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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – Here is this week’s COVID-19 update with the latest numbers, analysis, and links to useful news. Stay safe, wash your hands, take your Vitamin D, wear a mask, get vaccinated, and don’t be a spreader 😷!
Related Links 🔗
Here are some related items you might find useful:
- A timeline of COVID-19 events starting in December of 2019
- Why I’m Taking Vitamin D in the Age of COVID-19
- The Google Sheets workbook in which I’m tracking all this data
Observations on Today’s Numbers
United States 🇺🇸
- Daily infections in the US have been increasing for four weeks.
- The 7-day average for infections in the US has increased 250% since June 20.
- Roughly one out of every 10 people in the United States has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Daily deaths in the United States have been increasing for two weeks.
- The disease is killing about 260 people a day in the United States. That’s about one death every six minutes.
- The United States has 4% of the world’s population but 15% of the world’s reported deaths from COVID-19.
- About one out of every 540 Americans has been killed by COVID-19.
- About 8,100 Americans have died of this disease in the past thirty days.
- The percentage of tests that return a positive result has increased by 280% since June 19. That is, the positive test percentage has almost tripled in one month.
- Daily testing in the US has fallen 70% since the recent peak in January.
- Infections in Georgia have been increasing for four weeks.
- Daily infections have increased by 240% since June 21.
- The disease continues to infect about 775 people a day in Georgia. The 7-day average for daily infections has MORE THAN DOUBLED in the past ten days.
- About one out of every 12 people in Georgia has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Daily deaths have fallen by 95% since the peak in January, but hospitalizations in Georgia have increased 47% since July 1.
- The disease is still killing about 6 people a day in Georgia. (Compared to 800 deaths per day back in January.)
- About one out of every 580 Georgians has died from this disease.
- The number of tests that return a positive result has increased by 143% since July 1.
- Daily testing in Georgia has has fallen 73% since the peak on January 23.
- Georgia ranks 51st among US states and territories in Tests per Capita performed over the past seven days, behind Iowa and Hawaii. The top five states/territories with the most tests per capita in the past seven days are New York, Rhode Island, Florida, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
Positive and Useful News
In an effort to provide some relief from the endless stream of scary news about COVID-19, these daily updates include links to any available positive or useful news related to this disease. Here are today’s links:
- Coronavirus doctor’s diary: ‘Not having the vaccine is the biggest mistake of my life’
- Vaccine mandates more likely once FDA grants full approvals, health experts say
- Covid vaccine certificates to be compulsory for crowded venues in England
- J.&J. Vaccine May Be Less Effective Against Delta, Study Suggests
- Which covid-19 vaccine is the most widely accepted for international travel?
- Some cruise lines not accepting passengers with mixed COVID-19 vaccinations
- Missouri Legislators Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot
- Will we all need COVID vaccine booster shots?
- EXPLAINER: Are we going to need COVID-19 booster shots?
- Utah’s Mitt Romney wants COVID booster shots available ASAP
- Covid vaccines for kids under 12 expected midwinter, FDA official says
- Federal judge upholds Indiana University’s Covid-19 vaccination requirements
- The Reassuring Data on the Delta Variant
- More infectious Delta variant makes up 83% of new US coronavirus cases
- The Delta Variant Is Surging in Missouri
- Delta Variant Is On The Rise: Here’s How To Stay Safe And Protect Others
- The Highly Contagious Delta Variant Is Pushing U.S. Coronavirus Cases Higher
- As delta variant spreads, medical experts warn of risk to young children
- Delta COVID variant now dominant strain worldwide, U.S. deaths surge
- Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent
- Delta variant behind more than 80% of U.S. cases; vaccines still highly effective
- Say goodbye to your carefree Covid summer
- Indonesia is now the epicenter of Asia’s Covid-19 crisis. Here’s what you need to know
- Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths are increasing, and the vast majority were not vaccinated
- CDC head says US in ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’
- Coronavirus spreading among south Texas children
- L.A. County will require masks indoors amid COVID-19 surge
- How Covid-19 Has Upended Life in Undervaccinated Arkansas
Georgia Pandemic News
- More than 110,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been destroyed in Georgia since December
- Georgia deputy loses 5-year-old son to COVID-19
- Family says watching loved one sick with COVID-19 Delta variant convinced them to get vaccinated
- COVID-19 surge looms in Georgia
- Georgia sees rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations as Delta variant spreads
- Cobb County schools not requiring masks for returning students, staff
- A look at major COVID-19 developments over the past week
- Georgia football coach Kirby Smart: Bulldogs over 85% vaccinated, but he still wants more
- Mom of Georgia man who refused vaccine and then needed a lung transplant because of COVID-19 begs people to get their shots
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Notes Regarding Data Sources
United States Data
As of March 7, The COVID Tracking Project has stopped collecting data. I have started pulling all data for the US from the CDC’s official COVID Data Tracker site. One major drawback of the CDC’s site is the absence of historical data for its key metrics. I miss a day, I have to interpolate the missing data rather than having a reliable source of the actual missing values. I don’t often miss days, and most of the charts and metrics are based on seven-day averages anyway, so the occasional omission/interpolation should not have a material impact on the trends reported here on my site.
United States Vaccine Data
Metrics for COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States come from the CDC COVID Data Tracker website. The number shown on my dashboard represents “Total Number of People Initiating Vaccination (1st Dose Received)”. Healthcare providers report vaccine doses to federal, state, territorial, and local agencies up to 72 hours after administration. There may be additional lag for data to be transmitted from the federal, state, territorial, or local agency to CDC.
All tables and graphs appearing on this page for the State of Georgia use official data from the State of Georgia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Status Report.
The following appeared on the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Daily Status Report page on May 29:
Alert – Beginning Tuesday, June 2, DPH will move to a once a day Daily Status Report update at 3 p.m. This will allow time to process and validate laboratory and case reports to improve data quality and accuracy. DPH is regularly reviewing and updating features of the dashboard to provide a true picture of COVID-19 in Georgia.
Georgia has now made this change, but I continue to update my page mid-day, right after I eat lunch. That means the Georgia data comes from the day before my page is updated.
Georgia Vaccine Data
Metrics related to COVID-19 vaccinations in Georgia come from the Georgia Department of Public Health’s COVID Vaccine web page. The Georgia COVID Vaccine dashboard is updated daily, excluding weekends and public holidays.
United States Data
- The COVID Tracking Project (prior to March 7, 2021)
- CDC: COVID-19 Cases in U.S.
- CDC: COVID Data Tracker
- CDC: United States Laboratory Testing
- United States Coronavirus – Worldometer
State of Georgia Data
- COVID-19 Daily Status Report | Georgia Department of Public Health
- COVID Vaccine | Georgia Department of Public Health
- U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Georgia