Coronavirus in Georgia: Percentage of positive cases continues to decline, data shows

The total percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia is now 14.14%, showing a continual decline in the number of positive test results versus the number of administered tests. (Community Impact staff)
The total percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia is now 14.14%, showing a continual decline in the number of positive test results versus the number of administered tests. (Community Impact staff)

The total percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia is now 14.14%, showing a continual decline in the number of positive test results versus the number of administered tests. (Community Impact staff)

As Georgia Department of Public Health officials continue to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in the state—announcing May 7 that all Georgians can now be tested for the coronavirus, rather than only those who showed symptoms—the total number of administered tests increased by 10,174 tests since 7 p.m. May 7, totaling 227,477 administered tests as of 7 p.m. May 8, according to the latest data from the GDPH.

Since test numbers are increasing, case counts are also increasing as well. The state has now seen 32,171 cases of the coronavirus statewide as of 7 p.m. May 8, a 1.89% increase from yesterday's total of 31,575 cases, the data indicates. With 32,171 cases and 227,477 administered tests, this means 14.14% of the tests have returned with a positive test result—another decrease from yesterday's percentage of positive tests at 14.53%.


Additionally, Georgia has now had 1,399 coronavirus-related deaths as well as 5,974 hospitalizations and 1,405 ICU admissions due to COVID-19, GDPH data shows.

Fulton County has now seen 3,315 cases of COVID-19—which is 10.3% of the state's 32,171 cases—as well as 144 coronavirus-related deaths and 624 hospitalizations due to the virus, data shows.

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.