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12 deaths, nearly 1,000 new cases in first half of January


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  • Jan. 19, 2021 - 7:59 AM

12 deaths, nearly 1,000 new cases in first half of January

The Newnan Times-Herald

Halfway through the first month of the new year, Coweta County has reported a dozen new deaths and nearly 1,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Coweta rose to 6,271 Friday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, with 509 new cases confirmed since Jan. 8. From Jan. 1-15, 998 new cases have been confirmed in Coweta.

Coweta also has reported a total of 3,684 antigen positive* tests, up 312 since Jan. 8. 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.

Ninety Cowetans have died of the disease, including nine new deaths since Jan. 8. According to the DPH, there are another six probable deaths** from COVID-19 as of Friday’s report.

Hospitalizations are at 232 (+7), and the confirmed case rate per 100,000 Cowetans is now 4,125 (+335).

Across Georgia, the DPH reported a total of 597,208 confirmed cases on Friday – up 23,039 since Tuesday – and a total of 108,946 antigen positive tests (+7,733).

The state has reported 10,878 total confirmed deaths from COVID-19, including 698 new deaths since Jan. 8. Another 1,260 probable deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia also were reported Tuesday.

More than 46,000 people have been admitted to Georgia hospitals for COVID-19 treatment since the health crisis began, and 7,919 of those patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

According to statistics posted by the DPH Friday, a total of 5,844,021 molecular tests for active infections have been performed at drive-thru sites and facilities statewide, with a current positive rate of 10.8 percent.***

A total of 421,324 serology tests for antibodies from previous infections have been performed statewide, with an 12.3 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 County School System

Most recent data, updated Jan. 8

Total students: 22,181

Self-identified positive: 6

Self-identified positive (Jan. 8-14): 61

Quarantined or isolated (Jan. 8-14): 1,603

Total staff: 3,052

Self-identified positive: 1

Self-identified positive (Jan. 8-14): 27

Quarantined or isolated (Jan. 8-14): 287

Coweta’s neighboring counties (since Jan. 8):

Cases and deaths are cumulative.

Carroll County – 5,853 confirmed cases (+304), 2,767 antigen positive cases (+194), 101 (+4) confirmed deaths and 40 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 265 (+6).

Fayette County – 4,505 confirmed cases (+354), 1,349 antigen positive cases (+159), 81 confirmed deaths (+8) and 7 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 186 (+5.

Fulton County – 60,380 confirmed cases (+4,349), 7,454 antigen positive cases (+789), 808 confirmed deaths (+49) and 51 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 3,565 (+127).

Heard County – 478 confirmed cases (+29), 180 antigen positive cases (+6), 12 confirmed deaths (+2) and 1 probable death. Hospitalizations: 31 (+2).

Meriwether County – 1,055 confirmed cases (+90), 329 antigen positive tests (+37), 22 confirmed deaths (+2) and 1 probable death. Hospitalizations: 101 (+4).

Spalding County – 2,971 confirmed cases (+199), 1,465 antigen positive cases (+179), 97 confirmed deaths (+8) and 15 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 322 (+12).

Troup County – 4,642 confirmed cases (+318), 1,211 antigen positive cases (+78), 131 confirmed deaths (+7) and 11 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 410 (+5).

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 91.8 million people have been sickened by COVID-19 in 235 countries, areas and territories, and more than 1.9 million have died, according to the WHO.

More than 387,000 COVID-19-related deaths and more than 23 million confirmed infections have been reported in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 227,746 new cases and 3,904 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: 1,620 new cases, 10 new deaths

JANUARY 2021

1 – 5,370 cases, 78 deaths

2 – 5,426 cases, 78 deaths

3 – 5,506 cases, 78 deaths

4 – 5,533 cases, 78 deaths

5 – 5,572 cases, 80 deaths

6 – 5,619 cases, 81 deaths

7 – 5,679 cases, 81 deaths

8 – 5,762 cases, 81 deaths

9 – 5,883 cases, 82 deaths

10 – 5,973 cases, 82 deaths

11 – 6,036 cases, 82 deaths

12 – 6,079 cases, 84 deaths

13 – 6,136 cases, 86 deaths

14 – 6,201 cases, 87 deaths

15 – 6,271 cases, 90 deaths

(To date: 998 new cases, 12 new deaths)