Thanks for visiting my daily COVID-19 update! Data sources used for this report appear at the bottom of the page.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – Here is today’s COVID-19 update with the latest numbers, analysis, links to useful news, and interactive maps. Stay safe, wash your hands, take your Vitamin D, wear a mask, GET VACCINATED, and don’t be a spreader 😷!
GET VACCINATED! Nick Muerdter’s COVID-19 Vaccine Spotter scans pharmacy websites to identify current, available open vaccine appointments in your area. It’s a great tool that’s updated every minute and can help you find and book a vaccine appointment without having to scan pharmacy websites yourself.
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 🇺🇸
- The seven-day average for daily infections has risen 30% over the past four weeks.
- The seven-day average for daily infections reached its recent low on March 20.
- Roughly one out of every 11 people in the United States has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Daily deaths in the United States have fallen 80% since the recent peak in January.
- The disease is killing about 730 people a day in the United States. That’s about one death every two minutes.
- The United States has 4% of the world’s population but 20% of the world’s reported deaths from COVID-19.
- About one out of every 590 Americans has been killed by COVID-19.
- About 27,000 Americans have died of this disease in the past thirty days.
- Daily testing in the US has fallen 25% since the recent peak in January.
- Daily infections in Georgia have risen 7% in the past week, even though daily tests have fallen.
- Georgia ranks 34th among US states in per-capita infections for the past seven days. The top five states for infections per capita in the past week are Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Minnesota.
- About one out of every 12 people in Georgia has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Georgia ranks 4th among US states in deaths per capita for the past seven days. The other states in the top five for deaths per capita in the past week are New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Montana.
- About one out of every 620 Georgians has died from this disease.
- Daily testing in Georgia has trended down for twelve weeks in a row and has fallen 60% since the peak on January 23.
- Georgia ranks 44th among US states in Tests per Capita over the past thirty days, behind Tennessee and Indiana. The top five states with the most tests per capita in the past thirty days are Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Alaska, and Connecticut.
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:
- COVID Vaccine Updates: Pfizer says it’s testing vaccine on babies, young children
- Demand for COVID-19 vaccine slowing down, providers worry about vaccine hesitancy
- What does a strong reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine mean?
- Half of US Adults Have at Least 1 COVID-19 Vaccine Shot
- Johnson & Johnson suffers another setback as FDA tells Md. vaccine maker to suspend production
- Plans for Covid booster jabs ‘ramping up’ as fears grow about mutant variants
- All U.S. adults now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine: how to find a shot
- Covid variant first detected in India is found in the UK
- Texas A&M Lab Identifies New COVID-19 Variant; Genome Suggests Potential Resistance To Antibodies
- New Texas COVID-19 variant resistant to antibodies, researchers say
- How to stay safe from more contagious coronavirus variants
- COVID-19 Variants: Here’s How The Vaccines Still Protect You
- British coronavirus variant may have come from dogs, study says
- First cases of Brazilian COVID-19 variant reported in Virginia
- International research: Brazilian COVID-19 variant much more transmissible than other strains
- Israel logs Indian COVID-19 variant, sees some vaccine efficacy against it
- COVID variants are hitting US young hard
- Mutated coronavirus strain found in Hong Kong ‘could be South African variant’
- No-prescription, rapid COVID-19 home tests to be sold at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart beginning this week
- State Department To Issue Travel Warnings Amid ‘Unprecedented’ COVID-19 Risks
- Large clinical trial to study repurposed drugs to treat COVID-19 symptoms
- Doctor sees more kids with COVID-19 in last two weeks than all of 2020
- Covid-19 ‘Challenge Trial’ Will Purposely Reinfect Adults
- There’s a boom in fake coronavirus vaccine cards
- Coca-Cola sees ‘promising signs’ for COVID-19 pandemic recovery
- 49 passengers on India-Hong Kong flight test positive for COVID
- Doctors are testing a prescription video game for COVID-19 ‘brain fog’
- Experts say more evidence COVID-19 is airborne, that we need to rethink indoor spaces
Georgia Pandemic News
- Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Spelman requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for fall semester
- Dental College of Georgia 3D prints nasal swabs needed for COVID-19 test
- Emory, Atlanta’s HBCUs to require students get COVID-19 vaccine
- Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccines Available At Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- COVID craters local Girl Scout cookie sales
- Atlanta-Based Doctors Discuss Importance Of Combating COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
- ‘A very routine thing’: Central Georgia doctor says possible COVID-19 booster shot no cause for alarm
- Atlanta Housing Authority Arranges For 560 Residents In Senior High-Rises To Receive Vaccine
- No appointments needed: North Georgia offering walk-up vaccine clinics through Thursday
Yesterday’s News Items
These are the items listed under “Positive and Useful News” yesterday, in case you missed them:
- Half of US adults have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot
- South African variant may ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine protection, but vaccine highly effective, Israeli study says
- All U.S. adults now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
- For Some Americans, Getting A Vaccine Is As Easy As Showing Up To Work
- Pause of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine likely to be lifted by Friday
- FBI warns against making or buying fake COVID-19 vaccination cards
- Chinese trial mixes Covid-19 vaccines using different technologies
- Hong Kong bans flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines over mutant COVID-19 strain
- In the race between Covid-19 vaccines and the virus, hesitancy gives dangerous variants a leg up, expert says
- White House funnels $1.7 billion to help track and fight coronavirus variants
- COVID-19 cases in Florida since spring break have surged and deaths from new variants are mounting
- Eager Londoners queue up to be tested in race to find Covid variants
- Japan’s hard-hit regions may slide back to COVID-19 state of emergency
- Britain is investigating variant originating in India
- More young people are getting hospitalized as a ‘stickier,’ more infectious coronavirus strain becomes dominant
- Boris Johnson cancels India trip amid fears of ‘double-mutation’ variant
- Evidence of COVID-19 airborne transmission “overwhelming” say experts
- Experts say more evidence COVID-19 is airborne, that we need to rethink indoor spaces
- In Brazil, an alarmingly high number of babies and children are dying of Covid-19
- Michigan at ‘record high’ for COVID-19 hospitalizations of children
- Oregon officials weigh mandating COVID-19 rules in all businesses indefinitely
- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer anounces expanded antibody therapy treatment for COVID-19
- Your guide to COVID-19 airport testing
- Otters at Georgia Aquarium test positive for Covid-19
- Pfizer vaccines now available without appointment at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines amid blood-clot cases
- April 18: Georgia reports 702 COVID-19 cases, zero deaths
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
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