According to a Friday report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the White House Coronavirus Task Force does not think that the state of Georgia is doing enough to stop ths spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. A report by the task force dated on Sunday cited the state’s widespread and rapidly expanding community spread of the virus as being a hindrance to fighting the pandemic.
Details of Task Force Report: The task force called out Georgia for its continuing increase of confirmed cases. As the largest city in the state, Atlanta is not seeing any significant improvement in case numbers, spurring the committee to recommend increased mitigation efforts including a statewide face masks mandate. The committee said that Georgia needs to institute the face coverings rule immediately.
The report looked at data between August 1 and 7. While Georgia’s rate of confirmed cases is staring to decrease slowly, it is still identified as being in the red zone of danger by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Current Georgia Numbers: The rate of COVID-19 spread in Georgia remains at a level that is almost double the national average, prompting the release of the task force recommendations. According to recent figures by John Hopkins University, the state has the highest seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 people, ringing in at 31.99. The state’s department of health registered 2,674 new cases on Thursday. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 228,668.
The death rate also continues to rise. 83 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of fatalities to 4,538. Also this week was a record number of reported deaths in one day with 136 recorded on Tuesday.
The fear that the numbers will continue to rise is largely a result of Georgia opening its doors for in-school learning in many school districts. The state and its educational administrators came under fire this week when over 1,100 students and staff members in the Cherokee County School District were placed under quarantine after exposure just a few days into the new school year. One of the most alarming stories to come out of the state this week was the report of a second-grader testing positive for COVID-19 right after attending the first day of school.
Keeping on top of the current numbers and taking the appropriate action is one of the best things that you can do to proactively take control of the health of your family.