The state has also seen an increase in the number of people in the hospital due to COVID-19, according to data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. The agency reported 1,124 people are currently in the hospital due to the coronavirus, the highest total since mid-May. Since June 18, this number has risen from 921 to 1,124 current hospitalizations, a 22.04% increase in six days.
The state has also seen 2,698 deaths, 10,313 total hospitalizations and 2,206 intensive care unit admissions attributed to COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. June 24, public health data shows.
Viral testing is still increasing as well, rising by more than 10,000 administered tests from June 23-24 and by nearly 86,000 tests since June 18—a 13.05% increase. However, the case count increase from June 18-24 outpaced viral testing numbers, rising by 13.9% in those six days.
Antibody testing increased by 18.3% during those six days as well, totaling 143,350 administered antibody tests across Georgia. A total of 8,106 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; however, antibody testing is not included in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state.
Fulton County's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 6,000 cases June 24, totaling 6,052 confirmed cases, according to public health data. The county has seen 302 COVID-19-related deaths and 1,017 hospitalizations so far due to the virus out of 10,313 cumulative hospitalizations statewide.