The total number of COVID-19 cases in Coweta rose to 8,063 Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, with 242 new cases confirmed since Feb. 23.
Coweta also has reported a total of 4,785 antigen positive* tests, up 217 since Feb. 23. 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.
According to the DPH, 151 Cowetans are confirmed dead of the disease, including six in the past week. There are another 12 probable deaths** from COVID-19 as of Tuesday’s report.
Hospitalizations are at 283 (+12), and the confirmed case rate per 100,000 Cowetans is now 5,304 (+159).
Across Georgia, the DPH reported a total of 808,416 confirmed cases on Tuesday – up 14,067 since Feb. 23 – and a total of 182,405 antigen positive tests (+7,052).
The state has reported 15,209 total confirmed deaths from COVID-19, including 448 new deaths since Feb. 23. Another 2,271 probable deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia also were reported Tuesday.
More than 56,000 people have been admitted to Georgia hospitals for COVID-19 treatment since the health crisis began, and 9,148 of those patients have been admitted to intensive care units.
According to statistics posted by the DPH Tuesday, a total of 7,234,444 molecular tests for active infections have been performed at drive-thru sites and facilities statewide, with a current positive rate of 11 percent.***
A total of 470,774 serology tests for antibodies from previous infections have been performed statewide, with an 15.9 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 March 1
Total students: 22,181
Self-identified positive: 5
Self-identified positive (Feb. 19-26): 50
Quarantined or isolated (Feb. 19-26): 1,507
Total staff: 3,052
Self-identified positive: 1
Self-identified positive (Feb. 19-26): 5
Quarantined or isolated (Feb. 19-26): 191
Coweta’s neighboring counties (since Feb. 23):
Cases and deaths are cumulative.
Carroll County – 7,008 confirmed cases (+90), 3,568 antigen positive cases (+68), 124 confirmed deaths (+7) and 91 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 291 (+4).
Fayette County – 6,164 confirmed cases (+283), 1,959 antigen positive cases (+72), 129 confirmed deaths (+3) and 14 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 223 (+6).
Fulton County – 74,684 confirmed cases (+1,348), 11,506 antigen positive cases (+888), 1,059 confirmed deaths (+39) and 74 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 4,240 (+102).
Heard County – 596 confirmed cases (+5), 210 antigen positive cases (+12), 13 confirmed deaths and 3 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 37.
Meriwether County – 1,430 confirmed cases (+20), 431 antigen positive tests (+12), 53 confirmed deaths (+8) and 8 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 124.
Spalding County – 3,639 confirmed cases (+70), 1,938 antigen positive cases (+64), 130 confirmed deaths (+5) and 29 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 388 (+9).
Troup County – 5,566 confirmed cases (+87), 1,451 antigen positive cases (+32), 162 confirmed deaths (+2) and 34 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 457 (+7).
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, nearly 114 million people have been sickened by COVID-19 in 235 countries, areas and territories, and more than 2.5 million have died, according to the WHO.
More than 511 COVID-19-related deaths and more 28 million confirmed infections have been reported in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 50,505 new cases and 1,062 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
DECEMBER 2020: 1,620 new cases, 10 new deaths
JANUARY 2021: 1,866 new cases, 31 new deaths
FEBRUARY: 886 new cases, 41 new deaths
1 – 8,044 cases, 151 deaths
2 – 8,063 cases, 151 deaths
(To date: 38 new cases, 1 new death)