Pairing service dogs with disabled veterans is goal of fitness challenge event this month | Local News

Hi! My name is Zero Suit Samus (or Samus for short), and I’m an energetic pitbull mix who needs some love. And I really mean that. I need a family who will cuddle with me because your penalty for not giving me cuddles is to hear the cry of my people. My foster dad says that based on my crying, I must have descended from pterodactyls, but that’s silly because pterodactyls don’t even like peanut butter. And I looove peanut butter. And treats. And strawberries. And watermelon. And anything, really. Honestly kid, if you give me your salad, I’ll eat it. Don’t want your broccoli? I’ll take care of your problem. See that toy? It’s in my stomach now. See that puke? Well, you can have your toy back.

Like all superdogs, I have an origin story: I ran across the highway and caused a 4-car pileup that I ended up underneath. It wasn’t my best choice, but it’s still a better love story than “Twilight.” I have to take daily medication now, or else I have pretty severe seizures. But I like to think of my epilepsy as my unbridled superpower that the world just isn’t ready for yet.

I’m a Tulsa native, but I’m still not a fan of the Bermuda grass around here – I get allergies in the summer, so that’s something you should know. Despite this, I still love running and rolling in the grass, and if you toss me a ball, I can jump and catch it in mid-air even when it’s 6-feet high. I’m not exaggerating. (Pterodactyl dogs never exaggerate.) And would you mind spraying me with a hose once in a while? I love playing in water, especially when it’s coming out of a tiny hose at jet-like speeds.

But if you have another dog in the home, then forget about it because I’m a single-dog dog. A lone wolf. A rebel. I will not share my toys, I will not share my food, and I will not share my family. I do just fine around other dogs in general, but once you introduce toys or food, then I get very territorial. Can we agree that I’ll be your only one?

By the way, I love kids. I don’t have these problems with other humans, so don’t worry about bringing me home to your young ones. I am loyal to the bone. Don’t believe me? Try going for a jog with me. I will keep pace with you the entire time, just running by your hip. Need me to lick the sweat off your face after an especially hot run? Baby, that’s what I’m about. I’m a good dog. My foster family says so, too. I will take care of you if you let me. I’m eager to learn, I don’t catch coronaviruses, and I’m housebroken. I won’t poop in your Cheerios. Unless that’s one of your commands, but why would it be? Don’t want your Cheerios? Just let me have them

New Cases Above 1,000 For Second Straight Day In Virginia

VIRGINIA — On Sunday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,067 new coronavirus cases, the second day of cases being above 1,000 since Sept. 18. The seven-day average of new cases has been below 1,000 since Sept. 18 and now stands at 818. The cumulative numbers of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia stand at 151,870 cases, 11,221 hospitalizations and 3,273 deaths.

The northern region led the state Sunday with 268 new cases, followed by the southwest region with 242 cases, eastern region with 237, central region with 184, and northwest region with 136.

However, data on positive rates of tests shows Northern Virginia has the lowest average. The seven-day averages of PCR tests by region are 6.2 percent in the southwest region, 5 percent in the northwest region, 4.7 percent in the eastern region, 4.4 percent in the central region. 4.2 percent in the northern region. Statewide, the positive average is 4.8 percent and 2,127,394 PCR tests have been completed, up 13,516 tests from Saturday.

Looking at VDH’s new Pandemic Metrics dashboard, Northern Virginia’s community transmission extent for the week ending on Sept. 26 was low with a decreasing trend. In the near southwest region, the community transmission is considered “substantial” but also with a decreasing trend. The far southwest, central, northwest and eastern regions have moderate community transmission, according to the weekly data.

COVID-19 hospitalizations stand at 877 statewide. That includes 229 in the central region, 197 in the eastern region, 189 in the northern region, 161 in the southwest region, and 101 in the northwest region. According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, 17,848 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals.

The current hospitalizations, as of Sunday, include 197 in the intensive care units and 98 on ventilators. Ventilator use stands at 20 percent among all Virginia hospital patients, and ICU occupancy is at 73 percent. There are no hospitals reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment in the next 72 hours.

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area between Saturday and Sunday:

  • Alexandria: 3,912 cases, 326 hospitalizations, 70 deaths; increase of 19 cases

  • Arlington County: 4,045 cases, 505 hospitalizations, 151 deaths; increase of 19 cases

  • Fairfax County: 21,282 cases, 2,178 hospitalizations, 590 deaths; increase of 106 cases and two hospitalizations

  • Fairfax City: 139 cases, 14 hospitalizations, eight deaths; increase of two cases

  • Falls Church: 72 cases, 13 hospitalizations, seven deaths; no changes

  • Loudoun County: 6,985 cases, 437 hospitalizations, 126 deaths; increase of 31 cases

  • Manassas: 1,947 cases, 130 hospitalizations, 24 deaths; increase of 11 cases

  • Manassas Park: 616 cases, 55 hospitalizations, eight deaths; increase of three cases

  • Prince William County: 12,744 cases, 924 hospitalizations, 209 deaths; increase of 77 cases and one hospitalization

  • Fredericksburg: 552 cases, 49 hospitalizations, five deaths; increase of two cases

  • Spotsylvania County: 2,187 cases, 136 hospitalizations, 46 deaths; increase of 10 cases

  • Stafford County: 2,065 cases, 161 hospitalizations, 17 deaths; increase of seven cases


This article originally appeared on the Old Town Alexandria Patch


Doctors Say Trump Case of COVID-19 Likely Severe | Top News

By Deena Beasley and Michael Erman

(Reuters) – Doctors not involved in treating President Donald Trump for COVID-19 said the fact that he has been started on dexamethasone – a generic steroid widely used in other diseases to reduce inflammation – is evidence his case is severe.

Trump’s medical team on Sunday said the president was started on the steroid after experiencing low oxygen levels, but his condition was improving and he could be discharged from the hospital on Monday.

“What I heard in the news conference description suggested the President has more severe illness than the generally upbeat picture painted,” said Dr. Daniel McQuillen, an infectious disease specialist at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.

The Infectious Disease Society of America says dexamethasone is beneficial in people with critical or severe COVID-19 who require extra oxygen. But studies show that the drug is not helpful – and may even be harmful – in people with a milder case of the illness.

Doctors who have been treating COVID-19 patients for months said Trump, who surprised cheering supporters outside the hospital by riding past in a motorcade Sunday evening, could still be discharged from the hospital. Trump returned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the short trip. [L1N2GV0B3]

“He’s not going to go to a home where there’s no medical care. There’s basically a hospital in the White House,” said Dr. Walid Gellad, professor of medicine at University of Pittsburgh.

Trump, 74, was flown to the hospital on Friday hours after announcing that he had tested positive for coronavirus infection. While at the White House, the president was given an infusion of an experimental antibody treatment from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals that is being studied for early infections. On Saturday, the president was started on a five-day course of intravenous antiviral drug remdesivir, which is sold by Gilead Sciences.

If Trump no longer requires supplemental oxygen and is able to return to his normal activities, his doctors could discharge him from the hospital, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University.

“The biggest question would be is there a risk of deterioration, or is he on a good trajectory?” he said.

COVID-19 is often characterized as having two phases – the viral infection itself and in some cases an overreaction of the body’s immune system that can cause organ damage. “People sort of putter along for up to a week …then everything goes downhill very quickly,” said Dr. Stuart Cohen, chief of infectious disease at California’s UC Davis Health. “It is always hard to predict who that is going to happen in.”

Doctors said COVID-19 patients who have had a good response to treatment can leave the hospital relatively quickly, but they will still need to be closely monitored.

“Some people with COVID-19 develop worsening symptoms, shortness of breath and other complications about a week after they first develop symptoms,” said Dr. Rajesh Gandhi, an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


Palliative medicine and dying with dignity

Sir, – As individuals and members of the Irish Palliative Medicine Consultants’ Association (IPMCA), we are gravely concerned by any proposal to legislate for assisted suicide and euthanasia in Ireland.

Based on our collective experience over many decades of providing specialist care to thousands of individuals in Ireland and their families each year, we have closely observed the experiences of people who have lived and are living with serious illness.

The threats of the proposed Bill to healthcare in Ireland, to the true meaning of the doctor-patient relationship and to the future of what we know compassionate and supportive specialist palliative care to be are many. We worry about the impact on people who already struggle to have their voices heard in our society – older adults, the disabled, those with mental illness and others. We worry that the most vulnerable are those who may be made to feel a burden to their families and come under pressure to end their lives prematurely.

Our experiences tell us that many in our society don’t really know what dying is like, or how rare it is that severe pain cannot be controlled. Most people do not see that within the easing of physical, psychological or spiritual distress and addressing people’s fears, hopes, sadness and loss, the goal of palliative care remains to enhance the living of each life which often transforms the experiences of living, dying and bereavement for individual patients and their families.

We are convinced that as dying with dignity is already present within healthcare in Ireland, no change to our current laws is required. – Yours, etc,


Consultant Physician

in Palliative Medicine,

Limerick and

Chairman of the Irish

Palliative Medicine

Consultants’ Association;


Clinical Professor

of Palliative Medicine,

University College Cork;


Consultant in Palliative


St Luke’s Hospital,

Dublin 6;


Consultant Physician

in Palliative Medicine,

Our Lady’s Hospice

and Care Services and

St James’s Hospital,

Dublin 8,


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UCD Clinical Professor,

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Consultant in Palliative


University Hospital



Consultant in Palliative


St Francis Hospice

Blanchardstown and

Connolly Hospital,

Dublin 15;


Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine,

UL Hospitals Group and

Milford Care Centre, Limerick;


Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare,

Kerry Specialist

Palliative Care Services,

University Hospital Kerry;


Consultant in Palliative Medicine

North West Hospice,

Sligo University Hospital;


Consultant Physician

in Palliative Medicine,

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer,

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,

Louth & Meath Specialist Palliative

Care Services,

Dóchas Centre,

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital,



Consultant in Palliative Medicine ,

Beaumont Hospital,

and St Francis Hospice, Raheny;



Locum Consultant

in Palliative Medicine,

Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services,

and St James’s Hospital, Dublin;


Consultant in Palliative Medicine,

Tallaght University Hospital;


Clinical Lecturer

The Latest: Trump Leaves Hospital in Car to Greet Supporters | Political News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on coronavirus infections hitting President Donald Trump and others in his circle (all times EDT):

President Donald Trump briefly left the military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19, riding in a vehicle to greet supporters gathered outside.

Trump departed the hospital in an armored SUV and remained in the vehicle as he drove past a flag-waving and cheering crowd outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Trump teased his surprise departure in a brief video posted to his Twitter page.

“I also think we’re going to pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have out on the street,” he said, after thanking the doctors at the facility.

Trump did not alert the pool of reporters who are supposed to travel with him before leaving the hospital.

More than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, in which he has faced bipartisan criticism for playing down the disease, Trump said in the video that he had “learned a lot” about the virus getting it himself.

“I learned it by really going to school,” he said. “This is the real school, this isn’t the ‘let’s read the books’ school. And I get it and I understand it. And it’s a very interesting thing.”

State and county officials in New Jersey are contacting more than 200 people who were at President Donald Trump’s Bedminster golf club for Thursday’s campaign fundraiser and asking them to monitor for possible coronavirus symptoms.

If they were in close contact with the president or his staff, they are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. Officials recommend waiting five to seven days from the event to get a COVID-19 test to prevent false negatives.

Trump announced early Friday that he and his wife had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. According to a statement issued Sunday, the White House sent the New Jersey officials a list of 206 attendees.

Meanwhile, Somerset County officials are contacting employees who worked the event, most of whom live in the county.

State and county officials said the federal government is also conducting contact tracing.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that a full contact tracing, consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was completed for the president’s Bedminster trip. Trump did not have any interactions with Bedminster staff or guests that would be considered to be “close” based on the guidelines, Deere said.

All White House staff considered to be in close contact during the trip have been identified, contacted and recommended to quarantine, Deere said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the doctors treating President Donald Trump for the coronavirus must provide trustworthy information to the public.

Pelosi said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation”: “We need to have trust that what they’re telling us about the President’s condition is real.”

Her interview aired before the president’s medical team held a news conference at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is receiving

What is Trump’s medicine Remdesivir and is the drug used in the UK?

President Donald Trump has been taken to a military hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened and is being treated with the anti-viral drug Remdesivir.

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Trump revealed via Twitter yesterday that he and first-lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for the virus after they took a test following the announcement that senior aid Hope Hicks had contracted covid.

On Friday night, he communicated on Twitter for the first time while in hospital, saying: “Going well, i think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”

Commentators have noted that it remains rare for a president to stay overnight in hospital, given the extensive medical facilities available in The White House.

White House physician, Dr Sean Conley, said that the president was “fatigued but in good spirits.”

In a follow up, Mr Conley said that Trump was “doing very well [and] not requiring any supplemental oxygen.”

He added that the president is being treated with the anti-viral drug Remdesivir, used in the US to shorten patient’s hospital stays.

The drug was created in 2009 by Gilead Sciences Inc and was originally proposed for treating hepatitis C, however scientists incidentally discovered that Remdesivir was effective for treating many other viral infections.

In 2014, the drug was studied as a possible treatment for ebola and found to be useful against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) as well as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Both viruses are structurally similar to Covid-19.

However, studies on the drug have only been carried on test tubes and animals and no human trials have ever taken place with Gilead maintaining that Remdesivir is an “experimental medicine that does not have established safety or efficacy for the treatment of any condition.”

Subsequently, scientific experts have warned that Remdesivir is no “silver bullet” and its effectiveness is widely debated.

A Chinese study, recently published in The Lancet, found the drug did not improve recover time or reduce mortality risk when it was tested on patients in comparison with a placebo.

However, a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine in April, found that the drug shortened recovery time by four days, from 15 to 11.

The drug was first approved as an effective means to treat covid symptoms in May 2020 and in the US Remdesivir is given to patients with severe and prolonged symptoms, from 10 days onwards.

Meanwhile in the UK, health officials announced that it would only be available to “selected NHS patients.”

The Department of Health said in a statement: “The drug will be used in adults and adolescents hospitalised with severe Covid-19 infection who meet clinical criteria suggesting they have the greatest likelihood of benefitting.”

Other countries that have approved the drug for use against Covid-19 include Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Singapore and Australia.

Earlier this month, it was reported that India and Pakisran have ramped up their Remdesivir production after signing licensing agreements with Gilead.

The Trump administration stockpiled the drug in July, buying up 500,000 doses from

Trump Makes a ‘Little Surprise Visit’ Outside Walter Reed on Day 3 of His Coronavirus Hospitalization

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President Donald Trump temporarily left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to wave at his supporters on Sunday, which was day 3 of his coronavirus hospitalization.

Possibly concerned about optics and taking publicity matters into his own hands, Trump, who was wearing a black face mask, was driven by his presidential motorcade in front of the D.C. hospital. Waving his bare hand from one of the black SUVs, Trump, 74, greeted the crowds of people who were waving “Make America Great Again” flags and posters.

Minutes prior to Sunday’s unannounced car ride, Trump tweeted another video from the hospital. “We’re getting great reports from the doctors. This is an incredible hospital, Walter Reed. The work they do is absolutely amazing. I want to thank them all, the nurses, doctors. I’ve also got to meet some of the soldiers and what a group,” he began.

“I also think we’re going to pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots we have out on the street and they’ve been out there for a long time. They have Trump flags and they love our country, so I’m not telling anybody but you, but I’m about to make a little surprise visit,” he said.

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Speaking about his coronavirus diagnosis, which he publicly revealed early Friday morning, the president, who was given three drugs — dexamethasone, Regeneron’s antibody treatment and remdesivir — during his stay so far, said: “It’s been a very interesting journey.”

“I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school, this is the real school. This isn’t the let’s-read-the-book-school. And I get it,” Trump said. “I understand it. It’s a very interesting thing, I’ll be letting you know about it.”

After his short drive, Trump returned to his presidential suite. “President Trump took a short, last-minute motorcade ride to wave to his supporters outside and has now returned to the Presidential Suite inside Walter Reed,” said Judd Deere, the president’s deputy assistant.

After Trump’s drive-by greeting, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that the president’s “first positive test” was after attending a fundraiser at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday.

RELATED: Trump’s Doctor Admits to Omitting Details of President’s Condition: ‘Was Trying to Reflect Upbeat Attitude’

Earlier in the day, Trump’s team of

Trump leaves hospital briefly to greet supporters outside

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump declared, “I get it,” in a message to the nation Sunday evening before briefly leaving the hospital to greet cheering supporters from his motorcade, a surprising move that suggested that his health — and his understanding of the coronavirus — may be improving.

Hours earlier, the president’s medical team confirmed that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days. But they also said he could be discharged as early as Monday.

“It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID,” Trump said, standing in his hospital room in a video posted on social media. “I learned it by really going to school.”

He added, “I get it, and I understand it.”

At least one medical professional inside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where Trump has been hospitalized since Friday evening, questioned whether Trump had really learned anything.

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity,” Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Trump’s doctors revealed they gave the president a steroid treatment typically only recommended for the very sick. But they sidestepped questions about exactly when Trump’s blood oxygen dropped — an episode they neglected to mention in multiple statements the day before — or whether lung scans showed any damage.

It was the second straight day of confusion and obfuscation from a White House already suffering from a credibility crisis. And it raised questions about whether the doctors treating the president were sharing accurate, timely information with the American public about the severity of him condition.

Pressed about conflicting information he and the White House released on Saturday, Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley acknowledged that he had tried to present a rosy description of the president’s condition.

“I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude of the team, that the president, that his course of illness has had. Didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction,” Conley said. “And in doing so, came off like we’re trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true. The fact of the matter is that he’s doing really well.”

The briefing outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center lasted just 10 minutes.

Medical experts said Conley’s revelations raised new questions about how ill the president was and are hard to square with the doctor’s upbeat assessment and talk of a discharge.

“There’s a little bit of a disconnect,” said Dr. Steven Shapiro, chief medical and scientific officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Blood oxygen saturation is a key health marker for COVID-19

Trump’s medical team briefing reveals things are worse than we knew

Here’s what we learned from the latest briefing.

Trump given steroid, a worrying sign

As a determination of the team based predominantly on the timeline from the initial diagnosis that we initiate dexamethasone. – White House physician Dr. Sean Conley

Dexamethasone – a safe, inexpensive steroid that has been around for decades – is generally reserved for patients with severe or critical Covid-19 cases.

The National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization both recommend the drug for patients on supplemental oxygen or ventilators, based on a large clinical trial that found it reduced the risk of death. But both guidelines warn the drug could harm people who don’t require oxygen therapy or a ventilator, and should not be used for such patients. Trump’s doctors said Sunday that he has received oxygen therapy twice for limited periods. They also said he’s run a fever.

The decision to give Trump dexamethasone shows that “he’s actually having effects on his lungs from the virus,” said Abraar Karan, an internal medicine doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Trump continues antiviral treatment that can shorten length of illness

The president yesterday evening completed his second dose of remdesivir. He’s tolerated that infusion well. – Dr. Brian Garibaldi

Remdesivir is an antiviral drug made by Gilead Sciences originally developed to fight Ebola. Trump’s doctors said Friday that he had begun the standard-five day course of infusions of the drug.

Remdesivir has been shown to speed recovery, but it’s not clear if it actually reduces the risk of death. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized emergency use in hospitalized patients.

Trump’s oxygen levels have dipped to concerning levels

Late Friday morning, when I returned to the bedside, the president had a high fever and his oxygen saturation was transiently dipping below 94 percent. Given these two developments, I was concerned for possible rapid progression of the illness. I recommended the president we try supplemental oxygen, see how he would respond. He was fairly adamant that he didn’t need it. He was not short of breath. He was tired, had the fever and that was about it. And after about a minute, on only two liters, his saturation levels were back over 95 percent. He stayed on that for about an hour, maybe, and was off and gone. – Dr. Conley

Another oddity of Covid-19: some patients’ oxygen levels fall, but they don’t have trouble breathing. That’s why doctors watch blood oxygen levels.

The president’s physicians gave him oxygen after his level dropped below 94 percent — a key threshold for Covid-19 patients. Dipping below that level signals that a patient’s case is moderate or severe, with the exact diagnosis depending on other vital signs, according to the CDC.

“Once you drop below 94 percent, by definition you have severe Covid,” said Carlos del Rio, an infectious-disease expert at Emory University.

What do Trump’s lung scans actually show?

What did the X-rays and CT scans show? Are there signs of pneumonia? Are there signs

Only 880 New Cases, 28 Deaths Reported Sunday

ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 322,925 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. According to the health department’s website, that includes only 880 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.

Georgia also reported 7,162 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 28 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 28,958 hospitalizations — 34 more than the day before — and 5,363 admissions so far to intensive-care units.

Because of lags in reporting, coronavirus numbers reported over weekends are generally lower and don’t necessarily reflect overall trends. However, the number of new cases on Sunday is consistent with drops reported over the last two weekends.

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. The three hardest-hit counties all hit milestones Sunday, with Fulton and Gwinnett counties surpassing 28,000 positives and Cobb County surpassing 20,000.

  1. Fulton County: 28,096 cases — 102 new

  2. Gwinnett County: 28,074 cases — 88 new

  3. Cobb County: 20,010 cases — 42 new

  4. DeKalb County: 19,128 cases — 44 new

  5. Hall County: 9,618 cases — 1 new

  6. Chatham County: 8,652 — 6 new

  7. Richmond County: 7,270 — 25 new

  8. Clayton County: 7,178 — 19 new

  9. Cherokee County: 6,239 — 21 new

  10. Bibb County: 6,136 — 8 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

  4. DeKalb County: 371 deaths

  5. Dougherty County: 188 deaths

  6. Bibb County: 177 deaths

  7. Muscogee County: 171 deaths — 1 new

  8. Chatham County: 168 deaths — 1 new

  9. Richmond County: 167 deaths — 1 new

  10. Clayton County: 162 deaths

As of Sunday, 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 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, nearly 35 million people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 1 million people have died from it, Johns