For the second day in a row, the rolling averages of both confirmed COVID-19 deaths and cases of the disease increased in the Northeast Health District on Thursday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The District added nine new deaths from COVID-19 and 179 new cases of the disease.
The deaths included a 56-year-old male in Greene County with a chronic condition and an 86-year-old female in Jackson County without a chronic condition.
Morgan County listed a death of a 77-year-old female without a chronic condition and Oglethorpe listed the death of a 74-year-old female with a chronic condition.
The Daily Status Report included five deaths in Walton County: a 58-year-old male, two 76-year-old males, an 83-year-old male, and an 87-year-old male. None of the five had a chronic condition.
Walton County now has 204 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, the most of any of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District. Green has 46, Jackson 120, Morgan 14, and Oglethorpe 26.
The District as a whole now has 778 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the seven day rolling average of added deaths from the coronavirus increased to 7.7 on Thursday from 7.4 on Wednesday. The average had fallen to 6.0 on Tuesday.
The Daily Status Report added one “probable” death from COVID-19 in Clarke County, the sixth in the county and the 70th in the District. The Daily Status Report does not list characteristics of the “probable” deaths.
Cases, Hospital Report, Vaccines
With the addition of the 179 new cases of COVID-19, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District increased to 135.7 from 132.4 on Wednesday. The average of added cases had fallen to 126.9 on Tuesday.
Oconee County added 13 cases and Clarke County added 41. The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased in Oconee County to 7.6 from 7.3 on Wednesday. In Clarke County, the rolling average of added cases increased to 27.1 from 26.1 on Wednesday.
The increases in the seven-day rolling average in both Oconee and Clarke followed small increases on Wednesday as well.
Philip Brown, principal at North Oconee High School, sent parents of students at the school an email at 7:04 p.m. on Thursday informing them that “an individual” at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.
Brown had informed parents of “an individual” who tested positive on Wednesday as well and informed them of “two individuals” who tested positive on Monday.
The Department of Community Health had not released its Long-Term Care Facility Report by late on Thursday evening.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (95) decreased by two from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (61) increased by one from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (30) increased by two from the day before.
The Northeast Health District added 2,197 vaccinations on Thursday, up from 1,619 on Wednesday; 1,093 of the added vaccinations were first doses, and 1,104 were second doses.
The total number of the second doses represents 4.0 percent of the District’s 530,630 residents.
Across the state on Thursday, the Daily Status Reported listed 107 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths dropped to 91.3 from 92.0 on Wednesday.
Thirty-seven of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence increased on Thursday from Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report also added 28 “probable” deaths on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths increased to 23.6 from 23.3 on Wednesday.
The state added 3,552 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 3,151.3 from 3,170.0 on Wednesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (2,107) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,489) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,208) was the same as the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of 50,441 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, up from 40,749 on Wednesday. The number of first doses was 21,617, and the number of second doses was 28,824.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 1,885,179 and the total number of second doses is 680,849, which represents 6.3 percent of the state’s 10.8 million residents.
The Department of Public Health reported no new allocations of doses of the vaccine on Thursday, but it reported additional shipments of 73,840 doses of the vaccines.
As of Thursday, 81.4 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 Thursday.
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