ATLANTA, GA — Georgia’s report of 3,394 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday marked the sixth day so far in July the state has broken the 3,000 mark.
The state’s health department also reported 28 more deaths since Monday from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported a total of 120,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday. That's 3,394 more than was reported at the same time Monday. Georgia’s record for most new COVID-19 cases in a day is 4,484, set on Friday.
Georgia also reported 3,054 deaths so far from COVID-19, 28 more that reported Monday. In addition, the state reported 13,685 hospitalizations — 209 more than the day before — and 2,662 admissions to intensive-care units.
No information is available from Georgia about how many patients have recovered
Counties in or near metro Atlanta continue to have the highest number of positives, with Gwinnett still in the lead and Fulton close behind.
Gwinnett County: 11,882 cases — 191 new
Fulton County: 11,354 cases — 274 new
DeKalb County: 8,784 cases — 166 new
Cobb County: 7,388 cases — 153 new
Hall County: 3,928 cases — 54 new
Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the highest number of deaths. The lone exception is Dougherty County, the site of Georgia's first major outbreak, which since then has largely stabilized.
Fulton County: 327 deaths
Cobb County: 256 deaths
Gwinnett County: 187 deaths
DeKalb County: 183 deaths
Dougherty County: 156 deaths
As of Tuesday, more than 1.3 million Georgians have been tested for COVID-19, with about 16 percent of those tests the less reliable ones used to detect antibodies.
For the first time on July 8, Georgia's COVID-19 website reported separately the percentage of positive results for each type of test without reporting a cumulative percentage. For the more reliable test for the virus itself, 10 percent of tests came back positive. For the less reliable test for antibodies, 5.1 percent came back positive. The overall positive rate was about 9.3 percent.
Positive percentages for both the virus test and tests overall have been inching up over the last week. On July 6, the percentage of tests overall that came back positive was 8.7 percent.
All Georgia statistics are available on the state's COVID-19 website.
Globally, more than 13 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and nearly 550,000 people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Tuesday.
In the United States, nearly 3.4 million people have been infected and more than 136,000 people have died from COVID-19 as of Tuesday. The U.S. has only about 4 percent of the world's population but more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country.