More than 318,000 people in Georgia have (or have had) coronavirus, while the death toll has exceeded 7,000, per the state Department of Public Health, which reported 1,779 new cases and 29 virus-related deaths on Wednesday.
According to the latest report by the DPH issued just before 3 pm, there have been 318,026 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state. A total of 7,021 fatalities have been attributed to the virus. In Floyd County, there were 3,219 confirmed cases and 45 deaths. Fulton County had the state’s highest number of confirmed cases with 27,684 and the most fatalities with 575.
View the COVID-19 Daily Status Report and get information on testing from the Georgia Department of Public Health at www.dph.georgia.gov.
Governor Brian Kemp has signed off on an executive order to extend current COVID-19 restrictions, as well as the public health state of emergency. The new order remains in effect through October 15th at 11:59 pm. Most previous guidelines and restrictions pertaining to Georgia’s pandemic response remain unchanged. Small changes allow (under the CDC’s guidance) for the workers at restaurants and bars to go back to work once they have been symptom-free for 24 hours after any known or suspected positive COVID-19 diagnosis. The order also allows for certain SAT/ACT test score deadlines to be extended for HOPE and Zell eligibility. The state’s public health emergency was extended until November 9, 2020.