Coronavirus in Georgia: New record set in daily case counts with nearly 3,000 new cases reported

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For the last 10 days, per-day COVID-19 case counts in Georgia have increased by quadruple-digit numbers, rising by a record high of 2,946 cases from June 30 to July 1. (Community Impact staff)

For the last 10 days, per-day COVID-19 case counts in Georgia have increased by quadruple-digit numbers, rising by a record high of 2,946 cases from June 30 to July 1. (Community Impact staff)

Georgia set a new state record with 2,946 new cases of COVID-19 reported as of 3 p.m. July 1, totaling 84,237 confirmed cases of COVID-19—up from yesterday's total of 81,291 cases, according to the COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Case counts have been increasing in quadruple-digit numbers per day since June 22, according to public health data.

Statewide, the number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 has also been increasing at more rapid rates since early June. On June 7, 783 people were in the hospital because of the coronavirus, according to data from the public health department and from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. As of 3 p.m. July 1, slightly less than one month later, 1,570 people are in the hospital due to the coronavirus—a 100.5% increase.

Additionally, the state has seen 2,827 deaths, 11,275 cumulative hospitalizations and 2,357 intensive care unit admissions attributed to COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. July 1.

Viral testing—which shows current and active infection, as opposed to antibody testing, which shows past infection—is still increasing in Georgia, but not at the same pace as case counts. From June 1 to July 1, confirmed COVID-19 case counts statewide increased by 77.36%. During that same time period, the number of administered viral tests increased by 51.92%. As of 3 p.m. July 1, 855,038 viral tests have been administered so far, with 76,664 returning with a positive test result, or about 9%.

Antibody testing has also increased, but antibody test results do not contribute to the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the public health department. A total of 157,971 antibody tests have been conducted as of 3 p.m. July 1—up from yesterday's total of 157,623 antibody tests—with 8,556 returning with a positive result, or 5.4%.

Fulton County's total case counts increased by 312 cases from yesterday to today, totaling 7,277 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the county. This is the second day in a row that case counts increased by more than 300 cases countywide.

Additionally, out of the cumulative 11,275 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, 1,090 have been Fulton County residents. The county has also seen 314 deaths 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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