Record Number of COVID-19 Cases Reported in Athens Area and Georgia

The 10-county Northeast Health District, which includes Oconee and Clarke counties, and the state of Georgia as a whole, set new records on Saturday in number of added confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Across the state, the Department of Public Health reported 1,990 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number ever, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases jumped to 1,596.6, the highest average ever.

The Department of Public Health reported the addition of 42 new cases in the 10-county Northeast Health District, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 41.7, the highest average number ever recorded.

A simple plotting of the trends for the state and for the 10-county District shows them moving in tandem at present, though at points in the past they have not. Patterns in the 10 counties can easily be masked by what is happening in the remaining 149 counties in the state.

On Saturday, all but three of the counties in the Northeast Health District added cases. Oconee County added five cases, and Clarke County added 18 cases. Clarke County has added 100 cases in the last six days.

In the last 21 days, Clarke County has added 163 cases, while Oconee County has added 23.

These would be considered to be active cases if the virus were detected on the day it was reported, which is unlikely. Information on date of onset of the disease is not released as part of the public data file.

Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry posted on his Facebook page on Friday that Oconee County had active cases at 14 addresses in the county, based on data provided him by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Berry had reported earlier that one of those addresses was for a nursing home with multiple cases present.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.