The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the Northeast Health District added 32 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on July 5, based on the Department’s electronic tracking system.
The number of cases added a week earlier in the Northeast Health District had been 74. The number of cases had increased just slightly in each of the last three weeks prior to the July 5 report.
The Department of Public Health reported two new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its report on Wednesday, including one in Oconee County.
The Department of Public Health had not reported any new deaths from the disease in the Northeast Health District since the June 7 report.
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 July 5 in the Northeast Health District was 4.6, down from 10.6 on June 28.
Oconee County added six new cases in the seven days ending on Wednesday.
Oconee County had added seven new cases in the week ending on June 28.
Clarke County added eight new cases in the seven days ending on July 5. It had added 14 cases in the week ending on June 28.
The unstandardized rolling average of added cases in Oconee County on July 5 was was 0.7. It had been 0.6 on June 28.
The unstandardized seven-day rolling average of added cases in Clarke County on July 5 was 1.4. It had been 2.4 on June 28.
The Oconee County confirmed death from COVID-19 was of an 87-year-old male without a chronic condition.
The death brings to 108 the number in the county since the onset of COVID-19 in February of 2020. That represents 256.0 deaths per 100,000 population.
Oconee County had recorded the death of an 86-year-old male without a chronic condition on June 7.
The other newly reported death in the July 5 Department of Public Health for the Northeast Health District was in Oglethorpe County, which now has 60 confirmed deaths from the disease, or 411.5 per 100,000 population.
The Northeast Health District now has recorded 1,768 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since February of 2020, or 333.5 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 with 195.8, followed by Oconee County.
The Northeast Health District reported 196 “probable” deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, the same as a week earlier.
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.