Coronavirus in Georgia: Number of administered tests surpasses 300,000

Eight days after COVID-19 testing was made available to all Georgia residents upon request—rather than only those who exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus—the total number of administered COVID-19 tests statewide now totals 301,874 tests. (Community Impact staff)
Eight days after COVID-19 testing was made available to all Georgia residents upon request—rather than only those who exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus—the total number of administered COVID-19 tests statewide now totals 301,874 tests. (Community Impact staff)

Eight days after COVID-19 testing was made available to all Georgia residents upon request—rather than only those who exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus—the total number of administered COVID-19 tests statewide now totals 301,874 tests. (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. Test numbers are still updated only twice per day, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

All data points are based on available information at the time of the report and may not reflect current case status, as there is a 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.


Eight days after COVID-19 testing was made available to all Georgia residents upon request—rather than only those who exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus—the total number of administered COVID-19 tests statewide is now 301,874 tests, GDPH data shows. This is an increase of nearly 16,000 tests since the 7 p.m. update May 14.

In addition, the state has also seen a total of 1,549 ICU admissions, 6,518 hospitalizations and 1,588 deaths all attributed to COVID-19, according to the GDPH.

Case counts statewide reached 36,772 cases as of 7 p.m May 15, the data shows. With 301,874 administered tests, this means 12.18% of the tests administered so far have returned with a positive test result—a decrease from the 12.58% of positive cases 24 hours ago.



Fulton County has seen 3,703 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the GDPH data shows, as well as 164 deaths and 690 hospitalizations attributed to the virus. Fulton County is home to 1,099,181 people, which means the case rate per 100,000 people is 336.9 cases as of 7 p.m. May 15, according to the GDPH.

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.


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