The 10-county Northeast Health District added 174 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days ending on Friday, down from 371 last week, and the lowest number added since 63 cases were added in the week ending on July 2, 2021.
The District added 20 confirmed deaths from the disease, down from the 34 deaths added last Friday. Deaths are a lagging indicator of the disease.
Three of the confirmed deaths were in Oconee County and four were in Clarke County.
The average number of added cases per day in the last seven days in the Northeast Health District was 24.9, compared with 53.0 in the seven days ending on Feb. 25.
Oconee County added 10 cases on Friday, compared with 28 new cases in week ending on Feb. 25.
Clarke County added 32 new cases in the seven days ending on Friday, compared with 71 new cases in the week ending on Feb. 25.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 3.8, and it was 4.8 in Clarke County.
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On Feb. 25, those rolling averages had been 11.6 in Oconee County and 8.0 in Clarke County.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 1.6 compared with 4.9 on Friday of last week.
The last time the unstandardized rolling average in Oconee County had been that low was on July 19 of last year.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 6.1, compared with 10.3 on Friday of last week.
The unstandardized seven-day rolling average had been 6.4 on July 8 and 4.1 the day earlier.
The Delta variant of COVID-19 began to spread in late June of 2021 before being replaced by the Omicron variant at the end of the year.
The Oconee County confirmed COVID-19 deaths were of a 74-year-old male without a chronic condition, a 75-year-old male with a chronic condition, and an 89-year-old male without a chronic condition.
The Clarke County confirmed deaths were of a 40-year-old male, a 66-year-old female, a 72-year-old female, and an 84-year-old female. None of these had a chronic condition.
The 40-year-old was the fourth youngest COVID-19 death in the county.
Oconee County now has 92 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, or 220.1 per 100,000 population, and Clarke County has 207 deaths, or 160.9 per 100,000 population.
The remaining 13 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District in the last seven days were in Barrow (3), Jackson (2), Madison (3), Morgan (2), and Walton (3) counties.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,506 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, or 284.1 per 100,000 population.
Clarke County has the lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths per population in the 10-county Northeast Health District, and Oconee County has the second lowest.
The Northeast Health District had 140 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, up from 138 a week ago.
The added “probable” deaths were in Elbert County and Oglethorpe County.
No details are given on “probable” deaths.
Oconee County Schools
As of the end of classes on Thursday, Oconee County Schools had recorded 694 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 694 cases is an increase of one from the week before. The new case was added on the afternoon of Feb. 28 and was of a staff member at Colham Ferry Elementary School. (Faculty are classified as staff.)
Since the beginning of the school year on Jan. 4 year, Oconee County Schools has added 266 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. The data from the previous week are removed when the new data are reported.
In its report on Friday, Oconee County Schools reported one Active COVID-19 Case, up from 0 the week earlier.
The chart above shows no increase in cases in the data released to the parents, based on the count of cases at the beginning classes on Feb. 28.
University, Hospital Reports
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 31 positive COVID-19 tests, down from 50 in the previous week, based on updated data.
The report on Wednesday covered the period of Feb. 21 to 27.
The University reported that 358 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center in the week ending on Feb. 27. That number had been 437 a week earlier.
The positivity rate for the walk-in tests performed in the week ending on Feb. 27 was 0.8 percent, down from the 2.1 percent reported in the week ending Feb. 20.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals was 49, down from 70 on Feb. 25.
The number of ICU beds in use was 63, the same as last Friday, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 34, down from 36 a week earlier.
The listed number of available ICU beds at area hospitals is 70.