The Northeast Health District added 91 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday, and five confirmed deaths attributed to the disease.
The 91 added cases of COVID-19 and five deaths compare with the 107 cases and the nine confirmed deaths added in the week ending June 11.
The average of 13.0 new cases per day for the week ending on Friday compares with the average of 15.3 new cases per day for the week ending on June 11.
Oconee County added six cases in the week ending on Friday, and Clarke County added 30.
In the week ending on June 11, Oconee County added five cases and Clarke County added 17.
The five confirmed deaths were in Barrow County, Clarke County, Jackson County, Oglethorpe County, and Walton County.
One death in Madison County previously listed as confirmed was eliminated.
The five deaths bring to 941 the number in the 10-county Northeast Health District since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of 2020.
The Clarke County death was of 73-year-old female with a chronic condition. Clarke County now has 142 deaths attributed to the coronavirus.
The Northeast Health District had 94 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, compared with 92 a week earlier.
The added probable deaths were in Jackson and Walton counties.
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 one positive COVID-19 test. The test was reported at the University Health Center.
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In the three weeks prior to Wednesday, the University had reported no new positive tests for COVID-19.
The University reported on Wednesday that 103 individuals were tested at the walk-in Legion Field site, up from 47 a week earlier, and none of the tests came back positive.
This was the fifth week in a row that none of the tests at Legion Field came back positive.
The Department of Community Health once again 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 18, the number of ICU beds in use was 63, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 32.
On Friday a week earlier, the number of COVID-19 patients was 13, the number of ICU beds in use was 57, 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, 35.6 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine on Friday and 32.1 percent were fully vaccinated.
Last week, those figures were 31.8 with at least one dose and 28.4 fully vaccinated.
In the 10-county Northeast Health District, Oconee County has the highest rate of residents with at least one dose 47.8 percent and the highest percentage fully vaccinated (43.9 percent).
Clarke County has 39.2 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 35.8 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, Oconee County also was at the top of the District, with 43.9 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 40.0 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, 35.5 percent of Clarke County’s residents had at least one dose of the vaccines and 32.1 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.
State, National Comparisons
The improved rates of vaccination reflect large increases in the number of vaccines administered as reflected in the Department of Public Health Data for Friday.
The number could reflect large increases in administration or simply in reporting of administrations of the vaccine.
Oconee County added 3,232 new vaccinations in the last seven days ending on Friday, compared with 725 the week earlier but 1,131 the week before that.
Clarke County added 9,412 new vaccinations, compared with 1,755 a week earlier but 2,749 the week before that.
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 34.8 percent of its population fully vaccinated. Only Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Tennessee have lower percentages.
Nationally, that figure is 44.7 percent. The figure is 63.5 in Vermont, the state with the highest rate of full vaccination.