Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ga. climb to 2,809; deaths increase to 87

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The number of coronavirus cases in Georgia continued a steady climb Monday as state health officials confirmed 2,809 cases and 87 deaths.

The latest data  released by the Georgia Department of Public Health at 12 p.m. shows the increase from the 2,683 cases and 83 deaths on record at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Of Georgia’s overall cases, 707 patients remain hospitalized, a rate of about 25.2%, according to the figures released at 12 p.m. That number is up from 687 confirmed hospitalizations at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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Fulton County still has the most confirmed cases in Georgia with 463, up from 425. DeKalb County has the second most with 281, followed by Dougherty County with 267, and Cobb with 245.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths across the U.S. surpassed 2,000 on Saturday after doubling in just two days, according to a Washington Post review of state health department numbers.

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With 17 deaths, hard-hit Dougherty County has lost more people to the highly contagious virus than any other county in the state.

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As of noon Monday, a total of 12,566 COVID-19 tests had been conducted in Georgia with about 22% returning positive results.

Patients between the ages of 18 and 59 make up 57% of Georgia’s confirmed cases, while those 60 and older make up 35%. The DPH does not release compiled data on how many people have recovered.

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