The rolling averages of both COVID-19 cases and deaths from the disease dropped for the third day running in the Northeast Health District with the release of the Daily Status Report by the Department of Public Health on Saturday.
The Daily Status Report listed two deaths: a 90-plus-year-old female in Clarke County without a chronic condition and an 82-year-old female from Oglethorpe County, also without a chronic condition.
The deaths bring to 880 the number in the District since February of last year.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths decreased to 2.0 deaths per day on Saturday from 2.3 on Friday. The District had added four deaths on Saturday a week ago.
For Clarke County, the death was the 129th since the outbreak of the pandemic. Clarke has the lowest death rate in the District, with just more than 99 deaths per 100,000 population.
For Oglethorpe County the death was the 28th, and the death rate is nearly 184 per 100,000 population. Oglethorpe is the smallest county in the District in terms of population, while Clarke County is the largest.
Cases, Hospital Report
With the addition of 53 new cases of COVID-19, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Health District fell to 57.6 cases per day from 60.3 on Friday.
Oconee County added four cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 4.0 from 4.3 on Friday. Clarke County added 16 cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 10.4 from 10.0 on Friday.
Philip Brown, principal at North Oconee High School, sent an email to parents of students at the school at 2:27 on Friday reporting that “an individual” at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.
The case most likely was included in the count of eight Active COVID-19 Cases reported by the school system on Friday afternoon. That would indicate that half of the cases reported were at North Oconee.
Oconee County Schools does not provide any detail on the “individuals” who tested positive or which school reported the cases, but some parents forward to me the messages they receive from school principals.
The Department of Community Health does not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report on the weekends.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (45) decreased by two from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (57) increased by nine from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (29) was unchanged from the day before.
The City of Watkinsville, Oconee County, and Athens Masonic District 6 – Prince Hall have organized a mass COVID-19 vaccination for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 17 at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road, west of Butler’s Crossing.
The vaccines are being provided by University Cancer and Blood Center of Clarke County.
Registration will be required for the event.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on April 7 Oconee County residents should visit http://www.cityofwatkinsville.com/234/Covidvaccine to register.
Those without internet access can call 706-769-5161 during business hours for assistance with registration.
The space and configuration of the Civic Center will allow approximately 50 individuals to be vaccinated and observed at 15-minute intervals, according to a news release sent out on Friday by Watkinsville Acting Mayor Brian Brodrick.
Participants will need to return on May 8 for their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The Georgia Department of Public Health is no longer providing any data on vaccinations at the county level.
The Daily Status Report added 22 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths decreased to 38.6 from 45.6 on Friday.
The District had added 71 deaths on Saturday of last week.
Nine of the added deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of the death increased from Friday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated one death previously recorded as attributed to COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health added 13 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Saturday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths was 3.3, up from 2.4 on Friday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,219 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 1,448.0 from 1,491.3 on Friday. The state had added 1,522 cases last Saturday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,115) at the state’s hospitals increased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,298) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,016) increased from the day before.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Saturday that 13.1 percent of the Georgia’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 17.1 percent of those 18 years old and older are fully vaccinated, up from 12.8 and 16.7 on Friday.
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 Saturday.
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