New data released at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2020, puts the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Gwinnett at 917, up by 32 cases in 24 hours.  The number of people who have died from the virus in the county has remained unchanged at 32.

Statewide, 16,368 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus to date.  Thus far, the hospitalization rate in the state for those that have been confirmed to have the virus is at 19.92% or 3,260.  The state’s death rate of 3.77% remains lower than the national average of 4.47%. The number of people who have died from the virus in the state is 617.

The virus seems to be infecting more females than males with 54% of the total number of cases being female while males make up 44%.  In two percent of the cases, the gender is unknown. The 18-59 age group continues to see the most cases comprising 61% of the total number of positive cases in Georgia.  African-Americans are seeing the largest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the state but virtually no ethnicity is safe from infection.

Fulton’s number of cases is now 1,945 with 66 deaths, Dougherty has 1,358 cases and 88 deaths, Dekalb is up to 1,260 cases and 21 deaths, Cobb increases to 1,014 cases and 49 deaths, Hall has passed Clayton with 526 cases and five deaths, Clayton is at 473 cases and 13 deaths, Forsyth has 169 cases with five deaths, Barrow is up to 81 cases and three deaths, and Jackson jumps to 43 cases with one death.

More than 675,000 Americans are now infected with COVID-19.  The number of people in the United States that has died from the virus is 34,562.  New York has now topped 200,000 cases. Nearly 15,000 people have now died in that state from the coronavirus.  New York reports that just over 17,000 have recovered from COVID-19. New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania round out the top five states with the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

The reports show that 2,157,108 people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus.  The global death toll has reached 144,047. The United States remains the country with the highest number of confirmed infections and deaths.  However, if you look at the numbers in terms of the number of cases per one million people, the United States is twentieth. The U.S. has approximately 2,049 positive COVID-19 cases per million while other countries like Andorra, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, and France all have more cases per million people.  Worldwide, it is said that 547,815 people have now recovered from the virus.

A friendly reminder to everyone to continue to practice social distancing, good hygiene and sanitation measures, and if you are not an essential worker, stay at home unless you must get out to get food, medications/medical attention, or if you take care of a person or pet that does not live with you.  Exercising outdoors is permitted so long as social distancing is maintained.
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