The Northeast Health District added 107 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday, and nine confirmed deaths attributed to the disease.
The 107 added cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths compare with the 99 cases and the two confirmed deaths added in the week ending June 4.
The average of 15.3 new cases per day for the week ending on Friday compares with the average of 14.1 new cases per day for the week ending on June 4.
Oconee County added five cases in the week ending on Friday, and Clarke County added 17.
In the week ending on June 4, Oconee County added six cases and Clarke County added 16.
The nine confirmed deaths were in Barrow County (three), Clarke County (two), Jackson County( two), and Madison County (two).
The deaths bring to 937 the number in the 10-county Northeast Health District since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of 2020.
The Clarke County deaths were of an 80-year-old female and an 87-year-old female, neither of whom had a chronic condition. Clarke County now has 141 deaths attributed to the coronavirus.
The Northeast Health District had 92 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, compared with 93 a week earlier.
Clarke County was listed with eight “probable” deaths last week but only seven this week.
These data are from the Friday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health.
University, Long-Term Care, Hospital Reports
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Update, reported no positive COVID-19 tests for the third week in a row.
The University reported that 47 individuals were tested at the walk-in Legion Field site, down from 65 a week earlier, and none of the tests came back positive.
This was the fourth week in a row that none of the tests at Legion Field came back positive.
The Department of Community Health did not issue its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals was 13, the number of ICU beds in use was 57, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 27.
On Friday a week earlier, the number of COVID-19 patients was 20, the number of ICU beds in use was 46, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 26.
According to the raw data behind the Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard for Friday, 31.8 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine on Friday and 28.4 percent were fully vaccinated.
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Last week, those figures were 31.2 with at least one dose and 27.6 fully vaccinated.
In the 10-county Northeast Health District, Oconee County has the highest rate of residents with at least one dose (43.9 percent) and the highest percentage fully vaccinated (40.0 percent).
Clarke County has 35.5 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 32.0 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, Oconee County also was at the top of the District, with 43.3 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 38.7 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, 35.0 percent of Clarke County’s residents had at least one dose of the vaccines and 31.2 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 for 2018 that the Department of Public Health uses in the Vaccine Distribution Dashboard.
State, National Comparisons
In terms of simple administration of vaccines, Oconee County added 725 new vaccinations in the last seven days ending on Friday, compared with 1,131 a week earlier.
Clarke County added 1,755 new vaccinations, compared with 2,749 a week earlier.
Georgia continues to be among the states with the lowest percentage of its population fully vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia has only 33.8 percent of its population fully vaccinated. Only Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wyoming, Tennessee, and Idaho have lower percentages.
Nationally, that figure is 42.8 percent, higher than the state, the Northeast Health District, and both Oconee and Clarke counties,
The figure is 59.8 in Vermont, the state with the highest rate of full vaccination.