Almost 35,000 have been infected with the coronavirus while the death toll is nearing 1,500 in Georgia, per the state Department of Public Health.
According to the latest report by the DPH, there were 34,848 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state as of 7 pm on Tuesday night. There were 1,494 deaths related to the coronavirus. In Floyd County, there were 160 confirmed cases and 12 deaths. Fulton County reported the highest number of confirmed cases with 3,595 and the most fatalities with 149.
The Georgia Department of Public Health now updates their COVID-19 daily status report three times a day – at 9 am, 1 pm and 7 pm. This report features a county-by-county breakdown, as well as various graphs and other data. The graphs currently exhibit a downward trend in confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Peach State.
Governor Brian Kemp updated Georgians on COVID-19 on Tuesday during a press conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta. He announced that all live performance venues, bars, and nightclubs across the state must remain closed until May 31st. Summer day camps will be allowed to operate as of May 14th, provided they meet a host of mandatory safety criteria. Kemp also outlined a plan to allow restaurants to safely expand their operations. Tuesday’s update went live and may still be viewed on the Governor’s Facebook page.
The DPH has announced that it is increasing its workforce to expand contact tracing for COVID-19 across Georgia. Contact tracing is used to identify and mitigate hotspots of infection to help prevent further spread of the virus. The DPH’s goal is to have over 1,000 contact tracers within just weeks in order to strengthen contact tracing efforts.
Kemp reminded the public on Tuesday that coronavirus testing is available to all Georgians.