The seven-day rolling average of added cases of COVID-19 dropped in the Northeast Health District on Thursday, but the seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths from the disease increased slightly.
The Department of Public Health added only 44 new cases of the disease, but it reported three new confirmed deaths in its Thursday Daily Status Report.
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths increased to 2.3 from 2.0 on Wednesday.
The deaths were of a 69-year-old male in Barrow County with a chronic condition, an 86-year-old female in Elbert County without a chronic condition, and a 63-year-old male in Greene County, also without a chronic condition.
Elbert County now has 57 deaths from the coronavirus and leads the 10-county District in deaths per 100,000 population with just more than 300, while Greene County, with 55 deaths, follows, with 294 deaths per 100,000 population.
Barrow County now has 127 deaths from COVID-19, while the District as a whole has 888.
Cases, Hospital Report, Vaccinations
The addition of the 44 cases in Thursday’s Daily Status Report brought the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 52.6 per day from 55.0 on Wednesday.
Oconee County added only two cases, and Clarke County added eight. The seven-day rolling average of added cases fell to 4.1 in Oconee County from 4.4 on Wednesday. In Clarke County, the rolling average fell to 12.7 from 12.9 on Wednesday.
The Department of Community Health did not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Thursday, without offering any explanation.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (45) increased by one from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (57) increased by one from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (31) decreased by seven from the day before.
The Department of Public Health, through its Vaccine Distribution Dashboard on Thursday, reported data showing that 13.5 percent of the population of the Northeast Health District is now fully vaccinated, up from 13.0 percent on Wednesday.
That figure is 20.5 percent in Oconee County and 14.5 percent in Clarke County. Those percentages had been 19.9 in Oconee and 14.0 in Clarke on Wednesday.
I am using my own calculation of the percentages, based on the population figures given by the Department of Public Health in the Daily Status Report. The dashboard lists a higher percentage for Oconee County.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list much lower figures for the percent vaccinated in the two counties.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,627 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased just slightly to 1,348.1 from 1,344.0 on Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report added 59 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths decreased just slightly to 32.1 from to 32.3 on Wednesday.
Nineteen of the 59 added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence increased on Thursday from Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health added 10 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Thursday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths was 4.7, up from 4.3 on Wednesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,176) at the state’s hospitals increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,312) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (977) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health, through its updated Vaccine Distribution Dashboard, on Thursday reported that 14.8 percent of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated.
The Dashboard lists the figure as 15 percent, as it has for the last three days despite increased number of people vaccinated, but 14.8 is correct based on the state’s population as reported by the Department of Public Health in the Daily Status Report and the raw number of persons fully vaccinated listed on the dashboard.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the figure as 14.5 percent, using a smaller number of vaccinated individuals and a smaller estimate of the state’s population.
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 Thursday.
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