The Georgia Department of Public Health updates 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. Prior to this change May 11, 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.

In the last seven days, the number of administered COVID-19 tests statewide has increased nearly 45%, totaling 364,289 tests as of 7 p.m. May 18 according to GDPH data; meanwhile, case counts have increased 12.6% during that same time, totaling 38,283 cases statewide as of 7 p.m. May 18. Based on this data, 10.5% of the administered tests have returned with a positive test result so far.

The state has also seen 6,992 hospitalizations, 1,581 ICU admissions and 1,649 deaths all attributed to COVID-19, the data shows.





In Fulton County, case counts have increased by 6.9% in the last week, totaling 3,759 cases as of 7 p.m. May 18. The county has also seen 171 deaths and 714 hospitalizations attributed to the virus as of 7 p.m. May 18, the data shows.