Virus Watch: Cases in Georgia climb past 2,000
By Dave Williams
Capitol Beat News Service
ATLANTA – More than 2,000 Georgians have tested positive for coronavirus, the state Department of Public Health reported Friday.
As of noon, there were 2,001 confirmed cases in Georgia and 64 deaths from the virus. Among those testing positive for COVID-29, 566 were hospitalized.
Broken down by age, 57% of confirmed cases were Georgians between the ages of 18 and 59. Those ages 60 and older accounted for 34% of confirmed cases.
The virus now has spread to 103 Georgia counties. Fulton County continues to far outpace the rest of the state with 307 cases. Hard-hit Dougherty County was second as of noon Friday with 193 cases.
Next was DeKalb County with 181 cases. DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond imposed a mandatory shelter-in-place order for DeKalb earlier this week.
Cobb County reported 144 cases, with 102 in Gwinnett County and 98 in Bartow, another county suffering disproportionately relative to its population.
Gov. Brian Kemp and public health officials are continuing to urge Georgians to follow the social distancing and personal hygiene recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While a limited shelter-in-place order is in effect statewide for groups of people considered vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, many cities and counties have imposed those orders on all of their residents. Besides DeKalb County, the list includes the cities of Atlanta, Athens and Savannah.