A total of 3,783 new cases of coronavirus were reported across Georgia on Wednesday by the state’s Department of Public Health, which also noted 46 more virus-related deaths. Three of the fatalities were reported here in Floyd County.

According to the latest report by the DPH issued just before 3 pm, there have been 456,113 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide. The state’s death toll now stands at 9,073. In Floyd County, there were 5,524 confirmed cases and 87 fatalities. Fulton County had the state’s highest number of confirmed cases with 40,826 and the most deaths with 692.

View the COVID-19 Daily Status Report and get information on testing from the Georgia Department of Public Health at www.dph.georgia.gov.

The DPH indicated in an update on COVID-19 trends in Georgia released on Wednesday that the seven day average of new cases reported increased by 62 percent from December 1st to 7th; this decline in new cases reported back on December 1st was an artifact of decreased testing and delayed reporting over the Thanksgiving holiday. The average rose by 2.6 percent from the previous peak on July 24th. The state’s positivity rate increased by 30 percent from 9.2 back on November 30th to 12 percent on December 7th. Daily hospitalizations for COVID-19 were up by 13 percent from 2,212 on November 30th to 2,502 on December 7th. Hospitalizations are down 22 percent since a daily high of 3,200 on July 30th. Floyd County remains among the counties statewide with high transmission rates, as are most counties in Northwest Georgia.