The seven-day rolling averages both of added COVID-19 deaths and of added cases increased in the Northeast Health District on Wednesday with the release of the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report.
The 10-county District added 11 confirmed deaths, including three in Clarke County, and 178 cases.
The Clarke County deaths were of a 64-year-old male, a 77-year-old male, and 90-plus-year-old male, none of whom had a chronic condition. Clarke County added two deaths on Tuesday and one on Monday and now has 112 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Barrow County had one death listed in the Daily Status Report: a 70-year-old male with a chronic condition. Barrow County now has 115 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Elbert County listed the death of a 77-year-old female without a chronic condition, while Greene County listed a 67-year-old male without a chronic condition and an 87-year-old male without a known chronic condition. Elbert County now has 47 COVID-19 deaths, and Greene County has 45.
The Daily Status Report included the deaths of two people in Jackson County: a 70-year-old female without a chronic condition and an 83-year-old female with a chronic condition. Jackson County has 119 confirmed deaths from the disease.
The final two deaths were in Walton County: an 84-year-old female and an 87-year-old male, neither of whom had a chronic condition. Walton County now has 199 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
The Northeast Health District has 769 confirmed COVID-19 deaths with the addition of the 11 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 7.4 from 6.0 on Tuesday.
Cases, Hospitalizations, Vaccinations
The addition of 178 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District pushed up the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 132.4 from 126.9 on Tuesday.
Prior to Wednesday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases has fallen eight days in a row.
Oconee County added 13 cases, and Clarke County added 38 cases. Oconee County’s seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 7.3 from 6.7 on Tuesday, and Clarke County’s seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 26.1 from 25.9 on Tuesday.
The University of Georgia, in its Wednesday COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update, reported 40 positive local COVID-19 tests for the week ending Feb. 21, down from 65 a week earlier, and a total of 68 positive tests systemwide, down from 105 a week earlier.
The University also reported that the positivity rate for walk-in tests at Legion Field fell to 1.1 percent from 1.3 percent the week earlier. The number of tests declined to 1,890 from 2,255 in the previous week.
The Department of Community Health, in its Wednesday Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed two new cases of COVID-19 among residents of Silverleaf Alzheimer’s Care of Athens in Clarke County and one staff case at Madison Health and Rehabilitation in Morgan 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 (97) decreased by 14 from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (60) decreased by five from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (28) decreased by nine from the day before.
Wednesday was the first time area hospitals reported fewer than 100 COVID-19 patients since Nov. 30.
The Northeast Health District added 1,619 vaccinations on Wednesday, up from 1,382 on Tuesday; 306 of the added vaccinations were first doses, and 1,313 were second doses.
The total number of the second doses represents 3.8 percent of the District’s 530,630 residents.
Turnout continues to be very light in early voting for the Education Local Option Sales Tax in Oconee County, with only 55 voters casting a ballot on Wednesday, for a total of 155 ballots across the first three days the Civic Center has been open for voting. Only 26 absentee ballots have been mailed out.
Across the state, the Daily Status Report on Wednesday added 121 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 92.0 from 85.9 on Tuesday.
Forty-four of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence increased on Wednesday from Tuesday.
The Daily Status Report also added 16 “probable” deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths decreased to 23.3 from 24.0 on Tuesday.
The state added 3,454 new cases of COVID-19 in Wednesday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases fell to 3,170.0 from 3,211.9 on Tuesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (2,165) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,506) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,208) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of 40,749 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, up from 37.010 on Tuesday. The number of first doses was 16,276, and the number of second doses was 24,473.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 1,834,738, and the total number of second doses is 652,025, which represents 6.0 percent of the state’s 10.8 million residents.
The Department of Public Health reported no new allocation of doses of the vaccine on Wednesday, and no new shipments of the vaccine.
As of Wednesday, 81.8 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 2:54 p.m. Report on Wednesday.
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