Georgia Surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 Cases, Ranks 5th in U.S.

Georgia is continuing to see a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The State Department of Public Health reported 201,713 confirmed cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 11%. The rate has steadily been increasing since mid-June, and the total number of deaths from the virus is currently 3,984 statewide. 

The newest milestone ranks Georgia, the 5th state in the country, to reach 200,000 cases following California, Florida, Texas, and New York.

According to the John Hopkins University of Medicine, Fulton County
ranks among the top 50 counties with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, with 30 percent of those being from Atlanta.

During a public update, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that she is opening up a new testing center for city workers starting on Thursday. 

The 200,000 ranking comes just a little over one month after the peach state exceeded 100,000 cases, in early July. 

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