A total of 5,221 new cases of coronavirus were reported across Georgia on Wednesday by the state’s Department of Public Health, which also noted 55 more virus-related deaths. Two of those fatalities were reported here in Floyd County.

According to the latest report by the DPH issued just before 3 pm, there have been 524,055 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide. The state’s death toll now stands at 9,554. In Floyd County, there were 6,274 confirmed cases and 101 fatalities. Gwinnett County had this state’s highest number of confirmed cases with 47,115, and Fulton County had the most deaths with 724.

Check out the COVID-19 Daily Status Report and get information on testing from the Georgia Department of Public Health at www.dph.georgia.gov. The site now features a vaccine dashboard. As of Wednesday night at 6 pm, there had been 26,010 vaccines administered statewide.

The DPH indicated in an update on COVID-19 trends in Georgia released on Wednesday that the seven-day average of new cases reported was up by nine percent from December 14th to 21st; while the weekly increases may appear to be small, they reflect the state’s highest case numbers ever. The positivity rate increased by four percent from 13.2 percent on December 14th to 13.7 percent on December 21st. The daily hospitalizations for COVID-19 statewide rose by 26 percent from 2,968 on December 15th to 3,734 on December 22nd. Floyd is still among the counties high transmission rates, as are most of the counties in Northwest Georgia.