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Weekly Georgia COVID-19 update: 810,473 confirmed cases, 14,882 deaths

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Weekly Georgia COVID-19 update: 810,473 confirmed cases, 14,882 deaths

A health care professional takes a specimen at the DeKalb County Board of Health COVID-19 testing site located in the parking lot of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker, July 21, 2020. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Atlanta, GA — The state of Georgia as of Feb. 24 has 810,473 cases and 14,882 confirmed deaths. As of Feb. 24, there are 55,394 hospitalizations, 8,999 ICU admissions, 183,588 antigen positive cases and 2,182 probable deaths.

In DeKalb County there have been 51,169 cases and 751 deaths. In Fulton County, there have been 73,502 cases and 1,034 deaths.

Feb. 12 was the deadliest COVID-19 day in Georgia so far. There were 187 deaths recorded that day. That surpassed the record set on Feb. 6, when the state recorded 177 deaths. Feb. 16 also saw 180 deaths. The state reported 78 deaths on Feb. 17. The current seven-day moving average of deaths is 91.4 deaths per day. One week ago, on Feb. 17, the seven-day moving average of deaths was 94.1.

Here are the weekly statistics since Feb. 3, 2021

Week of Feb. 17: 796,547 confirmed cases, 14,254 deaths

Week of Feb. 10: 780,494 cases and 13,599 confirmed deaths.

Week of Feb 3: 759,228 cases, 12,907 deaths

The positivity rate is the percentage of positive results per tests given, and in DeKalb County, that number is going down. DeKalb County’s average positivity rate for the last two weeks as of Feb. 24 is 6.8 percent. On Feb. 17, it was 7.4 percent and on Feb. 10 it was 8.3 percent.

Fulton County is reporting an average of 243 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks as of Feb. 24. On Feb. 17, that number was 307 per 100,000 people and on Feb. 10 it was 402 per 100,000 people. The positivity rate is also dropping in Fulton County. On Feb. 24, the two-week average positivity rate was 6.6 percent. On Feb. 17, it was 7.3 percent and on Feb. 10, it was 8 percent.

The state of Georgia has administered 1.8 million vaccines as of Feb. 24. In DeKalb County, 108,408 vaccines have been administered. In Fulton County, 261,790 vaccines have been administered.

Here are the COVID-19 cases being reported in City Schools of Decatur:

Cumulative Case Counts as of Feb. 23:

LocationRecord Count
Talley Street Maintenance Facility1
Frasier Center1
Wilson Center4
Winnona Park5
DHS (extracurricular)11

Cumulative quarantine counts as of Feb. 23:

LocationQuarantined Count
Talley Street Maintenance Facility6
Wilson Center17
Frasier Center15
DHS (extracurricular)99
Winnona Park25

To see the district’s COVID-19 dashboard and summaries of all cases, click here.

Here’s the weekly COVID-19 case report for Atlanta Public Schools as of Feb. 12: COVID Case Report 2021.02.19

To see the COVID-19 case report for DeKalb County Schools as of Feb. 11, click here.

The DeKalb County Board of Health is offering COVID-19 testing. To sign up for a test, click here.

Some drugstores such as CVS or Walgreens also offer COVID-19 testing but have varied waiting and result times and particular qualifications for each site. You may also be able to get tested at your doctor’s office.

The state of Georgia has a coronavirus hotline.

According to the Department of Public Health, “If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. Hotline: (844) 442-2681.”

Coronavirus symptoms can appear two to 14 days after exposure and include:

– Fever

– Cough

– Shortness of breath

The CDC says the following symptoms require emergency medical attention:

– Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

– New confusion or inability to arouse

– Bluish lips or face

Here are the recommendations on coronavirus prevention from the DeKalb County Board of Health:

– Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.

– Wear a mask in public.

– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

– Stay home when you are sick.

– Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.

– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information from the Centers for Disease Control, click here.

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