Key insights – Updated 01/08/2021:

  • Since mid-October, weekly new cases have been back on the rise. As of January 2nd, all counties in the 10-county area have a positivity rate higher than 5 percent, the World Health Organization’s threshold before implementing a reopening strategy or loosening restrictions.
  • With the rise in new cases, both the 10-County Area and Georgia recorded their highest positivity rate on the week of January 2nd.
  • Cherokee and Gwinnett County have the highest positivity rate in the 10-county area as of January 2nd, with 21.4 percent of PCR tests returning positive results.
  • During the week ending on January 2nd, Cherokee and Rockdale county recorded their highest number of weekly new COVID-related hospitalizations to date, with 53 and 43 hospitalizations, respectively.

For more about the tool, continue scrolling, or dive straight into the data using the dashboard to identify trends in each of the ten counties:

About the tool

COVID-19 testing data is fundamental to determine if COVID-19 cases are actually decreasing as opposed to appearing to decrease because we are administering fewer tests. Plus, when a community administers more tests, it can better identify the transmission level of the virus and make fact-based decisions about loosening restrictions and reactivating the economy.

This dashboard uses data published by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Status Report on weekly new confirmed cases and weekly new tests. To help understand how both indicators are moving through the population, the dashboard shows confirmed new cases and tests per 1,000 population at the county level (top right chart). The percent positivity rate, which is the most common measure for analyzing the state of the pandemic, is in the chart at the lower right at the county, 10-county region, and state level. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a community have a 5 percent positivity rate before implementing a reopening strategy or loosening restrictions.

Resources

Confirmed cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths, PCR Tests, and Rates by county:
Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report

Analysis and trends in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Amber Schmidtke’s Georgia COVID-19 Updates