New COVID-19 cases reported in Georgia surpasses 27,000 after labs backlog

Georgia's latest daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 has surpassed 27,000, the Georgia Department of Public Health said Wednesday.

The new daily number is a combination of positive PCR tests and positive antigen tests.

Health officials did note the data reflects a backlog of cases due to some laboratories not previously reporting. Some cases go back as far as 10 days, officials said.

As of Wednesday, 313 people were currently hospitalized across the state.

There have been a total of 26,854 COVID-related deaths in Georgia, an increase of 21 deaths since Tuesday.

On January 11, Georgia's 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases rose above 20,000 for the first time ever, according to data provided by the Georgia DPH.

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