1,484 New Cases, 29 Deaths Reported Saturday

ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 322,078 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. According to the health department’s website, that includes 1,484 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.

Georgia also reported 7,134 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 29 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 28,924 hospitalizations — 133 more than the day before — and 5,354 admissions so far to intensive-care units.

No information is available from Georgia about how many patients have recovered.

Counties in or near metro Atlanta and other metropolitan areas continue to have the highest number of positives, with Fulton County still in the lead.

  1. Fulton County: 27,994 cases — 139 new

  2. Gwinnett County: 27,986 cases — 142 new

  3. Cobb County: 19,968 cases — 96 new

  4. DeKalb County: 19,084 cases — 54 new

  5. Hall County: 9,617 cases — 50 new

  6. Chatham County: 8,646 — 50 new

  7. Richmond County: 7,245 — 25 new

  8. Clayton County: 7,159 — 38 new

  9. Cherokee County: 6,218 — 33 new

  10. Bibb County: 6,128 — 13 new

Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19.

  1. Fulton County: 579 deaths

  2. Cobb County: 429 deaths

  3. Gwinnett County: 414 deaths — 2 new

  4. DeKalb County: 371 deaths

  5. Dougherty County: 188 deaths — 1 new

  6. Bibb County: 177 deaths — 2 new

  7. Muscogee County: 170 deaths

  8. Chatham County: 167 deaths — 1 new

  9. Richmond County: 166 deaths

  10. Clayton County: 162 deaths

As of Saturday, Georgia has administered more than 3.3 million COVID-19 tests, with about 9 percent of those tests the less reliable ones used to detect antibodies.

For the more reliable test for the virus itself, 10.1 percent of tests came back positive. For the less reliable test for antibodies, 8.4 percent came back positive. The overall positive rate was about 10 percent.

As more Georgians were tested over the last month, the percentage of positive tests inched upward from about 8 percent to more than 10 percent. However, over the last few weeks, the percentage of positives has stabilized at about 10 percent. According to the World Health Organization, positive test results should no more than 5 percent for two weeks before reopening for business as usual. Georgia largely reopened for business in April and May, and since then Gov. Brian Kemp has promoted the use of face masks but has steadfastly refused to mandate them.

All Georgia statistics are available on the state’s COVID-19 website.

Globally, more than 34.7 million people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 1 million people have died from it, Johns Hopkins University reported Saturday.

In the United States, more than 7.3 million people have been infected and more than 209,000 people have died from COVID-19 as of Saturday. The U.S. has only about 4 percent of the world’s population but more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country.

This article originally appeared on the Dallas-Hiram Patch

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