Three more deaths added to tally, hospitalizations going up amid continued surge

New COVID-19 cases in Polk County rose by another 175 over the holiday weekend, and more deaths were reported from the virus as well as the Georgia Department of Public Health released their latest numbers on Tuesday afternoon following four days since an update.

The DPH put the total number of COVID-19 cases at 5,412 PCR, along with 2,009 antigen cases since tracking began and the first case was reported locally.

The previous figure available before today’s update put the case total at 5,327 positive test results.

The number of hospitalizations rose since last week by another 11 in today’s update, and the death toll rose by another three since last week. That brings the totals respectively to 444 patients having been treated for COVID-19 from Polk County, and 96 deaths. The number of probable deaths also rose by one during the holiday weekend, bringing that total to 14 in Polk County.

After the previous Friday update that saw an increase of 89 cases – that the third-highest daily increase since tracking began, with record one-day figures shattered during the final weekend of August before an update was available again. – the weekend increases saw daily figures continue double-digit climbs.

Per the DPH data updated this afternoon, 58 cases were added Saturday, another 29 on Sunday, a big increase of 73 on Labor Day, and another 15 were added today.

The figure of 95 remains the daily record, set on August 30.

Georgia’s figure also increased over the holiday weekend by a big amount. Since the last update on Friday, Sept. 3, another 22,102 PCR positives were added to the tally and brought the overall figure to more than 1.13 million cases since tracking began. That increase also included another 4,741 antigen positives, 220 confirmed deaths and 472 hospitalizations statewide.

National figures per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s national database updated daily now surpassed the 40 million case mark since tracking began in January 2020.

Another 47,728 cases were added to the tally today. The death toll from the virus is nearing 650,000 Americans as of Tuesday afternoon, with 242 added to the tally today alone.

The states with the highest number of daily cases during this recent surge from the Delta variant of COVID-19 include Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and West Virginia.

National data for the Tuesday update was incomplete because many states didn’t post figures over the Labor Day weekend, and haven’t included big jumps in new COVID cases like those posted here in Georgia since this past Friday.

Check back for an update on the figures on Thursday when more data is available.

Please consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine from a local medical provider if you haven’t done so. Make sure to stay away from people if you are sick, and take advantage of drive-thru testing at sites like the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.

For those who are concerned about the community spread, remember to wear a mask, social distance, use hand sanitizer and wash your hands, and cover coughs and sneezes.

Kevin The Editor

The former Editor of The Polk County Standard Journal and a journalist with more than a decade of experience in Northwest Georgia, Kevin Myrick is the Editor and Publisher of Polk.Today. An Auburn graduate,...