Athens Region Adds Record Number of COVID Cases

The Northeast Health District added a record 229 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Department of Public Health Death Status Report on Wednesday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases was 158.9, just slightly above the record set two days ago of 158.6.

Clarke County led the 10-county region with 69 new cases, but every county in the district added cases. Oconee County added 12 cases.

In the last 14 days, Oconee County has added 99 cases, and Clarke County has added 557.

The Northeast District added three deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Wednesday Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 1.0 from 0.7 on Tuesday.

The deaths were of a 72-year-old man in Madison County without a known chronic condition, a 57-year-old man in Walton County, also without a known chronic condition, and an 83-year-old woman in Walton County with a known chronic condition.

St. Mary’s Highland Hills Village, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, just at the Oconee County border with Clarke County at McNutt Creek, listed itself again on the Department of Community Health Long-Term Care Facility Report with a staff member with COVID-19.

The listing of St. Mary’s brings to 33 the number of long-term care facilities out of the 44 licensed long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with 25 or more beds listed in the Department of Community Health Report.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday reported that area hospitals had two critical care beds available out of the 70 possible, up from one bed available on Tuesday.

The number of critical care beds available has been five or fewer on seven of the last 10 days. Hospitals are to provide their data by noon on the day of the report.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.