The Northeast Health District added 199 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday and six new confirmed deaths attributed to the disease.
The 199 added cases of COVID-19 compare with the 264 added cases and seven confirmed deaths added in the week ending May14.
The average of 28.4 new cases per day for the week ending on Friday compares with the average of 37.7 new cases per day for the week ending on May 14.
Oconee County added five cases in the week ending on Friday, while Clarke County added 36.
In the week ending on May 14, Oconee County added 11 cases and Clarke County added 51.
Two of the six confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the last week in the 10-county Northeast Health District were in Clarke County, while the others were in Jackson, Madison, and Walton counties.
The Clarke County deaths were of a 77-year-old male without a chronic condition and an 81-year-old female with a chronic condition.
The deaths bring to 139 the number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Clarke County since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of 2020 and to 934 the number in the 10-county Northeast Health District since that time.
The Northeast Health District had 93 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, compared with 94 a week earlier.
A “probable” death previously listed for Oconee County was removed from the file, leaving the county with seven “probable” deaths from the disease.
These data are from the Friday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health.
Oconee Schools, University Reports, Long-Term Care
Friday was the last day of classes at Oconee County Schools, and in its final COVID-19 Status Report for the year the system listed no Active COVID-19 cases and no Active Quarantines Due to Close Contact.
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This was the first time since school began in August of 2020 that Oconee County Schools reported no Active Cases and the first time it reported no Active Quarantines.
Last Friday, Oconee County Schools had reported one Active COVID-19 case and three individuals in Active Quarantine.
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update, listed a total of three positive COVID-19 tests, down from seven a week earlier, with only one of those positive tests having been recorded locally, compared with five a week earlier.
The University also reported that 166 individuals were tested at the walk-in Legion Field site, down from 252 a week earlier, and none of the tests came back positive. The positivity rate of 0.0 compared with a rate of 1.2 the week before.
The University currently is not in session.
The Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday, added one new resident case at the 44 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by the Report and two new staff cases.
The Department of Community Health did not issue a report on last Friday, so the comparison is with the report issued on Thursday of last week.
All of the added cases were at long-term care facilities in Walton County.
Hospital, Vaccine Updates
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals was 26, the number of ICU beds in use was 61, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 43.
On Friday a week earlier, the number of COVID-19 patients was 28, the number of ICU beds in use was 66, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 37.
According to the raw data behind the Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard for Friday, 29.9 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine on Friday and 25.4 percent were fully vaccinated.
Last week, those figures were 29.1 with at least one dose and 24.5 fully vaccinated.
In the 10-county Northeast Health District, Oconee County has the highest rate of residents with at least one dose (41.7 percent) and the highest percentage fully vaccinated (36.4 percent).
Clarke County has 33.7 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 29.0 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, Oconee County also was at the top of the District, with 40.9 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 35.9 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, 33.0 percent of Clarke County’s residents had at least one dose of the vaccines and 28.2 percent were fully vaccinated.
These percentages are different from those shown on the Vaccine Distribution Dashboard.
I have used the population estimates used by the Department of Public Health in the Daily Status Report rather than the lower population estimates that the Department of Public Health uses in the Vaccine Distribution Dashboard.