The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Friday that area hospitals had 15 COVID-19 patients, up from 14 on each of the last two Fridays.
The number of ICU beds in use on Friday was 76, up from 74 a week earlier, and the number of adult ventilators in use was 28, up from 26 on last Friday.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported three new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its report on Wednesday. It had not reported any new confirmed deaths last week.
The Georgia Department of Public Health also reported that the Northeast Health District added 160 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Oct. 19, based on the Department’s electronic tracking system.
That number of added cases on Oct. 12 was 153.
The Northeast Health District includes Oconee and Clarke counties. The other counties are Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oglethorpe, and Walton.
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, ending on a Wednesday.
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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.
The average number of added cases per day in the last seven days ending on Oct. 19 in the Northeast Health District was 22.9. compared with 21.9 on Oct. 12.
Oconee County added 13 cases in the seven days ending on Wednesday. The county had added six cases in the seven days ending on Oct. 12.
Clarke County added 34 new cases in the seven days ending on Oct. 19. It had added 43 cases in the week ending on Oct. 12.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Oct. 19 was 1.3. It had been 1.4 on Oct. 12.
The unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases in Clarke County on Oct. 19 was 5.4. It had been 5.7 on Oct. 12.
Two of three new confirmed deaths reported for the Northeast Health District in the week ending on Wednesday were in Barrow County. The third was in Walton County.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,674 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District since November of 2020, or 315.8 deaths per 100,000 population.
The Northeast Health District reported 183 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, the same number as a week earlier.
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 include 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.
Neither Oconee County Schools nor the University of Georgia is any longer reporting COVID-19 cases.
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The Centers for Disease Control and prevention rates the Transmission Rate of COVID-19 in Oconee County as Substantial and Clarke County as Moderate, based on total number of new cases per 100,000 population in the last seven days and the percentage of Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests that are positive during the last seven days, ending on Thursday.
Last week, Oconee County was rated as Moderate and Clarke County was rated as High.
The CDC now lists 29 out of the state’s 159 counties as having a High transmission rate.
That number has increased from 23 last week.
The CDC scale is High (Red), Substantial (Orange), Moderate (Yellow), or Low (Blue).