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Athens Region Sets Record for COVID-19 Cases

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Northeast Health District on Monday added 255 COVID-19 cases based on molecular tests and 22 cases based on antigen tests to the 10-county region’s total. The district also added two deaths attributed to the disease, and area hospitals reported that a quarter of their patients have COVID-19.

With the addition of the 255 confirmed COVID-19 cases based on molecular tests, the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 227.9 on Monday from 208.6 on Sunday.

That rolling average (227.9) is the highest ever in the Northeast Health District. The previous high had been 227.3 on Sept. 6, when cases spiked after UGA students returned to campus in August.

Each county in the district added at least three cases, with Oconee County adding 20 and Clarke County adding 45.

The deaths were of an 80-year-old woman in Barrow County with a chronic condition and an 88-year-old woman in Elbert County without a chronic condition.

The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (150) increased by 10 from the day before, that the number of ICU beds in use (65) decreased by two from the day before, and that the number of adult ventilators in use (30) increased by one from the day before.

The number of COVID-19 patients is the highest it has been since these data first were reported on July 1. The percentage of patients that are labeled COVID-19 patients increased from 22.2% on Sunday to 24.5% on Monday, the highest that figure has been going back to July 1.

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Barrow County now has 59 deaths attributed to COVID-19, and Elbert County has 22. The Northeast Health District has 361.