Today in Georgia

NOTE: I update most of my graphs daily, and try to provide a weekly overview each Monday based on Friday’s numbers.

View the above data in table format

Weekly Cases per 100K

The CDC tracks cases by on the number of weekly cases per 100K people, using total cases (PCR and antigen combined), which is the blue line on the graph. These are by report date, which is subject to data artifacts from delayed reporting or data dumps from labs. See more Cases & Testing graphs.

Regional Omicron Spread

Omicron started first in Atlanta, likely due to our direct flights on Delta to/from South Africa. I grouped the state into regions, so you can see how it started later further from Atlanta. See more local and regional data.

Test Positivity

The percentage of positive PCR tests by report date are shown at the top of the page as well as shown in the graph below. I also include the 2-week % positive by lab collection date to this graph, in orange, so you can see how it tracks along with the 7-day aggregate of % positive by report date. Note that I sometimes used an adjusted % positive by report date when it’s obvious a data dump occurred. See more Cases & Testing graphs.

% Change in Active Cases

I use the number of confirmed cases reported in the past 14 days from the GA DPH web site as “active cases”. When the rate is below 0, the number of active cases are decreasing, and the further below zero it gets, the faster the active cases are decreasing. For local case change trends, see the county-level maps of where cases are increasing or decreasing in the past week as compared to the previous week.

Deaths

The graphs below show the recent trends in deaths, both by date of death and date of reporting. You can see from the second graph below how death reporting significantly lags when deaths actually occurred. Learn more about COVID deaths in Georgia.

IMPORTANT: Deaths by date of death are subject to change, and the last two weeks (shaded in gray) are very incomplete as death reports are still coming in. Deaths for recent dates WILL INCREASE over time, even outside the two week window.

Current Hospitalizations

Below is a graph of the number of COVID positive patients currently in Georgia hospitals, as well as the number of Patients Under Investigation (possible COVID cases without a positive test). I’m not sure how a PUI is determined, and some hospital regions in Georgia seem to categorize a lot more patients as PUI than others, so I focus mostly on the COVID positive patients. See more Hospitalization graphs and data.

County/Regional Updates

  • To see the counties the largest daily increases, see my County Changes page. To see the hotspot counties, see the Two Week Case Rate & Positivity map on my Maps page. I have several other maps you may find helpful also.
  • The Georgia DPH Daily Status Report is also a good source for graphs of % positive and total tests performed per county, and includes a map showing % positive by county. Be sure to use the “by collection date” version and ignore the most recent few days because they are very incomplete and the numbers could change dramatically.
  • University of Georgia: For the latest on COVID at UGA, please see UGA’s latest surveillance testing and the most recent wastewater surveillance report from UGA.
  • For more local information, see my list of resources for Local/Regional COVID Data.

FAQ

What are antigen cases?

Antigen cases are positives from rapid tests. Antigen positives are probable cases per the CDC, which is why they are separated out from confirmed (PCR) cases on the DPH site. Most my maps and graphs include antigen cases (often shown as total cases with confirmed and antigen cases combined), but some data is only available for confirmed cases.

What are probable deaths?

GA DPH also reports probable deaths. These are deaths that are linked to COVID in some way, either an antigen positive, or some other epidemiological link, but without a positive PCR test. Most my maps and graphs include antigen cases (often shown as total deaths with confirmed and probable combined), but some data is only available for confirmed deaths.

Is there data available on flu, RSV, and other viruses in Georgia?

GA DPH puts out a weekly report on Georgia Influenza Activity, which also includes data on RSV and other viruses.