Oconee County and Clarke County both added confirmed COVID-19 deaths with the release of Thursday’s Department or Public Health Daily Status Report.
The Northeast Health District as a whole added nine confirmed deaths and 306 cases of COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased while the seven-day rolling average of added cases continued to decline.
A confirmed death was recorded in seven of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District.
In addition, two deaths–one in Clarke County--were reported by the Department of Community Health in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Thursday.
The Oconee County confirmed death was of an 86-year-old female without a chronic condition. Oconee had added a death on Wednesday and two on Tuesday and now has 50 deaths attributed to the disease.
Clarke County added the confirmed death of a 56-year-old male without a chronic condition and an 87-year-old male, also without a chronic condition. Clarke County now has 94 deaths from the disease.
Barrow County added two confirmed deaths, bringing its total to an even 100. The deaths were of a 28-year-old male without a chronic condition and a 73-year-old female with a chronic condition.
Elbert County added the confirmed death of a 72-year-old female, Jackson County had a death of a 71-year-old male, Madison County had a death of a 90-plus-year-old female , and Oglethorpe had a death of a 40-year-male. None of these had a chronic condition.
The deaths brought the totals to 37 in Elbert County, 102 in Jackson County, 29 in Madison County, and 17 in Oglethorpe County.
Walton County recorded a “probable death” from COVID-19 in Thursday’s Daily Status Report, the 11th in the county and the 56th in the Northeast Health District. The Daily Status Report does not list characteristics of the “probable deaths.”
Death Rates Per Population
Oglethorpe County has the smallest population of any of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District, but it ranks fourth from the bottom in terms of confirmed deaths per 100,000 population.
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Oconee County ranks sixth and Clarke County ranks second from the bottom.
Elbert County has the highest death rate per population in the District, and it also is tied with Walton County for most “probable deaths.”
The District as a whole now has 636 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average after the addition of the nine deaths on Thursday increased to 10.4 from 10.1 on Wednesday.
The Clarke County death listed in the Department of Community Health Report was at The Oaks Athens Skilled Nursing.
The second death in the Long-Term Care Facility Report was at Gateway Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care personal care home in Barrow County.
The Department of Community Health does not list characteristics of the deceased
The Department of Public Health distributes the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report, but the Department of Public Health does not treat the Department of Community Health deaths as confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
With the addition of 306 new cases of COVID-19, the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 301.7 from 314.4 on Wednesday.
The rolling average has now dropped six days in a row.
Oconee County added 17 cases and Clarke County added 71, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined in Oconee County to 17.6 from 18.1 on Wednesday and in Clarke County to 59.9 from 66.4 on Wednesday.
Oconee County schools advised parents of students at Malcom Bridge Middle School, North Oconee High School, and Oconee County High School of one “individual” at each school who had tested positive on Thursday.
The Department of Community Health did not release its Long-Term Care Facility Report for Wednesday until after midnight.
Between the release of the Tuesday report and the release of the Thursday Report, the Department of Community Health identified four additional cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Northeast Health District’s 40 long-term care facilities covered by the Report.
Three of the resident cases were at Gateway Gardens in Barrow County and the fourth was at The Pearl at Loganville personal care home in Walton County.
One of the staff cases was at High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home 3450 New High Shoals Road in Oconee County, and the other was at Mulberry Grove personal care home in Barrow County.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (202) increased by three from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (81) increased by five from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (42) decreased by five from the day before.
Across the state, the number of added deaths in the Daily Status Report was 141, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths declined slightly to 111.4 from 112.3 on Wednesday.
Ninety of the added deaths were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence increased on Thursday as it has the last three days.
The Daily Status Report listed 28 new “probable deaths” from COVID-19 on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” decreased to 23.0 from 24.6 on Wednesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) did not release data on hospital patients and hospital facility use until nearly midnight on Wednesday.
Because of the way the data are presented, it isn’t possible to retrieve the Wednesday data at the state level.
GHA and GEMA reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,910) decreased from Tuesday, the number of ICU beds in use (2,655) decreased from Tuesday, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,483) increased from Tuesday.
The Department of Community Health reported COVID-19 at 715 long-term care facilities across the state, down from 717 on Tuesday. The decline is a reporting error because facilities are not supposed to remove themselves from the list once they have reported a case among residents and/or staff.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of an additional 42,610 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, down from 46,518 on Wednesday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 1,073,482. 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 Thursday and no new shipments of allocated doses. On Thursday, all but 19,500 of the allocated doses have been shipped.
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 Thursday.
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