Coronavirus in Georgia: Percentage of positive tests nears 10%

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The percentage of positive polymerase chain reaction tests—which show active infection and are the only test results used to determine confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state—has increased each day for the last week, rising from 9.3% a week ago to 9.9% July 13.(Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The percentage of positive polymerase chain reaction tests—which show active infection and are the only test results used to determine confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state—has increased each day for the last week, rising from 9.3% a week ago to 9.9% July 13.(Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Per the latest COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health, case counts statewide rose by almost 4,000 from July 12-13, increasing from 10,595 to 11,080 as of 3 p.m. July 13. The number of people who have died due to COVID-19 across the state also rose from 3,001 people to 3,026 as of 3 p.m. July 13.

The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 also rose from 2,512 on July 12 to 2,600 as of 3 p.m. July 13, according to data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. Since the pandemic began, 13,476 people have been hospitalized due to the virus as of 3 p.m. July 13, an increase from 13,259 people as of 3 p.m. July 12.




In Fulton County, case counts grew by 485 from July 12-13, totaling 11,080 cases as of 3 p.m July 13. Out of the total 13,476 hospitalizations statewide, Fulton County makes up 1,264 of those hospitalizations, or about 9.4%.


The county has also seen 326 coronavirus-related deaths, up by two deaths since July 12.

The percentage of positive viral tests—also known as polymerase chain reaction tests, which show active infection and are the only tests used to determine confirmed COVID-19 cases—has also increased. The percentage of positive viral tests rose from 9.7% July 10—three days ago—to 9.9% as of 3 p.m. July 13. A total of 1.11 million viral tests have been administered so far, with 109,888 positive tests, according to public health data.

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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