Monday, March 29, 2021

State Health Reports List COVID-19 Deaths In Oconee, Clarke Counties; Rolling Average Added Confirmed Deaths Up In Health District

***Rolling Average Added COVID-19 Cases Falls***

With the addition of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Clarke and Morgan counties in the Monday Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, the seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths in the Northeast Health District increased slightly on Monday.

In addition, the Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed one new resident death from COVID-19 at High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Oconee County.

The Department of Public Health added 45 new cases of the disease in the Monday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the District fell on Monday from Sunday.

Oconee County’s Representatives In General Assembly Voted For Major Changes In Election Laws

***Gave Themselves Stronger Role In Local Elections***

Sen. Bill Cowsert, Rep. Houston Gaines, and Rep. Marcus Wiedower, who represent Oconee County in the Georgia General Assembly, joined their Republican colleagues last week in voting to pass legislation making major changes to the state’s election laws.

The bill restricts absentee voting, alters how local governments can manage early voting, and gives the legislature itself, through the State Elections Board, much more power over local election procedures.

It also authorizes the three legislators to monitor and request a state audit of Oconee County’s and Clarke County’s election operations.