Coronavirus in Georgia: Case counts top 3,400 new cases in 24 hours for the third time

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Case counts in Georgia rose by more than 3,400 cases in a 24-hour period July 8 for the third time since the pandemic hit in March. (Community Impact staff)

Case counts in Georgia rose by more than 3,400 cases in a 24-hour period July 8 for the third time since the pandemic hit in March. (Community Impact staff)

As of 3 p.m. July 8, Georgia has seen 103,890 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3,420 cases from yesterday, according to the COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The state has also seen 2,922 total deaths, up by 23 deaths from yesterday, as well as 12,500 cumulative hospitalizations and 2,502 intensive care unit admissions. This is an increase of 274 hospitalizations and 31 intensive care unit admissions from July 7.

The total number of administered viral tests surpassed 1 million July 8, with 1,000,409 administered viral tests and 94,773 positive viral tests—meaning 9.5% of the administered tests have returned with a positive test result. Viral tests, which show current infection, are the only test results used to determine confirmed COVID-19 cases; antibody tests indicate past infection.

A total of 171,858 antibody tests have been conducted so far, with 9,032 of them returning with a positive test result, public health data shows. The percentage of positive antibody tests is 5.3% as of 3 p.m. July 8.

Additionally, the number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 has been on the rise for nearly a month, according to data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. As of 3 p.m. July 8, 2,215 people are in the hospital due to COVID-19, the highest number since the agency began reporting this data in early May. This is also an increase of 119 people from yesterday's total of 2.096 people currently hospitalized.

Fulton County has seen 9,358 cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. July 8, public health data shows, with 319 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,198 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19. County case counts have risen by 28.6% in the last week, increasing from 7,277 cases July 1 to 9,358 cases July 7. Cumulative hospitalizations in the county rose 10.9% during that same time, public health data shows.

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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