A total of 17,233 new cases of coronavirus and 26 more virus-related deaths were reported in Georgia on Wednesday by the state’s Department of Public Health.

According to the latest update by the DPH issued just before 3 pm, there have been 1,696,978 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide since the beginning of this pandemic. The state’s death toll now stands at 26,854. The number of confirmed cases totaled 20,465 in Floyd County, which has additionally had a total of 330 fatalities. Fulton County has had the most confirmed cases in this state with 163,456 and the most deaths with 1,759.

The DPH noted that the COVID-19 Daily Status Report reflected more than 27,000 newly reported cases (PCR positive and antigen positive combined). This number included a backlog of cases that were not previously reported by several large laboratories. The cases date back 7-10 days.

As of the Wednesday update to the vaccine dashboard, 13,874,464 vaccines have been administered statewide; 62 percent of all Georgians have received at least one dose, while 54 percent have been fully vaccinated. Among fully vaccinated Georgians, 36 percent have had an additional dose; 19 percent of residents statewide have had the booster.

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