The AJC will be maintaining this dashboard to help our readers understand the current status and spread of the virus inside the state, and how we compare with the rest of the country. We are relying on data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, along with the COVID Tracking Project for national statistics. We are updating this dashboard as new data is released daily.
Confirmed cases have steadily risen in Georgia, however experts warn that confirmed cases are only a small portion of the likely true cases of the novel coronavirus in the population. Limited testing has hampered a better understanding of how widespread the virus is here — with many cases thought to be asymptomatic.
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As testing in Georgia has increased the number of confirmed cases has continued to grow - which may reflect an increase in the number of infected but may also be a result of more infected individuals being tested.
Georgia did not begin reporting test numbers until Wednesday, March 18.
The AJC is recording deaths on the date they are reported by the state, which can be a day or more after they occurred. Due to delays in test results, some fatalities may not be confirmed to be COVID-19 related until several days later.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 doesn’t necessarily represent how severe the epidemic is in each state. Because of differences in the number of tests being performed, some states may have more undetected cases. Looking at deaths in each state per million population can present a clearer idea of how widespread the problem is.
We’ve calculated the top 10 states by this measure, and the overall United States deaths per million population, using the 2018 Census estimated population and COVID Tracking Project data.
Because the COVID-19 Tracking project updates its dataset on a different cycle than the Georgia Department of Health, the data in this chart may not sync with the rest of the AJC dashboard at certain times of the day.
Inside Georgia, cases were initially clustered mostly around metro Atlanta, with a few cases in other parts of the state, but have now spread to nearly all of the state’s 159 counties.
Georgia is seeing significant cases among those under 59, more than among those over 60. Much like the experience in China and other early hotspots, children under the age of 18 so far have not been heavily affected by the outbreak, with 1% of cases being underage.
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