The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the Northeast Health District added 470 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Feb. 22, based on the Department’s electronic tracking system.
That number of added cases a week earlier on Feb. 15 had been 353.
Both Oconee County and Clarke County reported an increase in cases.
In addition, the Department of Public Health reported three new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its report on Wednesday, including one in Oconee County.
The Oconee County confirmed death from COVID-19 is the first in the county reported by the Department of Public Health since Jan. 4.
The Department of Public Health had reported five confirmed deaths from the disease in the Northeast Health District on Wednesday of last week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to rate the Transmission Rate for COVID-19 in Oconee and Clarke counties as High.
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 of last year 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 Feb. 22 in the Northeast Health District was 67.1, up from 50.4 last week.
Oconee County added 24 cases in the seven days ending on Wednesday. The county added 16 cases in the seven days ending on Feb. 15.
Clarke County added 74 new cases in the seven days ending on Feb. 22. It had added 70 cases in the week ending on Feb. 15.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on Feb. 22 was 3.3. It had been 2.0 on Feb. 15.
The unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases in Clarke County on Feb. 22 was 11.0. It had been 10.6 on Feb. 15.
The Oconee County confirmed death from COVID-19 reported in the last week was of a 72-year-old male without a chronic condition.
Oconee County now has recorded 103 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of 2020.
The two other reported confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District, according to the Daily Status Report on Feb. 22, were in Barrow County and Walton County.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,742 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since February of 2020, or 328.6 deaths per 100,000 population.
Clarke County has the lowest rate of deaths per 100,000 population in the Northeast Health District (190.4), followed by Oconee County (246.4 per 100,000 population).
The Northeast Health District reported 195 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, the same as last week.
The Georgia Department of Public Health’s 10-county Northeast Health District includes Oconee and Clarke counties. The other counties are Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oglethorpe, and Walton.
The Georgia Department of Public Health is no longer reporting data on COVID-19 hospitalizations at area hospitals, and the data available from the U.S. Health and Human Services are two weeks old when released.
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention rates the Transmission Rate of COVID-19 in Oconee County and Clarke County as High, 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.
Both counties had been rated at High in terms of Rate of Transmission last week as well.
The only county in the Department of Public Health Northeast Health District that does not have a High Transmission rate is Madison, with a Substantial Transmission Rate.
The CDC scale is High, Substantial, Moderate, or Low.