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COVID-19 Infections Are Rising More Rapidly in Georgia, in Line With A National Uptick in Cases

October 27, 2020

ATLANTA — COVID-19 infections are rising more rapidly in Georgia, in line with a national uptick in cases.

A report issued Monday by the Georgia Department of Public Health shows the broadest measure of COVID-19 cases was up 18% in the week that ended Friday compared to the week before. That includes rapid antigen tests as well as the more precise genetic tests.

Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey said in October that the state was planning to include positive rapid antigen tests in its daily report, but it has not yet done so. Many other states count those tests no differently than genetic tests, but Georgia officials said they’re worried about antigen tests having a higher rate of false results.

Georgia has risen back above 100 weekly cases per 100,000 people. The state remains far off its July peaks when it had the highest per capita case rate nationwide.

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