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Weekly Georgia COVID-19 update: 845,560 confirmed cases, 16,257 deaths

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Weekly Georgia COVID-19 update: 845,560 confirmed cases, 16,257 deaths

Mavis Terry, 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 24 has 845,560 cases and 16,257 confirmed deaths. As of March 24, there are 58,183 hospitalizations, 9,515 ICU admissions, 203,837 antigen positive cases and 2,403 probable deaths.

In DeKalb County there have been 54,307 cases and 846 deaths. In Fulton County, there have been 77,635 cases and 1,164 deaths.

Feb. 12 was the deadliest COVID-19 day in Georgia so far. There were 187 deaths recorded that day. The state recorded 75 deaths on March 24. Last Wednesday, the seven-day seven-day moving average of deaths was 43.9 deaths per day. On March 24, it was 37.7 deaths per day.

Here are the weekly statistics since Feb. 3, 2021

Week of March 17: 838,570 confirmed cases, 15,997 deaths

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 188.  Last Wednesday, it was 176 per 100,000 people.

The positivity rate is the percentage of positive results per tests given, and in DeKalb County, that number is going up slightly. DeKalb County’s average positivity rate for the last two weeks as of March 24 it is 4.8 percent. On March 17 it was 4.3 percent.

Fulton County is reporting an average of 165 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks as of March 24. On Mar. 17, that number was 166 per 100,000 people. The positivity rate is increasing in Fulton County. On March 17, the two-week average positivity rate was 4.6 percent. As of March 24, the two-week positivity rate is 5.3 percent.

The state of Georgia has administered 3.2 million vaccines as of March 24.

To schedule a vaccine visit https://myvaccinegeorgia.com/ or visit https://dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-vaccination-site to find a vaccination site.

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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