The Northeast Health District listed 19 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Saturday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report–a new record–and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the 10-county District is just less than 10 deaths per day.
Deaths lag cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined on Saturday.
Four of the 19 added confirmed deaths were in Clarke County, which now has 89 deaths attributed to the disease.
The Clarke County deaths were of a 39-year-old male with a chronic condition, a 71-year-old male without a chronic condition, a 73-year-old female with a chronic condition, and an 82-year-old female with a chronic condition.
Clarke County also had a confirmed death listed in Friday’s Daily Status Report.
Other deaths were in Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, and Walton counties.
Barrow County’s deaths were of a 57-year-old male with a chronic condition, an 81-year-old female without a chronic condition, and a 90-plus-year-old female with a chronic condition. Barrow County now has 91 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Jackson County had six deaths in the Daily Status Report on Saturday: a 61-year-old female, a 72-year-old female, a 74-year-old male, a 77-year-old male, and two 90-plus-year old males. None of these had a chronic condition. They bring to 96 the number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the county.
Madison County recorded its 28th COVID-19 death, a 77-year-old male without a chronic condition, and Oglethorpe County recorded its 16th COVID-19 death, a 90-plus-year-old male without a chronic condition.
Walton County reported five deaths: a 57-year-old male, a 60-year-old female, a 75-year-old female, a 77-year-old female, and an 80-year-old male. Only the 80-year-old had a chronic condition. Walton County now has 149 deaths from COVID-19, the most of any of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District.
The Northeast Health District as a whole now has 594 deaths from COVID-19 and has recorded 69 deaths in the last seven days, for a seven-day rolling average of added deaths of 9.9. That figure was 8.1 on Friday.
The largest number of deaths recorded on a single day before Saturday had been 16 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average was at its previous high on that day at 8.7 deaths per day.
The Daily Status Report also listed one “probable death” from COVID–in Madison County. The Department of Public Health does not list characteristics of the “probable deaths.”
Cases, Hospital Report
The Northeast Health District added 358 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average dropped to 369.6 from 411.4 on Friday.
The District had added 651 cases on Saturday of last week, and the big drop in cases from a week earlier produced a seven-day rolling average below 400 cases per day for the first time since Dec. 28.
Reporting has been very uneven this past week, and the rolling average actually had increased on Friday from Thursday.
Oconee County added only 17 cases on Saturday and Clarke County added only 64. The seven-day rolling average of added cases fell to 18.7 in Oconee County from 22.4 on Friday and to 77.4 in Clarke County from 91.7 on Friday.
The Department of Community Health issued its Long-Term Care Facility Report late on Friday evening. It did not contain any new COVID-19 deaths or new residents with the disease in the Northeast Health District.
The Report did list two new staff cases, both at The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing in Clarke County.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (211) decreased by nine from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (72) decreased by three from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (43) decreased by three from the day before.
The Daily Status Report listed 159 new deaths from COVID-19 across the state on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 111.3 from 106.9 on Friday.
Seventy-six of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased slightly on Saturday from Friday.
The Department of Public Health removed one death listed as occurring on Oct. 27 from the archive of deaths attributed to COVID-19.
The Daily Status Report listed 52 “probable deaths” from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” fell slightly to 25.7 from 26.6 on Friday.
The Department of Public Health reported the addition of 6,650 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined to 6,505.7 from 6,887.4 on Friday.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients (4,244) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,682) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,530) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of an additional 26,537 vaccinations on Saturday, down from the 50,881 recorded on Friday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 913,936, or 69.1 percent of the available doses. 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 on vaccinations are not being released at the county level.
The Department of Community Health, in its late Friday Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed 717 facilities across the state with COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff. The figure had been 718 on Thursday, and the drop is a reporting error, as facilities are supposed to report each day once they have had a case of the disease in the facility.
The Department of Community Health does not release a Long-Term Care Facility Report on weekends.
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 Saturday.
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