A total of 6,153 new cases of coronavirus were reported across Georgia on Tuesday by the state’s Department of Public Health, which additionally noted 68 more virus-related fatalities.
According to the latest report by the DPH issued just before 3 pm, there have been 597,208 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide. The state’s death toll now stands at 9,966. In Floyd County, there were 7,083 confirmed cases and 109 fatalities. Gwinnett County had this state’s highest number of confirmed cases with 54,733, and Fulton County had the most deaths with 744.
The full COVID-19 Daily Status Report is posted on the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website at www.dph.georgia.gov. Their site also features a vaccine dashboard. As of the latest report on Tuesday evening, some 110,548 vaccines had been administered statewide.
The DPH also announced Tuesday this state’s first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7., the same variant discovered in the UK and in several other countries and US states. It was identified in an 18-year-old male with no travel history that is currently in isolation at home. Preliminary epidemiologic information suggests that the variant is significantly more contagious than the SARS-CoV -2 virus. So far, there’s no evidence that the variant causes more severe illness or increased risk of death.