The 10-county Northeast Health District added 75 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days ending on Friday, up slightly from the 62 cases added last week, based on the Friday Daily Status Report of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The Northeast Health District added seven confirmed deaths from the disease, down from the eight 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 10.7, compared with 8.9 in the seven days ending on April 8.
Oconee County added 17 cases in the week ending on Friday, up from four new cases in the week ending on April 8.
Clarke County added 36 new cases in the seven days ending on Friday, up from 21 new cases in the week ending on April 8.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday per 100,000 population was 3.4, and it was 4.2 in Clarke County.
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On April 8, those rolling averages had been 1.0 in Oconee County and 2.0 in Clarke County.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Friday was 1.4 compared with 0.4 on Friday of last week.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Friday was 5.4, compared with 3.3 on Friday of last week.
The Clarke County confirmed death was of a 62-year-old male with a chronic condition.
Clarke County now has 217 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, or 168.6 per 100,000 population.
The remaining six confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Northeast Health District in the last seven days were in Jackson (1), Madison (1), Oglethorpe (1), and Walton (3) counties.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,577 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, or 297.5 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 152 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, up from 150 a week ago.
The added “probable” deaths were in Clarke and Jackson counties.
The Department of Public Health does not provide any details about “probable” deaths.
Weekly Status Reports
The Department of Public Health announced on Thursday that it will suspend its Daily Status Report, with Friday's Report the last one it will issue on a daily basis.
Instead, the Department of Public Health will release a report each week on Wednesday.
“Given the number of at-home COVID tests that do not get reported, there is now a greater focus on other indicators such as hospital admissions, hospital occupancy, and overall vaccination rates when assessing the community impact of COVID-19,” the news release stated.
“We believe weekly COVID reporting will continue to support a sustainable response in Georgia while informing decision-making around transmission and infection rates,” the news release quotes Kathleen E. Toomey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, as saying.
“DPH epidemiologists and the data team have worked tirelessly for more than two years to provide this information to the public,” Toomey is quoted as saying in reference to the Daily Status Report, which began shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020.
“We are extremely grateful for their work and dedication,” Toomey is quoted as saying.
University, Hospital Reports
The University of Georgia on Wednesday, in its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates, reported 31 positive COVID-19 tests, up from 26 in the revised report for the previous week.
The report on Wednesday covered the period of April 4 to 10.
The University reported that 163 walk-in tests were performed on individuals by the University Health Center in the week ending on April 10. That number had been 226 a week earlier.
One of the 163 tests were positive, for a positivity rate of 0.6 percent. The positivity rate for the walk-in tests performed in the week ending on April 3 was 0.9 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 four, down from eight on April 8.
The number of ICU beds in use was 56, down from 59 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 25, down from 33 a week earlier.
The listed number of available ICU beds at area hospitals is 70.
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.
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 in the week after students returned to classes on Monday.
This is the fourth 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 spring break. This is the fifth week in a row in which Oconee County Schools reported no Active Cases in its Friday report.