Coronavirus in Georgia: Percentage of positive cases statewide continues to decline

As of 7 p.m. May 19, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 dropped to 10.27%, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)
As of 7 p.m. May 19, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 dropped to 10.27%, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)

As of 7 p.m. May 19, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 dropped to 10.27%, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)

The Georgia Department of Public Health posted on its COVID-19 daily status report page that there was an electronic processing error, which included 231 serologic test results in the number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide. The error has since been corrected, but it caused a decrease in positive cases between reporting periods on the dashboard.

The department updates this daily status report page three times each day: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., the website said. Test numbers are 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 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 report.

Additionally, data from May 7 to present day falls within what the department refers to in the report as the 14-day window, in which confirmed cases may not be accounted for due to illnesses yet to be reported or test results that could still be pending. Any data from May 7 to present day is considered preliminary.

The number of administered COVID-19 tests in Georgia has increased 3.8% since the 7 p.m. May 18 update, totaling 378,156 administered tests as of 7 p.m. May 19. The state has also seen 1,607 ICU admissions, 7,076 hospitalizations and 1,675 deaths all attributed to the coronavirus, the data shows.


Statewide case counts have risen to 38,855 cases as of 7 p.m. May 19, an increase of 572 cases since the update from 7 p.m. May 18. With 38,855 positive cases of coronavirus and 378,156 administered tests, this means 10.27% of the administered tests have returned with a positive test result—a drop from the percentage of positive cases from the update at 7 p.m. May 18, which totaled 10.51%.



In Fulton County, case counts total 3,795 cases as of 7 p.m. May 19, which is an increase of 44 cases from the update at 7 p.m. May 18. The county has also seen 174 deaths and 727 hospitalizations attributed to the virus, 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.