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378 new Coweta cases confirmed in last week


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  • Dec. 18, 2020 - 5:29 PM

378 new Coweta cases confirmed in last week

The Newnan Times-Herald

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Coweta rose to 4,434 Friday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, with 378 new cases confirmed since Dec. 11.

Coweta also has reported a total of 2,602 antigen positive* tests, up 266 since Dec. 11. Antigen positives are not included in the DPH’s confirmed case totals, which are based on molecular (polymerase chain reaction, or PCR) tests. However, antigen positive tests are highly indicative of COVID-19 infection.

Seventy-two Cowetans have died of the disease. According to the DPH, there are another five probable deaths** from COVID-19 as of Friday’s report.

Hospitalizations are at 196 (+9), and the confirmed case rate per 100,000 Cowetans is now 2,917 (+249).

Across Georgia, the DPH reported a total of 500,265 confirmed cases on Friday – up 33,361 from Dec. 11 – and a total of 76,272 antigen positive tests – up 16,374 from Dec. 11.

The state has reported 9,175 total confirmed deaths from COVID-19, including 253 new deaths since Dec. 11. Another 856 probable deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia also were reported Friday.

More than 39,000 people have been admitted to Georgia hospitals for COVID-19 treatment since the health crisis began, and 7,009 of those patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

According to statistics posted by the DPH Friday, a total of 4,904,046 molecular tests for active infections have been performed at drive-thru sites and facilities statewide, with a current positive rate of 9.7 percent.***

A total of 387,135 serology tests for antibodies from previous infections have been performed statewide, with a 10.7 percent positive rate.

*PCR tests – processed in laboratories – look for genetic material from the virus. Antigen tests – usually processed in a health care provider’s office – are rapid tests that look for specific proteins found on the surface of the virus. Antigen positives are highly indicative of COVID-19 infection, but occasional false negative results are reported among people who are actually infected with the disease.

**This number includes individuals who are antigen positive or individuals with compatible illness and known close contact to a case that was either reported to DPH as deceased by health care providers or medical examiners/coroners, or identified by death certificates with COVID-19 indicated as the cause of death. It also includes cases in which there is evidence that COVID-19 contributed to the individual’s death OR individuals with a death certificate that has COVID-19 indicated as the cause of death and there is no laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2.

***The number of positive tests is not the same as the number of cases. Some tests may not be reported to DPH through electronic laboratory reporting, and numbers may include multiple tests performed on the same individual.

Coweta County School System

Most recent data, updated Dec. 18

Total students: 22,181

Self-identified positive: 7

Self-identified positive (Dec. 11-17): 63

Quarantined or isolated (Dec. 11-17): 2,850

Total staff: 3,052

Self-identified positive: 11

Self-identified positive (Dec. 11-17): 41

Quarantined or isolated (Dec. 11-17): 556

Coweta’s neighboring counties (since Dec. 11):

Cases and deaths are cumulative.

Carroll County – 4,813 confirmed cases (+259), 2,053 antigen positive cases (+182), 91 confirmed deaths (+1) and 19 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 240 (+7).

Fayette County – 3,234 confirmed cases (+197), 862 antigen positive cases (+80), 65 confirmed deaths (+3) and 4 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 164 (+4).

Fulton County – 44,811 confirmed cases (+3,164), 4,905 antigen positive cases (+650), 717 confirmed deaths (+13) and 47 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 3,150 (+116).

Heard County – 379 confirmed cases (+20), 140 antigen positive cases (+6) and 9 confirmed deaths (+1). Hospitalizations: 24 (+1).

Meriwether County – 732 confirmed cases (+52), 215 antigen positive tests (+20) and 19 confirmed deaths. Hospitalizations: 88 (+1).

Spalding County – 2,291 confirmed cases (+178), 713 antigen positive cases (+115), 81 confirmed deaths (+1) and 10 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 262 (+14).

Troup County – 3,684 confirmed cases (+183), 852 antigen positive cases (+93), 120 confirmed deaths (+1) and 7 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 386 (+6).

For more information and statistics on the outbreak in Georgia, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-... .

The disease in the U.S. and worldwide

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which was identified after health officials reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, to the World Health Organization in late 2019.

Since then, more than 73.2 million people have been sickened by COVID-19 in 235 countries, areas and territories, and more than 1.65 million have died, according to the WHO.

Nearly 310,000 COVID-19-related deaths and nearly 17 million confirmed infections have been reported in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 230,953 new cases and 3,444 new deaths between Thursday and Friday.

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Coweta County Case History

MARCH 2020: 32 cases, 2 deaths

APRIL 2020: 154 new cases, 2 new deaths

MAY 2020: 221 new cases, 5 new deaths

JUNE 2020: 251 new cases, 6 new deaths

JULY 2020: 620 new cases, 4 new deaths

AUGUST 2020: 953 new cases, 7 new deaths

SEPTEMBER 2020: 362 new cases, 21 new deaths

OCTOBER 2020: 327 new cases, 16 new deaths

NOVEMBER 2020: 640 new cases, 5 new deaths

DECEMBER 2020

1 – 3,675 cases, 68 deaths

2 – 3,711 cases, 69 deaths

3 – 3,740 cases, 69 deaths

4 – 3,779 cases, 70 deaths

5 – 3,805 cases, 71 deaths

6 – 3,831 cases, 71 deaths

7 – 3,876 cases, 71 deaths

8 – 3,904 cases, 71 deaths

9 – 3,950 cases, 71 deaths

10 – 4,003 cases, 71 deaths

11 – 4,056 cases, 72 deaths

12 – 4,105 cases, 72 deaths

13 – 4,165 cases, 72 deaths

14 – 4,202 cases, 72 deaths

15 – 4,243 cases, 72 deaths

16 – 4,302 cases, 73 deaths

17 – 4,362 cases, 72 deaths***

18 – 4,434 cases, 72 deaths

(To date: 781 new cases, 4 new deaths)

***Multiple providers and facilities can enter data into the DPH’s reportable disease surveillance system. Because of this, cases may sometimes be inadvertently duplicated. Duplicates are deleted from the system as soon as they are discovered, which occasionally can result in a decrease in the number of reported cases and other statistics.