The Northeast Health District added 180 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday and one new confirmed death attributed to the disease.
The 180 added cases of COVID-19 and one death compare with the 63 new cases and no confirmed deaths added in the week ending July 2.
The average of 25.7 new cases per day for the week ending on Friday compares with the average of 9.0 new cases per day for the week ending on July 2.
Oconee County added 11 cases in the week ending on Friday, and Clarke County added 51.
In the week ending on July 2, Oconee County added two cases and Clarke County added 14.
The new death was in Elbert County, bringing to 945 the number of confirmed deaths from the disease in the Northeast Health District.
The Northeast Health District had 94 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, the same as a week earlier.
The District actually added two “probable” deaths from the disease–in Barrow and Jackson counties-- and lost “probable” deaths in Clarke County and in Elbert County.
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 four positive COVID-19 tests.
The University had reported no positive COVID-19 tests last week.
Two of the positive tests were conducted in Athens, and the other two were elsewhere in the system.
The University reported that 86 individuals were tested at the walk-in Legion Field site, up from 55 a week earlier, and none of the tests came back positive.
This was the eighth week in a row that none of the tests at Legion Field came back positive.
The Department of Community Health once again did not release 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 12, the number of ICU beds in use was 54, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 33.
On Friday a week earlier, the number of COVID-19 patients was seven, the number of ICU beds in use was 52, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 31.
According to the raw data behind the Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard for Friday, 36.7 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine on Friday and 33.9 percent were fully vaccinated.
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Last week, those figures were only slightly lower--36.4 with at least one dose and 33.5 fully vaccinated.
In the 10-county Northeast Health District, Oconee County continues to have the highest rate of residents with at least one dose (48.8 percent) and the highest percentage fully vaccinated (45.8 percent).
Clarke County has 40.3 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 37.3 percent fully vaccinated.
The figures are only slightly changed from a week ago, when Oconee County had 48.6 percent of its residents with at least one dose and 45.4 percent fully vaccinated.
A week ago, 39.9 percent of Clarke County’s residents had at least one dose of the vaccines, and 37.0 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.
Oconee County added only 265 new vaccinations in the last seven days ending on Friday, compared with 725 added the week earlier.
Clarke County added 798 new vaccinations in the last seven days, compared with 1,764 a week earlier.
Reporting of vaccinations in recent weeks has been quite irregular, but it is clear that the number of vaccinations per week is declining.
State, National Comparisons
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 had only 37.1 percent of its population fully vaccinated on Friday. Only six states, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Wyoming, Louisiana, and Idaho, have lower percentages.
Nationally, the percentage of persons fully vaccinated was 47.8 on Friday.
The figure was 66.2 in Vermont, the state with the highest rate of full vaccination.
At present, the vaccine is being administered only to those 12 years old and older.
Nationally, 55.9 percent of the population 12 or older is vaccinated.
That figure is 43.9 percent in Georgia, also the seventh lowest among the states.
Once again, Vermont has the highest vaccination rate for those 12 plus in age at 86.9 percent.
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