Coronavirus case updates

TIFTON — Tift County rose past 1,150 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past week since the start of the pandemic and reported five more related deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Last week, Tift County had reported 29 deaths; by early this week, the number of COVID-19-related deaths had risen to 34, according to the GDPH report.

Statewide, Georgia reported thousands of new COVID-19 cases in the past week.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health's daily status report, the state has reported about 171,000 coronavirus cases and more than 3,500 deaths. 

As of this week, more than 17,000 Georgians have been hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic with more than 3,100 admitted to intensive care units. 

The state has conducted more than 1.45 million viral tests and reports a 10.8% positive rate.

More than 216,000 Georgians have had antibody tests conducted — that show past signs of infection — with the state reporting a 6.2% positive rate.

Georgians ages 18 to 29 are now the prominent age group for reported infections, while Georgians ages 50 and older still report significantly more deaths.

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