Nursing Homes Are Lower Percentage Of New Cases

ATLANTA, GA — While the daily number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths has leveled off in Georgia over the last few weeks, another important metric — the percentage of new cases occurring in nursing homes and other group-living facilities — has dropped.

Working from data supplied by the Georgia Department of Public Health as of Wednesday, Atlanta news station WXIA-TV reported that new cases at long-term care facilities comprise only 4 percent of the total. In May, it was 13 percent of the total.

Still, the absolute number of elderly Georgians who die from COVID-19 remains high. Of the roughly 7,300 deaths from COVID-19 in Georgia so far, about 94 percent of them are 60 or older.

GEORGIA CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS FOR OCT. 9, 2020

The Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 329,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. According to the health department’s website, that includes 1,695 newly confirmed cases over the last 24 hours.

Georgia also reported 7,348 deaths so far from COVID-19, with 56 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. In addition, the state reported 29,510 hospitalizations — 124 more than the day before — and 5,482 admissions so far to intensive-care units.

No information is available from Georgia about how many patients have recovered.

Counties in or near metro Atlanta and other metropolitan areas continue to have the highest number of positives, with Fulton County still in the lead.

  1. Fulton County: 28,834 cases — 253 new

  2. Gwinnett County: 28,593 cases — 132 new

  3. Cobb County: 20,367 cases — 73 new

  4. DeKalb County: 19,571 cases — 98 new

  5. Hall County: 9,848 cases — 75 new

  6. Chatham County: 8,809 — 54 new

  7. Richmond County: 7,424 — 54 new

  8. Clayton County: 7,347 — 58 removed

  9. Cherokee County: 6,393 — 34 new

  10. Bibb County: 6,247 — 32 new

Counties in or near metro Atlanta also continue to have the most deaths from COVID-19.

  1. Fulton County: 588 deaths — 5 new

  2. Cobb County: 437 deaths

  3. Gwinnett County: 422 deaths — 1 new

  4. DeKalb County: 378 deaths — 3 new

  5. Dougherty County: 188 deaths

  6. Bibb County: 186 deaths — 3 new

  7. Muscogee County: 173 deaths — 1 new

  8. Chatham County: 173 deaths — 1 new

  9. Richmond County: 172 deaths — 1 new

  10. Clayton County: 167 deaths — 2 new

All Georgia statistics are available on the state’s COVID-19 website.

Globally, nearly 36.7 million people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 1 million people have died from it, Johns Hopkins University reported Friday.

In the United States, more than 7.6 million people have been infected and more than 213,000 people have died from COVID-19 as of Friday. The U.S. has only about 4 percent of the world’s population but more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country.

This article originally appeared on the Douglasville Patch

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