Coweta County’s COVID-19 cases rose to 8,425 Friday, with 53 new infections confirmed since March 26.
There were 181 total deaths in Coweta as of Friday, with two new deaths reported in the past week. According to the DPH, there are another 12 probable deaths** from COVID-19 as of Friday’s report.
Coweta also has reported a total of 5,178 antigen positive* tests, up 35 since March 26. 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.
Hospitalizations are at 316 (+9), and the confirmed case rate per 100,000 Cowetans is now 5,542 (+35).
Across Georgia, the DPH reported a total of 854,416 confirmed cases on Friday – up 6,611 since March 26 – and a total of 208,139 antigen positive tests (+2,924).
The state has reported 16,727 total confirmed deaths from COVID-19, including 310 new deaths since March 26. Another 2,449 probable deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia also were reported Friday.
More than 59,000 people have been admitted to Georgia hospitals for COVID-19 treatment since the health crisis began, and 9,652 of those patients have been admitted to intensive care units.
According to statistics posted by the DPH Friday, a total of 7,836,444 molecular tests for active infections have been performed at drive-thru sites and facilities statewide, with a current positive rate of 10.6 percent.***
A total of 498,042 serology tests for antibodies from previous infections have been performed statewide, with a 17.3 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
Coweta County Schools have been closed since Friday, March 26 because of damage from the tornado. All Coweta schools will remain closed until April 12, when Coweta County School System students and staff are expected to return from spring break.
Coweta’s neighboring counties (since March 26):
Cases and deaths are cumulative.
Carroll County – 7,258 confirmed cases (+86), 3,729 antigen positive cases (+36), 129 confirmed deaths (+1) and 99 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 303.
Fayette County – 6,428 confirmed cases (+40), 2,122 antigen positive cases (+21), 142 confirmed deaths (+1) and 15 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 245 (+5).
Fulton County – 78,688 confirmed cases (+811), 13,393 antigen positive cases (+268), 1,201 confirmed deaths (+29) and 82 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 4,559 (+70).
Heard County – 613 confirmed cases (+3), 218 antigen positive cases (+1), 15 confirmed deaths and 3 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 41 (+2).
Meriwether County – 1,475 confirmed cases (+11), 447 antigen positive tests (+5), 68 confirmed deaths (+4) and 11 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 128 (+1).
Spalding County – 3,870 confirmed cases (+42), 2,074 antigen positive cases (+14), 149 confirmed deaths (+3) and 33 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 411 (+5).
Troup County – 5,792 confirmed cases (+62), 1,487 antigen positive cases (+7), 178 confirmed deaths (+8) and 37 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 481 (+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 129 million people have been sickened by COVID-19 in 235 countries, areas and territories, and more than 2.8 million have died, according to the WHO.
More than 550,000 COVID-19-related deaths and more than 30 million confirmed infections have been reported in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 74,912 new cases and 907 new deaths between Thursday and Friday.
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 2021: 886 new cases, 41 new deaths
MARCH 2021: 354 new cases, 29 new deaths
1 – 8,409 cases, 181 deaths
2 – 8,425 cases, 181 deaths
(To date: 27 new cases, 1 new death)