The Northeast Health District added five confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Tuesday’s Daily Status Report, with one of those in Oconee County and two in Clarke County.
The five deaths were down dramatically from the 16 added on Tuesday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths fell from 7.6 on Monday to 6.0 on Tuesday.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases also declined.
The Oconee County death was of an 85-year-old male without a chronic condition who died on Feb. 4. None of the nine deaths in Oconee County personal care homes since the first of the year was on that date.
The Clarke County deaths were of a 78-year-old male without a chronic condition and of a female of unspecified age who also did not have a chronic condition.
The Daily Status Report listed the death of a male in Barrow County, also of unspecified age, who had a chronic condition, and an 89-year-old male in Walton County without a chronic condition.
The confirmed deaths bring to 57 the number in Oconee County and to 109 the number in Clarke County.
Barrow County now has 114 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, and Walton County has 197, the largest number of any of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District.
The District as a whole now has 758 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
Walton County also has the largest number of “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in the Daily Status Report, but that number–14--is one lower than on Monday. The Department of Public Health removed one of the "probable" deaths from its archive.
Cases, Hospital Report, Vaccines
The Northeast Health District added 155 new cases of COVID-19 with the release of Tuesday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 126.9, down from 128.6 on Monday.
Oconee County added eight cases, and its seven-day rolling average of added cases fell to 6.7 from 7.6 on Monday. Clarke County added 31 cases, and its seven-day rolling average of added cases was unchanged from Monday at 25.9.
Philip Brown, principal at North Oconee High School, on Monday evening sent parents of students at the school an email message informing them that “two individuals” in the school tested positive for COVID-19.
That is at least the third case announced by school officials this week.
The Department of Community Health reported one new case of COVID-19 among staff in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Tuesday.
The new staff case was at St. Mary’s Highland Hills Village, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, in Oconee County.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (111) increased by three from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (65) was unchanged from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (37) also was unchanged from the day before.
The Northeast Health District added 1,382 vaccinations on Tuesday, up from 117 on Monday; 314 of the added vaccinations were first doses, and 1,068 were second doses.
The total number of the second doses represents 3.6 percent of the District’s 530,630 residents.
Two Items Unrelated To COVID
The Oconee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night decided to grant a request from property owner Deferred Tax for postponement of its rezone request for a shopping center at the corner of the Oconee Connector and Mars Hill Road.
The Commission decided to send the rezone back to the Planning Commission at its meeting in April since Deferred Tax said it needed time to address issues raised by the Planning Commission. This was the second delay requested by Deferred Tax.
The issue will now come back before the Board of Commissioners in May.
In the second day of early voting for the Education Local Option Sales Tax, only 52 people cast a ballot, for a total of 100 votes cast.
The Office of Elections and Registration has mailed out only 26 ballots in response to requests for absentee ballots.
The drop box in front of the office used for absentee ballots during the pandemic is no longer being used, according to Jennifer Stone, assistant director of Elections and Registration. Voters can deliver their ballots in person to the Elections and Registration Office, opposite the Courthouse in downtown Watkinsville, or by mail, she said.
Early voting continues Monday through Friday until March 12 at the Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road, west of Butler’s Crossing. Voting is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The school referendum is the sole issue on the ballot. Precinct voting is on March 16.
The county has 31,965 registered voters, with 30,558 of them active, according to Stone.
The Daily Status Report listed 75 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths fell to 85.9 from 100.9 on Monday.
On Tuesday of last week the state added 180 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
Twenty-eight of the 75 deaths added Tuesday were in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased on Tuesday from Monday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated three deaths it had previously listed as due to COVID-19.
The Daily Status Report also listed 20 “probable” deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths declined to 24.0 from 30.7 on Monday.
The Daily Status Report added 4,104 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 2,052.4 from 1,986.0 on Monday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (2,262) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,479) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,244) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of 37,010 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, up from 6,239 on Monday. The number of first doses was 12,276, and the number of second doses was 24,734.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 1,793,989, and the total number of second doses is 627,552, which represents 5.8 percent of the state’s 10.8 million residents.
The Department of Public Health reported no new allocation of doses of the vaccine on Tuesday, but it added shipment of 163,090 doses.
As of Tuesday, 80.0 percent of the doses shipped to the state had been administered.
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 Tuesday.