Thanks for visiting my weekly COVID-19 update! Data sources used for this report appear at the bottom of the page.
Friday, October 15, 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 good mask, get vaccinated, and don’t be a spreader 😷!
NOTE: This page contains a large number of embedded charts pulled from Google Sheets. They take a longer-than-average time to load, so please be patient.
Related Links 🔗
Here are some related items you might find useful:
- A timeline of events related to COVID-19 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 decreasing for five weeks.
- The 7-day average for infections in the US has fallen 4% since August 1.
- Roughly one out of every 7 people in the United States has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Daily deaths in the United States have been falling for three weeks.
- The seven-day average for daily deaths has increased 175% since August 1. (Daily deaths are about three times the August 1 number.)
- The disease is killing about 1300 people a day in the United States. That’s about one death every 66 seconds.
- 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 460 Americans has been killed by COVID-19.
- About 48,000 Americans have died of this disease in the past thirty days.
- The percentage of tests that return a positive result has fallen by 37% since August 1.
- Daily testing in the US has increased 64% since August 1.
- Infections in Georgia have been falling for six weeks.
- Daily infections have fallen 20% since August 1.
- The disease continues to infect about 1,545 people a day in Georgia.
- About one out of every 9 people in Georgia has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Hospitalizations and Deaths
- Daily deaths in Georgia have risen 626% since August 1. (Roughly SEVEN TIMES the August 1 death rate.)
- Daily hospitalizations in Georgia have increased 98% since August 1.
- The disease is killing about 63 people a day in Georgia.
- About one out of every 450 Georgians has died from this disease.
- The portion of tests that return a positive result has dropped by 56% since August 1.
- Daily testing in Georgia has increased 80% since August 1.
- Georgia ranks 45th among US states and territories in Tests per Capita performed over the past seven days, behind Arkansas and South Dakota. The top five states/territories with the most tests per capita in the past seven days are District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York.
Here are this week’s links:
- Pfizer to Vaccinate Entire City of Toledo in Brazil As Part of Study
- A Moderna or Pfizer booster appears better for J&J COVID vaccine
- Experts say FDA should authorize Moderna COVID booster
- U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rates up thanks to mandates; cases and deaths down
- U.S. moves closer to clearing Moderna and J&J Covid booster shots this week
- Pfizer’s application to vaccinate five to 11-year-olds to be ‘expedited’
- Covid booster shots important to stop infection, finds English study
- Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Is World’s Preferred Shot
- Vaccines effective against most SARS-CoV-2 variants
- Vaccine-induced memory B cells can recognize SARS-CoV-2 variants
- Getting Your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
- Researchers explain newest mutation of COVID-19 virus, how to prevent future mutations
- New Covid variant could be to blame for positive lateral flow tests followed by negative PCR
- New testing strategy rapidly quantifies transmissibility of COVID-19 variants
- New COVID variant has been found in Louisiana. What is B.1.630?
- Unvaccinated Florida man got the covid vaccine after talking with UF doctor at a bar
- AstraZeneca antibody cocktail succeeds in late-stage study to treat COVID-19
- Study confirms kids as spreaders of COVID-19 and emerging variants
- Australia: Wilcannia now has zero active cases of COVID-19, overcoming Australia’s worst per capita outbreak
- Long COVID brain fog: What we know about the cognitive impact
- Air New Zealand Turned a 787 Aircraft Into a Vaccine Clinic — and It Sold Out in 5 Hours
- Merck Asks FDA to Authorize First Pill to Treat COVID-19
- Merck’s Covid pill could transform treatment. Here’s how it works
- Singapore scientists come up with new indoor test for airborne coronavirus and warns of infection risk
Georgia Pandemic News
- Georgia Coronavirus Map and Case Count
- Atlanta Braves’ Jorge Soler tests positive for COVID-19, removed from NLDS roster
- Atlanta school district to hire epidemiologist among 26 new Covid positions
- Georgia doctor debunks COVID-19 vaccine infertility myth
- How Current COVID-19 Cases In Georgia Compare To The Nation
- Free drive-up COVID-19 testing remains available in Northwest Georgia Floyd test site returns to original location
- Delta Airlines announces 90% of employees are vaccinated against COVID-19
- Chimpanzees get COVID-19 vaccinations at Project Chimps in N. Ga
- Rapid COVID-19 tests could help make Thanksgiving gatherings safer
- U.S. District Court in Atlanta to Hear COVID-19 Lawsuit for Cobb County Students with Disabilities
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