The Northeast Health District added 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and, for the first time in a week, no new deaths attributed to the disease. The seven-day rolling averages of both cases and deaths were unchanged from Monday.
Every county in the 10-county Northeast Health District added at least one case with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, with Oconee County adding five cases and Clarke County adding 24.
The District added 83 cases on Tuesday of last week, so the seven-day rolling average on Tuesday was 83.3, exactly the same as on Monday.
The seven-day rolling average a week ago was 75.9. It isn’t clear that the number of cases of COVID-19 are increasing, but it is quite clear that the drop in cases has been halted and cases, at a minimum, are at a plateau.
A week ago, the Department of Public Health also listed no new deaths in the Northeast Health District, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths was 2.3 on Tuesday, the same as on Monday and Sunday.
As with cases, it isn’t clear that deaths from COVID-19 are decreasing, but they also no longer appear to be dropping.
The Department of Community Health, in its Long-Term Care Facility Report on Tuesday, listed one new COVID-19 positive resident at the Northeast Health District’s 36 long-term care facilities with cases of the disease and five new COVID-19 positive staff.
The new resident with the corona virus was at Magnolia Estates of Oconee on Virgil Langford Road south of SR 316, bringing to five the number of reported resident cases in the facility. Its resident population is 28.
The new staff cases were at Winder Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Barrow County, Plaza Personal Care Center at Talmage Terrace in Clarke County, PruittHealth Grandview in Clarke County, and PruittHealth Spring Valley in Elbert County, which had two staff cases reported.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Tuesday the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (51) increased from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (65) increased from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (27) increased from the day before.
For more local reporting and state date, with charts, please click through to Oconee County Observations.