The rolling averages of both added COVID-19 cases and added deaths from the disease dropped in the Northeast Health District on Thursday with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
The District added 61 cases and a single death–of an 88-year-old female in Elbert County without a chronic condition.
The death was the 54th in Elbert County, which has the highest death rate in the District with 285 deaths per 100,000 population.
The 10-county Northeast Health District now has 872 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of last year.
The seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 2.4 deaths per day from 3.6 on Wednesday.
Cases, Hospitalizations, Vaccinations
With the addition of the 61 new cases of COVID-19, the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the District dropped to 61.7 from 66.4 on Wednesday.
Oconee County added four cases, and Clarke County added nine. The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County fell to 3.9 from 4.3 on Wednesday, while in Clarke County it fell to 10.1 from 10.9.
The Department of Community Health listed 13 new cases of COVID-19 among residents and four new cases among staff at long-term care homes in the District in the Thursday Long-Term Care Facility Report.
The 14 resident cases were at Orchard at Athens, a personal care home in Clarke County that appeared in the Department of Community Health Report for the first time.
The Orchard also reported three staff cases, and the fourth staff case was at Landing of Winder, which also appeared for the first time in the Long-Term Care Facility Report on Thursday.
The entries in the Long-Term Care Facility Report are cumulative, so it is possible the new cases in the Thursday Report at the two facilities that had not previously reported occurred much earlier in time.
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 (47) decreased by three from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (52) was unchanged from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (29) increased by one 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 data are being reported.
The Daily Status Report added 60 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths decreased to 48.4 from 51.6 on Wednesday.
Twenty-one 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 Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health eliminated three deaths previously recorded as attributed to COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health added seven “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Thursday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths was 5.7, down from 6.4 on Wednesday.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,598 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases decreased to 1,506.0 from 1,576.6 on Wednesday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,170) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,364) increased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (993) decreased from the day before.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday that 12.5 percent of the Georgia’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 16.4 percent of those 18 years old and older are fully vaccinated, up from 12.3 and 16.0 on Wednesday.
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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