Medical personnel walk between cars as they collect samples from motorists for COVID-19 testing at the Augusta University Health System testing site in Augusta, Ga., Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. A new White House report on COVID-19 highlights Augusta, Ga., as an area of concern for its high positive test rate and a large number of pandemic patients in Intensive Care Units in area hospitals. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP) (Michael Holahan)
ATLANTA — Saturday marked the single deadliest day in Georgia since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The Georgia Department of Health reported 179 new deaths from the coronavirus in a single 24-hour period.
Health officials also reported 3,285 new cases Saturday.
At least 13,324 people have died of COVID-19 in Georgia since the first cases were reported in the state last March. Another 1,766 people are likely to have died from the virus, the Department of Health reported.
The five deadliest days of the pandemic in Georgia have all been in the last two weeks. They are:
- Feb. 5 — 179
- Jan. 19 — 167
- Feb. 2 — 162
- Jan. 22 — 160
- Jan. 30 — 158
Doctors warned of a potential surge of infections and deaths after the Christmas holidays, although new cases seem to be on a downturn this week.
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