Coronavirus in Georgia: Test numbers increase by more than 30% in last 7 days

COVID-19 test numbers have surpassed 250,000 as of 7 p.m. May 11, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19 test numbers have surpassed 250,000 as of 7 p.m. May 11, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

COVID-19 test numbers have surpassed 250,000 as of 7 p.m. May 11, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The Georgia Department of Public Health's latest data release shows the number of administered COVID-19 tests has surpassed 250,000 as of 7 p.m. May 11, totaling 251,288 administered tests between the GDPH's laboratories and commercial labs. Testing has increased by 37.31% in the last week, an initiative the GDPH and Gov. Brian Kemp have touted for the last several weeks. The state has also seen 1,444 coronavirus-related deaths as well as 6,036 hospitalizations and 1,422 intensive care unit admissions as of 7 p.m. May 11.

Additionally, the state has seen 34,002 cases of coronavirus as of 7 p.m. May 11, the data shows. With 251,288 administered tests and 34,002 positive cases, this means 13.53% of the tests have returned with a positive test result—the lowest percentage of positive tests to date.


The GDPH releases data twice daily—once at noon and once at 7 p.m.—and the data is based on available information at the time of the report and may not reflect current case statuses, according to the GDPH's website.



In Fulton County, case counts total 3,516 cases and 145 coronavirus-related deaths, the data shows. The case rate per 100,000 people is 319.87 cases as of 7 p.m. May 11, as Fulton County—the state's most populous county, which encompasses the city of Atlanta—has a population of nearly 1.1 million people, GDPH data indicates.

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.