The 10-county Northeast Health District added 167 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days ending on Friday, up sharply from the 25 cases added cases last week, based on the Friday Daily Status Report of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The Northeast Health District added 11 confirmed deaths from the disease, the same number 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 23.9, compared with 3.6 in the seven days ending on March 25.
Oconee County added eight cases in the week ending on Friday, down from 12 new cases in the week ending on March 25.
Clarke County added 55 new cases in the seven days ending on Friday, up from 13 new cases in the week ending on March 25.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 1.4, and it was 4.1 in Clarke County.
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On March 25, those rolling averages had been 2.7 in Oconee County and 1.0 in Clarke County.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 0.6 compared with 1.0 on Friday of last week.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 5.3, compared with 1.6 on Friday of last week.
The Clarke County confirmed death was of a 90-plus-year-old male without a chronic condition.
Clarke County now has 216 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, or 167.1 per 100,000 population.
The remaining 10 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District in the last seven days were in Barrow (1), Jackson (1), Madison (2), Morgan (3), Oglethorpe (2), and Walton (1) counties.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,562 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, or 294.6 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 147 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, up from 144 a week ago.
The added “probable” deaths were in Clarke, Jackson, and Walton counties.
The Department of Public Health does not provide any details about “probable” deaths.
Oconee County Schools
Oconee County Schools did not add any new cases of COVID-19 in the last week, and the number of cases recorded since the beginning of the school year on Aug. 4 is 694.
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A group of parents continues to file an open records request each week for reported cases, and Oconee County Schools responded on Thursday that no new cases had been added since Thursday of last week.
This is the third week in a row in which no new cases were added at Oconee County Schools
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 no Active COVID-19 Cases, the same as the week before. This is the fourth week in a row in which Oconee County Schools reported no Active Cases in its Friday report.
University, Hospital Reports
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 13 positive COVID-19 tests, down from 20 in the previous week.
The report on Wednesday covered the period of March 21 to 27.
The University reported that 173 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center in the week ending on March 27. That number had been 259 a week earlier.
One of the 173 tests was positive, for a positivity rate of 0.6 percent. The positivity rate for the walk-in tests performed in the week ending on March 27 was 1.2 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 nine, up from six on March 25.
The number of ICU beds in use was 57, down from 58 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 36, up from 22 a week earlier.
The listed number of available ICU beds at area hospitals is 70.