ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Department of Public Health reported a total of 253,949 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Sunday. According to the health department’s website, that includes 1,739 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.
Georgia also reported 5,132 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 42 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 23,369 hospitalizations — 44 more than the day before — and 4,251 admissions so far 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 Fulton County still in the lead.
Fulton County: 23,751 cases — 129 new
Gwinnett County: 23,096 cases — 105 new
DeKalb County: 15,959 cases — 99 new
Cobb County: 15,931 cases — 115 new
Hall County: 7,004 cases — 23 new
Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19. The lone exception is Dougherty County, site of Georgia's first major outbreak.
Fulton County: 490 deaths — 1 new
Cobb County: 369 deaths — 1 new
Gwinnett County: 306 deaths — 2 new
DeKalb County: 278 deaths
Dougherty County: 174 deaths
As of Sunday, Georgia has administered more than 2.4 million COVID-19 tests, with about 11 percent of those tests the less reliable ones used to detect antibodies.
For the more reliable test for the virus itself, 10.6 percent of tests came back positive. For the less reliable test for antibodies, 7.4 percent came back positive. The overall positive rate was about 10.2 percent.
As more Georgians were tested over the last month, the percentage of positive tests inched upward from about 8 percent to more than 10 percent. However, over the last few weeks, the percentage of positives has stabilized at just more than 10 percent. According to the World Health Organization, positive test results should no more than 5 percent for two weeks before reopening for business as usual. Georgia largely reopened for business in April and May, and since then Gov. Brian Kemp has steadfastly refused to mandate using face masks.
All Georgia statistics are available on the state's COVID-19 website.
Globally, more than 23 million people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 806,000 people have died from it, Johns Hopkins University reported Sunday.
In the United States, nearly 5.7 million people have been infected and more than 176,000 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.