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COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise in State

Earl Neikirk, AP

COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase, adding further pressure to healthcare resources. As of July 17th, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported more than 3,900 new cases and 28 new deaths. This brings total cases to more than 135,000 and deaths to 3,132.

There were more than 300 new hospitalizations.  As of the 16th, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency reports that more than half of the state’s total ER beds are now in use, 84% of critical care beds are occupied, and 84% of general inpatient beds are also occupied. There remains a 61% availability for ventilators.

At last update, Clarke County had more than 1100 cases and 15 deaths.

For more information on Covid-19 in Georgia, visit www.gema.ga.gov, or the health department’s website at dph.georgia.gov.

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