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The Northeast Health District added two COVID-19 deaths in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Monday and two additional deaths in the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report.
The Department of Public Health Daily Status Report listed the death of an 85-year-old male with a chronic condition in Greene County and of a female without a chronic condition aged 90 plus in Walton County.
The Department of Community Health reported two new deaths from COVID-19 at Pruitthealth Spring Valley nursing home in Elbert County, the fifth and sixth death at that facility.
The Department of Public Health distributes the Department of Community Health report, but it does not include the long-term care facility deaths in the Daily Status Report.
The seven-day rolling average of deaths in the Northeast Health District based on the Daily Status Report–the official state count–increased to 1.4 on Monday from 1.3 on Sunday.
The Daily Status Report listed 43 new COVID-19 cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District, and the seven-day rolling average dropped from 79.7 on Sunday to 76.7 on Monday.
Three of the less populated counties in the District–Morgan, Oglethorpe and Elbert–did not add cases on Monday. Oconee County added six and Clarke County added 11.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Monday that area hospitals had 62 COVID-19 patients, the same as on Sunday, 56 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, down from 58 on Sunday, and 30 adult ventilators in use, up from 23 on Sunday.
The Oconee County economy showed continued signs of improvement as the number of COVID-19 cases has declined.
The Georgia Department of Labor’s preliminary estimate of the unemployment rate in the county in August dropped to 2.8 percent from 4.1 percent in July. The 2.8 percent figure matches the unemployment rate for the county of August of 2019.
In Clarke County, the preliminary estimate of the August unemployment rate is 5.6 percent, down from 7.9 percent in July. A year ago the August unemployment rate was 3.9 percent.
For more local reporting and for state data and charts, please go to Oconee County Observations.
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