Georgia Reports Heaviest Day in New COVID Cases After Thanksgiving
December 09, 2020
In an article published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, written by J. Scott Trubey titled, Georgia Stuck in COVID-19 Red Zone, but Uneven Reporting Clouds Picture
stated that Georgia reported one if its heaviest days ever of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, December 2nd, as labs and other providers are continuing to sort out a backlog of tests coming from Thanksgiving week. Regardless, public health officials say it is still too soon to exactly know the kind of impact Thanksgiving gatherings and travel might have had on Georgia.
In the days prior to Thanksgiving, Governor Brian Kemp along with Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia's top doctor, urged everyone to re-think having big social gatherings, prefer virtual celebrations or enjoy holiday meals outdoors while practicing social distancing to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts, however, feared Thanksgiving and the risk for a massive spread in cases has been rising since as early as October. Memorial Day weekend caused the summer surge that saw cases spike throughout the months of June and July. Experts warn that if people were not cautious and did not follow public health guidelines over the Thanksgiving weekend, it is likely another surge could follow suit.
Reports show Georgia is ranked 48th out of the 50 states for the rate of new cases that ended Friday, November 27th, which remained unchanged for the past three weeks. As of December 2nd, Georgia has reported 428,980 confirmed cases and 53,159 antigen-positive cases. The article mentions that if you are under the age of 40 and held social gatherings beyond your household, you need to assume you became infected during the Thanksgiving period.
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