The 10-county Northeast Health District added 1,538 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Friday, nearly three times the number added in the week ending on Dec. 17.
The Northeast Health District added 13 deaths, more than double the number added on Friday a week ago.
The average number of added cases per day in the week ending on Friday was 219.7, compared with 77.3 on Dec. 17.
Oconee County added 118 new cases in the week ending on Friday, compared 33 in the week ending on Dec. 17.
Clarke County added 440 new cases in the week ending on Friday, compared with 106 in the week ending last Friday.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 40.0, and it was 50.3 in Clarke County.
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Last week those rolling averages had been 9.9 in Oconee County and 12.1 in Clarke County.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 16.7, compared with 4.1 on Friday of last week.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 64.7, compared with 15.3 on Friday of last week.
The confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District in the last week were in Barrow (2), Elbert (1), Jackson (4), Madison (1), Morgan (3), and Walton (2) counties.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,289 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Northeast Health District had 121 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, up one from the week before. The added "probable" death was in Walton County.
These data are from the Friday Daily Status Report of the Department of Public Health.
The Department of Public Health no longer releases Daily Status Reports on weekends.
Oconee County Schools is not in session and released no report on COVID-19 cases on Friday.
University, Hospital Reports
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 49 positive COVID-19 tests, up from 22 in the report for the previous week.
The report covered the period of Dec. 13 to Dec. 19.
The University reported that 433 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center, up from 375 a week earlier, and 13 of the tests last week came back positive.
The positivity rate for the walk-in tests was 3.0 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 51, the same number as a week earlier.
The number of ICU beds in use was 57, down from 65 last week, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 36, up from 27 a week earlier.
The listed number of available ICU beds at area hospitals is 70.