The Northeast Health District added 186 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and no new deaths from the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped just slightly, from 251.3 on Saturday to 250.1 on Sunday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths was unchanged, with an average of 8.6 added deaths per day.
Sundays are light reporting days from laboratories and medical facilities to the Department of Public Health. Last Sunday, 194 cases were reported and no deaths.
Even though the drop in the seven-day rolling average of added cases was small, it was the ninth day in a row in which the average fell from the day before.
Oconee County added 13 new COVID-19 cases in Sunday’s Department of Public Health Report, and Clarke County added 34.
In both counties, the seven-day rolling average fell just slightly. In Oconee County, the decline was from 15.6 on Saturday to 15.1 on Sunday. In Clarke County, the drop was from 54.6 on Saturday to 53.3 on Sunday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) missed two days of reporting the Medical Facility Patient Census and Hospital Beds and Ventilator Use reports normally linked to the Daily Status Report.
On Sunday, those reports were once again available and, on the local level, it was possible to obtain data for the missing dates
GHA and GEMA reported on Sunday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (171) increased by six from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (70) decreased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (44) was unchanged from the day before.
Two indicators of the impact of the pandemic on the economies of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District are unemployment rates released by the Georgia Department of Labor and sales tax distributions released by the Georgia Department of Revenue.
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The Department of Revenue data for December, released at the end of January, are not available due to an update to the Department's computer system.
The labor data, released at the end of January, show the continued weakness of the area economies.
In each of the 10 counties, the preliminary unemployment rates for December are higher than the unemployment rates for November.
In November, those rates had been higher than in October.
The changes are not great, but the movement is in the wrong direction.
In Oconee County, the preliminary unemployment rate for December was 3.0 percent, up from 2.6 percent in November and from 2.0 percent in December of 2019.
In Clarke County, the preliminary unemployment rate for December was 5.2 percent, up from 5.1 percent in November and from 2.8 percent in December of 2019.
The Daily Status Report listed 3,843 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Sunday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased over the day before for the first time since Jan. 26 to 4,767.1 from 4,755.6 on Saturday.
The Daily Status Report added five deaths attributed to COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased just slightly to 109.3 on Sunday from 108.9 on Saturday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated three deaths from its archive. It did not add any new “probable deaths” from COVID-19.
It is not possible to retrieve the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) data for Friday and Saturday because of the way they are reported.
GHA and GEMA reported on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,456) decreased from Thursday, the number of ICU beds in use (2,588) decreased from Thursday, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,467) decreased from Thursday.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of an additional 12,197 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday, down from 24,565 on Saturday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 1,158,884. 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 no additional allocations of the vaccines on Sunday and no new shipments of allocated doses. On Sunday, all but 19,500 of the allocated doses have been shipped and 74.6 percent of the shipped doses have been administered.
Data on vaccinations are not being released at the county level.
The charts 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 Sunday.
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