ATLANTA — Georgia has hit a grim milestone: Health officials reported the largest single-day record for new cases of COVID-19 Friday.
The Georgia Department of Health reported 5,023 new cases Friday, up from 4,782 on July 24.
Georgia has seen a total of nearly half a million confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began in March, with 438,300 recorded state-wide.
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Health officials reported 43 new deaths Friday, bringing the total number of deaths to 8,922 since the pandemic began in March.
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The positivity rate is 12.1%. The 7-day average of cases is 3,189.
Georgia has conducted over 4.4. million tests for COVID-19.
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