COVID patients filling up area hospital beds

As of 2:50 p.m. Dec. 1, 2020. (Source: GA Dept. of Public Health)

Georgia Tuesday reported another high single-day increase in new confirmed cases of COVID. On December 1, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 2,892 new cases, 23 deaths, and 239 new hospitalizations. The sharp rise in numbers comes one day after DPH reported no new deaths in the state Monday.

In the past two weeks, public health officials have confirmed 34,000 new cases of COVID. The state’s two-week positivity rate is 8.4%.

COVID hospitalizations are up in North Georgia and hospital bed capacity is at critical levels. Nearly one-fourth of all patients currently hospitalized in the ten-county Region B area are classified as COVID-19 patients and another 7.5% of the 796 admissions are considered PUI or patients under investigation for COVID.

Region B includes the counties of Banks, Dawson, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White.

Northeast Georgia Health System reports its bed capacity is nearly full, with 40 open beds remaining at its four hospitals in Gainesville, Braselton, Barrow, and Lumpkin. Only two of those available beds are in ICU.

Statewide, COVID patients account for 14.4% of current acute care hospital admissions in the state. Another 2.3% of current admissions are PUI.

Since March, at least 35,063 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Georgia and 6,536 have been admitted to intensive care.

Since the coronavirus outbreak began in Georgia in March, public health officials have confirmed a cumulative total of 424,929 cases and 8,798 deaths. Georgia now has the nation’s tenth-highest death toll among states after Michigan surpassed it as a result of its recent surge. Long-term care residents account for 33% of Georgia’s coronavirus-related deaths.

Nationwide, more than 13.6 million people have been infected with COVID and at least 269,667 have died, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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Northeast Georgia 

On November 30, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 217 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths in Northeast Georgia. Two Hall County residents and one White County resident died.

Here’s a breakdown of single-day increases in the region from Nov. 29-30:

  • Hall County: 116 new cases and 2 deaths
  • Clarke County: 37 new cases and no deaths
  • Jackson County: 33 new cases and no deaths
  • Habersham County: 45 new cases and no deaths
  • Stephens County: 29 new cases and no deaths
  • White County: 14 new cases and 1 death
  • Franklin County: 6 new cases and no deaths
  • Union County: 14 new cases and no deaths
  • Oconee County: 12 new cases and no deaths
  • Madison County: 12 new cases and no deaths
  • Elbert County: 2 new cases and no deaths
  • Banks County: 9 new cases and no deaths
  • Hart County: 5 new cases and no deaths
  • Rabun County: 13 new cases and no deaths
  • Towns County: 8 new cases and no deaths
County-by-county COVID-19 statistics released by the Georgia Department of Public Health as of 2:50 p.m. December 1, 2020 (Northeast Georgia counties in bold)
County Confirmed Cases Confirmed Cases per 100K Antigen Positive Cases Confirmed Deaths Probable Deaths Hospital

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