With the addition of 681 new cases of COVID-19 in state reports on Friday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District increased to 467.0 cases per day, the highest ever recorded.
The average had been 412.6 on Thursday, when 625 new cases were added.
Oconee County added 57 cases and Clarke County added 101. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County increased from 40.0 on Thursday to 45.1 on Friday, the highest level ever recorded.
Clarke County’s seven-day rolling average increased from 67.4 on Thursday to 75.0, also the highest rolling average ever recorded.
The Department of Public Health in Friday’s Daily Status Report listed two new deaths from COVID-19. One was an 85-year-old male in Madison County with a chronic condition, and the other was a 90-plus-year old male in Walton County without a known chronic condition.
The deaths bring to 17 the number from the disease in Madison County, to 88 in Walton County, and to 408 in the 10-county District as a whole.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the District increased to 1.9 on Friday from 1.7 on Thursday.
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 (248) increased by two from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (73) increased by six from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (46) decreased by one from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals has increased each day since Dec. 23 and at 248 is the highest level ever recorded. COVID-19 patients make up 39.1 percent of the patients in the hospitals. That figure was higher only once, on Dec. 27.
The hospitals have expanded their ICU capacity to handle the demand and now report having 74 beds available, rather than the usual 70, and only one of those beds is unoccupied.
The GMA data are reported as being current as of the beginning of the day on Friday. The data are for Region E of GEMA, which consists of the 10 counties of the Northeast Health District plus Hart and Franklin counties. The Region has nine hospitals. The largest and dominant hospitals with the vast majority of the beds are the two in Clarke County.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report listed 11,511 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 7,054.1 on Thursday to 7,800.6 on Friday.
The Daily Status Report listed 17 new deaths from the disease, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped from 38.7 on Thursday to 34.1.
All 17 of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on date of occurrence increased just slightly from Thursday to Friday.
The Daily Status Report added seven “probable deaths” from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased from 12.4 to 13.4.
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 (4,563) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,607) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,511) increased from the day before.
The Centers for Disease and Control COVID Data Tracker on Friday reported that only 50,980 Georgians had received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 480 per 100,000 population. The state has received 376,325 doses, or 3,544 per 100,000 population.
These data on vaccine distributions and receipt are not available on the CDC site at the county level.
Georgia is joined by Ohio , Kansas, and Mississippi as the four states in the country with fewer than 500 people per 100,000 receiving the first shot.
The Department of Community Health did not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday.
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.
Chart 1 shows the rolling averages of COVID-19 cases for the Northeast Health District and for the state of Georgia.
Charts 2 and 3 show actual deaths and rolling averages of added deaths for the Northeast Health District (Chart 2) and for the state of Georgia (Chart 3).