Coronavirus in Georgia: Case counts increase by nearly 1,100 in 24 hours

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The state saw an increase of 1,097 cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health from June 18-19. (Community Impact staff)

The state saw an increase of 1,097 cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health from June 18-19. (Community Impact staff)

According to June 19 COVID-19 data from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 1,097 cases since June 18, totaling 62,009 cases of COVID-19 across the state. This is the largest single-day increase in statewide case counts in more than a month.

Statewide, the number of people who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began now totals 9,772 people, an increase of 109 people since June 18. Current hospitalizations due to the virus also increased since June 18, rising from 921 to 937. The state has also seen 2,636 total deaths—31 more deaths since June 18—and 2,122 ICU admissions attributed to COVID-19.

Viral testing in Georgia is still increasing as well, which can contribute to rising case counts. In the last 24 hours, the number of viral tests administered in the state has increased by more than 6,000 tests, totaling 663,975 administered viral tests, while the number of positive results increased from 55,127 to 55,678 positive viral test results since June 18. Viral testing shows active virus infections, whereas antibody testing shows past virus infections.

Antibody testing has also increased in the last day, rising from 121,151 tests to 134,309—a 10.9% increase, according to GDPH data. The number of positive antibody tests increased at a rate of 12.4% in the last day, increasing from 6,982 to 7,848 positive antibody tests as of 3 p.m. June 19.

In Fulton County, cumulative case counts rose from 5,325 to 5,400 in the last 24 hours, according to GDPH data. The county has also seen 304 deaths and 981 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

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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