Coronavirus in Georgia: Percentage of positive cases from coronavirus tests drops to less than 10% on May 20

The number of administered COVID-19 tests in Georgia now surpasses 400,000, according to the latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)
The number of administered COVID-19 tests in Georgia now surpasses 400,000, according to the latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)

The number of administered COVID-19 tests in Georgia now surpasses 400,000, according to the latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Community Impact staff)

As the number of administered COVID-19 tests in Georgia surpasses 400,000—totaling 402,940 administered tests as of 7 p.m. May 20—the percentage of positive cases also dropped below 10% for the first time, Georgia Department of Public Health data shows. Statewide case counts totaled 39,801 positive cases as of 7 p.m. May 20—an increase from yesterday's total of 38,855 cases—and with 402,940 administered tests, this means 9.88% of the tests administered so far have returned with a positive test result.

The state has also seen 1,630 ICU admissions, 7,171 hospitalizations and 1,697 deaths attributed to the virus, data shows.





Fulton County saw a decrease of two cases from the update at 7 p.m. May 19 to 7 p.m. May 20, but it is unclear in the report why a decrease in case counts could occur. The county has now seen 3,793 cases of COVID-19 as well as 174 deaths and 735 hospitalizations attributed to the virus, according to the GDPH's data.


All data points from the GDPH's COVID-19 daily status report 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 7-20 is considered preliminary.
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.