GA Coronavirus: Nearly 8K New COVID-19 Cases, Up 27% In Two Days

Jim Massara

ATLANTA, GA — Georgia set another one-day record Thursday for new cases of COVID-19, reporting nearly 8,000 confirmed infections over the last 24 hours. That’s a 27-percent increase over the previous one-day record of 6,242, set just two days ago.

Georgia’s health department also reported 2,682 antigen-positive cases, results taken from the slightly less reliable tests that many other states fold into their daily totals. Adding confirmed cases and antigen-positive cases together, Georgia reported 10,640 new positive tests for the coronavirus on Thursday.

The state also tallied another 54 deaths reported over the last 24 hours, along with 400 more hospitalizations.

Georgia normally releases its daily coronavirus report online at 3 p.m. each afternoon, but a glut of test results before Christmas pushed it back nearly an hour and a half.

Georgia Coronavirus Numbers For Dec. 24, 2020

The Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 531,954 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 4:23 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. According to the health department’s website, that includes 7,958 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. In addition, Georgia reported 2,682 new antigen-positive cases over the last 24 hours, which are considered to be probable cases of COVID-19.

Georgia has reported 9,607 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 54 more confirmed deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. Georgia also reported 974 probable deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. These probable deaths include fatalities with indirect evidence of COVID-19.

Georgia reported 40,539 hospitalizations — 400 more than the day before — and 7,217 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 and other metropolitan areas continue to have the highest number of COVID-19 positives, with Gwinnett County back in the lead and Fulton County very close behind it. These statistics do not include antigen-positive cases.

  1. Gwinnett County: 47,911 cases — 796 new

  2. Fulton County: 47,892 cases — 860 new

  3. Cobb County: 34,247 cases — 626 new

  4. DeKalb County: 33,101 cases — 571 new

  5. Hall County: 16,484 cases — 291 new

  6. Clayton County: 12,451 — 164 new

  7. Chatham County: 12,331 — 122 new

  8. Richmond County: 11,865 — 143 new

  9. Cherokee County: 11,768 — 193 new

  10. Whitfield County: 10,256 — 205 new

Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19.

  1. Fulton County: 725 deaths — 1 new

  2. Gwinnett County: 549 deaths —3 new

  3. Cobb County: 539 deaths — 2 new

  4. DeKalb County: 479 deaths — 5 new

  5. Bibb County: 234 deaths

  6. Chatham County: 225 deaths — 1 new

  7. Richmond County: 214 deaths — 1 new

  8. Clayton County: 216 deaths — 3 new

  9. Hall County: 214 deaths — 4 new

  10. Dougherty County: 203 deaths — 1 new

All Georgia statistics are available on the state's COVID-19 website.

Globally, more than 79.2 million people have tested positive for COVID-19, and nearly 1.74 million people have died from it, Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday.

In the United States, more than 18.6 million people have been infected and more than 328,000 people have died from COVID-19 as of Thursday. The U.S. has only about 4 percent of the world's population but more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country.

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This article originally appeared on the East Cobb Patch