Friday, October 15, 2021

COVID-19 Cases In Oconee, Clarke, Northeast Health District Continue To Drop; Deaths From Disease Down Too

***Hospital, School Cases Also Decline***

The 10-county Northeast Health District added 739 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday, down from 959 a week earlier, and 22 new confirmed deaths from the disease, down from 37 last week.

One of the confirmed deaths was in Oconee County, and one was in Clarke County.

The average number of added cases in the District was 105.6 per day, compared with 137.0 per day in the week ending Oct. 8.

This is the sixth week in a row that the average number of cases per day has dropped.

Oconee County added 59 cases in the week ending on Friday, down from 76 on Friday of last week.

Clarke County added 100 new cases on Friday, down from 161 on Friday of last week.

Rolling Averages

The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 20.5, and it was 11.5 in Clarke County.

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A week ago those rolling averages had been 24.6 in Oconee County and 17.0 in Clarke County.

The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 8.6, down from 10.3 a week earlier.

In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 14.9. down from 21.6 a week earlier.

The Oconee County confirmed death was of a 49-year-old female without a chronic condition. She was the third youngest person to die from the disease in the county, which now has 71 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, going back to February of 2020.

The Clarke County death was of a 71-year-old male without a chronic condition. The death brings to 165 the number of Clarke County since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the last week were in Barrow (3), Elbert (1), Jackson (4), Madison (5), and Walton County (7).

The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,165 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Northeast Health District had 107 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, the same as a week earlier.

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 360 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 10th full week of classes on Oct. 11, the number of reported cases had been 355, up by 13 from Oct. 4. Oconee County Schools added six cases in the four days ending on Thursday. Monday was a school holiday.

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 10 Active COVID-19 Cases, down from 19 the week earlier and the fewest number of cases reported this school year.

School Age Data, Test Positivity Rates

Oconee County overall added 21 cases among those aged 5 to 17 in the week ending at the beginning of the day on Oct 14, according to the School Aged COVID-19 Surveillance Data released by the Department of Public Health on Friday.

The report showed an addition of 85 cases across all age groups, with four of them for children under five years of age, three of them for persons aged 18 to 22, and the remaining 57 for those persons 23 years old and older.

The percentages of added cases that were for persons 5 to 17 years old was 24.7, up from 23.9 the week earlier.

The percentage of cases for those 23 years old or older was 67.1, compared with 67.2 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 6.8 percent, down from 10.1 percent on Friday of last week.

In Clarke County on Friday, the seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate of PCR tests was 4.3, down from 7.2 on Oct. 8.

University, Hospital Reports

The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 28 positive COVID-19 tests, down from 48 the previous week.

The report covered the period of Oct. 4 to Oct. 10.

The University reported that 692 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center, down from 843 a week earlier, and three of the tests last week came back positive.

The positivity rate for the walk-in tests was 0.4 percent, compared with 1.1 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 92, down from 129 a week earlier.

The number of ICU beds in use was 74, compared with 73 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 52, down from 57 a week earlier.

The listed number of available ICU beds at area hospitals is 70, and the hospitals expand that number as demand increases.

Vaccine Updates

According to the raw data behind the Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard for Friday, 45.4 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine and 41.7 percent were fully vaccinated.

Those percentages hardly moved in recent weeks. Last week, those figures were 45.2 percent with at least one dose of the vaccine and 41.2 percent fully vaccinated.

In Oconee County, 56.8 percent of the population has at least one dose and 53.1 percent is fully vaccinated. Those figures had been 56.6 percent and 52.8 percent last week.

In Clarke County, 47.6 percent of the population has as least one dose and 43.9 percent is fully vaccinated. Those figures were 47.4 percent and 43.6 percent last week.

These figures differ from those on the Vaccine Dashboard because the Department of Public Health uses an old projection--and lower number--for the population of the two counties.

Vaccine Administrations

The Northeast Health District added only 7,104 vaccinations in the week ending on Friday, compared with 10,304 added in the week ending on Oct. 8.

Oconee County added 650 new vaccinations in the last seven days ending on Friday, compared with 957 added the week earlier.

Clarke County added 1,899 new vaccinations in the last seven days, compared with 2,680 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 47.0 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 56.8 percent.

At present, the vaccine is being administered only to those 12 years old and older.

Nationally, 66.5 percent of the population 12 or older is vaccinated.

That figure is 55.5 percent in Georgia.

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