Coronavirus in Georgia: Case counts approach 31,000, test numbers surpass 204,000

While case counts continue to rise in Georgia, test numbers are also rising—and outpacing the case count growth as of 7 p.m. May 6, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)
While case counts continue to rise in Georgia, test numbers are also rising—and outpacing the case count growth as of 7 p.m. May 6, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)

While case counts continue to rise in Georgia, test numbers are also rising—and outpacing the case count growth as of 7 p.m. May 6, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)

Since 7 p.m. May 5, COVID-19 case counts statewide grew by almost 1,000 cases in 24 hours and surpassing 30,000 cases, totaling 30,737 cases as of 7 p.m. May 6, according to the latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. The state has also seen 1,317 coronavirus-related deaths, 5,785 hospitalizations and 1,352 ICU admissions due to the virus.

However, COVID-19 test numbers are also rising statewide, according to the data—and the total number of administered tests is outpacing the number of positive cases so far. Between commercial laboratories and state labs, 204,137 COVID-19 tests have been administered as of 7 p.m. May 6. With 30,737 positive cases, this means 15.06% of the administered tests have returned with a positive test result.


In Fulton County, the total number of cases rose from 3,153 cases at 7 p.m. May 5 to 3,251 cases as of 7 p.m. May 6, the data shows. The county has also seen 132 coronavirus-related deaths.

By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.