The Northeast Health District added six confirmed deaths from COVID-19 and 165 new cases of the disease with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Wednesday.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths has now declined for three days running, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases has declined for 12 days in a row.
The confirmed deaths included a 62-year-old male in Barrow County without a chronic condition, a 68-year-old female in Elbert County with a chronic condition, a 50-year-old female in Jackson County without a chronic condition, and a 74-year-old male in Madison County without a chronic condition.
The final two confirmed deaths were in Walton County and were of a 78-year-old female with a chronic condition and a 79-year-old male without a chronic condition.
Barrow County now has 104 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Elbert County has 39, Jackson County has 106, Madison County has 30, and Walton County has 173. Walton County has the most confirmed deaths from the disease of any of the 10 counties in the District.
The Northeast District as a whole now has 670 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths on Wednesday was 6.1, down from 7.3 on Tuesday.
Cases, Hospital Report
The Northeast Health District added 165 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 204.9 from 226.7 on Tuesday.
Oconee County added only four cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and Clarke County added 58. Oconee County’s seven-day rolling average of added cases fell to 12.0 from 14.1 on Tuesday, while Clarke County’s seven-day rolling average fell to 49.9 from 50.7 on Tuesday.
The University of Georgia, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update on Wednesday, reported a drop in locally administered positive COVID-19 tests to 81 for the week of Feb. 1 to 7 from 124 a week earlier.
The total number of COVID-19 positive tests, including tests not administered in Clarke County, dropped to 115 from 181.
The positivity rate of tests administered at Legion Field fell to 1.6 percent from 2.6 percent. The Legion Field tests are for those without symptoms who drop in for a tests. The number of tests in the Feb. 1 to 7 period was 2,478, up from 2,428 the week before.
Mike Eddy, principal at Malcom Bridge Middle school, informed parents of students at the school in an email message at 6:31 p.m. on Wednesday that “two individuals” at the school had tested positive on that date.
Eddy also had written to parents of students at Malcom Bridge Middle School on Friday, after the weekly report by school system, of “an individual” at the school who had tested positive. The school also had had two cases last week.
The Department of Community Health released its Tuesday Long-Term Care Facility Report early on Wednesday and had not released its Wednesday report late on Wednesday.
The Tuesday Report included no new deaths or COVID-19 cases from Monday among residents or staff at the Northeast Health District’s 40 long-term care facilities included in the Report.
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 (158) decreased by six from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (74) was unchanged from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (40) decreased by two from the day before.
The state added 121 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Wednesday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths decreased to 100.3 from 102.4 on Tuesday.
Fifty-eight of those cases were in the last 14 day, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of the death increased on Wednesday from Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated tree deaths previously listed as caused by COVID-19, including one on March 25 of last year!
The Daily Status Report also added two “probable deaths” from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable deaths” remained unchanged at 20.3.
The Department of Community Health reported in its Tuesday Report that COVID-19 was present in 711 of the state’s long-term care facilities. That number had been 714 on Monday, and 718 at its high point on Jan. 28.
Facilities self-report and are supposed to file data every day once a case or death has been reported, so the decline is reporting error.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (3,322) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,669) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,430) increased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of an additional 53,170 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, up from 49,170 on Tuesday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 1,301,647. 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 an additional shipment of 62,400 doses of the vaccine on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, all but 900 of the 1,835,775 allocated doses had been shipped, and 70.9 percent of the shipped doses had been administered.
Data on vaccinations are not being released at the county level.
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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