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Tuesday, December 12, 2023 – Here is this week’s COVID-19 update with the latest numbers, analysis, and links to useful news. Stay safe, take your Vitamin D, wear a good mask, get vaccinated, and don’t be a spreader 😷!


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Updated Numbers

IMPORTANT NOTE: On May 11, 2023, the Public Health Emergency declaration for COVID-19 expired. As a result, both the CDC and the State of Georgia no longer collect or publish as much data as they did previously. Most notably, data about tests and test positivity rate are no longer available. In addition, weekly confirmed cases are not available at the national level. The CDC only publishes data on Hospitalizations and Deaths, which are more accurate than data about tests and infections, since so many people now test at home. In addition, the CDC no longer requires health departments to report negative tests, so test positivity data is no longer available. The tables and charts below reflect the data which are available.

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Observations on This Week’s Numbers

United States 🇺🇸

Hospitalization and Deaths

  • Weekly hospitalizations are now 250% higher than (TRIPLE) July 1.
  • Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the number of people in the US who are hospitalized due to COVID each week only fell below 10,000 for a single 13-week period, between May and July of 2023. This disease is now hospitalizing over 22,000 people every week.
  • The seven-day average for daily deaths is 35% higher than the level of July 1.
  • So far in 2023, the disease has killed 65,394 people in the United States. At this time last year it had killed 242,419 people. This year has had 27% as many deaths as last year at this point.
  • The disease is currently killing about 725 people a week in the United States. That’s about one death every 14 minutes.

COVID Compared to Influenza

According to government statistics, over the past ten years, influenza (flu) has killed an average of 36,000 people a year. That equates to about 690 people a week. COVID is presently killing 1.1 times as many people a week as the average flu season.


Georgia 🍑

Infections

  • Daily confirmed cases in Georgia are about 6% lower than the level on July 1.

Hospitalizations and Deaths

  • Daily hospitalizations in Georgia are about 106% higher (about double) the level of July 1.
  • Daily deaths in Georgia are about the same as the level of July 1.

Useful News

COVID Vaccines

COVID Variants

Testing, Treatment, Prevention, Vitamin D, Long COVID, and Other News

Georgia Pandemic News

California & San Diego Pandemic News

Last Week’s News

Here are last week’s news items:

COVID Vaccines

COVID Variants

Testing, Treatment, Prevention, Vitamin D, Long COVID, and Other News

Georgia Pandemic News

California & San Diego Pandemic News


Notes Regarding Data Sources

United States Data

Metrics for confirmed infections, deaths, and tests performed in the United States come from the CDC’s official COVID Data Tracker site.

Georgia Data

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.

Data Sources

United States Data

State of Georgia Data

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