Thanks for visiting my daily COVID-19 update! Data sources used for this report appear at the bottom of the page.
Thursday, October 29, 2020 – Here is today’s COVID-19 update with the latest numbers, analysis, links to positive and useful news, and interactive maps. Stay safe, wash your hands, TAKE YOUR VITAMIN D, wear a mask, and don’t be a spreader 😷!
Here are some links to related stuff I’ve written, in case you’re interested:
- 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
👁 NEW INFORMATION 👁 : The “Updated Numbers” table below now includes the one-week percentage change for each metric. These new values are color-coded to represent “desirable” (green) and “undesirable” (red) directions, and they appear at the bottom of the table for each geography.
Observations on Today’s Numbers
United States 🇺🇸
- On October 28, the seven-day average for new daily infections in the United States reached a new all-time high of 73,205 cases per day.
- This disease is currently infecting over 500,000 new Americans every week.
- COVID-19 has infected over 200,000 Americans every single week since June 23.
- The US has exceeded 30,000 new cases per day every day since June 24.
- Roughly one out of every 40 people in the United States has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- The seven-day average for deaths per day in the United States is now over 800.
- The disease is still killing over 5,000 Americans a week.
- About one out of every 1,460 Americans has been killed by COVID-19.
- The seven-day average for deaths per day in the United States has exceeded 500 people per day every day since March 31. Over 20,000 people have died of this disease in the past thirty days.
- The seven-day average for tests per day in The United States is now over one million.
- On October 28, the seven-day average for tests in the United States REACHED A NEW ALL TIME HIGH of 1,174,824 tests per day.
- Daily cases have fallen 57 percent since the peak on July 24. (Testing, however, has fallen by 32 percent since its peak, so some of the decrease in cases may be due to the decrease in tests.)
- On September 17, Georgia exceeded 300,000 cases of COVID-19. It was the fifth US state to do so.
- There are only five states with more total cases than Georgia: New York, California, Texas, Florida, and Illinois.
- About one out of every 30 people in Georgia has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- On September 30, Georgia exceeded 7,000 deaths from COVID-19.
- Georgia ranks ninth in the nation in total deaths (New York, New Jersey, and California are the top three.)
- On July 4, Georgia averaged 12 deaths per day. Today it is over twice that high.
- The seven-day average for tests per day has fallen by 32 percent since the peak on August 11.
- Georgia has fallen out of the Top 10 among US states by number of tests performed. (California, New York, and Florida are the top three.)
- On October 12, Georgia fell to #15 in testing, behind Tennessee and Wisconsin.
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:
- Pfizer Enters Final Stretch of Late-Stage COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
- AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial resumes at UW
- AstraZeneca resumes U.S. Covid-19 vaccine trial and Johnson & Johnson prepares to do same
- Moderna says it’s preparing global launch of Covid vaccine as it takes in $1.1 billion in deposits
- It may be time to reset expectations on when we’ll get a Covid-19 vaccine
- Vitamin D and coronavirus: Study show more than 80% of patients were deficient
- 8 In 10 Hospitalized Covid-19 Coronavirus Patients Were Vitamin D Deficient: New Study
- United Airlines to begin trial of free passenger Covid tests on London flights
- Why some people are susceptible to conspiracy theories and how to protect yourself
- The Remarkably Hopeful Trends All Smart Leaders Should Know
- Kroger becomes first U.S. retailer to launch COVID-19 rapid antibody testing
- Regeneron says its Covid-19 antibody treatment cut medical visits in trial
- Covid-19 antibody therapies show promising early results in separate trials
Georgia Pandemic News
- Kroger pharmacies to offer rapid COVID-19 antibody tests in Georgia soon
- Macon reports 25% increase in COVID-19 case rate, according to health department
- UPS, Delta prepare for COVID-19 vaccine shipments
- Fall surge feared as Georgia COVID-19 cases rise again
- Georgia explores wastewater testing to predict COVID-19 outbreaks
Note: The following maps are interactive. You can hover over and click on elements to see additional data.
Notes Regarding Data Sources
United States Data
UPDATE REGARDING DATA SOURCE FOR UNITED STATES NUMBERS: As of June 13, I am using data from The COVID Tracking Project instead of official CDC data. Based on my experience with data from The COVID Tracking Project, it’s reliable (based on actual state-level websites and reports,) and updated at a regular interval, unlike the CDC data. I will be using this data going forward for numbers from The United States.
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.
- The COVID Tracking Project
- CDC: COVID-19 Cases in U.S.
- CDC: COVID Data Tracker
- CDC: United States Laboratory Testing
- United States Coronavirus – Worldometer
- Coronavirus Update (Live) – Worldometer
- COVID-19 Daily Status Report | Georgia Department of Public Health
- U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Georgia
- COVID-19 Case Mapper at BigLocalNews.org