Record Number of Athens Area COVID Cases Reported Thursday

The Northeast Health District added a record number 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the Thursday release of the Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report.

Each of the 10 counties in the district added cases. Oconee County added eight cases, and Clarke County added 50.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 129.1, tied with the record average set on July 19.

The Northeast Health District did not add any new deaths in the Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths remained at 1.0

The Department of Community Health, in its Thursday Long-Term Care Facility Report, listed one new death in the 10-county district, at St. Gabriel of Athens personal care home, 2040 Resurgence Drive off Virgil Langford Road in Oconee County. (Note: DCA later removed this death from a subsequent report.)

Deaths at long-term care facilities do not always appear in the Daily Status Report for unspecified reasons. At present, for example, at least seven deaths reported since June 29 at a nursing home in Jackson County have never appeared in the Daily Status Report.

The Department of Community Health Thursday report also listed seven new cases of COVID-19 among staff at long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District, including four new cases at University Nursing and Rehab Center on Epps Bridge Road in Clarke County.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Thursday reported that five critical care beds were unused at area hospitals, down from eight in the Wednesday report. Sixty-five are in use.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.