Coronavirus in Georgia: State case counts jump by nearly 3,000 in 2 days

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From June 21-23, confirmed COVID-19 case counts statewide rose by almost 3,000—a 4.6% increase in 48 hours. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

From June 21-23, confirmed COVID-19 case counts statewide rose by almost 3,000—a 4.6% increase in 48 hours. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

From June 21-23, confirmed COVID-19 case counts statewide rose by almost 3,000—a 4.6% increase in two days, according to the latest COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. The state's total confirmed COVID-19 case count now totals 67,678, with 2,688 deaths and 2,174 intensive care unit admissions attributed to the virus as of June 23, according to DPH data.

Confirmed COVID-19 case counts represent confirmed cases using only positive viral, or molecular, tests reported through electronic lab reporting, the state electronic notifiable disease surveillance system, faxed case reports and calls from providers to the public health department, according to the COVID-19 daily status report.

According to data from the state emergency agency, the number of current hospitalizations was showing a mostly downward trend from late May to early June but flipped to a mostly upward trend in early June and has been increasing since. On June 2, there were 858 people in the hospital due to the coronavirus. Exactly three weeks later June 23, there are 1,056 people in the hospital due to the coronavirus—a 23% increase in three weeks, the agency's data shows.


Viral testing in the state increased by 32,954 tests from June 21-23, totaling 731,261 viral tests administered statewide—a 4.72% increase in two days, slightly above the percentage increase in state confirmed case counts from June 21-23, the data shows. The number of positive viral tests increased by 4.95% from June 21-23, rising from 58,928 to 61,843 positive viral tests.


Viral and antibody test numbers use only electronic lab reporting data only, rather than all four types of reports accepted for the state's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the COVID-19 daily status report.

Antibody testing increased by 1.54% during those two days as well, totaling 142,862 administered antibody tests across Georgia. A total of 8,090 of those antibody tests returned with a positive test result, public health data shows. Antibody testing shows past infection, while viral testing shows current and active infections of the virus.




Fulton County saw larger increases per day in cumulative total COVID-19 case counts from June 21-23, rising from 5,496 cases to 5,885 in two days, according to public health data. Case counts rose by 209 from June 21-22 and rose by 180 cases from June 22-23. The county has seen 302 COVID-19-related deaths and 1,007 hospitalizations so far due to the virus out of 10,123 cumulative hospitalizations statewide.

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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