The latest report from the Georgia Department of Public Health which was released at 6:28 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 puts Gwinnett’s number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases at 815.  That is an increase of 49 cases in just 24 hours. The death toll in the county has now hit 29, which is up from 26 at the noon report. Gwinnett remains the fifth hardest-hit counties in Georgia.

For the entire state, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is up by 957 cases in 24 hours.  That brings the state’s new total to 14,578 cases. The number of deaths attributed to the virus is 524.  That means 44 people lost their lives to this virus in just one full day.

The virus seems to be impacting females more than males with females comprising 54% of the total number of cases while the males make up 44%.  Two percent is unknown. The 18-59 age group leads the number of cases of COVID-19 with 60%. The over 60 group accounts for 35% while the under 18 group remains 1% and the unknown group takes up the last 4%.

Fulton continues to see the most cases of the novel coronavirus with 1,812 cases.  Dougherty is second with 1,297 confirmed COVID-19 cases. They lead the state in the number of deaths from the virus at 78 deaths.  Dekalb is third with 1,144 cases, and in fourth is Cobb with 895 confirmed cases. Other hard-hit or nearby counties are Clayton 435, Hall 363, Forsyth 153, Barrow 65, and Jackson 32.

The virus is killing not only the elderly and medically fragile but is killing adults with no underlying medical conditions that are under 60 years in age.  COVID-19 has killed the following adults with no underlying medical conditions; a 51-year-old female from Clayton County, a 56-year-old male from Cobb County, a 29-year-old male from Cobb County, a 50-year-old female from Fulton County, a 31-year-old male from Fulton County, and a 27-year-old female from Lee County.

On Tuesday, the CDC said that 579,005 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the United States.  Of that number, reports show that 22,252 people have died to date from the virus in the U.S. New York continues to have the highest number of cases at 195,081.  New Jersey has the second-highest COVID-19 cases in the country at 64,584. Massachusetts is third with 28,163 confirmed cases in the nation.

Globally, the World Health Organization reported that 1,848,439 people have become infected with the virus.  The worldwide death toll has now reached 117,217. The United States has over 3 times as many positive cases of COVID-19 than the second hardest-hit country which is Spain.  The United States now has the most deaths in the world overtaking Italy’s death toll.

On Saturday, Gwinnett residents will enter their third week of being under an official “shelter in place” or “stay-at-home order.”  All of the State is under a shelter in place order until April 30 as the number of people who are testing positive for the novel coronavirus continues to climb.  Many people obeyed the order in the first two weeks. As the third week rolls around, more and more are not following the order issued by Governor Brian Kemp. It is imperative that people follow the order and stay put.  As the healthcare system becomes more and more stressed, the possibility that frontline doctors and nurses are going to have to make tough decisions regarding who they think has a better chance at surviving the virus and using their limited resources on them.  Think about the bigger picture. Stay home, flatten the curve.

— Staff Reports

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