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Coweta COVID-19 cases surge past 6000


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  • Jan. 13, 2021 - 6:54 AM

Coweta COVID-19 cases surge past 6000

The Newnan Times-Herald

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Coweta rose to 6,079 Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, with 507 new cases confirmed since Jan. 6.

Coweta also has reported a total of 3,544 antigen positive* tests, up 322 since Jan. 6. 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.

Eighty-four Cowetans have died of the disease, including four 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 227 (+7), and the confirmed case rate per 100,000 Cowetans is now 3,999 (+334).

Across Georgia, the DPH reported a total of 648,694 confirmed cases on Tuesday – up 51,486 since Jan. 6 – and a total of 124,998 antigen positive tests (+16,052).

The state has reported 10,444 total confirmed deaths from COVID-19, including 478 new deaths since Jan. 6. Another 1,218 probable deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia also were reported Tuesday.

More than 45,000 people have been admitted to Georgia hospitals for COVID-19 treatment since the health crisis began, and 7,799 of those patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

According to statistics posted by the DPH Tuesday, a total of 5,737,862 molecular tests for active infections have been performed at drive-thru sites and facilities statewide, with a current positive rate of 10.7 percent.***

A total of 416,089 serology tests for antibodies from previous infections have been performed statewide, with an 12 percent positive rate. Screen-Shot-2021-01-13-at-6.53.33-AM.png?mtime=20210113065405#asset:56991


*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. 11

Total students: 22,181

Self-identified positive: 18

Self-identified positive (Jan. 4-7): 33

Quarantined or isolated (Jan. 4-7): 1,092

Total staff: 3,052

Self-identified positive: 13

Self-identified positive (Jan. 4-7): 29

Quarantined or isolated (Jan. 4-7): 169

Coweta’s neighboring counties (since Jan. 6):

Cases and deaths are cumulative.

Carroll County – 5,734 confirmed cases (+324), 2,655 antigen positive cases (+174), 99 confirmed deaths (+1) and 38 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 264 (+7).

Fayette County – 4,366 confirmed cases (+389), 1,274 antigen positive cases (+147), 75 confirmed deaths (+4) and 7 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 184 (+3).

Fulton County – 58,685 confirmed cases (+5,010), 7,034 antigen positive cases (+710), 773 confirmed deaths (+29) and 52 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 3,511 (+166).

Heard County – 467 confirmed cases (+32), 176 antigen positive cases (+7), 11 confirmed deaths (+1) and 1 probable death. Hospitalizations: 29 (+1).

Meriwether County – 1,020 confirmed cases (+104), 317 antigen positive tests (+51) and 21 confirmed deaths (+1). Hospitalizations: 98 (+3).

Spalding County – 2,906 confirmed cases (+221), 1,394 antigen positive cases (+155), 93 confirmed deaths (+25) and 13 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 317 (+15).

Troup County – 4,501 confirmed cases (+336), 1,171 antigen positive cases (+77), 125 confirmed deaths (+3) and 8 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 408 (+8).

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 89 million people have been sickened by COVID-19 in 235 countries, areas and territories, and more than 1.94 million have died, according to the WHO.

More than 375,000 COVID-19-related deaths and more than 22.5 million confirmed infections have been reported in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 199,793 new cases and 1,957 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: 1,620 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

(To date: 806 new cases, 6 new deaths)