Georgia surpasses 200,000 coronavirus cases, nears 4,000 deaths – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia is among 21 states with outbreaks major enough be put in the “red zone” by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, according to a federal report gotten recently by The New York Times. The report, which was dispersed to states, suggests a mandate for the public to use masks in coronavirus locations and, “optimally,” statewide.
ExploreAJCs new charts track infection impact in GeorgiaThe task force report recommends Georgia close bars, clubs and entertainment places, and limitation indoor dining at restaurants to less than 25% capacity. Other recommendations consist of boosting testing and contact tracing and weekly screening of employees and residents of long-lasting care centers.
Gov. Brian Kemp has actually encouraged people to wear face coverings but has actually balked at a mask mandate. Because they conflicted with his orders, he sued Atlanta over a mask requirement and actions by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to rollback reopening strategies. Kemp also has actually resisted re-implementing tighter constraints on businesses.
Another red flag came Wednesday, when Dr. Deborah Birx, a leader of the White House job force, cautioned state and local leaders on a call Wednesday about conditions in 10 communities, including Atlanta.
” We are seeing encouraging indications throughout the South,” Birx said during the call, a recording of which was gotten by the Center for Public Integrity.
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Birx stated, “If you have high case load and active community spread, much like we are asking people not to go to bars, not to have family celebrations, … we are asking individuals to distance discover at this minute so we can get this epidemic under control.”.
Georgia reported week-over-week case increases in nine out of 10 weeks from early May through mid-July. Considering that the week of July 12, cases have hovered at about 25,000 each week.
ExploreCOVID-19 cases reported as schools resume in GeorgiaGeorgia recently reported about 188,000 tests, a new weekly high. Over the previous three weeks, Georgia has averaged about 25,000 tests daily. The positivity rate of tests reported Wednesday was 11 percent and the seven-day rolling average was at 12 percent, down from 14 percent on July 23.
The World Health Organization and White House standards call for positivity rates of 5 percent or less to get the virus under control.
One gauge of virus spread in neighborhoods is to measure the rate of new cases per 100,000 individuals in a county over a two-week period. A rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 individuals is substantial spread, according to Georgia DPH guidelines.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of DPH data, reveals all however three of Georgias 159 counties currently are reporting rates above the considerable spread limit.
More than 115 counties report triple or more that rate of spread, including the metro Atlanta counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale.
6 rural Georgia counties of Charlton, Chattahoochee, Decatur, Evans, Jeff Davis and Seminole report rates of 10 times or greater the limit for considerable rate of spread.
Dr. Harry J. Heiman, a clinical associate teacher at the Georgia State University School of Public Health, stated the state still isnt doing enough testing. Much of Georgias screening method is constructed around drive-thru sites, but to reach less affluent people, who are more vulnerable to major infection, the state requires to deploy mobile testing centers in neighborhoods.
In some counties, there is likely such limited screening that the scope of the break out isnt well comprehended, he said.
” Theres a lot we dont understand, but we do know this is literally a crisis from border to border throughout the state,” Heiman said.

” We are seeing encouraging indications throughout the South. We are concerned that both Baltimore and Atlanta stay at an extremely high level.”.
– Dr. Deborah Birx, a leader of the White House coronavirus task force.

Gov. Brian Kemp has motivated individuals to use face coverings however has actually balked at a mask required. He sued Atlanta over a mask requirement and actions by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to rollback reopening plans since they conflicted with his orders. ExploreCOVID-19 cases reported as schools resume in GeorgiaGeorgia last week reported about 188,000 tests, a new weekly high. Over the past three weeks, Georgia has averaged about 25,000 tests per day. The positivity rate of tests reported Wednesday was 11 percent and the seven-day rolling average was at 12 percent, down from 14 percent on July 23.