The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the Northeast Health District added 165 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on March 8, based on the Department’s electronic tracking system.
The number of added cases a week earlier–on March 1–also had been 165.
Oconee County reported adding two more cases than it reported adding a week earlier, while Clarke County reported adding 17 fewer cases.
The Department of Public Health reported no new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its report on Wednesday.
The Department of Public Health had reported four 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.
The Transmission rate in Barrow County also is High, but the Transmission in each of the other seven counties in the Northeast Health District is now rated as Substantial, Moderate, or Low.
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 March 8 in the Northeast Health District was 23.6, the same as last week.
Oconee County added 13 cases in the seven days ending on Wednesday. The county added 11 cases in the seven days ending on March 1.
Clarke County added 38 new cases in the seven days ending on March 8. It had added 55 cases in the week ending on March 1.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on March 8 was 2.0. It had been 1.3 on March 1.
The unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases in Clarke County on March 8 was 5.1. It had 8.3 on March 1.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,746 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since February of 2020, or 329.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
Clarke County has the lowest rate of deaths per 100,000 population in the Northeast Health District (191.2), followed by Oconee County (248.8).
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.
Oconee and Clarke are joined only by Barrow with High Transmission rates.
Jackson, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties have a Substantial Transmission rate, Greene, Madison, and Morgan counties have a Moderate Transmission rate, and Elbert County has a Low transmission rate.
The CDC scale is High, Substantial, Moderate, or Low.
When I look at the CDC site for covid activity by county, the site says Low for both Oconee and Clarke. Where are you looking? Is this a difference between case numbers and transmission rates?
Thanks for all you do.
Here is the site I have been using:
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