The Georgia Department of Public Health releases the number of those who have been hospitalized as a result of the COVID-19 virus in addition to the other statistics it releases twice daily on the virus.  As of noon on Thursday, March 25, Georgia now has 1,247 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and of those, 394 have been hospitalized. The number of cases is up by 221 in 24 hours. According to the numbers released at noon, 40 people have now lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus.

The percentage of males to females remains the same as the previous 24 hours with females making up 51% of the total number of confirmed cases.  Males comprise 48% and 1% are unknown. The 18-59 age group continues as the majority of confirmed cases with 60% while 60+ is next at 35%. The number of cases in those under 18 remains low making up for only 1% of the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

The number of infected in Gwinnett County is up by three making the county’s total number of cases to date 48.  

Fulton continues as the hardest-hit county in the state with 198 confirmed cases.  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms states that hospitals operating in the City of Atlanta are at or near capacity and that their breaking point is imminent as cases continue to flood emergency rooms. 

Other counties that have been hit hard are Dekalb 116, Dougherty 109, Cobb 101, and Bartow 78.  Gwinnett’s other neighboring counties have not been impacted as much with Hall reporting 19, Forysth has nine cases, Barrow is up to two, and Jackson has one case.

The CDC says as of noon Thursday, 54,453 Americans have tested positive for COVID-19.  Of those infected, 737 people have died as a result of the virus in the United States. New York has the most cases with 26,358, California is next with 2,511, and Oregon has 2,469 confirmed cases of the virus.

The World Health Organization reports 375,498 people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19 and 16,362 have lost their lives from the virus.  Italy is up to 63,927 cases and 6,077 deaths. In regards to the total number of confirmed cases, the United States is third only to China and Italy.  In terms of the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus, the U.S. is sixth behind Italy, China, Spain, Iran, and France.

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