 715 on Wednesday.
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 Thursday.
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