With Labor Day in the rearview mirror and many expecting positive cases of COVID-19 to be reported, the state of Georgia has posted some numbers that are considered positive indicators for a state that has been ravaged by the invisible killer.
In the report, the state Department of Public Health said from Sept. 7 through Sept. 14, the seven-day average of new cases decreased 11.3 percent. During that same time, the average of new cases reported dropped 54 percent from the highest spike on July 24.
On Sept. 14, the state reported nearly 2.6 million tests had been conducted while the positivity rate of 8.9 percent on Aug. 31 had dropped to 8.1 percent on Sept. 7 and then another downward spiral of positivity to 7.7 percent on Sept. 14.
Since July 30, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 had decreased to 52 percent.
Locally, the DPH reported 1,592 tests being conducted in Putnam County with a 7 percent positivity rate since March 18.
As of 3 p.m. on Sept. 15, 660 cases were reported with 70 patients hospitalized and 23 reported deceased from COVID-19 according to the GDPH.
In its weekly operational report, the North Central Health District reported 70 percent of patients hospitalized had been discharged with 8 percent of cases reported as healthcare workers while 48 percent of the deceased were connected to congregated large groups while 11 percent of the cases were reported to that same group.
Putnam County is still considered not only a substantial spread area but also an area of concern, citing reports that said 3 percent of emergency room visits were directly related to COVID-19 and because the increases in cases cannot be solely attributed to congregate settings, the NCHD is watching Putnam closely for any changes in those numbers.