Data shows confirmed rate of new coronavirus cases, tests dip slightly in Georgia

After a series of record-breaking days, the daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia on Friday has dipped a bit, but so has the number of tests.

As of 3:20 p.m. Friday, the Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed 90,493, a 24-hour increase of 2,784.

The most cases continue to be in the metro Atlanta area with 9,085 cases in Gwinnett County, 7,913 in Fulton County, 6,381 in DeKalb County, and 5,507 in Cobb County, according to the GDPH.

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Current hospitalizations in Georgia is now at 11,653 with 2,413 ICU admissions, the GDPH reports. That's an increase of 153 new hospitalizations and 24 new ICU patients since Thursday.

Thursday saw a record-setting number of tests processed by the GDPH with 31,713, but Friday that rate dropped by 10,806 new tests. The GDPH reports 20,907 new tests bringing the total tests to 1,065,629, of which 901,217 were viral or "swab" tests.

There are growing concerns about testing over the holiday weekend with some testing sites closing until Monday. In addition, there are concerns over social distancing and mask-wearing as people try to celebrate this Independence Day weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic.

For many, the coronavirus causes moderate symptoms. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.

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Georgia isn’t alone in seeing rising numbers. The pandemic is resurgent around the country, and health authorities warn that the holiday weekend could make it worse if Americans don’t take precautions.

Some states, such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California, have paused reopening plans or implemented additional restrictions. But Kemp has so far declined to do so, saying the restrictions already in place are enough.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Best prevention measures:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds.

• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces


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