COVID-19 in Georgia

A detailed look at the spread of the Corona Virus in the state of Georgia

Blog Post Date: July 31st, 2020

Blog Post Last Update: Aug 31st, 2020

Note: This was edited on Aug 8th to add a running collection of tweets (with links to news stories, research papers etc) that addresses everything related to schools reopening in Georgia:

Georgia is a southeastern U.S. state whose terrain spans coastal beaches, farmland and mountains.

Capital is Atlanta. Population is 10.62 million (8th highest). Governor is Brian Kemp (Republican)

Eighth most by Population
Eighth most by Population

Relevant links to COVID Data Analytics site

Case and Death Patterns by State

Red States v/s Blue States

States, counties setting cases and deaths records each day

Cases and deaths records for each state

Details of Cases and deaths by state / county

Georgia is fifth in total cases

Fifth most by Cases
Fifth most by Cases

Georgia is twelfth in total deaths

Twelfth most by Deaths
Twelfth most by Deaths

Not in the Worst performing states by cases and deaths per million and death percentage

  • It is 9th worst in cases per million
  • It is 15th worst in deaths per million
  • It is 26th worst in death percentage (2.01%)

Georgia is flagged as having a Critical Threat Level by COVID ActNow website

  • High risk factors: Daily new cases, ICU Capacity at 98% is at critical levels.
  • Infection rate is above 1 at 1.06. It means that the disease is still spreading and that can be seen by the rising case numbers every day (and the new records recently)
  • Masks need to be mandated and bars and restaurants and beaches must all be shutdown to get a handle on this thing and to get the Infection rate well below 1.

Critical Threat Level
Critical Threat Level

How are the 159 counties doing?

  • Georgia has 159 counties.
  • 21 counties have a weekly case growth of 100% or more compared to last week.
  • 24 counties have a weekly case growth of 100% or more compared to two weeks ago.
  • 15 counties have a weekly case growth of 500% or more compared to four weeks ago.

Weekly Growth
Weekly Growth

Cases and Deaths records at the state and county levels

  • Almost every other day quite a few counties in Georgia are breaking either its own cases record or its deaths record.
  • We now routinely have 4,000+ cases and 75+ deaths every day
  • We also have 8+ Georgia counties breaking its cases record every day (5+ counties its deaths records)

Comparing New Jersey and Georgia

New Jersey which is a slightly smaller state with an 8.9 million population reached a cases peak (4305) on April 3rd. During the rest of April, the cases hovered in the 3,000 to 4,200 range. But the deaths which is a lagging indicator continued to rise through out April finally peaking at 457 on April 30th.

Date Range Case Range Deaths Range
3/20 - 4/30 149 - 4305 2 - 457

Georgia in July
Georgia in July

So, Georgia has had daily cases go over the New Jersey peak cases of 4,305 several times already. It would be scary to see the deaths in Georgia apporaching the New Jersey peak (451). The longer we see the Infection rate above 1.0 and the cases above 4,000 on a daily basis, it is only a matter of time before we see 100+ deaths daily.

The stunning growth in cases in the last 4 weeks through out Georgia has left many parts of the state reeling. This is beginning to look a lot like Italy (Lombardi), Spain, Wuhan, New York City or even New Jersey in March / April. ICU is near capacity in most places. Horrific stories are coming out of many places in Georgia.

Here are some of the headlines coming out of Georgia:

Georgia ICU units near capacity as COVID-19 surges

260 kids and counselors infected with COVID-19 at Georgia summer camp

As The Pandemic Grows, Georgia Hospitals Worry About Bed Space, Staffing Shortages

Georgia ICUs Near Capacity, Only 1 Bed Available in Two Hospital Regions

Athens, Tifton hospitals run out of beds for critical patients

Final Thoughts

  • If Georgia re-opens schools with the Republican Governor Brian Kemp not having the guts to say no to Trump to schools re-opening, heaven help us all. 5,000+ cases daily and 150+ deaths daily will be a common occurrence in Georgia leading up to fall / winter and the flu season.
  • I don't want to speculate how catastrophic it would be if schools re-open and stay open and we don't have a vaccine until mid 2021.
  • I hope common sense prevails and they learn from the deadly mistake made by Israel

Israelis Fear Schools Reopened Too Soon as Covid-19 Cases Climb

Israel Second Wave
Israel Second Wave

School Reopenings

A national database that tracks coronavirus-related school closings, quarantines, cases and deaths.

Covid-19 Is Creating a Wave of Heart Disease -daily reminder that there is so much more to #COVID19 than death

New CDC guidance says COVID rates in children is steadily increasing. (not ideal for schools reopening)

LONG TERM BURDEN after COVID hospitalization — “Anybody who needed to be hospitalized or needed ICU support will suffer disability afterwards.”

This is why it is so dangerous to send kids off to school in the Republican states where Case Positivity ratio is 10-20%. Millions of Americans will now have a lifelong pre-existing condition and if the Republicans win the 2020 election through voter suppression, shutting down USPS and colluding with Russia and China and Ukraine, these Millions of Americans are looking at bankruptcy. Vote Blue, as your life depends on it!

Aug 31st

With a population of 328 million in the United States, it may require 2.13 million deaths to reach a 65 percent threshold of herd immunity, assuming the virus has a 1% fatality rate.

Let’s not try out this strategy. What if the virus has a 2% fatality rate? 4.26 million deaths is acceptable?

Aug 29th

#Georgia College reported 535 positive COVID cases on campus.

Students had a “die-in,” where participants laid on the ground holding signs, some made to look like tombstones, to represent the lives lost during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug 28th

Trump and the Republicans come up with a plan to kill 2.3 to 3 million Americans

They complained that 4 Benghazi deaths were too many. Now they are signing off on Putin paying Taliban to kill American Soldiers and the genocide of 2-3 million Americans.

Good thing that they are pro-life. Imagine if they were the pro-death party?

A 'Palpable Sense of Fear' as Covid Cases Soar at a College in Rural Georgia

Faculty said most classes are still being held in person, with some lecture classes having as many as 70 or 80 students.

1-year-old becomes Georgia’s youngest COVID-19 victim

More than 7 percent of students on Georgia College's campus have had COVID-19, and up to a third may be in quarantine.

In-person classes continue nonetheless.

Aug 25th

A new report from President Trump’s COVID task force shows GA had the second-highest rate of new #coronavirus infections in the nation

That is over the last week, and the task force continues to urge state leaders to impose a mask mandate to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Aug 24th

GOP congressman sells 'back to school' masks after demanding schools reopen

There is a special place in hell for Sociopath Doug Collins who is profiting by forcing forcing kids / teachers into an unsafe environment. He is profiting of a pandemic while at the same time sending Americans to certain death or a lifetime of heart / lung issues.

GA College reports 150 new cases on Monday afternoon. 373 total

Aug 23rd

Georgia college frat house under quarantine after COVID-19 outbreak

Georgia Tech reported over 250 cases of coronavirus in August

Aug 22nd

University of Georgia faculty members say campus is in "grave danger" over school's COVID policies

Aug 21st

A Georgia school district that had switched to all-online classes abruptly reversed course on Friday for most of its schools

While officials at one state university nervously eyed rising numbers of COVID-19 infections among students

Aug 20th

Floyd County Schools transition to remote learning after 350 quarantine due to COVID-19

Ignoring scientific evidence that COVID-19 can race through a group of children, Georgia had deemed it safe to open schools the first week of August.

You Can’t Try to Kill Students and Expect Them to Be Quiet About It.

Georgia College reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the highest daily total since reporting began in June.

GCSU reported 48 student cases on Thursday alone with 7 cases being added to previous daily totals. The total number of cases is now 165.

Georgia State QB Mikele Colasurdo has been diagnosed with a heart condition as a result of contracting the coronavirus and won't be able to play football this season.

Aug 19th

Georgia school closed due to a staffing shortage caused by COVID-19

35 new cases today at Georgia College. 110 cases total is about 1.5% of the student body

Aug 18th

2,000+ Cherokee County students in quarantine; superintendent warns of more school shutdowns

Outbreak in an Elite Atlanta Prep school in the summer

Aug 17th

A Georgia school district said Sunday that it will close a third high school through the end of the month amid a COVID-19 outbreak.

Aug 15th

Georgia reported its youngest coronavirus fatality, a 7-year-old boy, as schools were reopening last week

Also, COVID spread in Georgia is widespread and expanding! (not ideal for reopening)

15-Year-Old Boy With No Underlying Health Conditions Dies of COVID in Georgia

I really felt like I was dropping [my kids] off at a death trap,” a parent said about Georgia schools

Delusional GA governor pleased with school reopenings despite confirmed new cases of COVID-19 among students and faculty

A 15-year-old Gwinnett County boy with no underlying conditions has died after contracting COVID-19

Aug 14th

WH warns Georgia that the virus is out of control as schools reopen

Weekly COVID-19 count nearly triples in Cherokee County schools

Aug 13th

Idiotic Republican parents want to endanger their kids and other kids

Fearful School Bus driver

Aug 12th

North Paulding High school COVID cases grow to 35; School closed for the week

More than 1,000 students in a Georgia school district are in quarantine after at least 70 cases of COVID19 were confirmed in various schools.

1191 quarantined for COVID in a suburban Atlanta, Georgia school district. Is this a successful reopening?

Cobb high school (Georgia) closes to disinfect after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Aug 11th

Georgia has record 137 deaths today (not ideal for schools reopening)

Georgia High School Association says more than 850 student athletes have tested positive

Etowah High School, GA is closing until August 31st after 15 COVID cases have been reported

826 students to quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19, along with 42 teachers

Former High School football players die of COVID

Aug 10th

40+ schools have already closed nationwide after reopening last week

Georgia school district (Cherokee) reports 826 students in quarantine since opening

Georgia Paulding high school switches to digital learning after COVID-19 cases and viral photo

North Paudling, GA teen who shared photo of packed high school hallway says she's receiving threats

Sociopathic Republicans are placing our kids in danger so that they can get Trump re-elected, no matter how many lives are lost

Aug 9th

At least 97,000 children in US have tested positive for COVID in the last two weeks of July.

Chattooga County (GA) Schools officials confirmed six COVID-19 cases in the school system

North Paulding High School, GA will shut down for two days due to Covid-19.

COVID-19 can spread in air if schools don't have proper AC, report says

How widespread is COVID-19 in children? (9%) A look at the latest data as schools reopen

Aug 7th

Dozens of staff at North GA school district (Lumpkin) test positive

Idiotic Cobb parents turn out to demand in-person classes for students (on Aug 1st)

Cobb County Schools has 100 cases of COVID among students, staff (predictably, a week later)

North Paulding High School has 23 cases (school where kids were suspended for taking photos)

Dozens of teachers, students get COVID in 1st wk

7 year old dead in GA (Kids are not immune)

Paulding county girl suspension lifted

Aug 6th

Schools that open in the fall will close by October

Some teachers are retiring rather than go back to school

CDC abdicates responsibility; will let kids get sick

Georgia school nurse who resigned, says she was 'horrified' by the lack of Covid-19 safety protocols

A Georgia High School (Paulding county) Suspended Two Students For Posting Photos Of Crowded Hallways

Cherokee County in Georgia which reopened Monday, now has cases in 4 schools.

Muzzling caught on audio: School principal of Georgia threatening further consequences

Aug 5th

Pence & DeVos exposed 4th grade kids to COVID for a Photo-op; Now school is shut down

Kids in GA threatened with expulsion if they stay home

Trump learns nothing from 160,000 dead and wants to reopen Schools

Covid-19 may spread more easily in schools than thought, report warns.

A 2nd grader tests positive in Sixes Elementary School in Cherokee County, GA. 20 Kids and teachers are quarantined.

Aug 4th

The actions by the Gov of Iowa, the Trump administration and especially the staff at the North Paulding High School where they know that many football players are infected and may have come into contact with other kids and still opening schools without a mask mandate and social distancing is diabolical.

They are all so eager to infect thousands (millions at the Trump adminstration level) and possibly dooming thousands to a lifetmime of misery with pre-existing lung, heart and other issues brought on by a COVID infection. This is just plain evil!

The parents need to put their foot down and refuse to send their kids to school.

Trump administration sticks to plan to reopen schools (and infect millions?)

Five Marietta schools employees test positive for COVID-19

Cherokee County schools, Georgia, quarantines second-grade class after student tests positive for COVID-19

First day of school in Paulding county, GA. No social distancing, no masks

Multiple football players infected & sick, Paulding County still refused to delay, and no mask mandates (thousands will get infected)

Aug 3rd

As the Coronavirus Comes to School, a Tough Choice: When to Close

Aug 2nd

Georgia teen loses both parents to COVID in mere days

COVID cases, exposure have 260 Gwinnett school employees not working

July 31st

Georgia Summer Camp

July 13th

Teachers are writing their wills

Super spreader events that will lead to explosion of cases and shutdowns

University of West Georgia

University of North Georgia