Hospitalizations also down —
From 9/21 to 9/28, the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases reported decreased 30.4%, the Georgia Department of Public Health said.
“The seven-day average of new cases reported is down 67.7% from our peak July 24,” according to a DPH news release Tuesday evening.
“We are seeing decreases in many areas of the state in both case counts and percent PCR positivity,” DPH said.
The statewide percent positivity (7-day moving average) for PCR tests has decreased from 10.3% on 9/21/20 to 6.3% on 9/28/20. It is the lowest statewide positivity rate (7-day moving average) since June.
Daily hospitalizations for COVID-19 have decreased from 1,415 on Sept. 21 to 1,317 on Sept. 28, or a decrease of 7% in the past week. Hospitalizations have decreased 58.8% since a daily high of 3,200 July 30 of 3,200.
Emergency Department Visits
Emergency Department (ED) visits related to COVID-19 and ILI (influenza-like illness) have remained flat over the two week period Sept. 12-25.
DPH reports 106 outbreaks from Sept. 20-26.
These outbreaks are occurring in settings where people are physically congregating and underscore the need for physical distancing and source control. The highest number of outbreaks occurred in schools, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities and workplaces.
Schools were a major source of outbreaks, accounting for 28 cases during that week, followed by workplaces (18), long-term care facilities (17), and prisons or jails (10).
As of Sept. 28, the state reported 2.9 million (cumulative) COVID-19 tests reported to DPH through Electronic Laboratory Reports (ELR).
The number of specimens collected at DPH SPOCs is 1,046,611.
DPH is operating 187 testing sites (SPOCs), including mobile and pop-up locations statewide.
Georgia will be receiving more than 3 million Abbott Laboratories BinaxNow rapid COVID-19 test kits by the end of the year. In his announcement, Governor Kemp said the tests will be used for K-12 schools, higher education, first responders and other critical areas of need.
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For information about COVID-19, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.