The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the Northeast Health District added 80 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on April 12, based on the Department’s electronic tracking system.
That number of cases added a week earlier had been 58.
The Department of Public Health reported one new confirmed death from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its report on Wednesday.
That death was in Clarke County.
The Department of Public Health had reported two new confirmed deaths from the disease in the Northeast Health District on Wednesday of last week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rated the Transmission Rate for COVID-19 in Oconee County as Moderate, up from a week earlier, and in Clarke County as Substantial, the same as a week earlier.
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 April 12 in the Northeast Health District was 11.4, up from 8.3 last week.
Oconee County added only one case in the seven days ending on Wednesday. The county added two cases in the seven days ending on April 5.
Clarke County added 24 new cases in the seven days ending on April 12. It had added 26 cases in the week ending on April 5.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on April 12 was 0.4. It had been 0.6 on April 5.
The unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases in Clarke County on April 12 was 3.7. It had been 3.1 on April 5.
The Clarke County confirmed death from COVID-19 was of an 80-year-old male without a chronic condition.
The death brings to 249 the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the county since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in February of 2020, or 193.5 deaths from the disease per 100,000 population.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,753 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since February of 2020, or 330.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
Clarke County has the lowest rate of deaths per 100,000 population among the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District, followed by Oconee County.
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, in addition to Oconee and Clarke counties, 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 reports the Transmission Rate of COVID-19 in Oconee County as Moderate and Clarke County as Substantial, 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.
Oconee County had been rated as Low and Clarke as Substantial in terms of Rate of Transmission last week.
Morgan, Walton, and Oglethorpe counties also were rated as Moderate. All had been Low last week,
Barron, Jackson, and Greene were rated as Substantial
Madison and Elbert County were rated as High.
The CDC scale is High, Substantial, Moderate, or Low.
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