Update on COVID-19 trends in Georgia

December 10, 2020–10:54 a.m.


The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing the following information regarding the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia.

COVID-19 Cases

  • From 12/1 to 12/7, the seven-day average of new cases reported increased 62% over the previous seven-day average of new cases. (Note: the decrease in the seven-day average of new cases reported on 12/1 were an artifact of decreased testing and delayed reporting over the Thanksgiving holiday.)
  • The seven-day average of new cases reported increased 2.6% from our previous peak July 24.
  • As of Dec. 7, there are 448,683 PCR confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 58,007 antigen positive cases of COVID-19, cumulative in Georgia.

COVID-19 Testing

Georgia SPOCs

  • As of Dec. 7, the state reported 4,521,060 (cumulative) COVID-19 PCR tests reported to DPH through Electronic Laboratory Reports (ELR).
  • The number of specimens collected at DPH SPOCs is 1,474,428.
  • From Dec. 1 – Dec.7, testing at SPOC locations increased 41% over the previous seven days. (Note: testing at SPOC locations between 11/24 and 12/1 was down due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Positivity Rate

The statewide percent positive (7-day moving average) for PCR tests increased 30% from 9.2% on Nov. 30 to 12% on Dec. 7.


Daily hospitalizations for COVID-19 have increased 13% from 2,212 on Nov. 30 to 2,502 on Dec. 7. Hospitalizations have decreased 22% since a daily high of 3,200 on July 30.

Emergency Department Visits

Emergency Department (ED) visits related to COVID-19 increased to 6% statewide and ILI (influenza-like illness) visits have remained flat at 2% statewide over the two week period Nov. 21 – Dec. 4.

The Georgia Department of Public Health monitors influenza (flu) activity year-round throughout the state with the help of volunteer sentinel healthcare providers. Influenza activity is calucated based on the percentage of provider visits that are for “influenza-like illness” (fever >100° F AND cough and/or sore throat). Click on this link to see the Weekly Flu Surveillance Report.

All Lab Positive (PCR and Antigen) COVID-19 Cases Among K-12 School Aged Children*

*Report reflects week of Nov. 23-29

All Lab Positive (PCR and Antigen) COVID-19 Cases by Age Category (Ages 0-22)*

*Report reflects week  of Nov. 23-29


Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: 114 (increase of 24 from previous week)      

These outbreaks are occurring in settings where people are physically congregating and underscore the need for physical distancing and source control. The highest number of outbreaks occurred in schools, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities and workplaces.

Counties with High Transmission Indicators*

*By county of residence, report reflects Nov. 21- Dec. 4

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.

For information about COVID-19, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.


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