Georgia sets new single-day record for coronavirus cases

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ATLANTA — Georgia had the largest single day increase of coronavirus cases so far on Friday.

The number of coronavirus cases across the state reached 111,211. That’s an increase of 4,484 new cases since Thursday.

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That’s nearly 1,000 more cases than the previous record set last Thursday, where Georgia’s cases increased by nearly 3,500 cases.

We’re breaking down the numbers and the latest restrictions cities are implementing, on Channel 2 Action News right now.

The percentage of positive cases increased to 9.7% Friday and hospitalization numbers are also up. Death rates from the virus continue to decline.

Currently, across the US, about 1% of the population has had COVID-19 and of those, 4% have died from the virus.

Georgia, like other states, has seen a large increase in recent weeks in the younger population. Often times, those cases are less severe and require shorter hospital stays.

The governor announced Friday he is reactivating the Georgia World Congress Center as a temporary hospital as beds continue to fill across the state.

According to GEMA, 55% of ER beds are currently in use across Georgia. Seventeen percent of critical care beds are available and 17% of general inpatient beds are available in hospitals across the state. There are 983 adult ventilators in use, about 35% of the state’s inventory.

The governor’s office said the patients tend to be younger and the hospital stay time has cut in half since March.

Number of available beds at metro hospitals reaching critical levels