The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that area hospitals had 18 COVID-19 patients, up from the 11 reported on Friday of last week.
The number of ICU beds in use was 58, down from 66 as a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 24, down from 36 a week earlier.
In its weekly COVID-19 report on June 8, the Department of Public Health announced that the number of COVID-19 cases tallied in its electronic tracking system increased in the 10-county Northeast Health District by 564 from the Status Report on June 1.
The District had added 524 cases in the week ending on June 1.
The Department of Public Heath Report on Wednesday added two new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in the last week. One of those was in Oconee County.
The Northeast Health District includes Oconee and Clarke counties.
Although the Department of Public Health is releasing a report only weekly, it is gathering data on a daily basis, and the weekly report includes a data file containing case counts each day.
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The Department of Public Health switched to weekly, rather than daily, case counts on April 20 in part because of a concern that its numbers under-represent the actual number of cases.
At home test results are not included in the electronic reporting system.
If the undercount is consistent week-to-week, however, the trends across time would track changes in the occurrence of COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District as well as in the state.
The average number of added cases per day in the last seven days ending on Wednesday in the Northeast Health District was 80.6, compared with 74.9 in the seven days ending on June 1.
Oconee County added 70 cases in the seven days ending on Wednesday. The county added 42 cases in the seven days ending on June 1.
Clarke County added 128 new cases in the seven days ending on June 8. It had added 141 new cases in the week ending on June 1.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Wednesday was 9.7. It had been 6.4 on June 1.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Wednesday was 20.4, compared with 21.0 on June 1.
The added death in Oconee County was of an 88-year-old male with a chronic condition and brings to 96 the total number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the county since the onset of the pandemic in February of 2020. That is 229.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
The additional added death was in Madison County, bringing to 98 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in that county since February of 2020. That is 325.4 death per 100,000 population.
The Department of Public health also eliminated a confirmed COVID-19 death in Barrow County, two deaths in Jackson County, and a death in Walton County from its list. The deaths likely were reassigned to another county.
The total number of confirmed deaths, with the addition of the two deaths and the removal of four, in the Northeast Health District is now 1,591, or 300.1 per 100,000 population.
The Department of Public Health also removed three “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District from its list in the last week ending on Wednesday.
Two of those were in Jackson County, and one was in Oconee County. It is possible the new confirmed death in Oconee County previously was listed as a “probable” death from COVID-19.
The Department of Public Health does not provide any details of the “probable” deaths from COVID-19, so it is impossible to know what happened to that case.
Focus On Hospital Reports
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The announcement directed attention to the data released by the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
The hospital data available for the area includes the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District plus Hart and Franklin counties. The data are dominated by St. Mary’s and Piedmont Regional in Athens-Clarke County.
The University of Georgia has discontinued issuance of its COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates.
Oconee County Schools is not in session and does not issue its weekly COVID-19 update during the summer.