April 23 pandemic report: 152 cases in Fayette, 7 more than yesterday

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Georgia reports cumulative total of 21,512 cases; 872 deaths, 4.05% death rate; 110 new hospital patients — 

Here’s the Covid-19 pandemic report from the Georgia Department of Public Health for midday, April 23.

Total test-confirmed cases statewide: 21,512, which is 772 more than the previous day’s total of 20,740, an increase of 3.7%. Only 2 of Georgia’s 159 counties are not reporting any coronavirus cases: Glascock and Taliaferro.

Statewide deaths: 872, an increase of 36 fatalities over the previous day’s total of 836, which is 4.3% higher than the report one day earlier.

State Covid-19 death rate: 4.05% of all confirmed cases reported, now at 4 deaths for every 100 test-confirmed cases.

Fayette County: Confirmed infections  —  152 cases (7 more than the previous day’s 145 or 4.8%) with 8 deaths (3 deaths reported on April 20) (no breakout of how many in hospital). For comparison, Fayette’s highest one-day increase in cases was 12 added cases on March 31. Deaths (sex, age, whether there was underlying medical condition): Male, 76, yes; female, 77, yes;  female, 85, unknown; male, 79, yes; female, 64, yes; male, 73, yes; male, 73, yes; male, 83, yes. The lone victim under age 73 was a 64-year-old woman with a pre-existing medical condition. Fayette’s confirmed case rate: 133.9 cases per 100,000 persons. #29 in DPH ranking of most coronavirus cases.

Coweta County: Confirmed infections  — 173 (5 more than previous day’s 168) with 4 deaths. Coweta’s confirmed case rate: 115.6 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: 4,069 cumulative total of all Covid-19 hospitalizations statewide from the beginning of the pandemic to today, which is 18.92% of the total confirmed cases to date, compared to 3,959 cumulative total one day earlier, an increase of 110 newly hospitalized patients (increase of 2.7% over the previous day) across the state of Georgia. No breakdown by county provided and no report of how many patients admitted on previous days that are actually still being treated in hospitals today.

Total coronavirus tests:  101,062 by private and state labs, which represents 6,990 (7.4%) more tests than the 94,072 tests in the previous day. Note: State labs ran 6,537 tests, while commercial labs ran 94,525.

Total positive tests:  21,512 confirmations so far with all testing from both commercial and state labs, a positive confirmation rate of 21.2% 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 —  2,308 cases, 86 deaths; Clayton — 600 cases, 21 deaths; Henry — 402 cases, 10 deaths; Coweta — 173 cases, 4 deaths; Fayette — 152 cases, 8 deaths; Spalding — 137 cases (subtraction of 2 previously reported cases), 8 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.

• April 20 — 86 new patients, 2.4% increase over previous 24-hour period.

• April 21 — 229 new patients, 6.4% increase over previous 24-hour period.

• April 22 — 180 new patients, 4.7% increase over previous 24-hour period

• April 23 — 110 new patients, 2.7% increase over previous 24-hour period.


Confirmed cases by age group: Age 0-17 — 2% (first increase since pandemic began); age 18-59 — 62%; age 60+ — 34%; age unknown — 2%

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

April 20— 140 cases (#27 in state) with 5 deaths

April 21 — 144 cases (#28 in state) with 8 deaths

April 22 — 145 (#28 in state) with 8 deaths

April 23 — 152 (#29 in state) with 8 deaths.