The Northeast Health District added 99 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday and two new confirmed deaths attributed to the disease.
The 99 added cases of COVID-19 compare with the 141 cases and the four confirmed deaths added in the week ending May 28.
The average of 14.1 new cases per day for the week ending on Friday compares with the average of 20.1 new cases per day for the week ending on May 28.
Oconee County added six cases in the week ending on Friday, and Clarke County added 16.
In the week ending on May 28, Oconee County added four cases and Clarke County added 28.
The two confirmed deaths were in Jackson and Madison counties.
The deaths bring to 928 the number in the 10-county Northeast Health District since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of 2020.
The Northeast Health District had 93 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, compared with 94 a week earlier. A “probable” death in Madison County was eliminated from the list.
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 second week in a row.
The University reported that 65 individuals were tested at the walk-in Legion Field site, down from 106 a week earlier, and none of the tests came back positive.
This was the third 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 last Friday. The link to the Report for Thursday of last week did not function.
The Friday report listed one death from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District not listed in the May 21 Report as well as two new cases of the disease, one among residents and one among staff.
The death and the resident case was at Social Circle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Walton County. The staff case was at Legacy Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Greene County.
The Department of Public Health distributes the Department of Community Health Report but does not consider deaths reported at long-term care facilities to be confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health has not reported any deaths in Walton County in the last two weeks.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals was 20, the number of ICU beds in use was 46, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 26.
On Friday a week earlier, the number of COVID-19 patients was 25, the number of ICU beds in use was 60, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 38.
According to the raw data behind the Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard for Friday, 31.2 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine on Friday and 27.6 percent were fully vaccinated.
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Last week, those figures were 30.4 with at least one dose and 26.1 fully vaccinated.
In the 10-county Northeast Health District, Oconee County has the highest rate of residents with at least one dose (43.3 percent) and the highest percentage fully vaccinated (38.7 percent).
Clarke County has 35.0 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 31.2 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, Oconee County also was at the top of the District, with 42.3 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 36.9 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, 34.3 percent of Clarke County’s residents had at least one dose of the vaccines and 29.7 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
In terms of simple administration of vaccines, Oconee County added 1,131 new vaccinations in the last seven days, compared with 453 a week earlier.
Clarke County added 2,749 new vaccinations, compared with 1,259 a week earlier.
The previous week did include a holiday, but vaccinations were up in both counties from the week before the holiday.
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 33.1 percent of its population fully vaccinated, equal to the percentage in Idaho but above only Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wyoming, Tennessee, and Utah.
Nationally, that figure is 41.4 percent.
The figure is 57.2 in Vermont, the state with the highest rate of full vaccination.