Clarke County Adds COVID Death, One Of Four In NE Health District


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Department of Public Health Data
Department of Public Health Data (Lee Becker)

Clarke County recorded its 44th death from COVID-19 with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday, the second death in the county from the disease listed in the Report in as many days.

The Daily Status Report listed two deaths from COVID-19 in Barrow County and one in Jackson County, and the four additional deaths brought the seven-day rolling average of added deaths in the 10-county Northeast Health District up slightly to 1.1 from 1.0 on Friday.

The Northeast Health District now has 250 deaths in the official tally in the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report.

The Daily Status Report on Saturday listed 87 new COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Health District, with all counties in the District adding at least one. Oconee County added four cases and Clarke County added 23.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases dropped from 86.0 on Friday to 83.3 on Saturday.

The Department of Public Health reported on Saturday 54 molecular tests for which it had verdicts in Oconee County, and 1.9 percent of them were positive. The seven-day rolling average of positive tests was 5.7 on Saturday, down from 6.1 on Friday.

The Department of Public Health listed 548 tests in Clarke County in the Saturday Report, with 4.7 percent of them positive. The seven-day rolling average of that statistic was 4.8.

Since Aug. 1, the seven-day rolling average of test positivity has dropped from 13.8 percent to the 5.7 percent figure in Oconee County. In Clarke County, the average percent positivity was 8.7 on Aug. 1, increased to 17.7 on Sept. 7, and fell back to the 4.8 figure on Saturday.

The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Saturday that area hospitals had 70 COVID-19 patients, down from 71 on Friday, 56 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, down from 64 on Friday, and 28 adult ventilators in use, up from 26 on Friday.

For more local reporting and for state data, please go to Oconee County Observations.