Georgia sets new record for most new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period

ATLANTA — Georgia set a new record Friday for the amount of new coronavirus cases confirmed in a single 24-hour-hour period.

There was an increase of 4,813 cases between Thursday and Friday with 82 more deaths reported, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

About 45,506 new tests were reported across the state. A huge number for a single day, likely adding to the record.

A total of 3,442 people have died from the virus in Georgia.

The previous record was 4,689 new cases, reported about a week ago on July 18. During that time the total of cases in Georgia since the outbreak began climbed nearly 20% from 135,183 to 161,401.

Nearly 400 new people have been hospitalized today across the state. However the hospitalization rate has seen a steady decline throughout July, as has the rate of deaths.

Have questions about the spread of coronavirus? We have an entire section dedicated to coverage of the outbreak. CLICK HERE for more.