New data shows how hard Southwest Georgia has been hit by coronavirus

New information released by the Georgia Department of Public Health illustrates just how hard Southwest Georgia has been hit by coronavirus compared to other counties.

The state has started releasing information on the confirmed COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 people. That means we are able to see more about the concentration of the virus in each area. Using this data we can see that Southwest Georgia is actually harder hit by the outbreak than Fulton County, which has the highest number of cases in the state, but is also the state’s most populated county.

Fulton County has a case rate of 147 cases per 100,000 people. Dougherty County, which was slammed with the virus after it spread through two funerals has a case rate of 1,303 cases per 100,000 people. Neighboring Calhoun County has 742 cases per 100,000 people. Dougherty’s neighbor to the north, Lee County has 785 cases per 100,000 people.

Early County, bordering Alabama, has 1,215 cases per 100,000 people and Sumter County has 801 cases per 100,000 people.

Bartow County was a hotspot for coronavirus after it spread through a church there. There are 200 cases per 100,000 people in Bartow County.

Statewide, Georgia now has 13,315 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 2,589 people who have been hospitalized due to the virus and 464 people who have died from COVID-19.

In terms of testing, 57,021 tests have been processed statewide.

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