The Northeast Health District added 139 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and one confirmed death from the disease, resulting in declines in the seven-day rolling averages of both cases and deaths.
The confirmed death was of an 83-year-old female with a chronic condition in Madison County. The death brings to 35 the number in the county attributed to the virus.
The 10-county Northeast Health District now has 717 confirmed deaths listed in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 6.7 from 7.4 on Tuesday.
Greene and Walton counties each added a “probable death” from COVID-19 in the Wednesday Daily Status Report, and the District now has 64 such deaths, which only have been reported since Nov. 3.
The addition of the 139 new cases resulted in a drop in the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 164.3 from 168.0 on Tuesday.
Oconee County added nine cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 11.4 from 10.7 on Tuesday. Clarke County added 36 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 35.7 from 38.9 on Tuesday.
The University of Georgia, in its Wednesday COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, listed 65 local positive COVID-19 tests from Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, down from 81 a week earlier, and 105 positive tests system wide, down from 115 a week earlier.
The positivity rate for walk-in tests at Legion Field also dropped to 1.3 from 1.6 a week earlier. The number of tests was down to 2,355 from 2,478 a week earlier.
Oconee County Schools late on Tuesday sent email messages to parents of students at Malcom Bridge Middle School and at Oconee County High School telling them of “an individual” at each of the schools who had tested positive for COVID-19 on that day.
For the second day in a row, the Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report, did not list any new deaths from COVID-19 or cases of the disease among the residents or staff of the Northeast Health District’s long-term care facilities.
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 (126) decreased by four from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (72) increased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (33) decreased by four from the day before.
The Northeast Health District added 1,762 vaccinations on Wednesday, up from 1,277 on Tuesday; 645 of the added doses were first doses, and 1,117 of those were second doses.
Of the District’s 530,630 residents, 2.7 percent now have received the second dose of the vaccine.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report added 3,747 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 3,373.7 from 3,361.4 on Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health added 78 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 across the state in Wednesday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths dropped to 94.9 from 101.0 on Tuesday.
Thirty-two of those added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased just slightly from Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health added 21 “probable deaths” from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” increased to 28.1 from 25.4 on Tuesday.
The rolling average of “probable deaths” is the highest it has ever been since the Department of Public Health began reporting these numbers on Nov. 3.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (2,654) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,612) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,307) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of 49,154 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, up from 46,068 on Tuesday. The number of first doses was 18,639, and the number of second doses was 30,515.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 1,541,057. Of the state’s 10.8 million residents, 4.3 percent have now received the second dose of the vaccine.
The Department of Public Health reported no new allocations of the vaccine to the state and an increased shipment of 12,675 doses.
As of Wednesday, 78.7 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 Wednesday.
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