The Northeast Health District added 10 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 on Friday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and 425 new cases of the disease.
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths held steady at 7.3 deaths per day, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 420.7 from 450.0 on Thursday.
The Department of Community Health listed two additional deaths in the area’s long-term care facilities. One of those was in Oconee County.
Three of the confirmed deaths in the Daily Status Report were in Clarke County and were of a 74-year-old female, a 76-year-old male, and a 77-year-old male. None of them had a chronic condition. Their deaths bring to 81 the number of confirmed deaths from the disease in the county.
Two of the confirmed deaths were in Barrow County and were of a 68-year-old male with a chronic condition and of a 90-plus-year-old female with a chronic condition. Barrow County now has 86 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Elbert County listed the death of an 81-year-old female without a chronic condition, and Jackson County listed the deaths of 69-year-old male without a chronic condition, an 82-year-old male without a chronic condition, and an 87-year-old male with a chronic condition.
Elbert County now has 30 deaths from COVID-19 and Jackson County has 86.
The final confirmed death for the Northeast Health District listed in the Daily Status Report on Friday was of an 81-year-old Walton County male without a chronic condition. Walton County now has 115 COVID-19 deaths listed by the Department of Public Health, the most of any of the 10 counties in the District.
The two deaths listed in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report were at St. Mary’s Highland Hills Village, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, in Oconee County, and at Park Place Nursing Facility in Walton County. The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased.
The Department of Public Health distributes the Department of Community Health Report, but it does not consider the deaths in the Department of Community Health as confirmed. The Department of Public Health requires that confirmed deaths be reported through its electronic system by designated filers.
The addition of the 425 cases on Friday compare with the addition of 630 on Friday of last week, resulting in the large drop in the seven-day rolling average to 420.7.
Oconee County added 24 cases, compared with 46 last Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 26.7 on Friday from 29.9 on Thursday. Clarke County added 91 cases, compared with 114 a week ago, and the seven-day rolling average dropped to 77.0 from 80.3 on Thursday.
Oconee County Schools, in its Friday COVID-19 Status Report, listed 28 Active COVID-19 cases at the system’s 11 schools, down sharply from 40 last Friday, and 127 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact, down from 225 a week ago.
The school’s Status Report provides no additional information on the Active Cases, but parents of students in affected schools are notified when positive tests are identified.
Since last Friday, parents have forwarded to me announcements of positive tests at both Oconee County High School and North Oconee High School, at Malcom Bridge Middle School, and at High Shoals, Colham Ferry, Malcom Bridge, Oconee County, and Dove Creek Elementary schools, and at Oconee County Primary School.
That represents nine of the system’s 11 schools.
At 7:04 p.m. on Friday, after the release of the Friday COVID-19 Status Report, Principal Mike Eddy, sent parents a notice of “an individual” at Malcom Bridge Middle School who had tested positive.
The Department of Community Health on Friday listed 11 new cases of COVID-19 at area long-term care facilities. One of these was at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarke County and the others were at homes in Barrow and Oglethorpe counties.
The Department of Community Health also listed eight new cases of COVID-19 among staff at the area long-term care homes. These were at homes in Barrow and Oglethorpe counties.
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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 (265) increased by seven from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (82) decreased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (57) increased by one from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients–the best measure of COVID-19's impact on area hospitals--has increased two days in a row after decreasing four days in a row.
For the state of Georgia, the Department of Public Health listed a total of 162 new deaths from COVID-19 in Friday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased slightly to 115.1 deaths per day from 114.7 on Thursday.
Ninety-six of those deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths based on date of occurrence also increased slightly on Friday.
The state removed three deaths it had previously counted as a COVID-19 death from its archives. It also added 12 “probable deaths” from the disease, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased to 18.6 from 17.7 on Thursday.
The Daily Status Report added 8,730 new cases of COVID-19 across the state, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined to 7,712.3 from 7,915.6 on Thursday. The rolling average has now dropped nine days in a row.
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 (5,196) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,755) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,663) increased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported adding 55,362 new COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, down slightly from 55,518 on Thursday, and the total number of persons vaccinated in the state is now 646,800, or 6.0 percent of the state’s population.
The state has been allocated 1,131,425 doses of the vaccine, and almost all of the allocated doses (1,125,525) have now been shipped.
The 646,800 administered doses represent 57.5 percent of the doses shipped.
Across the state, the Department of Community Health reported on Friday that COVID-19 was present among residents and/or staff of 717 facilities, up from 715 on Thursday.
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 Friday.
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