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Friday, January 15, 2021 – 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 😷!
Vaccination data has started becoming available at both the USA national level and the Georgia state level. You will see the data I have in the Updated Numbers section of this dashboard, below the World metrics.
Related Links 🔗
Here are some related items I’ve written, for your edification:
- 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 🇺🇸
- Over ONE MILLION Americans have been infected in the past FIVE DAYS.
- On January 11, the seven-day average for infections in the United States reached a new all-time high of 251,999 cases per day.
- COVID-19 has infected over ONE MILLION Americans a week, every single week since November 14.
- Roughly one out of every 14 people in the United States has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- On January 14, the seven-day average for DEATHS PER DAY reached a new all-time high of 3,357.
- The disease is now killing about 3,300 people a day in the United States. That’s one death every 26 seconds.
- The United States has 4% of the world’s population but 19% of the world’s reported deaths from COVID-19.
- About one out of every 860 Americans has been killed by COVID-19.
- The seven-day average for deaths in the US has exceeded 500 people killed per day – every day – since March 31, 2020.
- Over 80,000 Americans have died of this disease in the past thirty days.
- GOOD NEWS: Testing is trending upward again and has reached a new all-time high per day.
- On January 14, the seven-day average for tests in the US reached an all-time high of 1,962,024 per day.
- On January 11, the seven-day average for daily new infections in Georgia reached a new all-time high of 7,372 PER DAY.
- Daily infections are now SIX TIMES HIGHER than the recent low point on October 19.
- On January 6, Georgia exceeded 600,000 cases of COVID-19.
- Around Thanksgiving, about 100 Georgians were being hospitalized by COVID-19 every day. Now the seven-day average is about 300 people hospitalized per day.
- Only six states have more total cases than Georgia: New York, California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois.
- About one out of every 16 people in Georgia has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- On January 6, Georgia exceeded 10,000 deaths from COVID-19.
- Daily deaths in Georgia have DOUBLED in just ONE WEEK.
- On January 14, the seven-day average for deaths in Georgia reached a new all-time high of 89 per day.
- Georgia ranks tenth in the nation in total deaths (New York, Texas, and California are the top three.)
- About one out of every 990 Georgians has died from this disease.
- The seven-day average for testing in Georgia has fallen 20% since Christmas.
- On December 25, the seven-day average for tests conducted daily in Georgia reached a new all-time high of 40,684.
- Georgia is not in the Top 10 of US states by number of tests performed. (California, New York, and Florida are the top three.)
- Among US states, Georgia is seventh in total cases and tenth in total deaths, but only sixteenth in testing, behind Indiana and Maryland.
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:
- Johnson & Johnson vaccine has promising immune response in early trial
- Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID vaccine promising in early trial
- Interim Results of Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Shows 90% Efficacy
- Moderna to Test Coronavirus Vaccine Booster Shot in New Clinical Trial
- Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts
- More Than Half of States Widen Access to Covid-19 Vaccine
- Antibody-rich plasma treatment reduced deaths for COVID-19 patients: Mayo Clinic study
- Desk shields, large spaces: How Covid-19 may affect the future of office space
- Does Wearing 2 Face Masks Boost COVID-19 Protection? Doctors Explain
- How to care for people with Covid at home
- Vending machine to sell COVID-19 tests at Oakland International Airport
- Covid-19 infection grants immunity for five months, UK study suggests
- Australia: Victoria records no new local coronavirus cases from 15,010 tests
- Australia: Zero local coronavirus cases in NSW as Premier flags easing restrictions in Greater Sydney
Georgia Pandemic News
- Georgia ranks last in getting people vaccinated for COVID-19, report finds
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium Turns Into Mass Coronavirus Vaccine Center
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine requires some skill
- How can I register to get the COVID vaccine in Georgia? What you need to know
- COVID-19 vaccines coming to Publix pharmacies in Georgia
- Publix, Kroger now offering COVID-19 vaccine
- Georgia reports 100-plus new COVID-19 deaths for third straight day
- Major grocery chain bringing COVID-19 vaccine to over 100 Georgia pharmacies
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.
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.
The CDC updates its COVID Vaccine data on weekdays only.
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
- 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