Oconee County added one confirmed COVID-19 death and Clarke added two as the 10-county Northeast Health District as a whole added six deaths from the disease with the release of the Wednesday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
With the addition of the six deaths, the seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District remained unchanged at 2.7. The District had added six deaths on Wednesday of last week.
The seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 cases dropped dramatically with release of Wednesday’s Daily Status Report.
The Oconee County death was of a 90-plus-year-old female without a chronic condition. Oconee County now has 58 confirmed deaths from the disease.
The Clarke county deaths were of a 58-year-old male without a chronic condition and of a 79-year-old female, also without a chronic condition. Clarke County’s death count from COVID-19 is now 119.
Jackson County reported the deaths of a 78-year-old female without a chronic condition and of an 81-year-old male with a chronic condition. Jackson County now has 126 deaths from COVID-19.
Morgan County recorded only its 16th death from the coronavirus. It was of a 60-year-old male without a chronic condition.
The Oconee County death is dated as occurring on Jan. 18 and could be one of the deaths reported by St. Gabriel personal care home off Virgil Langford Road in the Jan. 20 Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report.
It is impossible to know that with certainly, but if the death is one of those reported at St. Gabriel, it would mean that four (and less, likely six) of the nine deaths reported by long-term care facilities in Oconee County in January had now been treated as a “confirmed” death by the Department of Public Health.
Cases, Hospital Report, Vaccinations
The Northeast Health District added only 103 new cases of COVID-19 with Wednesday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped to 115.0 from 140.7 on Tuesday.
Oconee County added nine new cases of COVID-19, and Clarke County added 33. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County fell to 9.6 from 13.0 on Tuesday, and in Clarke County it fell to 18.6 from 23.6 on Tuesday.
Philip Brown, principal at North Oconee High School, sent an email to parents of students in his school on Tuesday informing them of “an individual” in the school who had tested positive for COVID-19.
It was the fourth positive test at the school since the system released its report on COVID-19 in the system on Friday.
The University of Georgia, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update for Wednesday, reported 27 local positive tests for the disease, down from 31 a week earlier, and 47 total positive tests across the system, down from 58 last week.
The positivity rate for walk-in tests at Legion Field dropped to 0.8 from 1.0 a week earlier, and the number of tests administered dropped to 1,777 from 1,929 a week ago.
For the second day in a row on Wednesday, the Department of Community Health did not issue its Long-Term Care Facility 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 (57) was the same as the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (59) decreased by three from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (32) decreased by five from the day before.
The Northeast Health District added 2,568 COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, up just slightly from the 2,524 administered on Tuesday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,883 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, exactly the same number as on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 2,144.6 from 2,291.0 on Tuesday.
The Daily Status Report added 60 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 53.0 from 64.9 on Tuesday.
Twenty of the confirmed deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence dropped slightly on Wednesday from Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated one death it has previously listed as a confirmed death from COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health removed one “probable” death from COVID-19 in Wednesday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths dropped to 7.7 from 8.6 on Tuesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,523) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,399) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,139) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of 70,264 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, up from 47,256 doses on Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health did not report any new allocation of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday but did report shipment of 96,710 additional doses of the vaccine.
As of Wednesday, 99.0 percent of the allocated doses had been shipped, and 74.3 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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