The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the Northeast Health District added 76 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on April 26, based on the Department’s electronic tracking system.
The number of cases added a week earlier had been 67.
The Department of Public Health reported two new confirmed death from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its report on Wednesday.
One of those was in Clarke County.
The Department of Public Health had not reported any 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 Low, down from Moderate a week earlier, and in Clarke County as Moderate, up from Low 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 26 in the Northeast Health District was 10.9, up from 9.6 last week.
Oconee County added only one new case in the seven days ending on Wednesday. The county had added five new cases in the seven days ending on April 19.
Clarke County added 24 new cases in the seven days ending on April 26. It had added 11 cases in the week ending on April 19.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on April 26 was 0.3, the same as it had been on April 19.
The unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases in Clarke County on April 26 was 3.1. It had been 2.0 on April 19.
The confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District were in Clarke and Jackson counties.
The Clarke County death was of an 88-year-old male with a chronic condition.
Clarke County now has 250 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in February of 2020, or 194.3 per 100,000 population.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,756 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since February of 2020, or 331.2 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, with 253.6 confirmed deaths 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, 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 Low 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.
Oconee County had been rated as Moderate and Clarke as Low in terms of Rate of Transmission last week.
Greene County was rated on Thursday of this week as High, and Barrow County was rated as Substantial.
Morgan, Walton, Jackson, and Elbert counties were rated as Moderate.
Oglethorpe and Madison counties were rated as Low.
The CDC scale is High, Substantial, Moderate, or Low.
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