The 10-county Northeast Health District added 561 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday, up from 459 added a week earlier, and 18 new confirmed deaths from the disease, down from 21 last week.
The average number of added cases in the District was 80.1 per day, compared with 65.6 per day in the week ending Oct. 29.
This was the first increase in the average number of cases per week since cases per week peaked on Sept. 3.
Two of the confirmed deaths in the last week were in Clarke County.
Oconee County added 59 cases in the week ending on Friday, up from 28 on Friday of last week.
Clarke County added 99 new cases on Friday, up from 74 on Friday of last week.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 19.5, and it was 10.5 in Clarke County.
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A week ago those rolling averages had been 8.5 in Oconee County and 8.3 in Clarke County.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 8.1, compared with 3.6 a week earlier.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 13.6, down from 10.7 a week earlier.
The Clarke County deaths added this week were of a 41-year-old male and a 70-year-old male, neither with a chronic condition.
The deaths brings to 173 the number of confirmed deaths from the disease in Clarke County since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Clarke County has added at least one confirmed death from COVID every week since Aug. 27.
The remaining confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District in the last week were in Barrow (1), Greene (3), Jackson (3), Madison (3), Morgan (1), Oglethorpe (2), and Walton (3) counties.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,229 deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Northeast Health District had 116 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, an increase of one from the week earlier.
Barrow and Elbert counties each reported a “probable” death, but one “probable” death in Jackson County was removed from the list.
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 386 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 13th full week of classes on Nov. 1, the number of reported cases had been 379, up by eight from Oct. 25. Oconee County Schools added seven 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 12 Active COVID-19 Cases, up from eight a week earlier.
School Age Data, Test Positivity Rates
Oconee County overall added eight cases among those aged 5 to 17 in the week ending at the beginning of the day on Nov. 4, according to the School Aged COVID-19 Surveillance Data released by the Department of Public Health on Friday.
The report showed an addition of 52 cases across all age groups, with three of them for children under five years of age, five of them for persons aged 18 to 22, and the remaining 36 for those persons 23 years old and older.
The percentages of added cases that were for persons 5 to 17 years old was 15.4, down from 18.5 the week earlier.
The percentage of cases for those 0 to 4 years old increased to 5.8 percent from 3.7 percent in the week ending Oct. 28.
The percentage of cases for those 23 years old or older was 69.2, compared with 74.1 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 3.7percent on Friday, up from 3.6 percent on Friday of last week.
In Clarke County on Friday, the seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate of PCR tests was 2.7, down from 4.1 on Oct. 29.
University, Hospital Reports
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 21 positive COVID-19 tests, down from 27 the previous week.
The report covered the period of Oct. 25 to Oct. 31.
The University reported that 574 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center, down from 623 a week earlier, and only one of the tests last week came back positive.
The positivity rate for the walk-in tests was 0.2 percent, compared with 0.8 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 39, down from 61 a week earlier.
The number of ICU beds in use was 63, down from 68 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 30, down from 39 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, 46.3 percent of the residents of the Northeast Health District had at least one dose of a vaccine and 42.7 percent were fully vaccinated.
Those percentages hardly moved in recent weeks. Last week, those figures were 45.8 percent with at least one dose of the vaccine and 42.3 percent fully vaccinated.
In Oconee County, 57.5 percent of the population has at least one dose and 54.0 percent is fully vaccinated. Those figures had been 57.1 percent and 53.7 percent last week.
In Clarke County, 48.4 percent of the population has as least one dose and 44.8 percent is fully vaccinated. Those figures were 48.0 percent and 44.5 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 11,550 vaccinations in the week ending on Friday, compared with 9,205 added in the week ending on Oct. 29.
Oconee County added 1,008 new vaccinations in the last seven days ending on Friday, compared with 877 added the week earlier.
Clarke County added 2,726 new vaccinations in the last seven days, compared with 2,485 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 48.5 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 58.3 percent.
At present, the vaccine is being administered only to those 12 years old and older.
Nationally, 68.2 percent of the population 12 or older is vaccinated.
That figure is 57.3 percent in Georgia.