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LIVE UPDATES: NGHS COVID-19 patient numbers remain just above 300
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Nurses work the patient check-in desk Monday, July 20, 2020, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center emergency room. - photo by Scott Rogers

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The Northeast Georgia Health System is treating 314 COVID-19 patients as of Jan. 21, seven more than the day before and 23 fewer than a week ago. 

On Jan. 6, the system told The Times the strain on hospital emergency rooms was unlike anything they'd ever seen. The health system's numbers set several records in recent weeks, first breaking 300 on Christmas Day with 302 and peaking two weeks later on Jan. 8 at 355. More detailed and historic information, which includes a breakdown of cases and deaths by age group, is available from NGHS

Vaccinations for health care workers began in December, and more people are starting to become eligible for shots. Health officials have rolled out a registration page for residents to make an appointment to receive vaccinations, and NGHS and the state have announced locations and tools to get vaccinated. For vaccine news, including where and when the vaccine will be offered, check our guide.

Jan. 21 NGHS data

Total COVID-19 patients: 314

Gainesville COVID-19 patients: 183

Braselton COVID-19 patients: 84

Total discharged: 4,952, 26 more than the day before

Total deaths: 730, 11 more than the day before

The hospital has Hall County locations in Gainesville and Braselton and treats patients from across Northeast Georgia. 

A chart provided on its website displays a seven-day rolling average of the percentage of positive cases across its locations and some other medical facilities including Longstreet Clinic and Northeast Georgia Physician Group. Most COVID-19 cases do not require hospitalization.

A seven-day moving average is also provided by the Georgia Department of Public Heath for the state. The state also reports cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks.

Jan. 21 DPH data for Hall County

Total cases: 21,398

Cases in the past two weeks: 2,628

Cases per 100k: 10,369.81

Cases per 100k in the past two weeks: 1,274

Confirmed deaths: 276

Hospitalizations: 1,964

Percent positive tests in last 2 weeks: 21.1%

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