Coronavirus in Georgia: Current hospitalizations show decreases for first time since early June

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Current hospitalizations have shown mostly decreasing totals over the last seven days, according to COVID-19 data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. (Community Impact staff)

Current hospitalizations have shown mostly decreasing totals over the last seven days, according to COVID-19 data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. (Community Impact staff)

For the first time since early June, the number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 has shown multiple consecutive days of decreasing totals, according to data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

This number first decreased July 21, dropping from 3,183 to 3,155 current hospitalizations, and after a slight uptick from July 26-27, it decreased again, from 3,181 to 3,157 current hospitalizations as of 3 p.m. July 28.

In total, 17,544 people in Georgia have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus since the pandemic began, which is an increase of 406 hospitalizations from July 27-28, according to the COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Of those 17,544 hospitalizations, 1,659 were Fulton County residents, or about 9.46%.

This comes as statewide case counts increased by 4,293 cases from July 27-28, totaling 175,052 cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. July 28, per public health data. The public health department unveiled changes to the COVID-19 daily status report July 28, including a new color scale on the interactive state map based on the distribution of county-level case counts or rates, according to a news release from the department July 28.

Outlier values are removed from the scale calculation, and the scale will change every four weeks to accommodate increasing or decreasing case counts and maintain distinctions between counties. The department will publish historic maps when the scale changes, the release said.

Additionally, the new color scale includes a tab indicating data specifically from the last two weeks, rather than displaying data solely on a cumulative level. The last two weeks maps reflect the number of cases per 100,000 residents in the county reported during the previous two weeks, using 2018 U.S. Census Bureau data as a population baseline, according to the release.

In the last two weeks, Fulton County saw 4,689 reported cases of COVID-19 out of a total of 16,482 cases countywide so far, per public health data. The case rate per 100,000 residents in the last two weeks is 426.6 cases, whereas the same case rate cumulatively is 1,499 cases per 100,000 residents. The county has also seen 373 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

A total of roughly 1.49 million polymerase chain reaction tests, or PCR tests, for COVID-19 have been administered in the state, with 160,824 returning with a positive test result, according to public health data. This equates to 10.8% of tests returning with a positive test result, a percentage that has been increasing steadily over the last two weeks.

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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