New cases were confirmed in Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Lowndes counties, according to the agency. Of those, Clayton, Cobb and Fulton counties reported the largest increases, with three new cases each in Clayton and Cobb and seven in Fulton. Forsyth, Hall, Paulding and Troup counties each reported their first ever case of the coronavirus, the state health department said.
Medical experts expect the actual number of cases is far greater and that official tallies will rise as testing becomes more widespread.
“If you don’t have good testing you are releasing numbers that are really meaningless, just totally meaningless,” said Dr. Arthur Caplan, founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University’s School of Medicine.