COVID-19: Georgia’s death toll rises to 20; new confirmed cases now at 555

The death toll in Georgia as a result of CoVID-19  has risen to 20 according to the Georgia Department of Public Health and the number of confirmed cases is 555. This is the latest update at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. This update is now being given twice a day by the GDPH, at noon and at 7 p.m. each day.

This still does not include any known cases in Walton County. The employee at Hitachi in Monroe who was identified Tuesday is not a resident of Walton County There is no official information on the  cases marked as “unknown.”

At this time, Georgia is now in the top 10 states in the United States for the number of cases and in the top five for the number of deaths. It is important that everybody heeds the guidance on how to slow the spread. However, the number of cases reported is directly reflective of the number of tests that are now being done.

At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, worldwide there were 304,602 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 13,000 deaths, and 94,793 people recovered. Most of those reported covered were reported by China, at 71,740. There are still none recovered in Georgia, but that is because at this time tests have only been made available more recently so the numbers for confirmed cases also are low. Italy has a very high number of cases, and sadly the highest death rate at 4,825, with 793 reported in the last 24 hours. However, it is reporting 6,072 recovered cases now.

At 23,919 cases and 301 deaths, the US  remains the fourth-highest number of cases reported in the world. There were 45 deaths reported in the US in the last 24 hours.


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