Athens News Matters: 8/28/20

Aug 28, 2020

This week on Athens News Matters:

COVID-19 Cases in Georgia

Aug 25, 2020
Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

Georgia is still consistently reporting over 2,000 new Coronavirus cases per day, with an increase in deaths and hospitalizations seen today. There were 2,236 new cases reported today and 107 deaths. The total in Georgia is now a little over 258,000 cases and approximately 5,262 deaths. There were also 292 hospitalizations due to the virus today.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some Georgians are in line for more unemployment assistance as the state has given up the dubious title of being the state where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest. Georgia dipped below Mississippi in recent days for rate of spread according to a 14-day average kept by The Associated Press.

Local Number for COVID-19 Cases

Aug 18, 2020
Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

4,794 Georgians have died due to COVID-19 and there are more than 240-thousand confirmed cases. As of Tuesday, the state health department reports that Clarke has 41 new cases.

The total for the county now stands at 2305 cases and 21 deaths. Barrow County reports 1466 cases and 34 deaths.

One person has died in Jackson, bringing its total to 18 deaths and 1221 cases. Madison has 462 cases and seven deaths, Oconee has 475 cases and 16 deaths, and Oglethorpe has 253 cases and eight deaths.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

According to new case data from Harvard University Georgia ranks first for new COVID19 cases per 100,000 people. According to risk level map, created by researchers, Georgia has 28.2 new cases per 100,000 people.

The case rates in Clarke County are slightly lower than the state, with 22.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Lucas Trevor reports.