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Athens Region Shatters More Records for COVID-19 Cases

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 380 new cases of COVID-19 based on molecular tests and 111 based on antigen tests in the Northeast Health District on Thursday, setting a new record of single-day added cases of the disease and a record seven-day rolling average of added cases.

Oconee County also set a new record seven-day rolling average of added cases of 23.7, up from 20.6 on Wednesday, and Clarke County’s seven-day rolling average of added cases fell just slightly from 69.4 on Wednesday to 69.3 on Thursday.

Lee Becker

Oconee County added 38 cases (combined molecular and antigen) on Thursday, and Clarke County added 74 cases.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases for the Northeast Health District increased to 363.6 on Thursday from 355.0 on Wednesday. Last week, the district set a record with an average of 227.9 new cases per day.

The Department of Public Health, in its Thursday Daily Status Report, listed two new deaths from the disease, one in Clarke County and the other in Barrow County. The Clarke County death was of an 85-year-old woman with a chronic condition, while the Barrow County death was of a 65-year-old man without a chronic condition.

The seven-day rolling average of added deaths from the disease increased to 1.7 on Thursday from 1.6 on Wednesday.

The Northeast Health District now has 377 deaths from the disease, for a rate of 71.0 deaths per 100,000 people. That rate is 44.7 in Clarke County, 70.6 in Barrow County and 83.9 in Oconee County.

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