The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Coweta rose to 3,904 Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, with 125 new cases confirmed since Friday.
Coweta also has reported a total of 2,167 antigen positive* tests. 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-one Cowetans have died of the disease, including a 69-year-old man with no chronic health conditions whose death was reported Saturday. According to the DPH, there are another five probable deaths** from COVID-19 as of Tuesday’s report.
Hospitalizations are at 186 (+1), and the confirmed case rate per 100,000 Cowetans is now 2,568 (+82).
Across Georgia, the DPH reported a total of 438,300 confirmed cases on Tuesday and a total of 59,898 antigen-positive tests.
The state has reported 8,922 total confirmed deaths from COVID-19, including 331 new deaths since Dec. 1. Another 803 probable deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia also were reported Tuesday.
More than 36,400 people have been admitted to Georgia hospitals for COVID-19 treatment since the health crisis began, and 6,719 of those patients have been admitted to intensive care units.
According to statistics posted by the DPH Friday, a total of 4,555,443 molecular tests for active infections have been performed at drive-thru sites and facilities statewide, with a current positive rate of 9.3 percent.***
A total of 371,988 serology tests for antibodies from previous infections have been performed statewide, with a 10.1 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. 7
Total students: 22,181
Self-identified positive: 12
Self-identified positive (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3): 42
Quarantined or isolated (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3): 1,424
Total staff: 3,052
Self-identified positive: 20
Self-identified positive (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3): 21
Quarantined or isolated (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3): 285
Coweta’s neighboring counties (since Dec. 4):
Cases and deaths are cumulative.
Carroll County – 4,355 confirmed cases (+110), 1,784 antigen positive cases, 88 confirmed deaths (+4) and 13 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 232 (+3).
Fayette County – 2,939 confirmed cases (+101), 714 antigen positive cases, 62 confirmed deaths and 3 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 158 (+1).
Fulton County – 40,512 confirmed cases (+1,511), 3,982 antigen positive cases, 688 confirmed deaths (+11) and 41 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 2,992 (+64).
Heard County – 321 confirmed cases (+8), 127 antigen positive cases and 8 confirmed deaths. Hospitalizations: 22.
Meriwether County – 665 confirmed cases (+13), 184 antigen positive tests and 19 confirmed deaths. Hospitalizations: 86 (+1).
Spalding County – 2,043 confirmed cases (+57), 569 antigen positive cases, 78 confirmed deaths (+3) and 10 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 239 (+5).
Troup County – 3,418 confirmed cases (+55), 739 antigen positive cases, 119 confirmed deaths (+1) and 7 probable deaths (+3). Hospitalizations: 372.
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 67.2 million people have been sickened by COVID-19 in 235 countries, areas and territories, and more than 1.54 million have died, according to the WHO.
More than 282,700 COVID-19-related deaths and more than 14.8 million confirmed infections have been reported in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 186,215 new cases and 1,532 new deaths between Monday and Tuesday.
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
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
(To date: 251 new cases, 3 new deaths)