Coronavirus in Georgia: Percentage of positive cases hovers near 10%

According to the 9 a.m. COVID-19 update from the Georgia Department of Public Health May 29, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 has been hovering around 10% for the last two days. (Community Impact staff)
According to the 9 a.m. COVID-19 update from the Georgia Department of Public Health May 29, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 has been hovering around 10% for the last two days. (Community Impact staff)

According to the 9 a.m. COVID-19 update from the Georgia Department of Public Health May 29, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 has been hovering around 10% for the last two days. (Community Impact staff)

The Georgia Department of Public Health's 9 a.m. data update on its COVID-19 daily status report—which is currently updated three times each day—shows the percentage of positive cases hovering around 10% for the last two days. Starting May 28, the GDPH began reporting the number of serology tests separately from the total COVID-19 test numbers. Previously, the department told Community Impact Newspaper on May 21 that it had been including serology tests, which can show past infection, with the total COVID-19 diagnostic test numbers, which show current infection.

As of 9 a.m. May 28, the percentage of positive cases statewide totaled 10.09%; however, as of 9 a.m. May 29, the percentage of positive cases—as test numbers without serology tests total 450,271 tests, and confirmed cases statewide totaled 45,572 cases—increased slightly to 10.12%. The state has also seen 1,779 ICU admissions and 1,972 deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of 9 a.m. May 29, the data shows.


Additionally, the state has seen 7,838 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 as of 9 a.m., a number that has increased 79.07% since April 27 when the first stages of Georgia's reopening began. The GDPH does not currently report the number of COVID-19 recoveries at the state or county levels.


Fulton County has seen 815 hospitalizations, 4,381 cases and 224 deaths as of 9 a.m. May 29, all attributed to COVID-19, according to the GDPH's data. The data also shows the number of cases per 100,000 people in Fulton County is 398.57 cases as of 9 a.m.


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.