The number of added cases of COVID-19 continued to drop in the Northeast Health District on Monday while the number of deaths from the disease continued to increase.
The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed seven new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the 10-county District, while the Department of Community Health listed an additional death in its report on area long-term care facilities.
One of the confirmed deaths in Department of Public Health Report was in Clarke County and was of a 73-year-old female without a chronic condition. She is the 90th confirmed death from COVID-19 in Clarke County.
Barrow County reported the death of a 72-year-old male with a chronic condition, bringing to 94 the number of confirmed deaths from the disease in that county.
Greene County on Monday reported the death of an 88-year-old male without a chronic condition. Greene County now has 35 deaths listed in the Daily Status Report.
Walton County added four confirmed deaths on Monday: two 74-year-old males without a chronic condition, a 77-year-old female without a known chronic condition, and an 89-year-old male without a chronic condition. Walton County now has 153 confirmed deaths listed in the Daily Status Report, the most of any of the 10 counties in the District.
The Department of Community Health death was at Gateway Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care personal care home in Barrow County. The Department of Community Health does not list the characteristics of the deceased in its Long-Term Care Facility Report.
The Department of Public Health distributes the Long-Term Care Facility Report, but it does not treat deaths listed in that Report as confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths–used in the state official tally–increased to 10.6 on Monday, the first that figure has gone above 10 deaths per day. The average had been 9.9 on Saturday and Sunday.
The Northeast Health District now has 601 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus since March of last year.
Cases, Hospital Report
With the addition of just 125 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District declined to 346.6 cases per day from 358.6 on Sunday.
Sundays and Mondays are light reporting days, but 209 cases were added on Monday of last week.
Oconee County added only four cases, and Clarke County added only 26. The seven-day rolling average in Oconee County dropped to 19.4 on Monday from 20.0 on Sunday, while the seven-day rolling average in Clarke County fell from 77.0 to 76.3.
The Department of Community Health, in its Monday Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed two new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the area’s 40 long-term care facilities covered by the report and two new cases among the staff of those facilities.
One of the new resident cases was at The Oaks–Athens Skilled Nursing in Clarke County and the other was at Legacy Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Greene County.
Both of the staff cases were at Gateway Gardens personal care home in Barrow County.
Phillip Brown, principal at North Oconee High School, sent out two separate emails on Sunday night about “an individual” in the school who tested positive for COVID-19 and another email on Monday evening also reporting on “an individual” at the school who tested positive.
Oconee County Schools does not provide to the public details on cases in the schools, which are summarized in the aggregate on Friday of each week.
The North Oconee High cases bring to five the number reported by parents to me since Friday’s report.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (205) increased by two from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (74) decreased by one from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (47) increased by one from the day before.
The Daily Status Report added 44 deaths from COVID-19 across the state on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths decreased to 109.9 from 111.1 on Sunday.
Only 14 of those deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence fell on Monday from Sunday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated one death it had previously recorded as due to COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health listed one “probable death” from COVID-19 on Monday, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased just slightly from 25.6 on Sunday to 25.7 on Monday.
The Department of Public Health listed 3,187 new COVID-19 cases in Monday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases fell to 4,378.3. That figure had been 4,517.1 on Sunday.
Monday is the anniversary of the first cases of COVID-19 in the state of Georgia. On Feb. 1 of 2020, the first eight cases have been listed.
Across the state, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients (4,094) decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,649) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,499) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of an additional 30,833 vaccinations on Monday, up from 9,967 on Sunday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 954,786. It isn’t possible to know how many of those are first and second doses. The state has a population of 10,833,472.
The state received an additional allocation of 250,950 doses on Monday, and a shipment of 118,200 of those doses. The state has administered 66.3 percent of the shipped vaccines.
Data on vaccinations are not being released at the county level.
The Department of Community Health reported that COVID-19 was present at 715 long-term care facilities in the state, down from 717 on Friday, when the last Report was released.
The drop is a reporting error, as facilities are supposed to file a report once a single case has been discovered even if no new cases have been added.
Chart 1 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.
Chart 2 shows the trend in COVID-19 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Northeast Health District.
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 Monday.
Click on the charts to enlarge them.