ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 340,558 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. According to the health department’s website, that includes 1,199 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.
Georgia also reported 7,638 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 31 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 30,376 hospitalizations — 26 more than the day before — and 5,663 admissions so far to intensive-care units.
Georgia coronavirus numbers announced over weekends aren’t always indicative of trends because of lags in reporting. They tend to be lower on Sunday and Monday, then catch up on Tuesday and Wednesday.
No information is available from Georgia about how many patients have recovered.
Counties in or near metro Atlanta and other metropolitan areas continue to have the highest number of positives, with Fulton County still in the lead.
Fulton County: 29,819 cases — 141 new
Gwinnett County: 29,689 cases — 131 new
Cobb County: 21,158 cases — 40 new
DeKalb County: 20,275 cases — 93 new
Hall County: 10,331 cases — 22 new
Chatham County: 9,101 — 25 new
Clayton County: 7,842 — 43 new
Richmond County: 7,708 — 41 new
Cherokee County: 6,746 — 31 new
Bibb County: 6,458 — 15 new
Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19.
Fulton County: 606 deaths — 1 new
Cobb County: 447 deaths
Gwinnett County: 433 deaths — 2 new
DeKalb County: 390 deaths — 4 new
Dougherty County: 190 deaths
Bibb County: 188 deaths
Chatham County: 181 deaths
Clayton County: 174 deaths — 1 new
Richmond County: 174 deaths — 1 new
Muscogee County: 173 deaths
All Georgia statistics are available on the state's COVID-19 website.
Globally, nearly 40 million people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 1.1 million people have died from it, Johns Hopkins University reported Sunday.
In the United States, more than 8.1 million people have been infected and more than 219,000 people have died from COVID-19 as of Sunday. The U.S. has only about 4 percent of the world's population but more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country.