The 10-county Northeast Health District added 459 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday, down from 631 added a week earlier, and 21 new confirmed deaths from the disease, down from 25 last week.
One of the confirmed deaths was in Oconee County, and five were in Clarke County.
The average number of added cases in the District was 65.6 per day, compared with 90.1 per day in the week ending Oct. 22.
The average number of added cases per day has now dropped every week since peaking on Sept. 3.
Oconee County added 28 cases in the week ending on Friday, down from 56 on Friday of last week.
Clarke County added 74 new cases on Friday, down from 93 on Friday of last week.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 8.5, and it was 8.3 in Clarke County.
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A week ago those rolling averages had been 17.1 in Oconee County and 10.3 in Clarke County.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 3.6, down from 7.3 a week earlier.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 10.7, down from 13.3 a week earlier.
The Oconee County confirmed death was of a 70-year-old male with a chronic condition. The county now has 73 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, going back to February of 2020.
The Clarke County deaths were of a 62-year-old male, a 66-year-old male, a 67-year-old male, an 81-year-old male, and an 83-year-old male. None of the five had a chronic condition. The deaths brings to 171 the number of Clarke County since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The remaining confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District in the last week were in Barrow (4), Jackson (5), Madison (1), Morgan (1), Oglethorpe (2), and Walton (2) counties.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,211 deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Northeast Health District had 115 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, an increase of two from the week earlier.
Elbert and Jackson counties each reported a new “probable” death.
These data are from the Friday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health.
Oconee County Schools
As of the end of classes on Thursday, Oconee County Schools had recorded 376 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year on Aug. 4, based on data released by the schools in response to open records requests filed by a group of parents.
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The parents are reporting the released data on the Safety First Facebook page, but they also have released the data to me for my own analysis.
As of the beginning of the 12th full week of classes on Oct. 25, the number of reported cases had been 371, up by 10 from Oct. 18. Oconee County Schools added five cases in the four days ending on Thursday.
Oconee County Schools releases to the public only the number of Active Cases in the schools at the end of the class week.
In its report on Friday, Oconee County Schools reported eight Active COVID-19 Cases, down from 14 a week earlier and the smallest number reported since the beginning of the school year in August.
School Age Data, Test Positivity Rates
Oconee County overall added five cases among those aged 5 to 17 in the week ending at the beginning of the day on Oct 28, according to the School Aged COVID-19 Surveillance Data released by the Department of Public Health on Friday.
The report showed an addition of 27 cases across all age groups, with only one of them for children under five years of age, one of them for persons aged 18 to 22, and the remaining 20 for those persons 23 years old and older.
The percentages of added cases that were for persons 5 to 17 years old was 18.5, down from 25.9 the week earlier.
The percentage of cases for those 0 to 4 years old decreased to 3.7 percent from 17.2 percent in the week ending Oct. 21.
The percentage of cases for those 23 years old or older was 74.1, compared with 53.4 a week earlier.
These figures are based on the rapid antigen and molecular tests results.
In Oconee County, the seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate of the molecular PCR test for COVID-19 was 1.0 percent on Friday, down from 5.7 percent on Friday of last week.
In Clarke County on Friday, the seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate of PCR tests was 3.0, down from 5.2 on Oct. 22.
University, Hospital Reports
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 27 positive COVID-19 tests, down from 35 the previous week.
The report covered the period of Oct. 18 to Oct. 24.
The University reported that 623 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center, up from 622 a week earlier, and five of the tests last week came back positive.
The positivity rate for the walk-in tests was 0.8 percent, compared with 1.3 percent a week earlier.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals was 61, down from 84 a week earlier.
The number of ICU beds in use was 68, up from 61 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 39, down from 44 a week earlier.
The listed number of available ICU beds at area hospitals is 70, and the hospitals expand that number as demand increases.
According to the raw data behind the Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard for Friday, 45.8 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine and 42.3 percent were fully vaccinated.
Those percentages hardly moved in recent weeks. Last week, those figures were 45.6 percent with at least one dose of the vaccine and 42.1 percent fully vaccinated.
In Oconee County, 57.1 percent of the population has at least one dose and 53.7 percent is fully vaccinated. Those figures had been 56.9 percent and 53.5 percent last week.
In Clarke County, 48.0 percent of the population has as least one dose and 44.5 percent is fully vaccinated. Those figures were 47.8 percent and 44.2 percent last week.
These figures differ from those on the Vaccine Dashboard because the Department of Public Health uses old projections--and lower numbers--for the populations of the two counties.
The Northeast Health District added 9,205 vaccinations in the week ending on Friday, compared with 6,315 added in the week ending on Oct. 22.
Oconee County added 877 new vaccinations in the last seven days ending on Friday, compared with 597 added the week earlier.
Clarke County added 2,485 new vaccinations in the last seven days, compared with 1,736 a week earlier.
The Department of Public Health is not providing data on the number of added vaccination that are boosters.
State, National Comparisons
Georgia, with 48.0 percent of its population fully vaccinated, ranks 10th from the bottom among the 50 states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Nationally, the percentage of persons fully vaccinated was nearly 10 percentage points higher on Friday at 57.8 percent.
At present, the vaccine is being administered only to those 12 years old and older.
Nationally, 67.7 percent of the population 12 or older is vaccinated.
That figure is 56.7 percent in Georgia.