Coronavirus in Georgia: Number of administered tests rises 45% in 7 days

As of 7 p.m. May 18, a total of 364,289 COVID-19 tests have been administered statewide, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)
As of 7 p.m. May 18, a total of 364,289 COVID-19 tests have been administered statewide, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)

As of 7 p.m. May 18, a total of 364,289 COVID-19 tests have been administered statewide, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)

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.

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.