State infection cases rise by 31%; fatality rate still slightly above 3% —
Both Fayette and Coweta counties are identical in the total confirmed Covid-19 cases: 19 infections each, according to the March 27 noon report from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Unreported is the number of those local cases that are specifically either in hospital or otherwise quarantined. In other words, the total number of Fayette cases — 19 — does not indicate which required hospitalization, or which were sent home. The local hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, is not releasing those numbers to the public.
Across the state, DPH is reporting 2,001 total confirmed cases, which included both non-hospitalized and hospitalized infections. The total new cases over the previous day is 476, an increase of 31%.
As of March 27, 64 deaths have been recorded, a 33% increase over the March 26 report of 48 deaths.
The DPH reports that of the 2,001 total cases, 566 are in hospital beds March 27 — 28.29% of the total. That’s up 93 persons, a 19.9% increase in hospitalizations.
The 64 deaths across the state caused by the coronavirus infection represented a fatality rate of 3.2% of the total number of cases reported. The rate as of the day before was 3.15%.
Today’s reported cases by sex: 49% female and 46% male, with 5% unknown, the GPH report said.
Infection cases by age group were as follows: Ages 18 to 59 represented 57% of all cases; 34% of cases were in the 60 and over age group; 1% of young people under age 18 had contracted the illness; and the ages of 8% were unreported.
Numbers of confirmed tests in adjacent counties this geographic area are as follows: Fulton, 307; Clayton, 45; Henry, 40; Fayette, 19; Coweta, 19; and Spalding, 11.
Lab tests as of March 27: 8,119 commercial lab tests resulted in a positive confirmation of Covid-19 in 1,739 of the tests, a positive rate of 21.4%. DPH results from 1,746 tests showed a positive finding in 262 cases, a rate of 15%. Noteworthy is the relatively small increase in the number of state lab tests — just 100 tests handled by the Ga. Public Health Laboratories in a one-day period.