(Media release from the Georgia Department of Public Health):

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is transitioning from daily to weekly COVID-19 data reporting. Case counts and vaccination updates will be published on the DPH website every Wednesday beginning April 20. The last daily updates to the Daily Status Report and the vaccine dashboard will be April 15.

Weekly intervals provide a more complete picture than day to day changes or data fluctuations when determining areas of concern or COVID’s trajectory in the state. Given the number of at-home COVID tests that do not get reported, there is a now a greater focus on other indicators such as hospital admissions, hospital occupancy, and overall vaccination rates when assessing the community impact of COVID-19.

Additional data that are reported weekly (e.g., County Indicator Report, Breakthrough Case Report, School-Aged Surveillance Report, etc.) will continue to be published on their current publication days. 

“We believe weekly COVID reporting will continue to support a sustainable response in Georgia while informing decision-making around transmission and infection rates,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “DPH epidemiologists and the data team have worked tirelessly for more than two years to provide this information to the public. We are extremely grateful for their work and dedication.”

Additionally, per new CDC guidance, only positive and negative PCR test results and positive antigen tests are required to be reported. Facilities no longer need to report negative results from antigen or rapid tests, and they no longer need to report any positive or negative results for antibody tests. Home tests also are not reportable.

Due to this reporting requirement change and the change in data received by DPH, the following columns will be removed from the COVID-19 Testing table:

·                  PCR/Molecular Reported Today 

·                  Total Antigen 

·                  Total Antibody (Serology) 

Changes have also been made to the downloadable data files, see The Latest: What’s New with this Report for additional information.

A total of 524 new cases of coronavirus and 18 more virus-related fatalities 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 1,943,071 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide since the beginning of this pandemic. The state’s death toll now stands at 31,359. The number of confirmed cases totaled 22,978 in Floyd County, which has additionally had a total of 418 fatalities. Fulton County has had the most confirmed cases in this state with 187,235 and the most deaths with 2,078.

As of Wednesday’s to the vaccine dashboard, 14,743,892 vaccines have been administered statewide; 64 percent of all Georgians have received at least one dose, while 56 percent have been fully vaccinated. Among fully vaccinated Georgians, 41 percent have had an additional dose; 23 percent of residents statewide have had a booster.