The 10-county Northeast Health District added 62 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days ending on Friday, down from the 167 cases added last week, based on the Friday Daily Status Report of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The Northeast Health District added eight confirmed deaths from the disease, down from the 11 added in the week ending last Friday.
One of the confirmed deaths was in Clarke County.
The average number of added cases per day in the last seven days ending on Friday in the Northeast Health District was 8.9, compared with 23.9 in the seven days ending on April 1.
Oconee County added four cases in the week ending on Friday, down from eight new cases in the week ending on April 1.
Clarke County added 21 new cases in the seven days ending on Friday, down from 55 new cases in the week ending on April 1.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 1.0, and it was 2.0 in Clarke County.
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On April 1, those rolling averages had been 1.4 in Oconee County and 4.1 in Clarke County.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 0.4 compared with 0.6 on Friday of last week.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 2.6, compared with 5.3 on Friday of last week.
The Clarke County confirmed death was of an 80-year-old male without a chronic condition.
Clarke County now has 216 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, or 167.9 per 100,000 population.
The remaining seven confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District in the last seven days were in Barrow (1), Greene (1), Jackson (2), Morgan (1), and Walton (2) counties.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,570 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, or 296.1 per 100,000 population.
Clarke County continues to have the lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths per population in the 10-county Northeast Health District, and Oconee County, with 227.3 per 100,000 population, has the second lowest.
Elbert County, with 81 deaths, has the highest number per population, with 412.5 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 per 100,000 population.
The Northeast Health District had 150 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, up from 147 a week ago.
The added “probable” deaths were in Jackson (2) and Morgan (1) counties.
The Department of Public Health does not provide any details about “probable” deaths.
Oconee County Schools, University, Hospital Reports
Oconee County Schools was not in session last week and released no new data on COVID-19 cases.
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 24 positive COVID-19 tests, up from 13 in the previous week.
The report on Wednesday covered the period of March 28 to April 3.
The University reported that 226 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center in the week ending on April 3. That number had been 173 a week earlier.
Two of the 226 tests were positive, for a positivity rate of 0.9 percent. The positivity rate for the walk-in tests performed in the week ending on March 27 was 0.6 percent.
The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals was eight, down from nine on April 1.
The number of ICU beds in use was 59, up from 57 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 33, down from 36 a week earlier.
The listed number of available ICU beds at area hospitals is 70.