The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus as of noon on April 1, 2020, for the state of Georgia, is 4,638.  This is an increase of 821 cases in the past 24 hours. Hospitals around the state are handling 952 patients with the coronavirus.  The number of deaths associated with the virus has risen by 31 since yesterday to stand at 139.

The ratio of females to males with the virus has stayed the same over the last 24 hours with females making up 51% of the total confirmed cases while males are at 46% and unknown cases taking up the last 3%.  The percentages between the different age groups have also remained steady since yesterday. The groups are at 58% for the 18-59 group, 35% for the over 60 group, 1% for the under 18 group and 6% for the unknown cases.

Gwinnett County’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 17 since Tuesday, March 31 to be 250.  Lives claimed by the virus doubled overnight to four lives lost. Fulton continues to see the most cases of the virus at 624 confirmed cases, an increase of 77 in 24 hours.  Dougherty County, which is in south Georgia in between Macon and Valdosta continues to see large numbers of infections. They now have 480 confirmed cases (+25) and 27 deaths related to COVID-19.  The hospitals in Albany are in a crisis and cannot keep up. Dekalb has the third-highest number of cases with 365 having tested positive for the virus (+40). Counties who also show high numbers or are nearby are Cobb 293 (+21), Bartow 144 (+15), Hall 69 (+4), Forsyth 48 (+5), Barrow 20 (+2), and Jackson 9 (+2).

The CDC says that as of noon on April 1, 186,101 people in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus.  That is an increase of 22,562 new cases in the past 24 hours. The death toll has risen to 3,603 since yesterday. New York is still the hardest-hit state with 74,427 cases.

The World Health Organization reports that 823,626 people worldwide have contracted the COVID-19 virus.  That is an increase of 68,678 new cases in the past 24 hours. Worldwide, 40,598 people have died due to the coronavirus.  Italy’s death toll is now over 12,000. Spain is being hard-hit with 94,417 cases and 8,189 deaths.

— Staff Reports

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