ATLANTA, GA — Georgia reported 3,251 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, topping 3,000 new cases for the 11th time this month. The state also posted more than 15,000 hospitalizations total for COVID-19 for the first time Sunday.
Sunday’s report follows Saturday’s single-day total of 4,689 — a one-day record for Georgia.
In addition, Georgia’s health department reported five more deaths Sunday, 32 fewer than reported in the previous 24-hour period.
The Georgia Department of Public Health reported a total of 143,123 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Sunday. That's 3,251 more than was reported at the same time Saturday.
Georgia also reported 3,173 deaths so far from COVID-19, five more that reported Saturday. In addition, the state reported 15,010 hospitalizations — 49 more than the day before — and 2,822 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. Gwinnett County is still in the lead, and Fulton County joined it Sunday in reporting more than 13,000 cases.
Gwinnett County: 13,444 cases — 210 new
Fulton County: 13,117 cases — 245 new
DeKalb County: 9,732 cases — 135 new
Cobb County: 8,370 cases — 147 new
Hall County: 4,394 cases — 36 new
Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19. The lone exception is Dougherty County, the site of Georgia's first major outbreak, which since then has largely stabilized.
Fulton County: 339 deaths
Cobb County: 264 deaths
Gwinnett County: 198 deaths
DeKalb County: 188 deaths
Dougherty County: 158 deaths
As of Sunday, Georgia has administered more than 1.4 million COVID-19 tests, with about 14 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, 10.4 percent of tests came back positive. For the less reliable test for antibodies, 5.9 percent came back positive. The overall positive rate was about 9.8 percent.
As more Georgians were tested over the last few weeks, positive percentages for both the virus test and tests overall have inched upward. On July 6, the percentage of tests overall that came back positive was only 8.7 percent.
All Georgia statistics are available on the state's COVID-19 website.
Globally, nearly 14.4 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 603,000 people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Sunday.
In the United States, more than 3.7 million people have been infected and more than 140,000 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.