April 19 pandemic report: Fayette cases rise by 4 to 139

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Georgia tallies 18,301 cases, 687 deaths, 3,464 hospitalizations, 18.93% of all cases; 632 new test-confirmed cases, 44 newly hospitalized — 

<b>Line graph of daily cumulative confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Fayette County. Graph/TheCitizen.</b>
Line graph of daily cumulative confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Fayette County. Graph/TheCitizen.

Here’s the Covid-19 pandemic report from the Georgia Department of Public Health for midday, April 19.

Total test-confirmed cases statewide: 18,301, which is 632 more than the previous day’s total of 17,669, an increase of 3.5%. Only 2 of Georgia’s 159 counties are not reporting any coronavirus cases: Glascock and Taliaferro.

Statewide deaths: 687, an increase of 14 fatalities over the previous day’s total of 673, which is 2% higher than the report one day earlier.

State Covid-19 death rate: 3.75% of all confirmed cases reported, still under 4 deaths for every 100 test-confirmed cases.

Fayette County: Confirmed infections  —  139 cases (4 more than the previous day’s 135 or 2.9%) with 5 deaths (no breakout of how many in hospital). Deaths: 3 males, ages 79, 83, and 73, all with underlying conditions; 2 females, age 77 with underlying condition, and age 85 with unknown underlying conditions. Fayette’s confirmed case rate: 122.5 cases per 100,000 persons. #27 in DPH ranking of most coronavirus cases.

Coweta County: Confirmed infections  — 161 (5 more than previous day’s 156 or 3.2% more) with 3 deaths (no breakout of how many in hospital). Coweta’s confirmed case rate: 107.5 cases per 100,000 persons. #24 in DPH ranking of most coronavirus cases.

A note about the case rate: Some perspective is needed in interpreting this number. For example, the county with the state’s highest case rate per 100,000 population (as of April 19) is tiny Randolph County in southwest Georgia (county seat Cuthbert). Its case rate is 2,066.2 cases per 100,000 population. That sounds huge. Here’s the perspective: Randolph County has a total population of 6,867 persons in 2018 and 141 total cases of Covid-19. That’s 2% of the county’s population.

Hospitalized: 3,464 in hospital beds statewide, which is 18.93% of the total confirmed cases to date, compared to 3,420 in hospitals one day earlier, an increase of 44 newly hospitalized patients (increase of 1.2% over the previous day) across the state of Georgia. No breakdown by county provided.

Total coronavirus tests: 79,933 by private and state labs, which represents 5,725 (7.7%) more tests than the 74,208 tests in the previous day. Note: State labs ran 5,318 tests, while commercial labs ran 74,615.

Total positive tests:  18,301 confirmations so far with all testing from both commercial and state labs, a positive confirmation rate of 22.8% of the total tests administered. Roughly 1 out of every 4 tests administered comes back with a positive reading on the presence of coronavirus, meaning 3 out of 4 persons tested had no sign of the coronavirus.

Covid-19 in neighboring counties

Fulton —  2,110 cases, 75 deaths; Clayton — 519 cases, 17 deaths; Henry — 367 cases, 7 deaths; Coweta — 161 cases, 3 deaths; Fayette — 139 cases, 5 deaths; Spalding — 128 cases, 7 deaths.


Here’s what the raw numbers of new hospital patients across the state of Georgia and the corresponding rates of hospitalization increase day over day look like:

• March 26 — 79 new patients, 20% increase over previous 24-hour period

• March 27 — 93 new patients, 19.9% increase over previous 24-hour period

• March 28 — 51 new patients, 9% increase over previous 24-hour period

• March 29 — 49 new patients, 7.9% increase over previous 24-hour period

• March 30 — 41 new patients, 6.1% increase over previous 24-hour period

• March 31 — 111 new patients, 15.7% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 1 — 134 new patients, 16.3% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 2 — 104 new patients, 10.9% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 3 — 102 new patients, 9.6% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 4 — 81 new patients, 6.9% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 5 — 44 new patients, 3.5% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 6 — 48 new patients, 3.8% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 7 — 442 new patients, 33.1% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 8 — 206 new patients, 11.6% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 9 — 179 new patients, 9% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 10 — 192 new patients, 8.8% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 11 — 128 new patients, 5.4% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 12 — 26 new patients, 1% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 13 — 81 new patients, 3.29% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 14 — 183 new patients, 7% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 15 — 153 new patients, 5.5% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 16 — 118 new patients, 4% increase over previous day’s report

• April 17 — 284 new patients, 9.3% increase over previous day’s report

• April 18 — 96 new patients, 2.8% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 19 — 44 new patients, 1.2% increase over previous 24-hour period.


Confirmed cases by age group: Age 0-17 — 1%; age 18-59 — 62%; age 60+ — 34%; age unknown — 3%

Confirmed cases by sex: Female — 54%;  male — 44%; unknown — 2%


Below is the daily progression of reported Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Fayette County:

March 9 — 1 case, no deaths

March 13 — 5 cases, no deaths

March 17 — 5 cases, no deaths

March 19 — 9 cases, no deaths

March 20 — 9 cases, 1 death (male, 83, other medical conditions)

March 22 — 9 cases, 1 death

March 23 — 10 cases, 1 death

March 24 — 12 cases, 1 death.

March 25 — 12 cases, 1 death

March 26 — 14 cases, 2 deaths (no new details provided)

March 27 — 19 cases, 2 deaths

March 28 — 25 cases, 2 deaths

March 29 — 26 cases, 3 deaths (male, 83; male, 79; female, 77; all with underlying medical conditions)

March 30 — 32 cases, 3 deaths

March 31 — 44 cases, 4 deaths (female, 51, NO underlying medical condition)

April 1 — 48 cases, 4 deaths

April 2 — 52 cases, 4 deaths

April 3 — 58 cases, 4 deaths

April 4 — 62 cases, 4 deaths

April 5 — 67 cases, 4 deaths

April 6 — 74 cases, 4 deaths

April 7 — 79 cases, 4 deaths

April 8 — 85 cases, 4 deaths

April 9 — 89 cases, 3 deaths (one fewer than reported earlier, no explanation given by DPH, though likely a reclassification of cause of death of one person)

April 10 — 92 cases, 4 deaths (subtraction yesterday and addition today unexplained by DPH)

April 11 — 94 cases (#26 in state), 4 deaths

April 12 — 99 cases (#26 in state), 4 deaths

April 13 —105 cases (#26 in state), 5 deaths

April 14 — 112 cases, (#27 in state), 5 deaths

April 15 — 120 cases (#26 in state), 5 deaths

April 16 — 123 cases (#26 in state), 5 deaths

April 17 — 133 cases (#27 in state), 5 deaths

April 18 — 135 cases (#27 in state) with 5 deaths

April 19 — 139 cases (#27 in state) with 5 deaths

1 COMMENT

  1. I have a hard time believing any of the numbers, especially when in the Stimulus Bill hospitals are given funds based on the number of virus related cases, those put on ventilators and those who die from the virus (even from complications if they tested negative).

    If we had been reporting numbers on the flu since last October (on in 2017-2018 when hospitals were over run, doctors and nurses were over worked, and make shift tents were being set up outside hospitals)…..we would have been panicking and huddle inside our houses then too, shutting the economy down and destroying businesses, livilhoods and peoples future.