Georgia reports nearly 40% positivity rate


Georgia reported more than 55,000 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, a day after the state’s website crashed due to an overwhelming amount of data.

The current positivity rate among those being tested for the virus is 40% as the highly-transmissible omicron variant surges.

Another 35 deaths and 965 hospitalizations were reported Tuesday.

January 1 marked the highest single-day record for new cases since the pandemic began, with 18,878 new cases reported across the state.

More than 100% of emergency room beds in metro Atlanta are currently full.

Across the state, 85% of emergency room beds are currently occupied and 84% of intensive care unit beds were in use.

COVID-19 patients make up a little more than 23% of hospitalizations across the state and around 27% in metro Atlanta.

Cases have risen in Georgia in a near-vertical spike since the end of December, with nearly 4,000 people hospitalized with the virus up from less than 1,000 at the end of November.

Several major Atlanta health systems and hospitals, including Grady Health System, Piedmont, Emory and Wellstar were on total emergency room diversion or total diversion Tuesday, according to the Georgia Coordinating Center.


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