The Northeast Health District Added 79 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing up the seven-day rolling average to near where it was a week ago and suggesting that the drop in cases that began at the beginning of the month has ended.
The District added no new deaths attributed to COVID-19, but that had been true on Sunday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 2.4 deaths per day.
The 10-county District has 837 COVID-19 deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
With the 79 new COVID-19 cases included in the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report on Sunday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 88.4 from 82.1 on Saturday.
The Daily Status Report had listed only 35 cases last Sunday.
Reporting to the Department of Public Health by labs and medical facilities is light on the weekends, and fewer cases are reported in the Daily Status Report on Sundays and Mondays, making comparisons with the same day a week earlier most informative.
The seven-day rolling average stood at 195.9 on March 3 and decreased rather consistently until March 15, when it began to increase slowly to the figure on Sunday.
Oconee County added seven COVID-19 cases on Sunday, and Clarke County added 10. Oconee County had added two cases a week ago, and Clarke County had added six.
The seven-day rolling average for Oconee County increased from 11.3 on Saturday to 12.0 on Sunday. The seven-day rolling average for Clarke County increased to 12.0 as well, from 11.4 on Saturday.
The identical rolling averages are striking given that Clarke has a little more than three times the population of Oconee County.
The seven-day rolling average per 100,000 population is 411.4 in Oconee County and only 97.3 in Clarke County.
The two counties also differ in terms of the positivity rates of molecular tests for COVID-19–the test required by the Department of Public Health to confirm a case of the disease.
The seven-day rolling average for percent positivity of molecular tests in Oconee County on Sunday was 9.5 if the tests are organized by date of reporting and 7.0 if the tests are organized by date of collection.
The collection data are based on few cases, because of the lag in reporting results, and therefore less stable than the data organized by reporting date.
For Clarke County, the seven-day rolling average of percent positivity of molecular tests was 3.6 if the tests are organized by date of reporting and 3.4 if the tests are organized by date of collection.
School, Hospital, Vaccine Reports
Philip Brown, principal of North Oconee High School, sent parents of students at the school an email at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday informing them that “an individual” at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.
The positive test is the ninth reported at the school since March 12.
The Department of Community Health does not issue a Long-Term Care Facilities Report on the weekends.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Sunday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (55) increased by three from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (59) decreased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (39) increased by one from the day before.
The Northeast Health District added 2,959 new vaccinations on Sunday, down from 3,331 on Saturday.
The ratio of number of vaccinations administered per person in the District is 0.22. That compares with a ratio of 0.30 in the state.
The gap between the state and the Northeast Health District increased again on Sunday, meaning the District is falling behind the state overall in administration of the vaccines.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,585 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,806.4 from 1,706.3 on Saturday.
The Daily Status Report added no confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Sunday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 40.3. The Daily Status Report had not included any confirmed COVID-19 deaths last Sunday.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence dropped on Sunday from Saturday.
The Department of Public Health did not add any “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Sunday’s Daily Status Report, as had been the case last Sunday as well, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths remained unchanged at 5.9.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Sunday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,218) at the state’s hospitals increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,310) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,062) increased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported on Sunday the administration of 72,154 new doses of the vaccine, down from 90,044 on Saturday.
The Department of Public Health did not report any new allocation or shipment of doses of the vaccine to the state on Sunday.
As of Sunday, 96.4 percent of the allocated doses had been shipped, and 86.9 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 Sunday.
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I find it discouraging that Oconee is doing so poorly in comparison with Athens and with the state in general. It is understandable. Look at how full the restaurants are in Oconee and the number of people in stores without masks in Oconee despite the signs. Also, look at the gyms in Oconee, full with unmasked people. And the schools don't follow CDC guidelines and have repeated outbreaks. In Athens, people wear masks and the schools follow the CDC guidelines. I spend my money in Athens these days. The public health experts are usually right and wearing a mask is not difficult.
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