Coronavirus in Georgia: Current hospitalizations drop while case counts rise by almost 5,000

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The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropped by 22 people from July 23-24. Total cases increased by almost 5,000 during that same time. (Community Impact staff)

The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropped by 22 people from July 23-24. Total cases increased by almost 5,000 during that same time. (Community Impact staff)

COVID-19 cases in Georgia rose by nearly 5,000 cases from July 23-24, for a total of 161,401 cases as of 3 p.m. July 24, according to the latest COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. This is the largest single-day increase in case counts since the pandemic began. The state does not report COVID-19 recoveries as of publication July 24.

While case counts increased, the number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 decreased by 22 people from yesterday to today, totaling 3,135 people as of 3 p.m. July 24, per data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. This is the second consecutive day of decreases in this number.


In total, Georgia has seen 16,752 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus so far, with 1,585 of those hospitalizations in Fulton County, or about 9.46%. Additionally, the state has also seen 3,442 deaths and 3,119 intensive care unit admissions attributed to COVID-19.


Polymerase chain reaction testing for COVID-19 increased by 45,506 new administered PCR tests from yesterday to today, totaling about 1.38 million administered tests so far. Of those 1.38 million tests, 147,195 returned with a positive test result, or 10.6%, according to public health data.


Fulton County's COVID-19 case counts increased by 548 cases from July 23-24, for a total of 15,221 cases of COVID-19 countywide since the pandemic began. The county has also seen 365 deaths attributed to COVID-19, up by nine deaths since yesterday, 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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