Coronavirus in Georgia: Test numbers surpass 285,000, state case counts approach 36,000

COVID-19 case counts and testing are both increasing in Georgia. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19 case counts and testing are both increasing in Georgia. (Community Impact staff)

COVID-19 case counts and testing are both increasing in Georgia. (Community Impact staff)

Beginning May 11, the Georgia Department of Public Health started updating its COVID-19 daily status report three times each day: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to the department's website. Previously, the report was updated twice per day.

All data points are based on available information at the time of the report and may not reflect current case status, as there is lag time between when the case was tested and/or reported and submitted to the GDPH. Delays vary based on the testing facility and/or jurisdiction of the facility, according to the GDPH daily status report.


According to the 7 p.m. COVID-19 data release from the status report, the total number of administered COVID-19 tests statewide now surpasses 285,000, totaling 285,881 administered tests so far, an increase of more than 10,000 tests since 7 p.m. May 13.

As testing ramps up, case counts are also increasing since more people are being tested. All Georgians can now get tested for COVID-19 regardless of whether they are showing symptoms the GDPH announced May 7.

Statewide case counts have risen to 35,977 cases as of 7 p.m. May 14, an increase of 550 cases since 7 p.m. May 13, GDPH data shows. With 35,977 positive cases and 285,881 administered tests, this means 12.58% of tests administered so far have returned with a positive result. The state has also seen 6,374 hospitalizations, 1,528 ICU admissions and 1,544 deaths all attributed to COVID-19, according to the GDPH's data.



Within Fulton County, case counts now total 3,625 cases, an increase of 11 cases since the 7 p.m. update May 13. The county has also seen 159 coronavirus-related deaths and 683 hospitalizations attributed to the virus, the 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.