ATLANTA, GA — The coronavirus is opening 2021 in Georgia the same way it closed 2020 — by setting a record.
Georgia’s health department tallied 8,769 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, New Year’s Day, setting a one-day record. The previous one-day record, 8,548, was set on New Year’s Eve.
For comparison, the highest single-day total of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases during the summer surge was 4,779, set on July 24.
Saturday’s numbers were lower — only 6,606 new COVID-19 cases — but weekend numbers almost always fall because of lags in reporting.
Georgia Coronavirus Numbers for Jan. 2, 2021
The Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 581,999 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. According to the health department’s website, that includes 6,606 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. In addition, Georgia reported 1,127 new antigen-positive cases over the last 24 hours, which are considered to be probable cases of COVID-19.
Georgia has reported 9,891 deaths so far from COVID-19, with two more confirmed deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. Georgia also reported 1,069 probable deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. These probable deaths include fatalities with indirect evidence of COVID-19.
Georgia reported 42,427 hospitalizations — 65 more than the day before — and 7,457 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 in the lead, Fulton County close behind it, and all top-10 counties posting triple-digit increases. These statistics do not include antigen-positive cases.
Gwinnett County: 53,046 cases — 573 new
Fulton County: 52,375 cases — 674 new
Cobb County: 38,095 cases — 585 new
DeKalb County: 36,360 cases — 384 new
Hall County: 17,843 cases — 135 new
Clayton County: 13,609 — 128 new
Cherokee County: 13,211 — 141 new
Chatham County: 13,045 — 106 new
Richmond County: 12,995 — 124 new
Henry County: 11,463 — 145 new
Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19.
Fulton County: 739 deaths
Gwinnett County: 565
Cobb County: 555 deaths
DeKalb County: 495 deaths
Bibb County: 240 deaths
Chatham County: 230 deaths
Clayton County: 222 deaths
Hall County: 222 deaths
Richmond County: 219 deaths
Dougherty County: 205 deaths
All Georgia statistics are available on the state's COVID-19 website.
Globally, more than 84.4 million people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 1.83 million people have died from it, Johns Hopkins University reported Saturday.
In the United States, more than 20.3 million people have been infected and nearly 350,000 people have died from COVID-19 as of Saturday. The U.S. has only about 4 percent of the world's population but more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country.