The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that area hospitals had 24 COVID-19 patients, down from 29 on Friday of last week.
The number of ICU beds in use was 67, up from 61 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 29, up from 27 a week ago.
Last week, the number of COVID-19 patients had increased from 14 to 29, but the number of ICU beds had dropped by two from the week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use had increased by four.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Health District tallied by the electronic tracking system in the week ending on June 29 was 807.
The 10-county District had added 696 cases in the week ending on June 22.
The Department of Public Heath Report on Wednesday added five new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in the last week.
It also added four “unconfirmed” death from the disease.
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 in April in part because of a concern that its counts 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 115.3, compared with 99.4 in the seven days ending on June 22.
That average has increased slightly each week since May 4.
Oconee County added 55 cases in the seven days ending on Wednesday. The county added 61 cases in the seven days ending on June 22.
Clarke County added 235 new cases in the seven days ending on June 29. It had added 193 new cases in the week ending on June 22.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Wednesday was 7.7. It had been 8.1 on June 22.
In Clarke County, the unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases on Wednesday was 33.9, compared with 30.9 on June 22.
The five added confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District were in Elbert, Jackson (2), Madison, and Walton counties.
The total number of confirmed deaths in the Northeast Health District since the onset of the pandemic in February of 2020 is 1,598, which translates to 301.4 deaths attributed to the disease per 100,000 population.
Elbert County, with 82 deaths, has the highest number per 100,000 population at 417.6.
The Department of Public Health listed 167 “probable” deaths from COVID-19. The added “probable” deaths were in Barrow (2), Elbert, and Jackson counties.
The Department of Public Health does not provide any details on the “probable” deaths.
Focus On Hospital Reports
In its announcement in April, 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 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 29 cases at area hospitals last week was the highest it has been since March of this year.
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.