The 10-county Northeast Health District added only 371 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days ending on Friday, down from 654 cases added last Friday.
The District added 34 confirmed deaths from the disease, down by three from the 37 deaths added last Friday. Deaths are a lagging indicator of the disease.
Three of the confirmed deaths were in Oconee County and five were in Clarke County.
The average number of added cases per day in the last seven days in the Northeast Health District was 53.0, compared with 93.4 in the seven days ending on Feb. 18.
Oconee County added 28 cases on Friday, compared with 51 new cases in week ending on Feb. 18.
Clarke County added 71 new cases in the seven days ending on Friday, compared with 137 new cases in the week ending on Feb. 18.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 11.6, and it was 8.0 in Clarke County.
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On Feb. 18, those rolling averages had been 17.8 in Oconee County and 15.2 in Clarke County.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 4.9 compared with 7.6 on Friday of last week.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 10.3, compared with 19.6 on Friday of last week.
The rolling averages have not been this low since early December of last year.
The Oconee County confirmed COVID-19 deaths were of a 50-year-old male, a 62-year-old male, and a 67-year-old male. None of these had a chronic condition.
The Clarke County confirmed deaths were of a 71-year-old male, a 74-year-old male, an 80-year-old female, and two 90-plus-year-old females. None of these had a chronic condition.
Oconee County now has 89 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, or 212.9 per 100,000 population, and Clarke County has 203 deaths, or 157.8 per 100,000 population.
Clarke County had one previously confirmed death from COVID-19 removed from its list. That was of a 62-year-old male without a chronic condition, so the gain in total deaths attributed to COVID-19 was four rather than five.
No details on deaths removed from a county’s list are given, and the death could have been moved to Oconee County, given the addition of the 62-year-old male without a chronic condition in Oconee County in the last week.
The remaining 27 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District in the last seven days were in Barrow (6), Elbert (1), Greene (1), Jackson (9), Madison (4), Morgan (1), and Walton (5) counties.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,486 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, or 280.3 per 100,000 population.
The Northeast Health District had 138 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, up from 137 a week ago.
The added “probable” death was in Barrow County.
No details are given of “probable” deaths.
Oconee County Schools
As of the end of classes on Thursday, Oconee County Schools had recorded 693 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 693 cases is the same number recorded last week. Last Thursday Oconee County Schools had added five cases from the week before.
Since the beginning of the school year on Jan. 4 year, Oconee County Schools has added 265 cases. It had recorded 428 cases in the first half of the school year through Dec. 28.
The parents are reporting the data released to them as a result of the open records requests on the Safety First Facebook page, but they also have released the data to me for my own analysis.
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 no Active COVID-19 Cases, down from three the week earlier.
The chart above shows an increase of four cases in the count based on the data released to parents, reflecting the count of cases at the beginning classes on Feb. 21.
University, Hospital Reports
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 47 positive COVID-19 tests, down from 87 in the previous week, based on updated data.
The report on Wednesday covered the period of Feb. 14 to 20.
The University reported that 437 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center in the week ending on Feb. 20.
The positivity rate for the walk-in tests performed in the week ending on Feb. 20 was 2.1 percent, down from the 3.6 percent reported in the week ending Feb. 13.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals was 70, down from 95 on Feb. 18.
The number of ICU beds in use was 63, down up from 61 last Friday, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 36, down from 44 a week earlier.
The listed number of available ICU beds at area hospitals is 70.