The Northeast Health District added 16 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Friday, reversing the decline in the seven-day rolling average of added deaths from the disease.
The Daily Status Report included 210 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District, and the rolling average of added cases continued to decline, falling for the 14th day in a row.
Oconee County Schools on Friday reported an increase in the number of Active Cases but a decline in the number of Active Quarantines from the disease.
The 16 confirmed deaths–the second highest number ever recorded in the District–were in eight of the 10 counties in the District, with Oconee and Clarke counties each recording one confirmed death.
The Oconee County death was of a 73-year-old female without a chronic condition, while the Clarke County death was of a 62-year-old male, also without a chronic condition. Oconee County now has 52 deaths from the disease, while Clarke County has 102.
Barrow County had three confirmed deaths: a 51-year-old female, a 58-year-old male, and a 65-year old female, none of whom had a chronic condition. Barrow now has 107 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
Elbert County recorded its 41st and 42nd confirmed deaths: 81-year-old and 82-year-old females without chronic conditions.
Jackson County listed the death of an 84-year-old male with a chronic condition, and Madison County listed the deaths of a 59-year-old female and a 75-year-old female, neither of whom had a chronic condition.
Oglethorpe County reported the death of an 82-year-old male without a chronic condition.
Walton County added five new confirmed deaths: of a 48-year-old female, a 63-year-old male, a 66-year-old female, a 90-plus-year-old male, and a 90-plus-year-old female. Only the 48-year-old had a chronic condition.
Jackson County has 107 deaths, Madison 32, Oglethorpe 21, and Walton 178. Walton County has the largest number of deaths in the District.
The addition of the 16 confirmed deaths pushed up the seven-day rolling average of added deaths to 7.1 from 5.3 on Thursday. The rolling average of deaths had declined five days in a row prior to Friday.
Cases, Hospital Report
With the addition of the 210 new cases, the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 189.9, down from 192.1 on Thursday.
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Oconee County added 20 cases, and its seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 12.6 on Friday from 11.6 on Thursday. Clarke County added 44 cases, and the seven-day rolling average fell to 42.7 from 44.7 on Thursday.
Oconee County Schools, in its COVID-19 Status Report on Friday, listed 17 Active Cases and 86 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact. The latter is the number of individuals under quarantine.
Last week, the number of Active Cases in the schools had been 13, and the number of quarantines had been 97.
No additional information is released to the public about cases or quarantines, but parents of students in the system's 11 schools receive notices when an individual or individuals at a school test positive.
Since last week, parents have forwarded to me notices of positive tests at Malcom Bridge Middle School (five cases) and High Shoals Elementary School.
The Department of Community Health had not released its usual Long-Term Care Facility Report late on Friday.
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 (138) decreased by one from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (76) increased by seven from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (38) decreased by two from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients now has decreased for five days in a row.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 187 new confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 103.7 from 91.0 on Thursday.
Only 69 of the 187 added deaths occurred in the last 14 days. One of the deaths added occurred on July 19!
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence dropped just slightly on Friday from Thursday, when only 76 new deaths had been added.
The Department of Public Health also removed three deaths from it archives of deaths attributed to the virus.
The Daily Status Report listed 11 “probable deaths” from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased to 20.0 from 19.0 on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health added 4,108 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined to 3,938.0 from 4,077.0 on Thursday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,090) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,648) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,373) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of an additional 54,254 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, up from 52,331 on Thursday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 1,408,232. 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 shipment of 900 doses of the vaccine in Friday’s report. All of the allocated 1,835,775 doses now have been shipped..
On Friday, 76.7 percent of the shipped doses had been administered.
Data on vaccinations are not being released at the county level.
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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