Coweta County’s COVID-19 cases rose to 12,385 Tuesday, with 158 new infections confirmed since Sept. 28.
There were 289 total deaths in Coweta as of Tuesday, with 11 new deaths reported in the past week. According to the DPH, there are another 24 probable deaths** from COVID-19 as of Tuesday’s report, and hospitalizations are at 727 (+26).
Coweta also has reported a total of 7,892 antigen positive* tests, up 79 since Sept. 28. 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.
Across Georgia, the DPH reported a total of 1,234,381 confirmed cases on Tuesday – 18,342 since Sept. 28 – and a total of 358,352 antigen positive tests (+4,986).
The state has reported 22,920 total confirmed deaths from COVID-19, including 692 new deaths since Sept. 28. Another 3,705 probable deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia also were reported Tuesday.
A total of 81,885 people have been admitted to Georgia hospitals for COVID-19 treatment since the health crisis began, and 12,944 of those patients have been admitted to intensive care units.
According to statistics posted by the DPH Tuesday, a total of 11,717,894 molecular tests for active infections have been performed at drive-thru sites and facilities statewide, with a current positive rate of 10.5 percent.***
A total of 639,131 serology tests for antibodies from previous infections have been performed statewide, with a 25.8 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 September 28):
Cases and deaths are cumulative.
Carroll County – 9,819 confirmed cases (+83), 6,268 antigen positive cases (+53), 146 confirmed deaths (+1) and 143 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 378 (+2).
Fayette County – 9,457 confirmed cases (+95), 3,357 antigen positive cases (+38), 192 confirmed deaths (+7) and 21 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 551 (+22).
Fulton County – 108,816 confirmed cases (+1,647), 20,124 antigen positive cases (+190), 1,539 confirmed deaths (+28) and 120 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 6,837 (+173).
Heard County – 1,022 confirmed cases (+6), 429 antigen positive cases (+3), 23 confirmed deaths and 9 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 62 (+3).
Meriwether County – 2,151 confirmed cases (+24), 765 antigen positive tests (+9), 89 confirmed deaths (+3) and 14 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 210 (+3).
Spalding County – 6,594 confirmed cases (+96), 3,456 antigen positive cases (+24), 214 confirmed deaths (+6) and 40 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 602 (+7).
Troup County – 8,399 confirmed cases (+48), 2,269 antigen positive cases (+30), 245 confirmed deaths (+4) and 45 probable deaths. Hospitalizations: 625 (+4).
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 235 million people have been sickened by COVID-19 in 235 countries, areas and territories, and more than 4.8 million have died, according to the WHO.
More than 702,000 COVID-19-related deaths and more than 43 million confirmed infections have been reported in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 71,127 new cases and 1,032 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 2021: 886 new cases, 41 new deaths
MARCH 2021: 354 new cases, 29 new deaths
APRIL 2021: 247 new cases, 25 new deaths
MAY 2021: 171 new cases, 4 new deaths
JUNE 2021: 70 new cases, 7 new deaths
JULY 2021: 211 new cases, 5 new deaths
AUGUST 2021: 1,626 new cases, 13 new deaths
SEPTEMBER 2021: 1,558 new cases, 46 new deaths
1 – 12,305 cases, 285 deaths
4 – 12,369 cases, 288 deaths
5 – 12,385 cases, 289 deaths
(To date: 92 new cases, 8 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.