Georgia case counts spike, outpacing testing increases; Alpharetta, Milton seeing less than 200 cases each

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While case counts in Georgia are outpacing the number of viral tests being administered, the cities of Alpharetta and Milton are still seeing less than 200 cases of COVID-19 in each city. (Community Impact staff)

While case counts in Georgia are outpacing the number of viral tests being administered, the cities of Alpharetta and Milton are still seeing less than 200 cases of COVID-19 in each city. (Community Impact staff)

As of 3 p.m. June 26, statewide COVID-19 case counts since the coronavirus pandemic began are now at 72,995—an increase of 1,900 cases from yesterday's total of 71,095 cases, according to the COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. For the three days prior to June 26, case counts increased by more than 1,700 cases for all three days, the data shows, which is higher than the previous 500- to 800-per-day case count increases the state was reporting earlier in June.


The state has also seen 2,770 deaths, 10,605 hospitalizations and 2,244 intensive care unit admissions due to COVID-19.

While increased testing can contribute to rising case counts, the percent increase in case counts from June 1-26 outpaced the percent increase in viral tests—which show current and active infection, and are the only form of testing used to identify confirmed COVID-19 case counts, according to the public health department. State case counts rose 53.69% from June 1-26, rising from 47,496 to 72,995 cases. Meanwhile, viral testing rose 36.99% during that same time, rising from 562,815 administered viral tests to 771,028 administered viral tests.


The state also reports antibody test results, which are not included in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. A total of 149,086 antibody tests have been conducted so far, with 8,275 returning with a positive test result.


The number of people currently in the hospital due to COVID-19 has also seen an uptick since early June, according to data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. On June 7, 783 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19. Nineteen days later, 1,184 people are hospitalized due to the coronavirus—a 51.2% increase.


Fulton County has also seen sharper increases in case counts for the last four days. Prior to June 22, case counts were increasing in double-digit numbers each day, public health data shows. But from June 22-26, case counts increased each day between 100 and 210 cases, rising from 5,705 cases June 22 to 6,350 cases June 26. The county has also seen 311 deaths and 1,042 cumulative hospitalizations due to COVID-19.


Meanwhile, Fulton County Board of Health epidemiology reports from June 26 show Alpharetta and Milton have 164 and 95 confirmed cases, respectively, of COVID-19 in the two cities. The central portion of Fulton County, or the Atlanta metro area, accounts for 45.9% of the cumulative cases, while Alpharetta and Milton account for 2.6% and 1.5% of the cases, respectively.

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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