About two months after some restrictions were lifted on hair salons, gyms, restaurants, bowling alleys and other businesses that had been forced to close, COVID-19 case counts in Georgia are surpassing previous records of daily reported cases.

According to the COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health, which is updated each day at 3 p.m., case counts statewide increased by more than 2,200 cases both yesterday, June 28, and today, June 29. Case counts rose by 2,225 on June 28 and by 2,207 on June 29, per public health data.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state June 27 totaled 74,985. As of 3 p.m. June 29, case counts totaled 79,417—an increase of 4,432 cases, or 5.91%, in two days. The state has also seen 2,784 deaths, 2,289 intensive care unit admissions and 10,824 cumulative hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19.

The number of people currently in the hospital due to COVID-19 is also seeing record totals. From June 28-29, 123 more people have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus, for a total of 1,359 people currently hospitalized from COVID-19, according to data from the public health department and from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. This is the highest number of current hospitalizations the state has seen since at least May 13.




Out of the 10,824 cumulative, coronavirus-related hospitalizations statewide, 1,068 have been Fulton County residents as of 3 p.m. June 29, public health data shows. The county has also seen 312 deaths due to COVID-19 and 6,648 coronavirus cases so far.