The Northeast Health District added 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and, for the second day in a row, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased.
The District did not add any new confirmed deaths, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained unchanged at 2.0 deaths per day.
The District did add one “probable” death from COVID–19. That death was in Elbert County and brought to 14 the number of “probable” deaths from the disease in that county and to 84 the number in the 10-county District.
With the addition of the 77 new cases in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, the seven-day rolling average of added case in the District increased to 52.9 on Tuesday from 49.0 on Monday. The increase from Sunday to Monday had been slight, from 48.4 to 49.0.
Oconee County added only two cases, but Clarke County added 29. The seven-day rolling average in Oconee County dropped to 3.1 from 3.4 on Monday. In Clarke County, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 12.4 from 10.6 on Monday.
The Department of Community Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 among residents of PruttHealth–Athens Heritage Nursing home in Clarke County.
These were the only new COVID-19 cases listed in the Tuesday Long-Term Care Facility Report for the 44 facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by the report.
No new deaths from COVID-19 were listed in the Department of Community Health Report.
Hospital Report, Vaccinations
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (36) increased by two from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (58) was unchanged from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (34) increased by four from the day before.
The Department of Public Health released data on Tuesday showing that 14.8 percent of the population of the Northeast Health District is now fully vaccinated, up from 14.5 percent on Monday.
The District is lagging the state as a whole by nearly two percentage points.
Oconee County has the highest percentage of its population vaccinated in the 10-county District with 22.4 percent. Clarke County is at 16.2 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 Dashboard, for some reason, uses a population estimate for Oconee County of 37,420 and for Clarke County of 123,764.
The Dashboard states that the data are for all residents of the county.
The Dashboard also reported that 100 percent of the population of the two counties aged 75 to 84 have received at least one dose of the vaccine–something that seems rather unlikely and raises additional questions about the base used for the calculations of the percentages in the Dashboard reports.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 2,025 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,536.3 from1,473.1 on Monday.
The Daily Status Report added 16 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Tuesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 39.6 from 39.0 on Monday.
Fifteen of the 16 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 Tuesday from Monday.
The Department of Public Health added nine “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Tuesday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths was 5.4, down from 6.1 on Monday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,152) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,313) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (998) increased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported data indicating that 16.5 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, up from 16.1 percent on Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Georgia as the state with the smallest percentage of its population fully vaccinated.
The CDC lists the percentage in Georgia as 16.4, or just below the state figure of 16.5 by my calculation. The Dashboard lists a rounded figure of 17.
Utah is next lowest with 17.1 percent of its population fully vaccinated.
Alabama is at 17.2 percent, Tennessee at 18.3, North Carolina at 21.8, South Carolina at 20.7, and Florida is at 21.7.
Alaska is at the top of the list with 30.4 percent of its population fully vaccinated, followed by New Mexico with 29.8 percent and Maine with 29.6 percent.
New York is at 25.9 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 Tuesday.
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