NE Health District Adds Four COVID-19 Deaths, 106 Cases


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Department of Public Health, University of Georgia Data
Department of Public Health, University of Georgia Data (Lee Becker)

The Northeast Health District added four deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 106 new confirmed cases of the disease with the release of the Daily Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of both deaths and cases increased.

The deaths were of a 67-year-old male in Jackson County without a known chronic condition, a 76-year-old male in Madison County with a chronic condition, a 55-year-old female with a chronic condition in Walton County, and an 82-year-old male without a chronic condition in Walton County.

The seven-day rolling average increased from 1.1 on Tuesday to 1.6 on Wednesday.

The 106 cases were spread throughout the 10-county district, with Oconee County adding nine cases and Clarke County adding 31. Each of the other counties added at least three cases, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased from 75.9 on Tuesday to 77.3 on Wednesday.

The University of Georgia reported on Wednesday that it had recorded only 34 new COVID-19 positive tests locally in the week ending Oct. 4, compared with 48 a week earlier. The University reported another 32 positive tests involving students, faculty and staff not conducted locally, for a total of 66 cases. That figure had been 65 a week earlier.

The Department of Public Health reported 39 molecular tests in Oconee County in the Wednesday report, and 15.4 percent of them were positive. On Tuesday the percentage was 9.6 percent, and the seven-day rolling average of that statistic is 6.4.

The Department of Public Health listed 390 molecular test in Clarke County for which positivity tests were known, and that rate was 3.8 percent. The figure the day before was 4.5 percent, and the seven-day rolling average for Clarke County is 3.6 percent.

The Department of Community Health listed three new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Northeast Health District’s 35 facilities with the disease, and two new cases of COVID-19 among staff of those facilities.

The three new resident cases and the two new staff cases were at Magnolia Estates of Oconee personal care home, 1541 Virgil Langford Road, south of SR 316 in Oconee County.

The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Wednesday that area hospitals had 64 COVID-19 patients, up from 58 on Tuesday, 62 ICU beds in use out of a capacity of 70, down from 63 on Tuesday, and 31 adult ventilators in use, down from 32 on Tuesday.

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