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Coweta’s confirmed cases pass 5,000 mark


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  • Dec. 29, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Coweta’s confirmed cases pass 5,000 mark

The Newnan Times-Herald

Coweta County zoomed past the 5,000 mark Tuesday, reporting a total of 5,056 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

That number includes an 86-case jump between Monday and Tuesday, and a total of 370 new cases since Dec. 22.

Coweta also has reported a total of 2,881 antigen positive* tests, up 192 since Dec. 22. 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-seven Cowetans have died of the disease, including five in the past week. According to the DPH, there are another six probable deaths** from COVID-19 as of Tuesday’s report.

Hospitalizations are at 207 (+5), and the confirmed case rate per 100,000 Cowetans is now 3,082 (+244).

Across Georgia, the DPH reported a total of 552,712 confirmed cases on Tuesday – up 33,810 since Dec. 22 – and a total of 92,978 antigen positive tests (+23,135).

The state has reported 9,759 total confirmed deaths from COVID-19, including 257 new deaths since Dec. 22. Another 1,020 probable deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia also were reported Tuesday.

More than 41,400 people have been admitted to Georgia hospitals for COVID-19 treatment since the health crisis began, and 7,322 of those patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

According to statistics posted by the DPH Tuesday, a total of 5,281,282 molecular tests for active infections have been performed at drive-thru sites and facilities statewide, with a current positive rate of 10 percent.***

A total of 400,939 serology tests for antibodies from previous infections have been performed statewide, with an 11.3 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’s neighboring counties (since Dec. 22):

Cases and deaths are cumulative.

Carroll County – 5,158 confirmed cases (+212), 2,264 antigen positive cases (+159), 95 confirmed deaths (+3) and 21 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 255 (+8).

Fayette County – 3,678 confirmed cases (+268), 976 antigen positive cases (+76), 69 confirmed deaths (+4) and 4 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 173 (+5).

Fulton County – 49,907 confirmed cases (+3,241), 5,648 antigen positive cases (+454), 732 confirmed deaths (+14) and 50 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 3,276 (+77).

Heard County – 412 confirmed cases (+21), 161 antigen positive cases (+15) and 10 confirmed deaths (+1). Hospitalizations: 25 (+1).

Meriwether County – 823 confirmed cases (+62), 238 antigen positive tests (+19) and 20 confirmed deaths (+1). Hospitalizations: 92 (+3).

Spalding County – 2,525 confirmed cases (+149), 1,041 antigen positive cases (+223), 86 confirmed deaths (+3) and 12 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 293 (+24).

Troup County – 3,954 confirmed cases (+164), 954 antigen positive cases (+76), 121 confirmed deaths and 6 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 396 (+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 80 million people have been sickened by COVID-19 in 235 countries, areas and territories, and nearly 1.8 million have died, according to the WHO.

More than 332,800 COVID-19-related deaths and more than 19 million confirmed infections have been reported in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 145,959 new cases and 1,345 new deaths between Monday and Tuesday.

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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

19 – 4,473 cases, 72 deaths

20 – 4,570 cases, 72 deaths

21 – 4,616 cases, 72 deaths

22 – 4,686 cases, 72 deaths

23 – 4,763 cases, 73 deaths

24 – 4,848 cases, 75 deaths

25 – 4,901 cases, 77 deaths

26 – 4,931 cases, 77 deaths

27 – 4,961 cases, 77 deaths

28 – 4,974 cases, 77 deaths

29 – 5,056 cases, 77 deaths

(To date: 1,403 new cases, 9 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.