The Northeast Health District added 91 new cases of COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases fell for the second day in a row.
The 10-county District added four confirmed deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 3.6 deaths per day from 3.1 on Thursday.
The deaths were of 64-year-old woman in Barrow County, a 72-year-old male in Jackson County, a 57-year-old male in Walton County, and a 79-year-old male in Walton County.
None of the four deceased had a chronic condition, according to the Department of Public Health.
Walton County now has 210 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, Jackson County has 124, and Barrow County has 119. The District as a whole now has 804 deaths from the disease.
With the addition of the 91 new cases added on Friday, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District fell to 176.0.
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That rolling average had fallen 126.9 on Feb. 23 before rising again until a peak of 195.9 on Wednesday and then dropping to 193.6 on Thursday.
Oconee County added seven cases, and its rolling average fell to 12.3 from 13.1 on Thursday. Clarke County added 24 cases, and its seven-day rolling average of added cases remained unchanged at 29.7.
Oconee County Schools reported an increase both in Active COVID-19 Cases and in Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact in its COVID-19 Status Report on Friday. This was the second week in a row that both Cases and Quarantines has increased over the week before.
The Status Report listed 16 Active Cases, up from 14 last Friday, and 122 Active Quarantines, up from 72 last week.
Oconee County Schools does not release information to the public on the schools with the Active Cases or Active Quarantines, but it does inform parents of students in the schools.
Based on email message forwarded to me, 10 of the 16 Active Cases were at North Oconee High School and one was at Oconee County High School.
In addition, Philip Brown, principal at North Oconee High School, sent parents an email on Friday evening, after the Status Report was released, informing them of another “individual” in the school who had tested positive.
The Department of Community Health did not add any new deaths or cases attributed to COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its Friday Long-Term Care Facility Report.
Hospital Report, Vaccinations
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (61) decreased by 10 from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (65) increased by three from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (34) increased by two from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients in area hospitals had declined eight days in a row before increasing on Thursday and then decreasing again on Friday.
The Northeast Health District added 2,627 vaccinations on Friday, up from 2,417 the day before.
The total number of second doses (29,998) represents 5.7 percent of the District’s 530,630 residents.
The 5.7 percent figure compares with a figure of 8.3 percent for the state’s 10.8 million population. The gap between the District and the state increased on Friday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 2,290 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 2,834.7 from 3,028.3 on Thursday.
The Daily Status Report added 69 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 76.6 from 69.6 on Thursday.
Twenty-eight of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by occurrence was unchanged on Friday from the day before.
The Department of Public Health eliminated five death it has previously listed as confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health listed one “probable” death from COVID-19 in Friday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths decreased to 11.0 from 11.1 the day before.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,705) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,496) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,157) increased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health reported administration of 69,351 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, up from 62,323 the day before.
The Department of Public Health did not report any new allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, but it did report shipment of the first 58,000 doses of the allocated 83,000 doses of the single shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
As of Friday, 78.9 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 Friday.
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