The Northeast Health District added three confirmed deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the seven-day-rolling average of added deaths increased. Two of the three added deaths were in Clarke County.
The District added 58 cases with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases declined to 52.9 added cases per day from 55.9 on Tuesday.
The Clarke County deaths were of 81-year-old and 83-year-old males. Neither had a chronic condition.
The third death was in Morgan County and was of a 67-year-old male with a chronic condition.
The seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths increased to 1.7 from 1.4 on Tuesday.
The Department of Public Health also added two “probable” deaths from COVID-19, one in Barrow County and one in Greene County. The Daily Status Report does not include any information about the characteristics of the “probable” deaths.
Clarke County now has 135 deaths from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, Morgan County has 23, and the Northeast Health District has 907.
The District now has 87 deaths listed as “probable” from the coronavirus.
Cases, Hospital Reports
The seven-day rolling average of added cases of COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District now has fallen four days in a row.
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By Watkinsville Acting Mayor Brian Brodrick
Oconee County added four cases of COVID-19 in the Wednesday Daily Status Report and Clarke County added five.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County fell to 3.1 from 3.6 on Tuesday. The seven-day rolling average in Clarke County fell to 11.4 cases per day on Wednesday from 13.0 on Tuesday.
The Department of Community Health did not report any new cases of COVID-19 or deaths from the disease in the 44 facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by the Long-Term Care Facility Report.
The University of Georgia, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update on Wednesday, listed 19 local positive tests for COVID-19, down from 21 last week, and 36 total positive tests systemwide, up from 33 a week ago.
The University reported 776 walk-in tests at Legion Field for those without symptoms, up from 638 last week, and a positivity rate for those tests of 0.9 percent, down from 1.4 percent in last week’s Update.
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 (37) decreased by one from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (54) decreased by two from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (32) increased by one from the day before.
The Department of Public Health released data on Wednesday showing that 17.1 percent of the population of the Northeast Health District is now fully vaccinated.
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By Watkinsville Acting Mayor Brian Brodrick
The figure had been 16.8 on Tuesday.
The District is not keeping up with the state, which has 20.3 percent of the population vaccinated, meaning that the District is behind the state in vaccinations by 3.2 percentage points.
On Tuesday, the District had been behind the state by 3.0 percentage points.
These percentages are based on the population figures given by the Department of Public Health in the Daily Status Report.
The State Vaccine Distribution Dashboard reports higher percentages for the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District (it does not report the data for the District itself) by using lower estimates of the population sizes.
Oconee County Vaccine Rates
Oconee County has the highest percent of its population vaccinated in the 10-county District with 26.0 percent. Clarke County is at 18.9 percent.
Only Oconee, Elbert, and Greene counties are above the state figure.
Walton County has only 14.3 percent of its population fully vaccinated, and Jackson County has only 15.0 percent.
Though it isn’t possible to see this yet in the data, Oconee County’s figure should increase as a result of a mass vaccination on Saturday at the Oconee County Civic Center on Hog Mountain Road in which 743 persons were given the first dose of the vaccine.
The City of Watkinsville, Oconee County, Athens Masonic District 6 – Prince Hall, and the University Cancer and Blood Center of Athens-Clarke County sponsored the mass vaccination.
Jamie M. Hodgson, chief Quality Assurance Officer/Clinical Research Manager, at University Cancer and Blood Center, told me on Wednesday it isn’t possible to determine how many of the 743 doses were given to Oconee County residents.
Those who were vaccinated will need to return in three weeks for their second dose to be fully vaccinated.
Oconee County Schools partnered with the Oconee County Health Department to vaccinate 750 Oconee County Schools faculty and staff members on March 8 in another mass vaccination event in the county. This was at the Piedmont Oconee Health Campus.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,447 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 1,463.3 from 1.523.1 on Tuesday.
The Daily Status Report added 23 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 30.0 from 32.7 on Tuesday
Eight of the added 23 deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence increased just slightly on Wednesday from Tuesday.
The Daily Status Report eliminated one deaths from the Department of Public Health archives.
The Department of Public Health added nine “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Wednesday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths was 4.1, down from 4.7. on Tuesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,249) at the state’s hospitals increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,365) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,036) increased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported data indicating that 20.3 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, though the Vaccine Distribution Dashboard lists the percent fully vaccinated at a rounded 21 percent.
Across the state, 5,511,221 doses of the vaccine have been administered, representing 88.4 percent of the doses shipped to the state.
Johnson and Johnson has shipped 311,300 doses, but the Department of Public Health has not reported how many of those doses were administered before the hold was placed on the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the percentage in Georgia that is fully vaccinated as 20.2.
Georgia has moved ahead of Alabama, which, at 20.1 percent, is the state with the lowest percentage of its population fully vaccinated.
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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