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Weekly Georgia COVID-19 update: 838,570 confirmed cases, 15,997 deaths

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Weekly Georgia COVID-19 update: 838,570 confirmed cases, 15,997 deaths

Stephanie B., RN takes a specimen at the DeKalb County Board of Health COVID-19 testing site located in the parking lot of The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta, July 21, 2020. Photo by Dean Hesse.


Atlanta, GA — The state of Georgia as of March 17 has 838,570 cases and 15,997 confirmed deaths. As of March 17, there are 57,635 hospitalizations, 9,424 ICU admissions, 199,980 antigen positive cases and 2,362 probable deaths.

In DeKalb County there have been 53,526 cases and 832 deaths. In Fulton County, there have been 76,644 cases and 1,137 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. The state recorded 70 deaths on March 17. Last Wednesday, the seven-day moving average of deaths was 52 deaths per day. On March 17, the seven-day moving average of deaths was 43.9 deaths per day.

Here are the weekly statistics since Feb. 3, 2021

Week of March 10: 831,271 confirmed cases, 15,706 deaths

Week of March 3: 823,008 cases, 15,349 deaths

Week of Feb. 24: 810,473 cases, 14,882 deaths

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

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

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

In DeKalb County the current two-week average of cases per 100,000 people is 175. Last Wednesday, it was 191 per 100,000 people.

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 March 17 is 4.4 percent. On March 10, it was 4.5 percent.

Fulton County is reporting an average of 165 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks as of March 17. On Mar. 3, that number was 201 per 100,000 people. The positivity rate is also dropping in Fulton County. On March 17, the two-week average positivity rate was 4.4 percent. On March 10, it was 4.8 percent.

The state of Georgia has administered 2,846,173 vaccines as of March 17. In DeKalb County, 168,062 vaccines have been administered. In Fulton County, 430,368 vaccines have been administered.

To City Schools of Decatur’s COVID-19 dashboard and summaries of all cases, click here.

To see the COVID-19 case reports for Atlanta Public Schools click here.

To see the COVID-19 case reports for DeKalb County Schools, 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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