Sunday, June 28, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Continue To Soar In State And In 10-County Northeast Health District

***Rolling Average More Than Doubles From April High***

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to soar on Sunday, with the state and the 10-county Northeast Health District setting new records.

Across the state, 2,225 new cases were recorded in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report, the first time that the number of cases has increased by more than 2,000 in a 24-hour period.

The seven-day rolling average of added cases jumped to 1,787.0, an unprecedented statistic more than double the high of 857.3 set on April 13 before cases began to decline.

Testing has ramped up greatly since April 13, but testing clearly does not explain the new numbers, as the percentage of positive cases from the tests designed to confirm the virus have increased greatly as well.

In the 10-county Northeast Health District, the number of cases added was 20, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 42.6, a new record. The previous high had been on Saturday.

Oconee County did not add any new cases with the release of the Daily Status Report on Sunday, but Clarke County added four cases.

Deaths And Hospitalizations

Only two new death attributed to COVID-19 were recorded in the Sunday Daily Status Report across the state, with neither of them in the 10-county Northeast Health District.

Last Sunday, only one new death was reported in the state, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths increased to 19.3 on Sunday from 19.1 on Saturday.

In the 10-county Northeast Health District, the seven-day rolling average remained unchanged at 0.9, since the District also did not have any new deaths reported on Sunday a week ago.

The two new deaths in the Daily Status Report occurred on June 23 and on June 26.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported in its Sunday Situation Report COVID-19 that the state had 1,236 Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations, up by 58 from the day before and up from the low point of 783 on June 7.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has risen with only a few interruptions since that date.


All three charts below are based on data from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and were updated with the 2:50 p.m. release of the Report on Sunday.

Charts 1 and 2 are dual axis charts showing seven-day rolling averages for the state of Georgia as a whole and for the 10-county Northeast Health District.

The data for the state are plotted on the left-hand vertical axis, and the data for the Northeast Health District are plotted on the right-hand vertical axis.

Chart 3 shows calculated percentages of positive tests during the time period when the Department of Public Health released the data.

Shown separately are virology test outcomes (to test for the presence of the virus) and serology test outcomes (to test for antibodies of the virus, indicating past exposure).

Chart 1 (Click To Enlarge)

Chart 2 (Click To Enlarge)

Chart 3 (Click To Enlarge)

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