Daily COVID-19 Positives Creeping Back Up

ATLANTA, GA — The daily number of new coronavirus cases in Georgia appears to be creeping back up, with 1,701 new cases reported in Friday’s daily report. That’s the highest single-day number of new cases reported since Sept. 19, when 2,218 new positive tests for COVID-19 were reported.

Friday’s total is comparable to last Friday’s total of 1,686 positives. It’s also a comparable to yesterday’s one-day total of 1,681 and the Oct. 7 one-day total of 1,537.

Numbers posted over weekends are generally lower because of lags in reporting.

Georgia also hit a milestone Friday, reporting more than 7,500 deaths total from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

GEORGIA CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS FOR OCT. 16, 2020

The Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 337,850 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. According to the health department’s website, that includes 1,701 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.

Georgia also reported 7,556 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 65 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 30,217 hospitalizations — 136 more than the day before — and 5,614 admissions so far to intensive-care units.

No information is available from Georgia about how many patients have recovered.

Counties in or near metro Atlanta and other metropolitan areas continue to have the highest number of positives, with Fulton County still in the lead. Also, Cobb County passed 21,000 positives, DeKalb County passed 20,000 positives, and Chatham County passed 9,000 positives on Friday.

  1. Fulton County: 29,562 cases — 133 new

  2. Gwinnett County: 29,418 cases — 123 new

  3. Cobb County: 21,041 cases — 117 new

  4. DeKalb County: 20,088 cases — 119 new

  5. Hall County: 10,233 cases — 70 new

  6. Chatham County: 9,042 — 58 new

  7. Clayton County: 7,754 — 68 new

  8. Richmond County: 7,652 — 42 new

  9. Cherokee County: 6,680 — 55 new

  10. Bibb County: 6,424 — 26 new

Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19.

  1. Fulton County: 603 deaths — 4 new

  2. Cobb County: 446 deaths — 2 new

  3. Gwinnett County: 429 deaths — 1 new

  4. DeKalb County: 387 deaths — 3 new

  5. Dougherty County: 190 deaths — 1 new

  6. Bibb County: 186 deaths — 1 removed

  7. Chatham County: 181 deaths — 3 new

  8. Muscogee County: 173 deaths

  9. Richmond County: 173 deaths

  10. Clayton County: 171 deaths — 1 new

All Georgia statistics are available on the state’s COVID-19 website.

Globally, more than 39 million people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 1.1 million people have died from it, Johns Hopkins University reported Friday.

In the United States, more than 8 million people have been infected and more than 218,000 people have died from COVID-19 as of Friday. The U.S. has only about 4 percent of the world’s population but more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country.

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This article originally appeared on the East Cobb Patch

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