COVID-19: Deaths: 677, Cases 17,841 with 3,447 hospitalized; 1 more case in Walton

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, Georgia is reporting 17,841 cases of COVID-19, 3,447 hospitalized and 677 deaths. Walton County is reporting 59 cases and three deaths. Gwinnett County is reporting 1,059 cases and 36 deaths. In the Governor’s list of COVID-19 patients at Walton County nursing homes, the state is reporting three cases in Walton County – one at Park Place in Monroe and two cases with two deaths at the Retreat in Loganville at the Pearl Alzheimer’s building. Neither facilities are reporting any confirmed cases among staff members.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations revised the projections that all the states are working off of on Friday and Georgia is now  projected to have already peaked at 100 deaths per day (which was recorded 10 days ago, on April 7, 2020.) Georgia’s peak use of resources was projected to have been two days ago, on April 15, and the state’s total expected deaths tops out at 1,369  by June 1. Georgia now has 100% of hospital beds and ICU beds needed to meet current projections and are just 287 short on ventilators.

All this is a much better projection that it was just a few hours ago before the revision was made. Up until April 17, Georgia was not expected to peak until May 1 at 91 deaths a day for a total by June 26 of 3,718.

These projections seem much more realistic when compared to the actual figures being recorded. At 7 p.m. Friday, the Georgia Department of Public health was reporting 668 deaths with 17,432 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 3,395 hospitalized. This included 3 deaths and 58 cases in Walton County and 1037 cases and 36 deaths in Gwinnett County. That is nine deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 409 cases and 52 people hospitalized.

You can keep up with the new projections by taping on this link each day and turning to Georgia for the update.

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