Finally some good news in the COVID Pandemic that has gripped the world for the past two months – well at least for Georgia.
According to the revised projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations that all the states are working off, Georgia is now projected to have already peaked at 100 deaths per day (which we recorded 10 days ago, on April 7, 2020.) Our peak use of resources was projected to have been two days ago, on April 15, and our total deaths expected tops out at 1,369 by June 1. We now have 100% of hospital beds as well as ICU beds needed 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 today, 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. this evening, 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.
All this being said, this same agency which seems to have a huge influence on how the country and the states operate, is only suggesting a relaxing of the social distancing protocals after June, 15. Yes, June 15 – let’s hope further improvements make a positive impact on that date too!