The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that area hospitals had 14 COVID-19 patients, down from the 18 reported on Friday of last week.
The number of ICU beds in use was 63, up from 58 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 23, down from 24 a week earlier.
In its weekly COVID-19 report, the Department of Public Health announced that the number of new COVID-19 cases tallied in its electronic tracking system in the Northeast Health District in the week ending on June 15 was 602.
The 10-county District had added 564 cases in the week ending on June 8.
The Department of Public Heath Report on Wednesday added three new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in the last week. Two of those were in Clarke 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 86.0, compared with 80.6 in the seven days ending on June 8.
That average has increased slightly each week since May 4.
Oconee County added 49 cases in the seven days ending on Wednesday. The county added 70 cases in the seven days ending on June 8.
Clarke County added 194 new cases in the seven days ending on June 15. It had added 128 new cases in the week ending on June 8.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Wednesday was 7.1. It had been 9.7 on June 8.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Wednesday was 28.0, compared with 20.6 on June 8.
The added confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Clarke County were of a 48-year-old female with a chronic condition and an 84-year-old female without a chronic condition.
The deaths bring to 224 the total number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Clarke County since the onset of the pandemic in February of 2020. That is 174.1 deaths per 100,000 population, the lowest rate in the 10-county Northeast Health District.
The additional added death was in Walton County, bringing to 391 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in that county since February of 2020. That is 404.5 death per 100,000 population, the second highest rate behind Elbert County’s 412.5 deaths per 100,000.
The Department of Public health also eliminated a confirmed COVID-19 death in Oconee County, dropping its total to 95. Oconee County’s total number of confirmed deaths per 100,000 population is 227.3, the second lowest in the 10-county District.
The total number of confirmed deaths, with the addition of the two deaths and the removal of one, in the Northeast Health District is now 1,593, or 300.5 per 100,000 population.
The Department of Public Health listed 162 “probable” deaths from COVID-19, the same number as on June 8.
Focus On Hospital Reports
In its announcement on April 14, the Georgia Department of Public Health said “Given the number of at-home COVID tests that do not get reported, there is now a greater focus on other indicators.”
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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.