The Northeast Health District added 283 new COVID-19 cases and six confirmed deaths from the disease on Wednesday, pushing up for the eighth day running the seven-day rolling average of added cases.
The rolling average of added deaths fell from 4.3 on Tuesday to 3.6 on Wednesday, as the District had added 11 deaths last Wednesday.
Two of the added confirmed deaths were in Clarke County: a 70-year-old male without a chronic condition and a 90-plus-year-old female without a known chronic conditions.
The other deaths were of 71-year-old male in Greene County without a chronic condition, a 62-year-old female in Jackson County with a chronic condition, a 56-year-old female in Walton County with a chronic condition, and a 68-year-old male in Walton County without a chronic condition.
Clarke County now has 115 deaths from COVID-19, Greene County has 47, Jackson County 122, and Walton County 208.
Walton County has more deaths than any of the other nine counties in the District, though its rate of death per population is lower than that of Elbert and Greene counties.
The Northeast Health District now has 794 deaths attributed to COVID-19 since counting began 13 months ago.
Cases, School Reports, Hospital Reports
With the addition of the 283 new cases of COVID-19, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District increased to 195.9 from 180.9 on Tuesday. That average had dropped to 126.9 before it began rising again on Feb. 24.
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Oconee County added 33 cases, the most it has added since it added that same number on Jan. 26, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 13.9 from 11.0 on Tuesday.
Clarke County added 68 cases, the most it has added since it added 94 on Jan. 29, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 32.3 from 28.0 Tuesday.
The University of Georgia, in its Wednesday COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update, reported 30 local positive COVID-19 tests, down from 40 a week ago, and 51 total positive tests across the system, down from 68 last week.
The positivity rate for walk-in tests at Legion Field dropped to 1.0 from 1.1 in the week ending Feb. 21. The number of tests in the week ending Feb. 28 was 1,929, up from 1,890 a week earlier.
Philip Brown, principal at North Oconee High School, informed parents of students at the school of a total of seven “individuals” who had tested positive at the school in email messages on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
He sent a message regarding two “individuals” who tested positive on Friday after Oconee County Schools had issued its weekly summary, bringing to nine the number of reported positive tests at the High School since Friday.
Kevin Yancey, principal at Oconee County High School, informed parents of students of that school on Wednesday of "an individual" at that school who had tested positive.
The Department of Community Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 among residents of Hollander Senior Living personal care home in Walton County and one new staff case at The Gardens of Social Circle II, also in Walton 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 (69) decreased by seven from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (61) decreased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (31) decreased by five from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients in area hospitals has now declined eight days in a row.
The Northeast Health District added 1,832 vaccinations on Wednesday, up from 1,577 on Tuesday; 821 of the added vaccinations were first doses, and 1,011 were second doses.
The total number of second doses (27,053) represents 5.1 percent of the District’s 530,630 residents, up from 4.9 on Tuesday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 2,908 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 3,096.4 from 3,174.4 on Tuesday
The Daily Status Report added 143 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 68.6 from 65.4 on Tuesday.
Fifty-one 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 Department of Public Health eliminated three deaths it has previously listed as confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health listed five “probable” death from COVID-19 in Wednesday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths decreased to 13.4 from 15.0 on Tuesday
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,840) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,469) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,147) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of 50,013 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday.
The total number of vaccinations in the state is now 2,154,840, with 833,509 of those second shots, representing 7.4 percent of the state’s 10.8 million residents.
The Department of Public Health did not report any new allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, but it did report shipment of an additional 115,130 doses. None of those are the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
As of Wednesday, 76.1 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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