For the second day in a row, the seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 cases and of added confirmed deaths from the disease fell in the Northeast Health District with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
Oconee County Schools also reported a large drop in the number of Active Cases of COVID-19 in the schools.
The Daily Status Report listed six new confirmed deaths in the Northeast Health District, down from seven on Friday of last week, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths decreased to 2.3 from 2.4 on Thursday.
The 10-county Northeast Health District has listed 878 deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of record keeping on Feb. 1 of 2020.
The newly added confirmed deaths on Friday were of an 82-year-old female in Elbert County without a chronic condition and of an 84-year-old female in that county with a chronic condition.
Elbert County now has 56 deaths from COVID-19 and the highest death rate–just more than 295 per 100,000 population–of any of the counties in the District.
Greene County also recorded a confirmed death from the virus–of an 80-year-old female without a chronic condition–bringing that county’s total to 53. Greene County has the second highest death rate of just a little more than 283 deaths per 100,000 population.
Jackson County recorded the death of a 50-year-old male with a chronic condition and of a 71-year-old male without a chronic condition, bringing the county’s death count to 133.
Walton County reported the death of an 85-year-old male with a chronic condition, bringing that county’s total to 227, the most recorded by any of the counties in the District.
Walton county has the third highest death rate, of just less than 237 per 100,000 population, and is followed by Jackson, with just more than 178 deaths per 100,000 population.
Cases, Hospital Report, Vaccinations
The Daily Status Report listed 73 new COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Health District on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases fell to 60.3 from 61.7 on Thursday. On Friday of last week, the Daily Status Report had listed 83 new cases in the District.
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Oconee County added 10 cases on Friday, and the seven day rolling average increased to 4.3 from 3.9 on Thursday. Clarke County added 14 cases, and the seven-day rolling average decreased slightly to 10.0 from 10.1 on Thursday.
Oconee County Schools reported only eight Active COVID-19 cases in the Weekly COVID-19 Status Report on Friday, down from 17 a week earlier, and only 31 Active Quarantines Due To Close Contact, down from 83 last week.
The number of cases and quarantines dropped for the second week in a row, and both are at a level not achieved since Nov. 6.
Oconee County Schools does not provide any information on the location of the Active Cases and Quarantines or on the characteristics of the individuals who tested positive or are in quarantine.
Email messages sent by principals at the schools and forwarded to me indicate that at least three of those cases were at North Oconee High School.
The Department of Community Health, without explanation, did not issue its usual Friday Long-Term Care Facility Report.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (47) was unchanged from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (48) decreased by four from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (29) was unchanged from the day before.
The Vaccine Distribution Dashboard of the Department of Public Health has not functioned since March 21. The Department of Public Health cites “ongoing system and data transfer issues” as the explanation.
No county-level vaccination data or statewide data were reported on Friday.
The Daily Status Report added 64 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths decreased to 45.6 from 48.4 on Thursday.
Sixteen 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 was unchanged from Thursday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated one death previously recorded as attributed to COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health removed six “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Friday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths was 2.4, down from 5.7 on Thursday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,728 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 1,491.3 from 1,506.0 on Thursday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,110) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,323) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,004) increased from the day before.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday that 12.8 percent of the Georgia’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 16.7 percent of those 18 years old and older are fully vaccinated, up from 12.5 and 16.4 on Thursday.
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 Friday.
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