The Northeast Health District added 264 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday and seven new confirmed deaths attributed to the disease.
The 264 new cases compare with the 303 cases and two confirmed deaths added in the week ending on May 7.
The average of 37.7 new cases per day for the week ending on Friday compares with 43.3 cases per day in the week ending on May 7.
Oconee County added 11 cases in the week ending on Friday, while Clarke County added 51.
In the week ending on May 7, Oconee County added 15 cases and Clarke County added 61.
One of seven confirmed deaths in the last week in the 10-county Northeast Health District was in Oconee County, while the others were in Barrow, Elbert, and Walton counties.
The Oconee County death was of a 57-year-old male without a chronic condition, the seventh youngest of the 65 persons who have died in the county from COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of last year.
The Oconee County death was reported on May 8 and occurred on April 19.
The last reported COVID-19 deaths in the county prior to May 8 had been on April 24, when two were reported that had occurred on Feb. 1 and March 12.
The Northeast Health District also added four “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in the last week, with one of those in Clarke County.
These data are from the Friday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health.
Long-Term Care Facilities, Oconee Schools, University Reports
The Department of Community Health did not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday.
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In its Thursday Report, the Department listed one additional case of COVID-19 among residents of the 44 facilities in the Northeast Health District covered by the Report since the Department released its Report last Friday.
The newly added resident case of COVID-19 was at Magnolia Estates personal care home in Elbert County.
Oconee County Schools on Friday, in its COVID-19 Status Report, listed one Active COVID-19 case and three Active Quarantines Due to Close Contact.
Last Friday, Oconee County Schools had reported two Active COVID-19 cases and reported 15 individuals in Active Quarantine.
The single case and the three quarantines on Friday are the fewest cases and quarantines reported by Oconee County Schools since the beginning of the school year in August.
Oconee County Schools does not provide any additional information on cases or quarantines at the schools, but it does inform parents of students at the schools when a case has been detected.
At 5:08 p.m. on May 10, Jennifer Whitaker, principal at High Shoals Elementary School, told parents of students at that school that “an individual” had tested positive for COVID-19.
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update, listed a total of seven positive COVID-19 tests, down from 18 a week earlier, with five of those positive tests having been recorded locally, compared with 12 a week earlier.
The University also reported that 252 individuals were tested at the walk-in Legion Field site, down from 393 a week earlier, and that the positivity rate for those volunteer tests decreased to 1.2 from 1.5 the week before.
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 28, the number of ICU beds in use was 66, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 37.
On Friday a week earlier, the number of COVID-19 patients was 29, the number of ICU beds in use was 60, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 27.
According to the raw data behind the Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard for Friday, 29.1 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine on Friday and 24.5 percent were fully vaccinated.
Last week, those figures were 28.4 with at least one dose and 23.2 fully vaccinated.
In the 10-county Northeast Health District, Oconee County has the highest rate of residents with at least one dose (40.9 percent) and the highest percentage fully vaccinated (35.7 percent).
Clarke County has 33.0 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 28.2 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, Oconee County also was at the top of the District, with 40.0 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 33.8 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, 32.2 percent of Clarke County’s residents had at least one dose of the vaccines and 26.9 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.