As the total number of COVID-19 deaths have grown in Georgia, many have had questions about who is dying and when they died.
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.
Deaths by Date of Death
The Georgia DPH graph deaths by Date of Death on the DPH COVID Status Report, which allows us to see when deaths actually occurred, not just when they were reported. I track these changes daily, and report on how many deaths are reported that occurred in recent weeks versus further in the past. In mid-June, DPH implemented a death certificate matching process that increased reported deaths substantially while current deaths were very low. This caused a temporary spike in death reporting as they entered a lot of older deaths.
Below, you will see two graphs. The first graph shows the percentage of deaths reported each week that are added to graph within the 3 weeks prior to the week ending date. The second graph shows how many of the deaths were reported within the first and second weeks after the person died, and how many were reported after more than 14 days.
Here’s how the 7-day moving average line on the GA DPH Deaths Over Time graph (by date of death) has looked each week over the past few months, so you can see how this graph changes over time.
Deaths by Age
The DPH site allows you to access the raw data of individual deaths with age, sex, county, and existence of an underlying condition. It can be viewed on the Deaths in Georgia tab on the DPH COVID Status Report. If you are really interested in this data, I recommend downloading the CSV file at the top of the page.
Analyzing these deaths has consistently shown that COVID fatalities have disproportionately affected older populations. When I last analyzed the age spread of deaths in Georgia, here are some of the statistics I found:
- About 75% of the deaths in Georgia are people 65 or older, while only 14% of Georgia’s population is 65 or older.
- Over 35% of deaths in Georgia are people age 80 and older.
- About 35% of the COVID deaths in Georgia come from nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, down from about half early on in the pandemic.
- The average age of COVID fatalities in Georgia is ~74.
- In Georgia, more people 90 and older have died than 55 and under. More people 80 and older have died than those under 70.
On the other hand, COVID is rarely fatal to younger populations.
- About 10% of deaths are those are under 55, and less than 3% are under age 40.
- As of November 6th, Georgia had seen 7 pediatric deaths, and all but two had co-morbidities:
- A 7-year-old boy from Chatham County died. He had a febrile seizure in the bath tub and drowned.
- A 17-year-old boy from Dodge County died. He had serious injuries from a car crash, and the coroner said COVID complicated his recovery from the crash.