The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia:

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·         From 10/6 to 10/12, the seven-day average of new cases reported increased 4.3%.

·         The seven-day average of new cases reported is down 66% from our peak July 24.

·         As of Oct.13, there are 333,304 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and approximately 23,479 probable cases of COVID-19,most identified through antigen testing. (A probable case meets at least one of the following criteria: has a positive antigen test on a respiratory specimen; OR has not had a confirmatory COVID-19 test but has symptoms compatible with COVID-19 AND a known exposure to a COVID-19 case; OR the individual has died and the death certificate lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as an underlying cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.)

Positivity Rate

The statewide percent positivity (7-day moving average) for PCR test decreased from 7% on Oct. 5 to 5.8% on Oct. 13.

Hospitalizations

Daily hospitalizations for COVID-19 have increased 4.2% from 1,271 on Oct. 5 to 1325 on Oct. 13. Hospitalizations have decreased 59% since a daily high of 3,200 on July 30.

Emergency Department Visits

Emergency Department (ED) visits related to COVID-19 and ILI (influenza-like illness) have remained flat statewide over the two week period Sept. 26 – Oct. 9

The Georgia Department of Public Health monitors influenza (flu) activity year-round throughout the state with the help of volunteer sentinel healthcare providers. Influenza activity is calucated based on the percentage of provider visits that are for “influenza-like illness” (fever >100° F AND cough and/or sore throat). Click on this link to see the Flu Surveillance Report Sept. 27 – Oct. 3.

COVID-19 Cases by Age Category (Ages 0-22)*

Outbreaks

Oct. 4-10: 96 (increase of 26 from previous week)      

These outbreaks are occurring in settings where people are physically congregating and underscore the need for physical distancing and source control. The highest number of outbreaks occurred in schools, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities and workplaces.


Counties with High Transmission Indicators*