Coronavirus: Georgia Department of Public Health begins reporting COVID-19 serology test numbers

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health's 9 a.m. COVID-19 data update, 445,186 diagnostic tests have been administered so far as well as 78,173 serology tests. (Community Impact staff)
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health's 9 a.m. May 28 COVID-19 data update, 445,186 diagnostic tests and 78,173 serology tests have been administered so far. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health's 9 a.m. May 28 COVID-19 data update, 445,186 diagnostic tests and 78,173 serology tests have been administered so far. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Beginning May 28, the Georgia Department of Public Health began separating serology, or antibody, test numbers from diagnostic, or viral, test numbers in its COVID-19 daily status report. This action comes after posting a disclaimer May 21 indicating both serology tests and diagnostic tests were being included in the total number of COVID-19 tests administered statewide, even though serology tests show previous infection rather than showing if an individual is currently infected with the virus.

According to the GDPH's data update at 9 a.m., the state has administered 445,186 COVID-19 tests statewide and 78,173 serology tests. These are both increases from the 347,207 diagnostic tests and 57,000 serology tests Community Impact Newspaper previously reported from the 9 a.m. update May 21, exactly one week ago. With 44,932 cases statewide and 445,186 administered diagnostic tests, this means 10.09% of administered tests have returned with a positive test result—nearly 2 percentage points higher the percentage calculated with serology tests included.



Additionally, the state has seen 1,957 deaths, 7,746 hospitalizations and 1,756 intensive care unit admissions attributed to the virus, according to the GDPH's data. Hospitalizations have increased by 21.52% in the last two weeks, rising from 6,374 hospitalizations May 14 to 7,746 hospitalizations as of 9 a.m. May 28.


Meanwhile, Fulton County hospitalizations increased 18.74% in the last two weeks, rising from 683 hospitalizations May 14 to 811 hospitalizations as of 9 a.m. May 28, GDPH data shows. The county has also seen 219 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 4,313 cases of the virus as of 9 a.m. May 28.


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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