For the fourth day in a row, the seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 cases increased in the Northeast Health District on Thursday as the state Department of Public Health recorded 57 new cases of the disease in the District.
The Department of Public Health added three confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 1.4 deaths per day.
Two of the deaths–of a 73-year-old male with a chronic condition and of a 74-year-old male with a chronic condition–were in Jackson County. That county now has 137 deaths from the coronavirus.
The third death was of a 73-year-old female without a known chronic condition in Walton County. Walton County has 230 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, the most of any of the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District.
The District as a whole has 898 confirmed deaths from the disease since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of last year.
With the addition of the 57 new cases, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 56.9 cases per day from 55.0 on Wednesday. That figure was 48.4 on Sunday.
Oconee County added five cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 4.0 from 3.6 on Wednesday.
Clarke County added 16 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 13.7 cases per day from 12.6 on Wednesday.
The Department of Community Health did not add any new deaths from COVID-19 or cases of the disease at the 44 long-term care facilities covered by its Thursday Long-Term Care Facilities Report.
Schools, Hospital Report, Vaccinations
Tony McCullers, principal at Colham Ferry Elementary School, sent an email to parents of students at that school at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday informing them that “an individual” at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.
The McCullers’ email was the second dealing with a new positive COVID-19 test forwarded to me this week from parents of students in Oconee County schools. Classes resumed this week after last week’s Spring Break.
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 (24) decreased by six from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (48) decreased by nine from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (33) was unchanged from the day before.
The number of COVID-19 patients was the smallest number since June 23 of last year.
The Department of Public Health released data on Thursday showing that 15.6 percent of the population of the Northeast Health District is now fully vaccinated.
Oconee County has the highest percent of its population vaccinated in the 10-county District with 23.7 percent. Clarke County is at 17.3 percent.
I calculated these percentages based on the population figures given by the Department of Public Health in the Daily Status Report, namely 41,737 for Oconee County and 129,779 for Clarke County.
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.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,763 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,591.4 from 1,572.0 on Wednesday.
The Daily Status Report added 61 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 36.3 from 36.0 on Wednesday.
Twenty of the 61 added confirmed 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 eliminated three deaths it had previously confirmed as caused by COVID-19 from its archive of deaths from the disease.
The Department of Public Health added four “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Thursday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths was 6.3 down from 7.1 on Wednesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,180) at the state’s hospitals increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,366) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,102) increased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health on Thursday reported data indicating that 17.6 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, up from 17.0 percent on Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard lists the percent fully vaccinated at a rounded 18 percent, using the smaller population base as noted above.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the percentage in Georgia that is fully vaccinated as 17.3 and lists Georgia as the state with the smallest percentage of its population fully vaccinated.
Utah was next lowest with 17.9 percent of its population fully vaccinated. Maine has the best rate at 30.9 percent.
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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