Coronavirus Cases, Deaths Spike in Georgia

Jul 24, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Today demonstrated another alarming spike in deaths due to Covid-19.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 82 deaths and more than 4,800 new cases. This brings total cases to more than 160,000 and deaths to 3,442. 399 people have been hospitalized due to the virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The past two days have reported the largest increases in deaths due to Covid-19 in Georgia since May. 78 people died of the virus Tuesday. Today, 81 people have died from the virus and more than 3,300 reported cases of the virus have emerged. This brings the total to more than 150,000 cases and 3,335 deaths.

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Gov. Brian Kemp says Georgia “continues to make solid progress" against COVID-19 even as the number of people hospitalized with the respiratory illness continued to rise. In a recorded video that his office released Wednesday, Kemp noted the state's efforts to build temporary hospitals and urged people to stay vigilant against infection.

Most states are reopening some non-essential businesses, but state economies are still reeling from the loss of revenue and massive unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic. WalletHub released updated rankings for the State Economies Most Exposed to Coronavirus. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Georgia is the 7th Most Exposed.

“Some states are better positioned economically to deal with that than others. Unfortunately, Georgia is one of the state’s economies that was most exposed to coronavirus.”

She says Georgia was hit in several of the state’s industries.

County Commissioner Mariah Parker has announced she tested positive for coronavirus. Parker says she is asymptomatic, but infectious. She cautions anyone who spoke to her Sunday, or was near her in the crowd during the protest, to get tested.

According to a post on her Facebook page, she has been ordered to self-isolate for two weeks and medical personnel were unable to determine when she contracted the virus. You can call your healthcare provider or the Northeast Health District COVID-19 testing hotline at 706-340-0966 or the Clarke County Health department at 706-389-6921.